Your French Immersion Residential Program
Bonjour, my name is Chantal. Welcome to my home!
I am a French native, and I’m also fluent in English and Dutch since my husband Marco is originally Dutch (although his French is excellent). I have worked as a teacher for the Alliance Française and the Volks University of Nijmegen (Netherlands), and I have a DAEFLE degree (diploma for teaching French as a Second Language). Now that our children no longer live with us, we love having guests and exchanging cultural views and opinions.
Although our house may look quite classic, we are very warm and easy-going people and you’ll feel welcomed and at ease in our company.
Three Houses: Your Choice!
We live in a gorgeous family residence in Picardie near Paris. We have actually three adjacent houses!
Marco and I usually live in the smaller house with two extra bedrooms for students, but we also occasionally move to the bigger house (where my sweet Mom lives) to accommodate students traveling with larger families – we don’t mind, we do it all the time and it’s right next door.
We also have built a bungalow next to the pool, especially for our immersion students : a large room with a king size bed and a private bathroom, with a small kitchen. The bungalow is full of light, comfortable and spacious : I’m sure you’ll love it!
And now, some pictures.
The Immersion Student’s Bungalow
There is an enclosed yard with a patio and a large swimming pool (which you will certainly enjoy during the summer months – the student bungalow is just there, by the pool).
There is a king size bed, two comfy leather chairs, a TV and wifi.
The kitchen area is small but functional – anyway, I do most of the cooking in the big house! But it’s nice for students to have a small kitchen for snacks and coffee (notice the Nespresso machine!).
In the bathroom, there is a large shower, a sink and a toilet.
Or a Room in Your Immersion Teacher’s Own House
Now, if you prefered or if you are traveling with your family, you could also have a room in our own house. Our house has 3 bedrooms, one open kitchen and dining room area, a living room and one large bathroom.
There is WiFi throughout the house.
As you can see in the pictures, we have a very friendly labrador who loves company, a cocker spaniel, and a cat named Titi (how French!). All our pets are very friendly to adults and kids alike, and are part of our family.
We don’t smoke cigarettes in the house, but Marco occasionally enjoys e-cigarettes outside.
I love to cook and cook both traditional and gastronomic food.
I will be happy to adapt my cooking to your specific diet, and share my family recipes with you – you are welcome to join me in the kitchen (a good way to practice your French).
As you understand, there is plenty of space: with the two adjacent houses and the student’s bungalow, we can all hang out, as you enjoy the privacy of your own house at the same time.
The French Picardie Region – 40 Minutes From Paris
We live in a small town called Mouy, with many shops and restaurants nearby.
We are a five-minute walk from the train station which goes to Paris in less than 40 minutes – We’ll visit Paris together if you’d like, and we’ll speak French as we do!
There is so much to do in this area… A big park, three golf courses, fishing places (trouts or carps), horseback riding trails, kart racing, paintball…
We are very close to the gorgeous Chantilly castle and park, Pierrefond castle, the towns of Beauvais, Senlis… even Versailles is not far.
We are also close to the Asterix Amusement park (30 minute drive) and Disneyland Paris (1h drive).
So if you are traveling with your family, you could be studying French with me as they go to the amusement parks…
As you see, there is really something for everyone in our region!
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Course Homestay
A one week residential course includes:
- 3h x 5 days of private lessons – but that is only the formal part of the instruction. I spend as much time as possible with my students, and really share my everyday life with you, so you’ll get a lot of French practice.
- Your own bungalow located next to our house : a spacious room and a nice bathroom, small kitchen.
- Full access to our yard and swimming pool
- Breakfast and lunch with us (unless you’d like to be more independent, it’s up to you). It’s a large “French style” lunch with plenty to eat.
- You’ll have dinner on your own: you are welcome to use our kitchen (and dig in the left-overs: there is always plenty of food at my house) and there are also many restaurants in Mouy within walking distance from our house.
- 2 afternoons a week of cultural/touristic tours with me to discover the region, or activities such as cooking lessons, movie watching with me… customizable according to your own interests
- Pickup and Drop off to your Paris airport.
For this program, the fee for one person is 1300 Euros per week from September to March, 1400 Euros per week from April to August, with an additional 200 Euros per additional person per week (without French classes).
Please do keep in mind that my program is very flexible:
- You can come alone or with your partner in the bungalow, with friends or your family and rent out our house, or even have a room in our house and share our bathroom – we offer many accommodation options. Check with me for the prices which vary a bit depending on the accommodation you choose and the number of people you are traveling with.
- I can cook and share with you three meals per day if you prefer,
- I can arrange for lessons for several people, schedule more or less tours, drive you around, be more or less present depending on what you want.
Contact me and we’ll discuss options and fees to make the best of your stay with us.
Marco and I are looking forward to meeting you!
Contact Chantal – Your French Immersion Homestay Teacher
Follow Chantal’s Bilingual Posts On French Today, Where She Talks About Her Beautiful Region.
Gina – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in France
Chantal is multilingual, a gourmet cook, and intellectually gifted in the arts, politics, geography, and history. She’s also a demanding yet patient professor who loves French and the fine points of French grammar. I studied under Chantal in her home in the village of Mouy as an immersion student in French from Feb. 5-11, 2017, and I’m amazed at her ability to tailor her teaching to my needs.
My immersion experience was a surprise birthday gift from my daughter. I would like to think that if I had planned the experience for myself, I would have been better prepared. But enough excuses. The bottom line is that I’m a true beginner in French, and Chantal assessed the situation quickly and taught me as much as she could, using exercises from three workbooks and several videos.
