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a VirtualTourist member from Melbourne

Paris

Studying French

Hi
I will be living in Paris next Feb-May and want to study French. Has anyone done so in Paris and, if so, what institution did you study at?
Also, I am looking for a place to stay. I would like to do a house swap. Has anyone had experience with this? Any organisations you can recommend?

Thank you in advance.



6 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Chicago

I did this, but the school I attended when I first came over has since closed. You could try Alliance Francais or the Catholic University of Paris which has short term courses.

http://www.alliancefr.org/

http://www.icp.fr/en

I chose a home stay instead of my own apartment. It included two meals a day with the hostess. I stopped the meals after 2 months so that I could be free to return to her apartment when I wanted and not have to worry about being late for meals. After one month I had made incredible progress in my spoken French. I didn't see this with classmates who had their own place. I was fortunate to get a great hostess, a widowed older woman. We became very great friends and I have returned to her place every year since.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Barossa

I have heard good reports about Homelink for home exchange. You can register as a visitor and look at what is available, they will send you a password.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

the best one for me is '' alliance française'', they are all over the world.

For the hotel ou appartment, You can inspire from '' trip advisor'', there are a lot of suggestions.

I've rent an appartement not far away from the center Paris, it's real pratical




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Melbourne

Hi

I like the idea of a homestay to improve my French, but I am worried about the cost versus the home swap which will save me a lot of money. How much did your homestay cost?
Thanks
Frank




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Chicago

I think it was about 600+ euros including the meals and then 560 euros without.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

The price is about 600 euros. I spent 6 months with a French family last year (I had the best time of my life with them) in Paris and if I remember correctly I used a site called “Homestay In Paris” (homestay-in-paris.com). The service is straight forward, they are very friendly, responded to queries in timely manner... Cheers!





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