Hi I have 2 children 7 and 10 and we have been living in France for 5 months in the Elne area, they are both in school but having some difficulty with the language, I am worried they will fall further behind in learning to speak French, as they will be off school for 2 months in July and August, does anybody have any ideas of places they can go and keep learning the language ie summer schools or anybody in our position. sam greene
Does anyone know about the PACS system of legally binding contact between a couple for securing assets, children etc without marriage? Can an english couple undertake this? Does it change taxation for the couple? Will it simplify things for the children should the worst happen? Would really appreciate a response, as I can find out is how it applies for french nationals. regards jojo padbury
We have now been living in Marseillan for 3 months now and have recently enrolled my normally outgoing and very adventurous 26 month old daughter in creche for 3 afternoons a week to give her the opportunity to mix with French children. I have 2 issues. The first one is that she is screaming when I leave her which is very distressing (for both of us) - and also unusual in that she went to nursery full time in the UK when I had to work. I think she has perhaps become used to being at home with me over the last few months and is a bit reluctant to let go. I know there is no real answer here and I'm sure it's a question of time until she becomes used to new surroundings and different people, not to mention the language. If anyone could give me any ideas as to how I can make the transition easier for her it would be much appreciated. 2nd Issue is that some people are telling me I should encourage her to talk French at home to reinforce anything learned at nursery (colours, shapes etc) while others are saying only to speak English at home with her.......... Any advice would be much appreciated.......a desperate mum who wants to stop the tear-stained faces!! (both of us) Sandra
Just thought that all you lovely mums might want to know about a great blog started http://pleasepleasemama.blogspot.com/ For Mama's worldwide who hear the word please... Created for mums, maman, mamas everywhere to laugh, share and enjoy moments together. Please, please mama...stories shared by mamas about the things our little ones do to please us. The things that please mamas, the things that don't please mamas and the things that would please mamas. A little please goes a long way... nicola
We have an Anglo/French parent and child group in Vernet les Bains, and would love more people to join us. The group is limited to children from the ages of 1 - 10, who must be accompanied by an adult. It is all very low key, but the children usually begin by drawing/colouring or playing games, then we have a story and finally sing some songs. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 17th December from 10am - 11.30am at the Salle d'Accueil Touristique (behind Ecomarche) in Vernet, and the cost is 2 Euros per child per meeting which pays for materials provided, and refreshments. For additional info phone Shona on 04-68-05-85-11.
We have an Anglo/French parent and child group in Vernet les Bains, and would love more people to join us. The group is limited to children from the ages of 1 - 10, who must be accompanied by an adult. It is all very low key, but the children usually begin by drawing/colouring or playing games, then we have a story and finally sing some songs. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 22nd October from 10am - 11.30am at the Salle d'Accueil Touristique (behind Ecomarche) in Vernet, and the cost is 2 Euros per child per meeting which pays for materials provided, and refreshments. For additional info phone Shona on 04-68-05-85-11.
Hi, We moved to Aubais (30) this summer and love it. Dylan, our eldest, has settled down at his new collège in Sommières really well but we are a little disappointed with the local primary school. Can anyone recommend a good bilingual private school in the nimes area? I know there are a couple in Montpellier. Thanks, deb deb
My son is 9 and although he is making friends slowly at school, he does find it difficult. He likes his football and rugby, swords and computers and the usual boys things. Having 3 sisters and the fact that none of our friends, has a boy his age but lots of girls the age of our girls, makes him feel a little isolated. If anyone has a boy of the same or similar age who might like to make a new friend please let me know. We live near Thuir and are happy to travel and meet up. Regards Martin
My French husband and I (English speaking) have just arrived in the Castries (Montpellier) area and will be living here permanently. We would love to meet up with some local Ex pats. We are in our early 60's and have lived in Southern Africa and USA before coming back to our family roots here. We have farmed in Africa, worked in computers in America and are now gardening in France so we cover quite a few bases. I write more for pleasure than for publishing and my husband is a computer guru. We both enjoy country life but visit Montpellier for a bit of city life now and then. Please drop us a line if you would like to meet up for a coffee or a glass of wine. Best wishes - Kate and Jean Fagalde Kate Fagalde
I'm just putting together a site with loads of stuff to do in this area with kids if you are coming for holidays or to stay... any suggestions of what to add, gratefully received.Also lots of school info and where to shop...www.BritsNimes.com a non-profit making association for English speakers in the Nimes area
we would be happy to welcome a young boy age around 12 to share a few days (weeks) with my grand son in August. We are French, Stéphane has been learning English for a year now and would be happy to invite an English speaking child. Stéphane has a sister age 8. We live near Carcassonne in a house with a pool.
From September, there will be an advanced training session for talented young footballers every Wednesday from 3-5pm at the International School of Toulouse in Colomiers. Run by Arsenal FC, the aim of the coaching will be to produce a team to compete in international events in Spain and England. Players must have been born in '95, '96 or '97 to qualify and should already be of a good playing standard. All nationalities are welcome as coaching will be in both French and English. If interested please contact me or visit www.intst.eu for an application form. The site also has photographs of Arsenal player Gael Clichy's visit last week