Even if you don’t speak French, this will not be an insurmountable problem. The secret is to try. Learn a few essential phrases and practice them often. You will find that French shopkeepers will appreciate your effort and assist you any way they can.
To that end, Yerda has compiled a list of French Language URLs that we have found helpful in our home studies. Some of them are included here. Additional ones can be communicated to you if you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a short list of French Language Study Tools for your consideration. You will find them all online and will soon know if they will be helpful in your situation.
Rosetta Stone, to us, it’s the fastest way to learn French; fun and effective.
You can download free language software from byki.
Transparent Language. One of the oldest programs around, can be downloaded free at Fluent French.
And, here is a list of helpful on-line newsletters.
Bien-dire. A magazine for French learners that is published in France, offers a stimulating way to brush up your French and to learn about French culture.
French Word-A-Day serves up a thrice-weekly slice of French life including fun French vocabulary, photos of Provence (where the author has a cooking school), regional recipes and more.
Jeff Steiner’s Americans in France. A resource for people who would like to live and work in France.