Oh, the joy of not typing with accents. The stay with you does not lend itself to a concise testimonial as there were so many things I enjoyed! I’ll leave most of it out.
However, I shall try.
Helene managed to maintain my interest in 3hrs of lessons each morning. A first ever.
Helene managed to ruin my diet.
Helene managed to cause every joint in my body to ache for weeks.
How did she do this?
By quickly assessing my language level and needs and applying challenging but not overwhelming tasks.Only falling back to English as a last resort was a plus as you have to think. By cooking food I couldn’t resist.
By being a full-on tour guide every afternoon and evening.
I am only now realizing how much I picked up at my two homestays in France. I can follow a conversation in French, when spoken with an NZ accent, and can get the gist of one spoken moderately quickly by a native.
For me, this is a big step forward and exactly what I needed.