Departures: Trained in French

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The Independent Travel
'PARDON, monsieur, le TGV pour Bordeaux, s'il vous plait.' With a single phrase, language-learning leaps into the 21st century. BBC Enterprises has come up with a new multi-media course designed for beginners, using subjects such as French Railways' high-speed trains. The French Experience, linked to a new BBC-1 and Radio 4 series of the same name, comprises a course book ( pounds 10.99), audio cassettes ( pounds 25.98) or CDs ( pounds 35) and an activity book ( pounds 4.99).