Testimonials about our Intensive French Courses

I think your training method is one of the best I have known.

Daniela Bollmann-Grasser

Vorderhof 33

CH - 9033 Untereggen

Tel: +41 71 860 0502

Mobile: +41 79 6666 123

Email: daniela.bollmann@active.ch

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I took the course because I had been offered a job with a French company and as I was to be working with French speaking indigenes I had to undergo an interview in France, in French, two days after finishing the course. I passed the interview and was offered the job the next day. One of the many good things I found about the course was that I told Mr. Godard at the start that my initial aim was to pass the interview, with a secondary aim of continuing to learn the language, and he was able to tailor specific aspects of the course directly towards my interview. This definitely helped me get through a rather nerve racking experience as some key points, questions and responses had been turned into key phrases during the course and recorded on cassette allowing me to hear and rehearse them time and again. This 'Key Phrases' is a particular aspect of the course and I have found it particulary useful and still listen to the tapes on a regular basis now. Through this I am gaining more confidence and having been given a good grasp of the structure of the language have now found it much easier to learn on my own the grammar and verb conjugations. I have three French contractors working for me here in Nigeria and whereas I used to conduct all business in English with them, I now spend a lot of time speaking French on the job and even go out for a beer with them where we only speak French. The 'immersion' part of the course gave me the confidence to do this as only French is spoken throughout the course, although you are helped when you are in particular difficulty in trying to make yourself understood.

Greg Tasker

Shell

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I have studied French for the past four summers in French-speaking countries and no other school is better than Dialogue thanks to the "private lessons."

I brought some cassettes on which I had recorded French programs, made a transcript before each lesson and had a teacher correct it. This practice greatly helped me improve my French.

This autumn just after the lessons I passed the DELF 1st grade at the score of 16.5~18 out of 20.

The fees are a little expensive but they are worth it. Dialogue is for those who really want to improve their French because no one speaks Japanese there.

Koichi NODA

Teacher

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About my DialoguE experience :

Most language training I've ever had taught me how to translate from English to French. At DialoguE I learned to call on what I knew to express myself directly in French. What a difference! Much like the difference between someone who can follow a recipe and someone who knows how ingredients combine to form cuisine, I learned more than just verbs & vocabulary; I absorbed the sounds, the nuances, and the rhytms of the language. I discovered that I could be understood by shopkeepers, taxi cab drivers, and, best of all –waiters!

Two weeks at DialoguE were worth two semesters of college level instruction. By the end of my stay I was able to converse with French friends in their own language! They were so impressed. Not only that, but I now have the kind of foundation that makes future learning truly productive, instead of an exercise in memorizing dull vocabulary lists. Maybe the only down side to DialoguE is that one's English gets a little rusty!...

C'est incroyable! Merci mille fois!

Cris Ratiner

Psychologist

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Flexible, sympathetic, personal - these are 3 of the most important adjectives to describe what Dialogue can offer you.

Whilst Jean-Luc, Claudine & their team are wholly professional & highly effective in delivering what you specifically need in terms of individually tailored language training, you will never feel anything other than part of an extended family. This is true from the initial doorstep greeting through your formal lessons, mealtimes and informal discussions up to the day of your final departure. When you are with them, the extended family will probably range from beginners to those who are nearly fluent - this is not an issue. Each gets his/her own needs met in a relaxed & comfortable environment - & students get to help each other in addition to everything that Dialogue offers.

I made much more progress here in just over 3 weeks than I made in 5 years of French lessons in school - & I left with an appetite to come back for more !! From one who was a reluctant language student, there can be no greater praise.

Ian D McKie

OHANET Business Services Manager

BHP Billiton Petroleum (International Exploration) Pty. Ltd.

Neathouse Place, London SW1V 1LH, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7802 7831

Ian.D.McKie@BHPBilliton.com

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My stay at Dialogue was even better than I had hoped it would be. I had a wonderful time, meeting interesting people, and feeling constantly challenged.

You have developed a program that really works, for all levels of ability.

My French improved a lot, and I am anticipating having it improve even more, during my next visit to Dialogue. I don't know yet when that might be, but I do know that I will return.

Thank you for the innovative approach to language learning, the wonderful teachers, and for making me feel so at home. Please feel free to give out my name and phone number to anyone interested in learning more about Dialogue, as I'll be happto to help spread the word.

Again many thanks to you and Claudine, and everyone at Dialogue who helped make my experience there so positive.

