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Holly’s essential guide to holiday French

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Guess what? Me, my mum and my dad are going to France this year and I need to start learning my French.

At the moment I know how to say hello and bye. I also know how to say:

Can I have a chocolate ice cream, please?

Je voudrais une glace au chocolat, s’il vous plaît.

I wrote this because it’s nice to know how to speak another language and I wanted to share this with you. So I expect soon your French will be better than mine!

We are going to France for a week and a day. Hopefully we will escape this English weather: nasty I can tell you.

To read our phrasebook (which we can hopefully add to and format when we work out how!) please click on the link below. Merci et au revoir!


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July 16: we have updated the file to include phonetic pronunciations too!



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

4 thoughts on “Holly’s essential guide to holiday French

  1. Just want to tell you The Great Dog Bottom Swap arrived today and everybody loves it from 71 to 3 years old. We haven’t laughed so much in ages. Thank you Holly and we wish you a lovely holiday in France. Bon voyage, a toute la famille.:)


  2. Have you tried reading Le Petit Prince? It’s quite possibly one of my favorite books. The French might be a little advanced if you are just learning, but it’s available in English translations as well, might be fun to check out if you haven’t already!


  3. We have a copy of Le Petit Prince here and will definitely be reading it, thanks for the suggestion! Holly’s class started it last year but only got halfway through. We’ve got a dual language book so that should be fun!


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