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In January 2019, I spent a magical week with lovely Julie at her Avignon home, working on my elementary French through the immersion program with FrenchToday.  As an American senior (age 75) moving permanently to Provence from California, I was in need of a rapid introduction to the French language and a plan for how I should proceed.  Julie was able to adapt her teaching plan to my odd circumstance–I had almost zero conversational and comprehension skills but a beginning level of reading and writing.

Julie was a kind, caring, and compassionate teacher who tailored her instruction to my odd background and provided a place where I could work quietly in the afternoon and evening, in a scholarly manner, on my assignments.

I lived alone in historic Avignon behind the ramparts, in Julie’s quiet, beautiful, well situated apartment. She prepared delightful French meals for me and provided cultural enrichment. The respite of being alone, immersed in one intent, was unlike anything I have ever done before.  The experience provided much more than was promised or that I had imagined.

Someday I plan to return for another week with Julie, hoping that she will be proud of my progress, which she helped redirect so astutely. I enthusiastically recommend FrenchToday and Julie for an outstanding immersion experience.

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