Margaret Nomentana

Painter

001207 925 65 75

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"The stay at Dialogue was most helpful in focusing my efforts on key areas for improvement. The teaching methods were well adapted to my requirements and the teachers were excellent. It was very pleasant to be in a family home rather than in a school environment. This enhanced the learning experience"

David P. McNeilly

david.mcneilly@wanadoo.fr

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"The quality of instruction was quite high, with a great deal of attention given to individual needs.

I was able to make significant progress in the areas of greatest importance to me in a short period of time.

I would (and do) recommend Dialogue highly to anyone who is serious about learning French as efficiently as possible."

Colleen Keenan

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Your school was better than I imagined.

It rose far above the professionalism that I anticipated.

I particularly appreciated the perfection that you requested.

And of course, the food was superb.

James David Jacobs

Baker & McKenzie

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(...) For those with any interest in learning or improving their French, in my experience, Dialogue is THE place to go. It is an ideal setting whether one starts as I did, serious disaster case, or one is a professor of French seeking only to perfect an accent. The greatest risk for any student is that Dialogue can be rather addictive. I've been lucky enough to be there three times and I'm looking forward to the fourth.

Ann Bensinger

Ombudsman

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"One must be very cautious, of course, about any dealings over the internet with an entity one does not know. But, Dialogue is all they claim to be in their web site and much more. I cannot think of any group or business that I have dealt with in recent years that lived up more fully and totally to the deal they make with each individual student, in terms of instruction, cost and promised facilities and amenities. One can have total confidence that here are folks who really care about what they do, are proud of it, and proud to teach and share the beautiful French language with those fortunate enough to come to their splendidly equipped and located school. In my view, they are at the very top of the apex in instruction methods and personal expertise in language training. My time there has given me a very fond memory to carry a lifetime."

Dean Moor

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Over the years enterprises which "promise their customers less, yet deliver more" are the successful ones. Exceeding clients' expectations as a routine matter happens only through careful attention to every aspect...down to the smallest detail... of the enterprise. While such business terminology is not often applied to the educational and training process, in the case of Dialogue it most certainly deserves to be.

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In summation, we've arrived home with a very clear understanding of the ongoing steps we must take to insure that we not only keep alive the language skills we've gained, but also to move ahead. We are already planning our return to Dialogue within a year for another rewarding and satisfying experience.

Margot Dexter and Palmer Swanson

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As I am in a hurry, I just write you to let you know that I got the job at the ICRC.

For the interview I had the chance to choose between English and French and I decided to speak FRENCH!!!! For the group discussion etc. we spoke as well in FRENCH.

Thank you very much for your help....

Kind regards

Mirjam Pfister

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On my return home, I received with interest the most recent "Champs-Elysées" cassette to which I have subscribed for a long time.

A month ago I heard about 50 %. Now, after my stay at DialoguE, I hear almost all.

David Moore

Professor of Statistics

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In only two weeks I made a noticeable improvement in my ability to speak and comprehend French, and significantly improved my self-confidence.

Within weeks of leaving Dialogue I was living in Paris, navigated an interview entirely in French, and had received a job offer.

The instructors were genuinely interested in helping me learn, easily accommodating my particular interests and learning style.

Rest assured that during your stay Jean-Luc and Claudine will be the perfect hosts, providing wonderful conversation and food for those rare times when you're not studying or having a lesson. Be sure to ask Jean-Luc to show you his slides from Burundi!

Dan Bradley East Boston MA

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"I have taken a number of French language courses over the last ten years but always in a group format. My French had reached a particular level but I found it difficult to advance beyond this. I spent a very fruitful five days with the Godards and their excellent teachers at Spa and I reached a new level of confidence with the language. I made some marked improvements during the course and am now confident that I can reach a much higher level with practice."

Patrick Lynam, Brussels

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I wholeheartedly recommend five days at Dialogue. Your efficient & personalised teaching has certainly remotivated me. Additionally, your cassettes make it easy to continue to make progress at home.

Regards to all,

Gillian Heath, Brussels

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Six months after my first visit to Dialogue and immediately prior to starting my new job in a Parisian law firm, I returned to Dialogue for two weeks. The result is that I felt extremely comfortable and natural speaking in French once I arrived in France. Immediately after my arrival, I received many compliments on my French. Parisians repeatedly expressed surprise that I had never lived for an extended period of time in France. Furthermore, the facility of expression that I gained at Dialogue helped me to adapt quickly to working in an entirely French office and to interact easily on a social level with French people outside of the office. I know that the time that I spent at Dialogue played an important role in my current comfort level in France and the extent to which I am enjoying my stay here.

Dialogue is, without a doubt, the best language school that I have found. The main drawback to studying at Dialogue is that afterward, you will be much less tolerant of the inefficiency of studying elsewhere.

