One big challenge when bringing up English speaking children in a foreign speaking country, is when and how to introduce written English. It’s one thing to expect a child to learn to speak two languages at the same time, but is it an unnecessary pressure to expect them to cope with learning the different written … Continue reading Keeping up with the English!
My French neighbours had very kindly given us a bag of their home grown cauliflower this week. So far I've made cauliflower cheese (a bit boring) and Brown Rice with Vegetables which is an old Delia Smith recipe that I’ve adapted from our vegetarian days. It’s brown rice (surprisingly enough) with onions, carrots and bacon … Continue reading Home Grown Cauliflower Soup
In my last post Children Learning to be Bilingual. I was discussing how our youngest children speak French with a local French accent and speak English with an English accent. English is afterall their mother tongue. However, we were talking at the dinner table one evening about accents and the fact that the French find … Continue reading Zis iz ow we speek English
We are an English family living in France. Our children are being brought up to be bi-lingual. They speak French exclusively at school and speak English exclusively at home. Is it difficult? Not really! It’s amazing how adaptable children are and how quickly they learn to cope with switching from one language to the other. … Continue reading Children learning to be Bi-Lingual
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the behavior of French children compared to British. It's apparent when living here that French children are better behaved. They are generally more obedient, polite and respectful than the British youth. I’ve often marveled when seeing groups of young children out on a school trip. They all line up … Continue reading French Children Don’t Talk Back!
In the UK I was a mother of three and an IT Trainer, my husband Gary was a Lecturer in Horticulture and between us we ran a Guest House on the Kent Coast. We moved to France in 2004 and now I'm a mother of five, we have several different businesses and we live in … Continue reading A little bit of background