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Jon Doust

I probably ought to care more than I do, but it's their loss. Also, it makes my (and my children's) skills just a tad more valuable.

I understand that the fashion in the UK these days is to learn one of the Chinese languages. Quite how children are to manage this when they can't even manage to master a language as closely related as French is to English is not clear to me.

Craig McGinty

Hi Jon, it does make you wonder what opportunities will open up to those who show willing and decide to learn a foreign language, sounds as though your children are well set.
All the best, Craig


Hi, I am not sure if it is the children turning their backs on the French language, or ir is the system.I have been trying to arrange to study French GCSE as a mature student in the Manchester area of Lancashire, and I am finding it almost impossible,interestingly I have been offered Spanish and Italian as an alternative, not much use when we have a house in French.
Keep up the good work with the newsletter,

Craig McGinty

Hi Gilly, I suppose it is a bit of a viscous circle! But if you are able to get into Manchester I used Alliance Francaise before heading to France to improve my language skills, more at:
All the best, Craig

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