Anne Oh

Stibbe

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My French improved dramatically: I could see and hear improvement daily, not just over the course of weeks. I made more progress in my week at Dialogue than I did over the course of a year studying at school.

If you really want to learn French (or Spanish, or German, or Flemish), and you’re willing to put in the work to do it, I can’t imagine a more effective method. And I can’t wait to go back.

Richard H. Zahm

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I'm home now, and very happy with my Dialogue experience, for many reasons. The biggest is that my instructors knew how to identify and address those issues that are particular to a more advanced learner. No wasted time -- my efforts were focused. Time and energy were well spent, and the result was marked progress each day. Another big reason was the food -- the meals were outstanding!

Morgan Desmond

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"Pure excellence in language education! After searching for two years and taking classes at several schools, finally I've discovered one where I can make solid progress in minimal time. It truly boosts your confidence, rapidly increases your level of comprehension and ease of speaking. The environment is perfect for studies - comfortable, non-stressful, and yet very serious. It's a true language immersion - you speak the language which you study from 9 o'clock in the morning till 10 o'clock in the evening, non-stop. The teachers are extremely competent, well versed in the method, and very pleasant. They concentrate on your goals, making sure that you achieve them by the end of your stay.

Inna Sheinin,Wall Street Financial Firm,

Information Technology Analyst

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I would just like to convey my heart-felt gratitude to you and the whole "Dialogue" team for 2 thoroughly enjoyable and productive weeks in Spa. I feel I made significant progress with my French, thanks to a combination of your highly effective method and an extremely motivated teaching staff. The latter mixed just the right "cocktail" of exercises devoted to grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and practical application - rest assured, I will be putting your cassettes to good use in order to build on what I learned. Claudine's culinary skills rounded off the programme beautifully - all in all, a class act I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone.

Robert Breen, International Advertisement Director,

Handelsblatt Publishing Group, Düsseldorf

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My expectations were fully met by Dialogue. One to one teaching ensured I was learning exactly what I needed, at a pace tailored to my ability. The setting is inviting and the Godards and their staff made my full immersion week a positive experience. I now have the confidence to approach practical situations in French as well as a good foundation for continued learning.

David Elliott, Director Market Development,

Falconbridge International

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During the five days that I spent at Dialogue, I felt that I largely recovered the level of French that I had had years before when I was a student. Even more importantly, I acquired a facility of expression that I had never had before, having only taken large group classes when I was in school. The teaching method developed by Claudine and Jean-Luc Godard is extremely effective, and I found that my lessons were tailored to my particular needs and requests. The professors were not only intelligent, highly skilled and motivated, they had such a pleasant teaching style that the classes were very enjoyable. Additionally, I found that much of the learning took place in the relaxed setting of meals and coffee breaks with the Godard family, the professors and the other students.

Before planning my stay at Dialogue, I was somewhat worried that spending a week in language immersion might not be the most relaxing way to take a break from work. Instead, I found that being at the school was very much like being a guest in the home of excellent hosts. I had a private room and shower in a lovely room with views of the countryside. Every day, there were three delicious sit-down meals, with wine flowing freely at dinner. During the afternoon, there was time to go hiking in the Ardennes or to the thermal baths in heart of Spa. At the end of my stay, not only was I extremely pleased with my progress in French, I felt refreshed and relaxed.

Anne Oh

Stibbe

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Thanks for one of the hardest but one of the most fruitful weeks of my life.. At 54 most people don't attempt to learn a second language, so I arrived with extreme apprehension and left with confidence and motivation. You have given me a solid base on which to build my use of French.

Randy Powers

randy@powers.demon.co.uk

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I wanted to write to thank you for the wonderful 2 weeks I spent at your school DialoguE. As a complete beginner to French I was amazed at the progress I made in 2 weeks. Even now - almost 5 months later - the words and phrases I learnt with you are imprinted on my brain. Sadly since finishing my course I haven't used my French very much - as I didn't end up moving to Lausanne. However I have been to Paris since then and managed to get around Paris, order food and ask directions all in French. It was wonderful to me - as the people appreciated my attempts - and it enhanced the experience greatly. I also wanted to say a few words about your hospitality, the lovely accommodation and food - and how comfortable I felt in your home. I really have to compliment Claudine particularly for her attention to detail and for being a terrific hostess. The food was always delicious, the rooms always clean and comfortable - and the garden delightful. Lastly I have to talk about the learning experience at your school. At first I have to admit that as a complete beginner it all seemed a bit overwhelming. I couldn't imagine being able to understand any of the meal-time conversations - but how wrong I was. After only a week - I could comprehend much of what was being said around the dinner table - and not long after was even able to join in. I was very impressed with the methods you used for teaching, and also very impressed with all of the teachers (yourself and Claudine especially). I would like to add one other special thanks to Ingrid - whose good humour and enthusiasm for teaching French was inspiring. She always made the lessons entertaining and fun - and helped bring French to life for me. Now I've started on the many things that impressed me at DialoguE I am finding it hard to finish. I also appreciated that the length of the lessons were never stinted on. I have worked at a Language School myself - and know that at other schools lessons times are strictly adhered to. At DialoguE the lesson ended when both teacher and student were finished a topic - and not simply because the time was up. So I always felt like I was getting more than my moneys worth. Thank you to you both and everyone and DialoguE for making the experience of learning French a great one. I would gladly recommend your school to anyone who wishes to learn French in a hurry.

