France: learn the language!
Don't let the language barrier stop you making the short journey across the Channel and experiencing life on the other side. Arm yourself with key phrases and tips, right here.
Even though the French are generally better at speaking English than we are at speaking French, that doesn't mean you can leave all the hard work to them. Starting learning right now!
While becoming fluent in another language can be a lifetime's labour, usually involving spending a while living abroad, grasping the basics is child's play.
Once armed with a few key holiday phrases, the next step is to embark on some formal learning, either through online courses or local language tuition.
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In July 2006, BBC Radios Kent and Southern Counties got together to broadcast a week of programmes live from a farmhouse in Normandy. Every day, presenter Heather Driscoll was put through her French paces. Listen again to her daily language challenges:
Of course, if you're looking to buy a holiday home or even work in France, then language becomes even more critical. If you can't talk to your neighbours, let alone the plumber or builder, then life could get pretty tough.
last updated: 27/05/2008 at 15:40