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I recently had my first immersion homestay experience with Chantal and I can say that it was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made!

I have been learning French for about 2.5 years and felt like an immersion would help consolidate my learning.

The train from Paris took about 50 minutes to get to the train station that is not too far from Chantal’s home. Chantal and her partner Stephane were there to meet me, which was nice, and they were both welcoming. Thanks again to Stephane for carrying my very heavy luggage!

The student bungalow behind Chantal’s house was very spacious and comfortable. I appreciated being able to have a private space to myself to relax, complete homework and watch French TV and movies.

I felt overwhelmed initially and self-conscious about speaking French, however after a couple of days I gradually felt more comfortable with forming sentences and just having a go because Chantal was very patient. She provided feedback and suggestions in a gentle manner, even when she had to correct me on the same things several times!

I appreciated the various excursions we did and also being included in some daily activities, which gave me more insight into everyday life in France. I also have to mention Chantal’s delicious cooking that I had the opportunity to enjoy for lunch each day with Chantal and her mother Liliane.

By the end of the week, I was feeling more confident with my French and after I returned home, other students in my usual French class gave me positive feedback too. I would highly recommend anyone looking to improve their French to have a stay with Chantal!

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