Louise Murray,

Independant Computer Consultant

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"I found Dialogue to be very valuable experience. Through the total immersion I gained significant confidence in my speaking ability and the one-on-one courses allowed me to make tremendous progress in the areas I needed to improve. The teachers and teaching methods are outstanding and the hospitality cannot be matched. I hope to continue my studies with Dialogue in the near future."

Carol Lewis,

Delta Airlines

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"DialoguE are a very good company: very professional, and they take a lot of care all the time to tailor the course to your particular needs. A week there seems expensive if you compare the costs with the costs of individual private lessons which you might take elsewhere, but the huge advantage is that you are completely immersed in French. You aren't going out at lunch or back in the evenings to an English environment. I really found that this helped me become more fluent and more confident."

Steph Baxter,

European Commission

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"Dialogue provided me with an excellent preparation for my INSEAD French exam. In particular, Dialogue's thorough coverage of grammar and its distillation of useful structures in 'Phrases-Clefs' gave me a good basis for attacking both the multiple choice and written sections of the exam. Also, living and studying in the 'total immersion' environment at Dialogue allowed me to cover and assimilate this much faster than I would have at a larger school."

John Slater,

Burlington Consultants,

London

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"Once again many thanks for the friendly and informative week at Dialogue. The intense and disciplined one-on-one method of instruction was very effective in improving our conversation and pronunciation. We learned much about the nuances and analytical power of the French language."

John and Yvonne Moossy,

Shephersdstown, WV

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"I would like to thank Jean-Luc and Claudine for making my two-week stay at Dialogue thoroughly fulfilling. The tailored individual sessions on auditory discrimination and phonetics enabled me to make great advances in my pronunciation of French. Equally important, my hosts' unstinting attention to my malapropisms outside class served to heighten my awareness and facilitate correction of longstanding bad habits.
Jean-Luc and Claudine Godard proved to be wonderful hosts; indeed, they were cordial and personable to a fault. The ambiance they generated at their dining and living rooms, amid stupendous meals, wine and classical music was one of extraordinary ease and comfort. Nor did Jean-Luc's graciousness stop at the confines of Villa Sylvania. It was amply in evidence in the tours he gave us of Brugges, Ghent and Brussels, during which the action, naturally, took place entirely in French. To francophiles no matter the French level, I cannot but recommend Dialogue in the highest terms. The opportunity to assimilate francophone culture and refine one's French in the home of such an exceptionally accommodating family is one that no serious francophile should pass up. My only regret, as I write this, is that I don't have a forthcoming vacation to visit Dialogue soon again."

Jorge Kizer,

University Pennsylvania Health sys.,

Department of Medecine, Philadelphia

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"The combination of total immersion in the French language and intense academics is truly hard work. However, the immersion and the excellent instruction paid off. I am delighted with my progress. I can communicate in French with far greater agility than before Dialogue. Additionally, I am convinced that through Dialogue I have built a solid base which will enable my continued progress. Dialogue was the ideal preparation for my MBA studies in France."

Ben Small,

Attorney, MBA Candidate, INSEAD

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"The week we spent was a fine, intensive way to learn French pronunciation and conversation. You are guests in the Godard's house, eating your meals with them and, at lunch, with the instructors. In between meals, you intensively drill pronunciation and conversational phrases in a way I haven't seen done in the U.S."

Mark Roe,

Professor, Columbia Law School, New York

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"A great way to learn French."

Helen Hsu,

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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"My experience at Dialogue was very productive. I spent three weeks learning French. The program of total immersion is the only way to make rapid and enduring progress. In addition, they have developed a new and unique method of learning French which concentrates on difficult sounds, followed by intensive practice to imprint the results permanently. Three weeks of study at Dialogue is equivalent to 2 years of study elsewhere. Above all, living in a French-speaking home adds to the experience. Without exception, Jean-Luc and Claudine Godard are outstanding hosts. The atmosphere is very conducive to relaxed learning. The living quarters and kitchen are four stars."

