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After studying French on the internet I wanted an opportunity to practice what I had learnt and get past that barrier of not being sure what to say at that moment when it’s needed or understanding the response.

The immersion course with Eliane and her family, Benjamin and Okami was just what I needed and had hoped for.

Eliane was very flexible with regard to studies and we concentrated on conversational French whilst enjoying the Picardy region. After a few days I felt a real change in my understanding and by the end of the week left with the confidence to spend a further week traveling around Picardy and Normandy, speaking only French.

I found the locals in the village of Roye to be very friendly and happy to talk to me in French even though many probably spoke good English. Certainly Picardy is a good place to strike up conversations with strangers to get that ever necessary additional practice.

I felt as if I was on holiday chatting with friends rather than studying hard at a foreign language and with a better result.
We had some lovely walks around Roye with (the dog) Okami and visited the trenches, Merlin’s castle and Bonaparte’s holiday chateau.

I stayed in the studio apartment in the garden which was ideal and the door to the main house was always open.
Eliane made a delicious breakfast and lunch each day having no problem to cater for my flexitarian diet.
I would definitely recommend an immersion course with Eliane in Picardy.

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