French Greetings: Free Mini-Course (and other news)

Free French Mini-Course!

Bonjour! Maybe you’re planning a trip to France in the future, or maybe you simply love the French language.  There is a special tool I have developed for you. It is the FREE online mini-course called French Greetings and Polite Expressions.

Why is that important for you? As you go about your business at home, you probably say things like please, thank you, excuse me, and you’re welcome automatically all day long. But in a foreign country, you might not know the vocabulary or how to pronounce it. Suddenly, a normally polite person loses his or her verbal ability to be polite. You’ll have to resort to a sheepish smile and shrug if you don’t know polite words! What a shame, when it’s so easy to learn them!

That has happened to me in countries where I don’t know the language. I created this free mini-course to help travelers practice and learn polite words and expressions in French . . . even if you don’t speak French. In just a short time, you can say polite words correctly and confidently.

This will help you on your trip because, even if you don’t speak French, being polite paves the way to a more enjoyable trip. The French people you meet and interact with will respond better to you if you’re polite (just like in any country!) They’ll see that you are making an effort to learn some of their words, the polite and courteous words.

As a subscriber to Oliver’s France, all you have to do is click on THIS LINK. There are no strings attached. It’s completely free. You’ll learn the polite words and phrases. Maybe that’s all you want to learn of French, but you should learn at least that for a more successful trip.

What if you’d like to learn more French? Coming soon is a full-length online course based on my book, Real French for Travelers. It will be available before summer 2020, so stay tuned!

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For now, get your free mini-course by clicking on the above link.

Other news

Many people are considering canceling trips because of the Coronavirus. It is an individual decision, but here are some things to consider.

  • The people most susceptible to dying from the virus are people with serious pre-existing conditions or the elderly. If that’s you, you should avoid traveling to highly infected areas.
  • If you decide to travel, do your best to avoid closed-in crowded places. That said, it’s hard to get there without flying. Invest in a mask (I don’t know how effective these are, but they can’t hurt) and talk to your doctor or even the airline about how to protect yourself during a flight.
  • Avoid traveling to areas that have higher incidents of the virus, such as Asia and Italy. In France, there are some cases, but it is not among the highest at this point.

Coming soon . . .

On the Oliver’s France menu tab, you’ll see the heading Topics. This will become an alphabetical listing of categories and posts so that you can find any category you want (as long as there is a post about it!) You can also use the small search button in the top right corner for any term you’d like to find.

If you’d like to see a post on a topic that is not currently on Oliver’s France, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

On the Resource page, you’ll find some links as well as a couple of affiliates. What’s an affiliate? It’s a company I use myself and can vouch for, but if you book a rental car or hotel through these, it doesn’t cost you any more but I receive a small commission. That helps me keep providing good information for your trips to France.

Here are my favorites: Booking.com for hotels (the banner is on the sidebar)

Europcar for rental cars (the banner is on the Resource page.)

They are indispensable for my trips.

Despite the craziness of 2020, I wish you happy travels this year!

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2 Comments

  1. I have a ticket to Paris on April 14, at the very end of this 30 day ban on flights from France, so I am confused, worried, and wondering what to do. If Delta takes to the air, I intend to go, but I have no idea what is going to happen. I will continue to study my French and hope, hope, hope.

    • Hi Jim, I understand your concern. I know that the airlines are taking precautions purifying everything and filtering the air. They’ve canceled some flights, but not all. Have you called Delta about your ticket? They can tell you if there has been a schedule change or not or when their deadline is for you to change your ticket. Could you go later in the season, such as early summer? I hope you find the right solution and stay safe!

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