Dean Limbert,

MD, Kiawah Island,

South Carolina

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"Following my week at Dialogue and the opportunity to use my newly acquired French skills at two congresses in Paris, I am writing to express how pleased I am to have selected Dialogue over my other options. From the first contact your team demonstrated full flexibility with my scheduling constraints. Further, given that the demands of my job do not allow a relaxed multi-week program, you were able to construct an intensive 7-day course that I estimate would have required 2-3 weeks to complete elsewhere. Your competitors did not even understand my needs.
I found several aspects of the course highly unique and commendable. Your method of practicing French pronunciation is essential for the American like me unskilled in French phonetics. You were correct in placing emphasis on this area; my subsequent negotiations in Paris showed that my partners were pleased more by proper pronunciation than perfect grammar. Incidentally, my French friends, initially sceptical about me taking a course in Belgium, were also impressed.
Also, rather than being language teachers only, my course instructors all had occupations in other fields along with extensive training and experience as French instructors. Alone the logistics allowing them to carry on their primary occupation as well as teach were impressive. But more important, Ingrid, Didier and Regis were able to convey current usage of French, in particular from marketing and media, which was relevant to my multimedia business whose vocabulary did not even exist 3 years ago. Finally, the relaxed environment at Villa Sylvania and the excellent cuisine from the hand of Madame Godard certainly added to the enjoyment of immersion in the French language and culture.
I conclude by offering my highest recommendation to others who may be considering French study. Anyone who has time considerations, needs to use spoken French and enjoys a family atmosphere should select Dialogue. I find the program a very good value and hope to return once we clarify our plans to expand into France."

John E. Bissel,

Telemedia GmbH, Germany

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"It is a great pleasure for me to thank you warmly for the excellent lessons in French that I received from you at the end of last year. When I returned to Paris from Spa, I could immediately notice a marked improvement in my competence in speaking French. In particular, I was able to carry on several fairly complicated conversations over the telephone without any difficulty. You will be amused to learn that I happened to mention to my French publisher that I had been taking lessons in French and was hoping to take some more; he replied that I had no need of further lessons! Of course, he was flattering me, I know. His remark, however, was a credit to you. You may refer any prospective clients to me, and I will be happy to recommend your lessons in French-and your gracious hospitality as well."

Ian Stevenson,

M.D. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry,

University of Virginia

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"The course is extremely well thought out, combining many hours of lessons and informal conversation, skilled teaching and a pleasant atmosphere, which makes it the ideal immersion experience. The teachers are well trained and good at structuring the work for each individual. The practical facilities; that is the personal study bedrooms are also well planned and very comfortable. Finally, the house and meals provided are beautiful. I found that the small number of students kept the family atmosphere intact, and it was a great pleasure to talk to everyone I met. My aural comprehension of French and my confidence in speaking it improved enormously, which was what I needed myself."

Sue England,

Brussels

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"I've been studying French for years in the United States, with private lessons, classes, books, audio tapes, video tapes and what have you. While I have to consider myself an advanced student, I can also honestly say that I learned more French during the seven days I spent at Dialogue (May 25-June 2, 1997) than I did with all my other efforts combined.
The Dialogue method is different -- innovative -- especially when it comes to pronunciation. French pronunciation is profoundly different from English. With expert one-on-one guidance I was able to reach into the center of the French language and come out with a better ear for sounds that had previously eluded me. In many other fundamental ways I was able to grasp what I call "real French," instead of English translated into French. Because 60% of the vocabulary of both languages is similar, it's easy for an English speaker to fall into the translation trap -- but real French is something else entirely! I've experienced some of it now, and I want more. I stayed in the lovely home of Claudine and Jean-Luc Godard, two truly hospitable people. Putting aside the warmth that developed between us, the superb meals, and the wine education that Jean-Luc throws in as a matter of course, the addition of real conversation at meals added tremendously to the corpus of my learning. Spa is a lovely place, known for its waters (I tasted waters from seven different springs in one expedition). While there must be many opportunities to live with a French-speaking family, most of them aren't language- teaching visionaries like the Godards."

Monica Winefryde Furlong,

Larchmont, NY

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"I feel privileged to have attended your school, early in its existence, because we have benefitted uniquely from the immense effort that Jean-Luc and Claudine have made. You have provided comfort, a warm intimate ambience, personal tutoring at its finest, beautiful classical music, all reflecting your excellent taste."

David M. Erwin,

Chicago

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