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. And yet many of us can still sing along to new songs – and remember the words!

The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23 April 2017. Following closely on the heels of Britain’s Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president, it will be interesting to see just what kind of politician France will choose for its new president. Here is some vocabulary to help you to follow the French Elections.

In Spring 1905, Henri Matisse landed in Collioure, searching for light and a new style of painting. It was in Colioure that he painted the famous Open Window, with vibrant colours and reflexions that did not fit in with the expected – vermillion masts of blue boats floating on pink waves below a sky of turquoise, and pink.

If the language barrier leaves you looking more like Olive Oyl than Oliva Newton John when you visit the hairdressers, pop eye, I mean pop in to see Samantha, English speaking hairdresser in Cabestany or Phillipe Morales of Argelès….or arm yourself with this useful hair and beauty vocab before setting off for your makeover.

1. Match up these idiomatic sayings 1. J’ai d’autres chats à fouetter 2. Ce n’est pas un cadeau 3. Réserver le meilleur pour la fin 4. Je vous tiens à ma merci 5. C’est simple…

1 Trouvez la bonne définition 1 un atelier a) le propriétaire d’un restaurant b) un endroit ou l’on fabrique ou répare des objets c) un magasin qui vend du tabac 2 une action a) portion…

1. Test your idiomatic French 1.Quand vous êtes en pleine forme, on dit que vous avez : a) la pomme b) la pêche c) la poire 2. Si vous êtes ‘crevé’, cela signifie que vous…

It could be a #pingcall, in which you are connected to an international hotline which charges just for connecting, along with high per-minute fees for as long as they can keep you talking. Caller ID will look as if the call is coming from 01, 02, 04 etc instead of the expensive 0 899. These charges will show up on your bill as premium services. (surtaxée.)