July 21st, 2015

December/January Quiz Winners
$150 vouchers: Elliott Fitzjohn + Gillian Arbuthnott
$100 vouchers: Maree Shaw + Graham Adams
$ 50 vouchers: Robyn Brooks + Diane Smith + Sheri Pradel +
Charlotte Stace

November Quiz Winners
$250 voucher: Harriet Looi
$100 voucher: Jane Donald
$50 vouchers: Corli Husselmann + Florence Lyons +
Sandy Harman + Penelope Scott

October Quiz Winners
$150 vouchers: Anne Lee + Annushka Speight
$100 vouchers: Katrien Brown + Piers Greenaway
$ 50 vouchers: Marylin Walkie + Suzanna Irwin + Jayne McKenzie + Moira Kennerley

September Quiz Winners
$250 voucher: Catherine Hill:
$100 vouchers: Jonathan Hattrell + Giovanni Coco
$50 vouchers: Karen Fursdon + John Tinkle + Naya Nicolins + Charlotte Crottaz + Gina Deerness-Plesner

August Quiz Winners
$150 vouchers: Sarah Lee + Ian Franklin
$100 vouchers: Victoria Faris + Raewyn McNamara
$50 vouchers: Noor Toumia + Helen Ngapo + Lydia Hall + Sefton Revell

July Quiz Winners
$250 voucher: Theresa Slaten
$100 voucher: Robert White
$50 vouchers: Yoonah Choi + Kathryn Day + Tara Ginsberg + Kimberley Nicholson

April Quiz Winners
$150 vouchers: Julie Leith + Joanna Divett
$100 vouchers: Stephen Grimwood + Sheree Duncan
$50 vouchers: Sophie Grandclaude + Rebecca Grant + Judy Perry + Alistair McAlpine

March Quiz Winners
$250 vouchers: Elizabeth Warren
$100 vouchers: Miles Dunkin + Brad Edwards
$50 vouchers: Trudi Brock + Stuart Gregory + Stepanka Sabrsula + Sophie Grandclaude + Nicki Holtz

How can I spend a few months or years in France?

October 12th, 2014

v04Here are a few ways to spend some time in France :
– Working Holiday Visa: as a New Zealand citizen between the ages of 18 and 30, spend one year in France combining tourism study and work.
– Work as an English assistant language in France for 6 to 9 months (if you are aged between 20 and 30).
– Study in France: design an academic itinerary perfectly suited to your goals and background. Thousands of possibilities exist in every field of knowledge.

the language of love and reason

First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. But French is also an analytical language that structures thought, develops critical thinking and helps argue a case and present different points of view – a valuable skill for discussion and negotiation. It is the language of outstanding scientists and great philosophers, like the universalist thinkers of the 18th century Enlightenment who spread the idea of human rights throughout the world.

I Love French Competition

August 28th, 2013

1/ The French Embassy in New Zealand (i.e. “the Organiser”) will organise a quiz competition through its website, from April 1st 2010, consisting of two-monthly sets of 9 questions about French language and French culture.

2/ The first set of 9 questions entitled “Quiz N°1” will be open online to eligible entrants from April 1st 2010. Afterwards, a new set of 9 questions will be open online the 1st day every following two months. Each set will close at 12pm on the last day of the second month it runs.

3/ The number of sets, and consequently the whole duration of the competition, is not known or set in advance. Therefore, the competition can be stopped by the organiser at any time, on the last active day of a given set.

4/ The organiser reserves the right to withdraw this competition or any part of it should its ability to fulfil its due obligations be limited at any stage by any form of technical failure.

5/ Entry is free and open to residents of New Zealand aged 18 years or older. Employees of the French Embassy and partners associated with this competition and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

6/ To enter the competition, entrants must provide their full name, a current and valid e-mail address and a phone number, and tick the “NZ resident” box in the competition entry form. A phone number will only be used in an effort to contact the winners.

7/ Eligible entrants are limited to one entry per day for the duration of the competition. Any subsequent entry received from an eligible entrant on the same day as another valid entry from that same eligible entrant will be invalid.

8/ Entries must be received during the opening period of each given set of 9 questions. The organiser accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.

9/ The organiser reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for tampering with the entry process, including, but not limited to, submitting an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions.

10/ The prize draws will be held every two months for a given two-monthly set of questions, in the days following the closing date of the said set.

11/ Winners will be posted on every two months.

12/ Each winner will be notified individually by telephone or e-mail and given all useful information to get hold of their prize. Inability to contact the winners within fourteen days of the prize draw will result in the prize being forfeited.

13/ The prizes consists of vouchers redeemable at La Cave (Hamilton), importer of French goods. For the whole duration of the competition, whatever the final number of monthly sets may be, the following vouchers will be awarded: 68 x $50 vouchers, 28 x $100 vouchers, 16 x $150 vouchers and 8x  $250 vouchers. Delivery is nationwide. Delivery costs come in addition to the nominal value of the voucher and will be paid jointly by the organiser and La Cave. Runner-up prizes include the official I Love French badge.

14/ The organiser’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

15/ The prize is neither exchangeable nor transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

16/ The winners consent to their names being used for public relations purposes relating to this promotion.

17/ By ticking the optional box “I am happy for ilovefrench to e-mail me information that may be of interest”, entrants acknowledge that they are agreeing to receive future e-mailed communications from the organiser. Entrants’ personal information will be stored on a database by the organiser. A request to access, update or correct any information should be directed to the organiser at the addresses set out below.


