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I could not be happier with my choice for the week I spent in northern France with Eliane and Benjamin. My interests are history and learning how to speak French. . So visiting northern France with all the history of World War I and World War II was a perfect pick for my French immersion experience.

Right from the start Eliane and Benjamin made me feel at home. I stayed in the apartment behind their house, which is very nice and private.

I have been studying French for almost a year using apps, watching French movies on Netflix, watching YouTube videos and Elaine brought it all together for me. I know she quickly assessed my skill level and developed lessons tailored to exactly what I needed. I am learning French a little later in life and Eliane is a very patient professor and has the perfect balance between correction and encouragement. By the end of the week the light started to turn on in my head and everything I’ve been trying to learn on my own started to come together.

After our morning lessons, based on suggestions from Eliane, I would tour the Somme battlefields on my own. I had many opportunities to speak what I had been learning, and sometimes it was sink or swim. But it was really fun trying to communicate with someone who did not speak English, and all the French people I came in contact with were very nice.

I also went on two excursions with Eliane. She is very knowledgeable about the history of northern France, which was a very pleasant surprise. In fact she could easily teach a history class on World War I. One afternoon we went to Eliane’s mothers house and had lunch with her mother and grandmother. This turned out to be one of my favorite moments, not only did I get a chance to speak more French, but the food was absolutely incredible. Eliane, her mother and grandmother are excellent “les cuisiniers”, in fact, I did not want to leave that table, like ever! Haha, it was “très bon”.

Overall I would easily rate the week “five stars”. My visit had everything I could have asked for and more, learning and speaking French, touring historical sites, eating fantastic food, staying in a large studio apartment and getting to know Eliane and Benjamin. They are not only great hosts that make you feel welcome and comfortable, they are also really nice people and fun to be around.
Thank you Eliane and Benjamin for a fantastic experience!

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