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«Live French is a French immersion course with a difference, because this time it’s personal!

It is based in the historic French town of Angoulême and the Cognac-producing country which surrounds it, and essentially you can manage the itinerary to suit your own personal interests. This means that the shock of total immersion in French language and culture is ameliorated by the fact that you are learning about subjects about which you are enthusiastic and about which you are keen to communicate. That in itself is an invaluable learning aid. It’s not all fun though, as visits, in my case, to historical Angoulême and to the Cognac houses, where you can build up your listening skills on personal guided tours, are complemented by Grammar exercises on agreed areas of weakness and a fair amount of homework.

Highlight for me was being invited to a dinner party with a French family and their friends – conversation ranged through differences in French and British culture, French & British politics, favourite holiday destinations and of course food. A very warm, friendly, stimulating and unforgettable evening.

At the end of the week, I was asked to write a presentation on the Cognac-production methods that I had seen during the week, from barrel-makers to small family producers to Remy Martin, and to present my findings to some of the people I had met the previous evening at the dinner party. This sounds daunting, but after a week of full immersion in the French language, the unique way the course is structured, the warmth of the people I had met, and of course the bubbly enthusiasm of my tutor, it was a very enjoyable experience.» ROB SUTHERLAND

IT Group Relationship Manager, AXA Investment Managers

«This French Immersion was a great, enriching experience for me! It was an excellent “melange” of learning the language (vocabulary & grammar) with discovering and understanding the French culture.

A dive into a 100% French environment: meeting, dining, debating, joking with different people in various places. And all this with the support of a dedicated, professional and funny teacher. I believe this training is best suitable for individuals having already some basic French knowledge.

How did the immersion help me? The most important, I’ve started to effectively speak French. Furthermore, it has helped me using the correct grammar structure and utilizing proper words during conversations. Last, but equally important, it helped me keeping up the incredible speed some French guys have when talking…» ADRIAN IORDACHE

Senior Auditor, Lafarge

«The cognac sipped on the chateau tours lowers your defences and, before you know it, you’re using the subjunctive with ease. The grammar tuition is rendered painless by Hélène’s easy style and the opportunity to get to know a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds improves your confidence and fluency.» JEREMY

Supply Chain Consultant, L’Oréal

«The intensive french course in Charente was a great balance of language and cultural training and good fun too.

We spent time looking around the historical sites of Angouleme, the old towns, distilleries, and grape vines of the Cognac region, as well as some intensive grammar and language exercises. At the beginning of the week I was still feeling quite uncomfortable with speaking French day to day, particularly after only a couple of months in France. So early on, it was certainly hard work and even frustrating at times, but Helene really helped to build my confidence and answered my more difficult questions without problem. It was very tiring too, my brain was working like it’s never worked before, and I was always very glad to fall asleep each night!

The week finished with my presenting some of the things that I had seen during the week, some of it relatively technical, so pushing me to develop my language skills. Certainly the following Monday back at work, all my colleagues commented on the improvements I’d made, but most of all it gave me the confidence to talk (and hence improve).

Finally it was fun too, with pleasant dinners in nice restaurants, and friendly conversations with the friends and colleagues of Helene. The accommodation was good, and the activities well planned. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, and if you work hard the benefits will show themselves very quickly indeed!» BEN

ISIS project Warehouse flows technical expert, L’Oréal

« Ideally suited to my learning style:

  • practical
  • variety of activities
  • a blend of learning each day
  • grammar, vocabulary & practical application
  • good to learn about French culture and history too

Primarily FUN!! » CARYS

Training Program Manager, Lafarge University

«My educational and cultural experience in Angoulême was extremely rich. The learning process takes place in a friendly and stressless atmosphere, which leads to quicker and more solid results.» OSVALDO

Chief executive officer, PSA

«Helene’s immersion course was great! It was really great to have the opportunity to not only learn French but also to learn about French culture and local traditions. The accomodations were fantastic and the owners went out of their way to make my stay perfect and to help me improve my French. I really enjoyed my weeklong course and highly recommend it.» LIZ

Financial Analysis Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb