Explore French wines, Paris cinema and classic French recipes all the while working on your French language skills AND from the comfort of your own home. No, we may not want to have to be at home, as seeing France first-hand is the best experience, but currently, for most of us, that is not possible. Well, do I have good news! Depaysio, a new online small business is offering French experiences you can interact with virtually taught by experts in their field.
Founded by an American ex-pat, each experience you purchase is live, interactive and only for a small number of participants from around the globe. Depaysio offers the opportunity for you to have an intimate experience learning the language and the skill you have selected from native-level French speakers, either experienced language teachers looking to share their hobbies and passions or subject-area experts who are able to adapt their content to an audience of language learners.
You’ll practice your target language while learning to cook a new dish, taking on a fun art project or getting an insider glimpse at a foreign culture. And yes, just like your Zoom meetings and Google Hang-out sessions, you will be talking with each other – full interaction helping you improve your language skills while polishing your talent at poetry or wine expertise.
Depaysio, takes its name from the French word dépaysement, which describes the feeling of being in a foreign country or environment. With a handful of classes already in session, and currently a free Yoga class taught in French that is available through the month of August, there are also new classes becoming available soon, so be sure to explore their entire website.
Explore all of the French Experiences here, and explore a handful shared below.
GIVEAWAY: For one lucky TSLL reader, you will have the opportunity to choose the experience that piques your interest and enjoy it for free.
How to Enter:
- First, explore their list of French Experiences here.
- Return to TSLL, and this post, and leave a comment with the experience you would choose should you win the giveaway.
- Enter by Saturday August 15th at 8pm Pacific time.
- Stop by Sunday August 16th to see if you are the winner.
You know Paris…You have seen the city a million times in movies! Learn about the history of the most filmed city in the world and discover a few new movies to watch. From Saint-Vincent Streetto the subway station Abbesses, passing by the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, you will discover one of the most filmed neighborhoods of Paris whose hill and artists have inspired directors.
Amelie from Montmartre will be the common thread and other famous French or American movies, such as An American in Paris, A Monster in Paris, Funny Face and La Vie en rose, will also be featured.
You will talk about writers, painters and directors who are linked to Montmartre and inspired the movies shot there. Thanks to video clips and pictures, you will discover a happy mix of hit movies and new discoveries.
Learn to draw with guidance from a professional French artist and follow in the footsteps of the famous artists who have called France their home.
Working with a shared image, together we will explore themes such as composition, shadows and lights, color and other drawing techniques. The goal is to take you through the basics of drawing while developing your creative expression.
Transport yourself to the charming vineyards of France in this experience that will help you appreciate wine while having fun. You’ll learn the 5-step method to tasting wine like a pro, the French terms and expressions used by pros to talk about wine and much more!
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