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Experience Le Tour de France 2016

The Tour de France 2016 Route has been Announced

So why not take a French language course in one of the Tour stops, experience the amazing race and cheer on your favourite rider at the same time? Choose from mountains, lakes or city centres and study French in one of many beautiful locations.

Running from Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 24th July 2016, the 103th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres. There will be 9 flat stages, 1 hilly stage, 9 mountain stages and 2 rest days.

Starting off in Mont-St-Michel the tour will go through Montauban on the 7th July, which is on the edge of Toulouse, known as ‘la ville rose’ due to its distinctive pink buildings. Toulouse is a historic city with some beautiful and unique architecture. The tour will then continue to capital of France’s Languedoc region Montpellier on the 13th and 14th July. Montpellier is a popular and thriving university city and the old city centre consists of a maze of attractive, winding streets, open-air terraces and luxurious houses. On the 23rd July the tour reaches the French Alps and the charming Alpine town of Morzine where a wide variety of summer Alpine activities is available. And from there the tour finishes on the 24th July in the city of love, fashion and elegance; Paris. In all of these locations you have the opportunity to take French lessons, take part in the fanfare that surrounds the tour and have an amazing holiday.

Studying a language in the country it is spoken is one the best ways to improve your language skills in a short period of time. By immersing yourself in the French language, chatting with the locals, and following “Le maillot jaune” (the yellow jersey) you can give yourself an experience of a life-time.

To browse all of the language holidays, including French language courses, available with Cactus Language please visit our website or contact us by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Top 10 French Rugby Phrases

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 in full swing, things are heating up. We’ve seen a shock Japanese victory and a stunning Welsh win, and supporters from all over the world cheering on their teams!

If you’ll be supporting the French, here are a few French rugby phrases to make you look – and sound – like a pro:

French Rugby Phrases

Que le meilleur gagne ! May the best team win!
Non seulement it est puissant, il est vite ! Not only is he strong, he is fast!
C’était un en-avant, tu sais It was a forward pass, you know
Le ballon est passé entre les poteaux The ball passed between the posts
Il est recompensé He worked hard to get that (un essai = try)
C’est incroyable I can’t believe it
Allez, l’arbitre! Come on ref, you can see something was wrong there!
Quel beau match ! What a great game!
Ça ira mieux la prochaine fois ! Better luck next time!
On est les champions ! We are the champions!

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