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Les sapins et le brioche / Christmas trees and err brioche!

Yesterday evening was spent at Muriel and Nicholas' nice house in the country...they have a real fire...soooo good. Muriel is the lovely teacher from school. It's kinda strange because they're both like over 10 years older than me and we probably wouldn't be friends at home, but they are both SUCH lovely people (very young at heart, chatty and hospitable) and I really enjoyed my evening with them. I hope they kinda enjoy my company too...I try my best but its frustratingly difficult to be my(witty, intelligent)self when speaking "que" French (when only speaking French). My comprehension has improved loads I think, and I'm picking up the "way" to speak but still have a LONG way to go, particularly because I tend to get all flustered and screw up if I think about it too hard. I certainly hit it off with their daughter Maya who is 6...

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she began the evening with a little test of my French, first of all by showing me pictures of animals and then by challending me to competitions of how high we can count in French! But I think what really clinched it was my rendition of her English book, "The Gruffallo"...she'd recieved it from an Auntie and had only heard it read in her mum's (basis) English, but after I read it with a "beautiful" accent, gestures, silly voices and a bit of translation I was officially her new best friend! We played a couple of board games while Muriel and Nicholas cooked tea, and best of all I helped them put up and decorate the Christmas tree (in a red and white colour scheme). Was really exciting! "Tea" was mushroom soup and crepes; "simple", but all homemade and delicious. Also with Breton cider and spiced tea. These French sure do know how to eat. After dinner Maya was pretty shattered and soon head to bed, so I sat chatting to the adults for a little while before Muriel brought me home.

As if the evening hadn't been perfect enough just as I was leaving she unloads the bread machine and hands me a freshly baked, still-warm brioche loaf for the train journey to Bordeaux today! :-)

So yeah today I went to Bordeaux with Rachel and Molly. Muchos fun but a bit cold. We shopped a bit (although I didn't want to spend too much money as its running out and I kinda have all my Christmas presents almost sorted I think). There was a Christmas market, which was sweet and fun, if a bit pricey and not a scratch on what I saw in Frankfurt a few years ago (I HAVE to go back there soon). We chatted and relaxed. Saw a pretty bad motorbike accident. Oh and drunk vin chaud....love it love it love it, may be one of my favourite things, is synonymous with good December times...although this wasn't the best ever.

Tomorrow I am doing my first of a series of three "Christmas lessons" at school. Tomorrow is going to be a lot of talking in French about my Christmas traditions and the kids making comparisons with theirs. Then during the coming week we'll learn some words using my amazing flashcards, sing some songs and do various colouring/vaguely educational stuff.

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Et...un petit résume en français...

Hier soir je suis allée chez Muriel et Nicolas. C'était une soirée superbe! J'ai aidé à décorer le sapin de Noël (rouge et blanc), j'ai joue des jeux de société et lu des livres (français et anglais) avec Maya (la fille qui a 6 ans), on a mangé la soupe aux champignons et des crêpes en bavardant beaucoup, et puis ils m'ont donné un cadeaux d'un brioche d'amener au voyage a Bordeaux aujourd'hui. Ca, c'était aussi plaisant. On a fait un petit peu de shopping (pas beaucoup pour moi j'ai déjà acheté beaucoup de cadeaux et il y a un certain manque d'argent!), j'ai bu le vin chaud, et on s'est reposé bien. Il y avait une marche de Noël...mignon, mais les trucs étaient un peu cher. Tout compris, 24 heures qui me font très content de la vie.

Demain on va commencer a étudier "Un Noël Anglais" a l'école. J'ai fait des affichettes formidables!

Posted by LHsugarsugar 12:02 Archived in France

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