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I have been learning French for 3 1/2 years and one of my main goals in learning besides being able to read and write in French, but be able to converse fluently in this wonderful language.

It was recommended to me by my French Teacher in Australia that an immersion stay in France would help me with my confidence and give my comprehension and conversation skills a real boost. And so that is how I came to have an immersion stay with Chantal.

I have to say that my time with Chantal, and also with her family and friends, exceeded all my expectations.

On being very warmly welcomed into her home, Chantal then very quickly picked up not only on my current level of French but how I best learn. A mix of classroom, general conversation and being out and about.

For example, we would walk down to the bakery each morning to buy fresh baguettes for breakfast, chatting away in French (with me being corrected very gently with my grammar and accent when required). In addition, I was given many opportunities to participate in the day to day life of a French family as well as life in a small village. It was fabulous!

Yes, I did not always understand conversations around me, but I never once felt excluded. I was more often than not content to just listen and soak in the rhythm and flow of the language, all the time improving my comprehension skills. In saying that though, I often surprised myself at how much I understood – or at least the overall gist of the conversation!

I would highly recommend anyone thinking of doing an Immersion Stay to take the plunge. You will not regret it, especially if you stay with Chantal. It is an experience I will never forget and I know that I will be back for another stay with Chantal. I still have a lot of improving to do!

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