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What an amazing and positive experience.

I had been wanting to do French Immersion for years, but was either short on time or too hesitant to take the plunge. I am so glad that I did. My French can at best be called rusty and patchy and I was keen to expand my conversational ability. I believe I have achieved that.

The whole process could not have been simpler. The information on the website was thorough and gave me a great picture of what to expect. Communication with Eliane was simple and quick and payment by bank transfer was very easy and secure. Before coming, I received emails on information about the immersion experience, as well as a questionnaire to fill out about my ability, or lack thereof, in French, my interests, allergies, food preferences, etc.

Eliane and her delightful partner Benjamin met me at the airport (CDG) in the evening and very patiently circled the car park as my bags were delayed. The trip from CDG was very short – about an hour and we arrived in Roye, where I was also greeted by their adorable dog Okami. He is very friendly and not remotely threatening and is a great conversation ice breaker.

Their house is very welcoming and the “guesthouse”/granny flat that I stayed in was perfect. It was very clean, neat and had all that one could require – great shower, fridge, stove top, kitchen electrics, TV and very good wifi! Plus the total privacy was an amazing luxury. It was like staying in a 5 star hotel! They also have a very big garden, which is perfect for children (I just enjoyed the view from my little patio).

As for the lessons, they were tailored to suit my request and could be also be changed at my request at any time. We conversed, read, went through grammar and practiced comprehension. If I had an issue with one aspect of conversation, we would focus on that. Eliane was patient but also very adaptable. She made the lessons interactive and interesting. It was just what I needed to improve my confidence. Sometimes we would walk in the park and practice there, as would happen in real life if you were conversing with someone.

We also went on two excursions – one for clothes shopping and sightseeing in Compiegne, which was great fun, and one to a war memorial which was also great (though sad). We went shopping at the local market where I had to order the produce, normal supermarket shopping  and Eliane also kindly took me on a side trip to a local gin distillery (I love gin!). She is very knowledgeable on history and current politics/world issues as well as local specialties.

Eliane prepared a fabulous breakfast every morning and we conversed over breakfast. Lunch was delicious and filling – she is a great chef!

Roye itself is a very peaceful and pleasant town with plenty of interesting things to do in short driving distance – of course the battlefields and memorials are a must. There is a supermarket in walking distance and also a beautiful park. There is a Michelin star restaurant, as well as others.

All in all, I could not recommend Eliane’s  french immersion highly enough! I think she would be suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced and the area gives plenty of interesting topics to discuss.

Eliane, Benjamin and Okami, thank you for a wonderful stay!

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