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Q: Learning to speak french ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Learning to speak french
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: benny99-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 15 Oct 2004 05:28 PDT
Expires: 14 Nov 2004 04:28 PST
Question ID: 415230
Hi, We are moving to France and I hope to work. In order for me to
work in my chosen field I need to speak almost fluent french.
I read somewhere (and I can't remember where) that there was a Danish
Monastery that will take you in for a one week retreat and you will
come out speaking fluently, it does not matter what level of speaking
of the french language you have.
I went to Google search but came up empty handed.
You've help me in the past and I'm hoping you can now.
Brenda Earley

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 15 Oct 2004 10:33 PDT

I have found information on a French language retreat in a monastery.
However, it is not Danish. It is located in the south of France. Both
one-week and two-week "language holidays" are available. It sounds
wonderful: gourmet food, outdoor activities in a scenic area, and
immersion in the French language.

If info about this would be a satisfactory answer to your question,
please let me know. Other than the fact that it is not in Denmark,
this sounds like just the sort of thing you mention.

Clarification of Question by benny99-ga on 15 Oct 2004 12:45 PDT
Hi,it does sound wonderful. I'm not sure if that is the place or not.
If you could pass along the info., I will contact them and see what
the scoop is.

Thank you for your help.
Brenda Earley
Subject: Re: Learning to speak french
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 15 Oct 2004 13:11 PDT
I have gathered some information for you about the French language
immersion holiday in a monastery, as mentioned above.


In 'le Monastère de Ségriès', a former monastery, impressively
situated among forests and lavender fields, courses are being given
from April 5th till April 10th and from June till September. Total
immersion in the language, as from one week, with a choice for
afternoon activities or extra lessons, or business French. In the
weekends 'plus-modules' (Provence on foot, Provence on bike, canyoning
and festival d´Avignon). One week courses are not possible in July and
August. Accommodation intern in a hospitable atmosphere and an
excellent Provençale kitchen. The average age is over 30. Many travel
together from Brussels."

Tricolore: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Language Holidays and Total Immersion courses since 1984

- Intensive French language and culture courses in the magnificent
setting of a 19th century Provençal Monastery (adults) and in domain
at the riverside (youngsters).

- Round the clock learning with motivated teaching, including informal
outings and visits to local activities.

- astronomic Provençal cooking with high quality accommodation completes the stay. 

- A total immersion in the French language and culture. 

FOR ADULTS: 'Intensive', 'Business' and 'Language Holiday' formulae. 
1 or 2 week courses.

FOR YOUNGSTERS: (12-14, 15-18) along with French speaking youngsters. 
'À la carte', adventure, sailing and horseriding programs. 

Le Monastère de Ségriès. 
F-04360 Moustiers-Ste Marie

info and booking: 
Tel: + 32 16 62 41 16 Fax: + 32 16 62 41 17
school and management:
Tel: +33 492 77 74 58 Fax: +33 492 77 75 18

Web: "


"In the South of France a renovated Provençal Monastery is the setting
for a range of unique intensive French language courses with gourmet
food and adventurous outings. Learning should be fun, be tempted to
extend your abilities and learn the real 'art de vivre' with us.

Since 1984, CREA-Langues has helped hundreds of people perfect their
communication skills. It is not necessary to have a faultless
knowledge of the language from the outstart; what is more important is
that you are keen to improve your knowledge and wish to achieve
fluency in speaking French, to express yourself more clearly and
accurately. Our unique language training programme will give you the
motivation and confidence, based on a concept involving a total
immersion in the French culture and language, to achieve this goal.
With intimate groups and top teachers, in a magnificent and inspiring
setting, you will be speaking French throughout the day, each day,
rapidly learning to live the French way of life with French people.

Where it has not always been possible to practice basic French skills
picked up from school, evening classes or self-learning, CREA-Langues
is an ideal solution to solve this problem. With your professional
instructors constantly at hand intensive 12 hour days will be filled
with structured but informal teaching, including round the table
discussions and outside classes. Meals with your teachers, excursions
to visit local craftsmen and enterprises will give you the opportunity
to practice your newly acquired skills and give you the confidence to
speak French at all times and in all situations...

We chose to establish our home in a unique setting in
"Haute-Provence". We really lost our hearts to this region, about
which you'll discover many facets, with the help of our professional
and enthusiastic team. Our adults-course center 'Le monastère de
Ségriès' is situated in the 'Parc Naturel du Verdon'. Lakes, hills,
the 'Grand Canyon du Verdon', a rich faune and flore. 300 days
sun/year and an impressing cultural and historical patrimony."


Pricing information and booking dates may be found here:

Crea-Langues: Dates and prices 2005 in euro (?)

These were the search strings that worked best for me:

Google Web Search: monastery "french language" immersion

Google Web Search: crea-langues

I hope this is helpful! If anything is unclear or incomplete, please
request clarification; I'll be glad to offer further assistance before
you rate my answer.

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Learning to speak french
From: fp-ga on 15 Oct 2004 13:23 PDT
A similar question (Dutch monastery):

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