There are loads of different ways of improving your French. We all learn differently, and as we grow older, one of the greatest blocks to learning is memory – yet many of us can still sing along, word perfect, to all the old songs.

If you’re lucky, once you get to the airport, there isn’t really that much to say: hand over your boarding pass, glide through security (if you’re not wearing an underwired bra), and settle down with a large G&T to await take-off. However, sometimes it doesn’t all run quite so smoothly, particularly in winter, and its useful to have a bit of local lingo to find out what’s going on.

C’’est Mardi matin, Prades rassemble bien
Le grand marché hebdomadaire
Sur la grande place, des stands face à face
Exposent leurs meilleures affaires

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