The Stage Immersion Anglais Blog

Welcome to our blog page!

We aim to regularly update the site with articles, mostly in English, to interest and entertain our students, friends and family.

You'll find blogs about Lauragais and Haute Garonne - this beautiful region of France that we call home.

We introduce French readers to some of the quirks of British life. And for students of English, Ted includes simple but highly effective tips for mastering tricky grammar.

Enjoy reading!

Ted and Julie

I read recently that France has more dogs than any other European country, but what breed of dog do the French choose?

Ted ~ 20 February 2024

The English words 'actual' and 'actually' can be confusing for language learners. They are ‘false friends’, that resemble French words, but have completely different meanings. What do these words mean, and how can you remember? Read on………

Ted ~ 11 June 2021

Learn English safely during 2021

Would you like to improve your English, but hesitate to travel overseas due to coronavirus?

Would you like to avoid the queues and the crowds?

Would you like to immerse yourself in a safe and relaxing environment?

Come and join us, in the heart of the Lauragais countryside, just 40 minutes from Toulouse.

Ted ~ 16 June 2020

The moon in Lauragais is the same moon as seen anywhere in the world, but once a month in Lauragais, it takes on a special significance.

Ted ~ 17 March 2020

Reading is a great way to improve your English language skills. It’s also an activity which is very much in keeping with La Selve; surrounded by fields and woods, a very relaxing place, an ideal place to learn.

Ted ~ 28 January 2019

When I was a boy, my mother cooked ‘English breakfast’ for our family of five, every morning except Sunday. It has remained one of my favourite meals, both to eat and to cook.

Ted ~ 27 November 2018

“But what exactly happens during an English immersion programme?”

Our prospective students sometimes have difficulty imagining their stay at La Selve, totally immersed in English. “How will we fill the day?” “How will I learn English?”

Read on, for detailed insight from a recent visitor.

Julie ~ 25 May 2018

Who doesn’t eat pizza? Nobody that I know of. The choice is almost unlimited: meat, cheese, fish, vegetarian, with this, without that. It’s this flexibility that has made pizzas such a worldwide success, rather like the English language really.

Ted ~ 16 May 2017

From our home on a clear day we can see La Montagne Noire. Is it called the ‘Black Mountain’ because when seen, at least from the north, its silhouette always seems black, or is there some other reason?

Ted ~ 2 April 2017

Mastery of Business English is becoming more and more important in today’s fast-moving world. What mistakes do French business people commonly make, when speaking English? Ted shares his experience.....

Ted ~ 17 January 2017

At the end of my last blog on the Little Owls that live close to La Selve I said “perhaps next year we will have a nest of little Little Owls”. I am happy to report that we now have at least one young owl, perhaps two. One of them paid us an unexpected visit ......

Ted ~ 12 September 2016

Amongst the regular visitors to La Selve is a little owl. It was some time before either of us saw the owl, but ‘all things come for those who wait’; and one morning, on her return from walking the dogs, Julie came into the kitchen excitedly, saying ‘I’ve seen him’.

Ted ~ 24 January 2016

Language learners - when comparing similar objects should you say ‘that’s the same than my car’ or ‘that’s the same as my car’ or something else?

Here’s a simple and effective way to overcome what is a common problem for French speakers of English.

Ted ~ 20 May 2015

English learners - do you have difficulty choosing the right preposition when talking about movement?

I’m going in China...... I’m going to China. Which is correct?

If you can remember a very simple learning aid, your problems will be solved.

Ted ~ 15 April 2015

A traditional British cup of tea is made in a teapot, usually made of china, but stainless steel or silver are alternatives. Most families have a number of pots, at La Selve, we have three; a small one for one or two people, a medium one, and a large one for the family and visitors.

Ted ~ 11 March 2015

Ted’s family have always had dogs. When he was a boy, the family dog, Judy, was a mongrel; fast, very clever, and much loved by all. His elder brother now has two Border Collies, his younger brother has three black Labradors, and for years it was Ted’s plan to have two English Pointers. However, the time had to be right; his work meant a constant change of countries, cultures and climate, he would have to wait.

Ted ~ 8 September 2014

The rich history and heritage of this beautiful region of France was shaped by a simple colour – blue.

During the Renaissance, the Dyer’s Woad plant was cultivated in Lauragais, and its blue pigment was traded at the price of gold throughout Europe. This brought wealth to the whole region, which became known as the Pays de Cocagne; the Land of Plenty.

Julie ~ 26 June 2014

La Selve is an old sandstone farmhouse, and just outside the kitchen door is the bell, a ship’s bell. The bell was bought in June 2000 at a chandler’s in England. Several bells were tried, several times, for this was a serious matter …

Ted ~ 26 June 2014

Each spring, the meadows around our French home are thick with wild orchids. Though not as large and showy as their tropical cousins, they are fascinating to find and to photograph.

Julie ~ 2 June 2014