What is the image of France in the world?

November 25th, 2011

v03According to a poll carried out for the BBC World Service (28,000 people questioned across 27 countries), France is one of the countries enjoying the most positive image in 2007.
This popularity seems in part linked to France’s choice of using soft power rather than force in international conflicts. 50% of those polled regard France’s influence in the world as positive. France ranks fourth behind Canada (54%), Japan (54%) and the European Union (53%).
All in all, 25 out of 27 countries polled have a favourable opinion of France.
The countries from which France gets the most votes are spread throughout the four corners of the world: Kenya (66%), Portugal (65%), Chile (64%), Russia (63%), Nigeria (63%), China (62%), Greece (60%) Lebanon (60%), etc.

fun to learn

June 27th, 2011

v10French is an easy language to learn, especially for English native speakers as 50% of English vocabulary is derived from French and 3221 words are strictly identical. It is easy to communicate in French after just a few lessons.
French appeals to students because it is a melodious and romantic language. It is of great assistance when learning other languages, especially Romance languages such Italian or Spanish.
A huge range of up-to-date teaching resources, based on contemporary songs, films and live material, makes learning French enjoyable from the first years of school.
In schools, French is also often heard on the stage as the richness of French literature and theatre encourages teachers to put on plays with their students.
To enhance the fun, students and teachers can easily get in touch with French speakers, online or in real life, through many types of visit and exchange programmes in France or through thousands of French schools twinned with schools around the world.

Being able to speak French is a privilege. Why is this so?

June 12th, 2010

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AndrewMerhtensThe French language has an enviable reputation all over the world. Wherever you travel, being able to speak French will label you as a discerning, well-educated person, whatever your proficiency level is. France has a long and rich cultural heritage, and a lively, up-to-date cultural scene featuring festivals, theatre, literature, fashion and cuisine. For example, the French cinema industry produces 120 to 150 fiction movies a year, which are considered by critics to be the best quality alternative to Hollywood cinema, and Paris has the world’s highest density of cinemas.
To enter this unique cultural world and get the most out of it, French is an invaluable asset.

Why is France the most popular tourist destination in the world?

With 82 million foreign tourists in 2007, France continues to be the world’s number one tourist destination, way ahead of Spain (60 million), the United States, China and Italy.
Three quarters of tourists coming to France are European. The British come top, ahead of the Germans. There have also been significantly more visitors from Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. The number of Chinese tourists has risen sharply to nearly 600,000.
Among France’s cultural attractions, the Louvre is the biggest crowd puller (7.6 million visitors), then the Eiffel Tower (6.4 million), Pompidou Centre (5.3 million) and Versailles (3.3 million). Outside Paris, the Puy du Fou theme park and Mont Saint-Michel are the most popular.

What makes France attractive in terms of career and professional opportunities?

April 3rd, 2010

v02Its scientific, industrial, and economic know-how: France is the source of technological marvels such as the high-speed train, the smart card, the Ariane rocket, and Airbus planes. France is also the world’s fourth largest economy, home to world-class manufacturing groups such as Renault, Michelin, L’Oréal, Total, France Telecom, Carrefour, and many thousands of promising start-ups and thriving smaller businesses.
– Its education system: internationally recognized diplomas, degrees and certificates; 400 internationally renowned institutions of higher education and research; a system of accreditation that ensures quality education.
– Its quality of life : a unique system of public transportation, modern and affordable health care, cities in which you feel safe and secure, unique landscapes, a choice of life styles to content the most demanding individuals, both country and city lovers.


a career asset

January 8th, 2010

v09Speaking French is an advantage for finding a job with the many multinational companies and organisations whose working language is French across a wide range of activities and businesses (retailing, automotive, luxury goods, aeronautics, etc.).
As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
In international organisations, French is one of the two official languages and a working language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
Nowadays, speaking one foreign language is not enough. Proficiency in French is a prerequisite for anyone planning on a career in international organisations and companies, and students who speak several languages will increase their chances of finding a job.

The language of culture

February 12th, 2009

v08French is often considered as the language of culture. A French lesson is a cultural journey into fashion, gastronomy, the arts, architecture and science. A knowledge of French provides access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs. It is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Antoine de St Exupéry, Voltaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Claude Monet, Edith Piaf, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Pasteur, Louis and Auguste Lumière, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Audrey Tautou, Christian Dior, Zinedine Zidane, Luc Besson and many more.

spoken on the five continents

Along with English, French is the only language that is taught in every country in the world and the ninth most widely spoken language.
The second most widely learned foreign language after English, it is also the third most used language on the Internet, meaning it offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all the continents and news from French-language international media. More than 200 million people on all five continents speak French. Francophonie, the international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 68 states and governments.
France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes.

Speaking French language; a long and still lively love story

January 4th, 2008

v05In 1066, William the Conquerer, Duke of Normandy, won the battle of Hastings and was crowned King of England. From this moment, speaking French language started to interact extensively with English. It was the beginning of a long love story between both languages, which is still very much alive, consisting of a huge number of reciprocal borrowings.

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Words travelled from one language to the other, then came back to the cradle with different meanings or spellings, while others enriched the other language and gave birth to different words, concepts and ideas.

The number of borrowings, over the centuries, is now so high that it is often hard to be sure which of the two languages a given word comes from. Today, more than 3000 words have exactly the same meaning and spelling in French and English. As a result, this long-standing love story between French and English makes it incredibly easy for an English native speaker to learn French, as English and French have so many similarities.