" I was both excited and anxious before I went to #France on my exchange. I travelled first and my flight was to Charles de Gaulle. I had been to #France before , but I had never been to CDG and was a little apprehensive but everything worked well as my exchange family were waiting for me at arrivals holding a big sign with my name on it. They had also sent a photograph of themselves and the sign on whats app before I left Ireland, so I knew exactly what to watch out for on arrival. The family were really kind and spoke slowly at first which helped me a lot.
I attended school for a week in #Paris with my exchange sister. It was such a great experience to see how their school works, eventhough sometimes I didnt understand what was being said. I visited some famous sites in Paris like the Champs Elysee, The Louvre and the Eiffel tower. I was so lucky to experience all of that.
After the first week we travelled by road from Paris to La Rochelle , where the family have a holiday house. I really enjoyed the French open air markets, the stall holders offering all kinds of fruit and exotic things to eat and shouting '' Goutez, Goutez''. I loved visiting the Old City in La Rochelle and our many trips to the seaside. I missed home of course, but when I was coming home I was wishing I could stay a little longer in #France.
In three weeks I could understand a lot of what people were saying to me, and was a lot less shy about expressing myself in #French. I could ask for what I wanted in a shop or restaurant. The exchange family really welcomed me. I look forward to visiting #France again next summer, hopefully for a longer exchange.I really recommend an Immersion holiday to learn a language. When you are surrounded by the language you learn quickly. I learned to speak French better during the three weeks of my exchange than I learned during several years at school. Total immersion makes a real difference. "