Bienvenue à tous !

Bonjour, je m’appelle Erica and welcome to my blog, Erica in France:)

A short trip to Bordeaux during the school holidays

First, I would like to start by telling you a little bit about me. I am a student at the University of Strathclyde, where I have been studying French and Spanish for 3 years. In my course, there is a compulsory year abroad, during which I can work or study in a country that speaks my target language. As you can imagine, this is an amazing opportunity to experience a new culture and to improve my language skills. In my case, I am working in two collèges in the region of Toulouse, which is in the south of France.

Toulouse on Map of France

More specifically, my schools are located in two different towns, Gaillac and Lisle-sur-Tarn. However, as these towns are small, j’habite à Toulouse as it was easier for me to find a colocation in the city. Did you know that Toulouse is known as “La Ville Rose” or “The Pink City” thanks to its many buildings that are made from red-pink clay bricks?

I have been living in Toulouse for 2 months now and, through the use of this blog, I hope to share with you my adventure so far and the experiences that I will soon have, so that you can come along with me on this journey.

As December is right around the corner, my next blog post will have a festive theme as Christmas season is upon us, very exciting! Now that you know who I am, it would be nice to know a little bit about my readers so I would love it if you could respond down below to the following questions (in French, bien sûr!): Comment t’appelles tu? Où habites-tu?

Well, that is all for this post, remember that this blog is not a listening or reading exam! It is just a bit of fun and hopefully we can learn some things along the way. If you have a question or anything of the sort, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

À bientot!

  • bonjour – hello
  • je m’appelle… – my name is
  • collèges – high school (secondary school in France is divided into two stages, this is the first stage for students aged 11-15 years old, the next stage is called Lycée and is for students aged 15-18 years old)
  • j’habite à… – I live in
  • colocation – flatshare
  • bien sûr – of course
  • comment t’appelles tu? – what’s your name?
  • où habites-tu? – where do you live?
  • à bientot – see you soon

2 thoughts on “Bienvenue à tous !

  1. Bonjour from 1C! We enjoyed reading your blog today. We would like to know how’s the food in France? What do you eat in a typical day? Au revoir!

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    1. Bonjour 1C, glad to hear you enjoyed it! For breakfast, I typically enjoy a coffee and a croissant before I go to work at the collèges or just a normal bowl of cereal. I usually work 3 hours a day (quelle chance/how lucky!) and then either have lunch at a café or return home for whatever I have in the fridge. A favourite of mine is a bowl of soup and a dejeunette which is a smaller baguette, like the size of one you would find in Greggs, as I wouldn’t be able to finish a normal sized baguette before it goes stale. If I am not meeting friends for dinner, then I will just cook dinner for myself. I wouldn’t call myself a chef so it tends to be a simple pasta, cous cous or rice dish! I hope this answered your question, if you would like, I would be happy to write a more in-depth post about food in France and what to expect when going to restaurants and cafés. Au revoir 🙂


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