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Re: Advice needed for moving 4 year old boy to the Dordogne, please

I wonder if it's also true to say that the French are not as impressed by a child who happens to be exceptionally bright as the UK is. They are more concerned with a child having a good attitude and making the most of whatever abilities he or she has. In the same way that a "sérieux" kid who has trained to be a shop assistant or a delivery driver or whatever, will get just as much respect as a higher flyer who has also studied hard and shown a good attitude. When it comes to applying for that type of job, the kid who has trained for it will get preference over a brainier kid who has trained for something more ambitious but can't find a job in his own speciality - which would not necessarily be the case in the UK, where people who happen to be "brighter" sometimes (not always) get preference even for bottom feeder jobs.
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Re: Advice needed for moving 4 year old boy to the Dordogne, please

Leanne - going back to the subject of speaking english at home:
We had english neighbours here for some years (they're back in England now ) and they had 2 children born while they were here. They went to maternelle, a "private" catholic one, they don't charge much here. The oldest one, a girl absolutely refused to speak french at home. While at school she quickly learnt to speak french with her peers.
The little boy didn't say much at all, in either language.

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