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Exchange student's French connection

Friday, 13th November, 2009

Local teenager Hugh Davies found he had a passion for the French language after taking lessons in year eight.

And having spent the last couple of years studying it through the Dubbo School of Distance Education, Hugh decided the best way to become fluent was to immerse himself in the language.

"I really like the language," Hugh said. "I really want to live in France." He said he has aspirations of studying law or working as a translator there. So the year 10 student from Willyama High School is busy packing his bags for a 12-month exchange to France organised by Education First. The exchange will have him enrolled as a year 10 student in the central-west of the country, 20 kilometres north of Le Mans in a village called Teille. He will be living on a little farm just outside the village of 1,500 people. Country life is something Hugh is certainly used to, coming from a property 100 kilometres north of Menindee called Carmala and doing some of his education through Broken Hill School of the Air. He will leave the city on November 21 and leave Australia on November 29.

He said he has been busy packing winter clothes and his family have downloaded Skype so they can chat via the internet. "I'm a little bit nervous but I'm looking forward to it, of course," Hugh said. His mother Jane - who minored in French at university - and brother Alan will head to France at the end of his exchange.

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