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Take your language skills and visit the delightful French Caribbean islands

  It’s the stuff of which daydreams are made. Beautiful tropical islands, balmy sea breezes, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, a slow and delightful pace of life, cocktails by the shore, dramatic rain forests, stunning scenery, picturesque villages and local boutiques. Welcome to the French territories in the Caribbean, part of… Read More

Bastille Day in France: Le 14 juillet

  ‘La Fête Nationale’, the French annual national holiday on 14th July, marks the 18th century ‘Storming of the Bastille’ in Paris. Similar to the USA’s 4th July, it’s a commemoration of the beginning of republican democracy and the end of tyrannical rule. In 1789, the French economy was in disarray, contributing to a political… Read More

How to play pétanque

Pétanque (pronounced ‘pay-tank’), sometimes called boules, is a game that can be enjoyed by all the family and socially with friends for fun, or more competitively up to European and World Championship levels. French in origin, it is now played across the world in one form or another and is one of the most inclusive… Read More

5 reasons to practice talking in your chosen second language

You probably haven’t spoken a second language since school. Or you may have been abroad and done quite well ordering your lunch, getting from A to B, and bartering in the markets. Whether you’re already a student at The Language Guru, want to brush up your existing skills, or you feel you’d like to learn… Read More

How to win friends and influence people while on holiday

You’ve booked the tickets. You’ve packed everything but the kitchen sink. You’ve even remembered your passport. You’re going on holiday!

You get to the airport and while you’re waiting to check in, you buy the obligatory duty-free perfume or after-shave, magazine for the journey, giant bar of triangular chocolate, then realise you’ve forgotten to pack the most important item on your list.

Making a more employable you

How can learning another language benefit you? If you’re already working for a global organisation, you’ll realise how. You’ll be able to communicate more effectively with your colleagues across the company. You get queries answered quicker, do business smarter and win loads of brownie points along the way. Some organisations make language skills a part… Read More

Parlez-vous any other language?

Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, said Anne Merritt, a Telegraph journalist, a few years ago*. She went on, “Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great… Read More

La fête de Saint-Valentin – Valentine’s Day en France

As Cole Porter said in the 1920s: “Birds do it, bees do it Even educated fleas do it Let’s do it, let’s fall in love” No-one seems to know the origin of Valentine’s Day for sure but it may have been due to the pairing and mating of birds in mid-February, acknowledged by the giving… Read More