She also used everyday experiences as teaching tools. When Chantal cooked and served meals, she spoke French – and translated into English when it was clear that I had missed something. She lovingly cares for three wonderful pets – two charming dogs and an elusive cat – and she took me on walks with them and used that time to speak French and explain various aspects of the culture. When we went to a grocery store, Chantal used that time to explain unique aspects of French culture.
We also took two fieldtrips in which she spoke French constantly and taught history. In one outing, we visited the Domain of Chantilly castle, which was the home of Prince Henri of Orleans. She knew so much about the castle, and explained those details in French. Likewise, we took a daytrip to Senlis, where we visited the magnificent cathedral there and a traditional French market. We also had lunch. I was nervous about speaking French with the merchants at the market and the waiter at the restaurant, but Chantal gently pushed me and corrected me patiently.
Overall, my immersion experience was intense. That’s one reason the studio that Chantal had built for her students is so perfect. The studio, which is adjacent to her home, is a self-contained apartment equipped with wifi, a TV, a shower, and a kitchen. I was grateful for that space because after our daily 3-plus hour lessons, I could go back and have a quiet place to get my homework done. I also completed work tied to my job back in the Washington, D.C., area.
Before the program, I read other students’ reviews that mentioned Chantal’s cooking. Now I understand that words cannot do her cooking justice. Eating her meals is like dining in a five-star restaurant where the food is incredibly fresh – and cooked and seasoned to perfection.
In short, I cannot imagine a more valuable French immersion experience than the one I had with Chantal. Her teaching philosophy is that students should be exposed to the way the French really live, and she gives 2,000% making sure that her students get that experience. I am lucky, indeed.
James and Olivier – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in France
My brother and I stayed with Chantal for a week and we couldn’t recommend it more.
Our stay was really useful and our confidence and ability were hugely improved by our visit.
Before the trip we were both daunted by the prospect of spending a week away from home in a French home; however Chantal is lovely and our time with her seemed to fly by.
We learnt lots of French, ate delicious food, spent lovely days out (we visited the Louvre and Beauvais amongst others) and generally had a really good time.
I would thoroughly recommend a stay with Chantal for French speakers of all abilities as you will return home having learnt a lot and had a jolly good time.
Andrea – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in France
My two week stay with Chantal was such a great experience. When I met her for the first time at the airport she put me at ease straight away. I felt like I had known her for years, not for 5 minutes. Chantal welcomes you into her family and makes you feel a part of her family.
My French is beginner and she adapted a program to suit. I must say that she is very patient. A typical day would be breakfast together, class, lunch together and then there would be a couple of afternoons where we would go out shopping/ sightseeing. It was so much fun putting into practise what I had learnt that morning in class. I even got to watch a couple of French movies.
Chantal’s cooking was the best ever. She is very talented. I wish I could cook like her. I also liked the walks that we would go on with her beautiful dogs.
I will definitely be coming back. Best thing I have ever done.
Lynn – 2017 Learn French In Immersion in France
My sojourn chez Chantal was extremely rewarding and fun. She and her family were always very considerate and welcoming. They could not have been nicer!
Chantal was a cheerful and accommodating teacher, ready to focus on the things that interested me the most. Lessons were well planned, homework was useful, conversations throughout the day—on a variety of engaging subjects -were reinforcing and illuminating.
Several enjoyable trips to beautiful and interesting places in the surrounding area offered a welcome change of pace. Afternoon walks in the nearby fields or woods, with her two adorable dogs, were also great.
Meals together with Marco and their daughter were lovely, as were occasional dinners with her very sweet mother, who lives next door.
I learned a lot and found myself speaking with increasing ease and confidence.
The private accommodations just across the courtyard were both comfortable and convenient.
I had everything I needed for the perfect combination of vacation and study.
Thank you, Chantal, for a memorable visit and for receiving me in such a warm and caring way. You are a really special person, and I feel I’ve made a wonderful friend!
Diane – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
I had a lovely week with Chantal in Mouy. I live in the Lot et Garonne and decided I need to improve my French as there are a lot of English people living in this area and it is not every day that you have to speak French!
I was extremely nervous and was not sure what to expect but from the minute I arrived Chantal and her family were absolutely charming. I felt very much at home and the formal tuition time just flew by, Chantal made it very interesting by using different methods and at the end of the morning we walked her adorable dogs together when we would continue informally before having lunch together.
Believe me Chantal has a lot of patience as I made repeated mistakes but she never criticised me just explained where I was going wrong, we laughed a lot and talked about a lot of things, there was also homework to do so my studying continued in the afternoon .
One afternoon we went to the forest of Compiègne to the site of the armistice between the Allies and Germany which ended World War One and another day we went to Senlis and Chantilly, we even managed some Christmas shopping.
I would love to go back and cannot recommend Chantal highly enough and I can honestly say, don’t be nervous just do it!
Thank you Chantal .
John – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
“My week with Chantal in Picardie was my third experience in a ‘home-stay’ in France. Mouy is very convenient: close to the Mouy-Bury SNCF, only 45 minute drive from CDG, a nice walk to the local Intermarché. My car sat unmoved for five days.
Her student apartment is lovely, modern, comfortable, private and well equipped. Her home and property are both attractive and impressive.
Chantal is clearly an experienced and effective teacher; I had a very constructive educational experience.
Finally, Chantal and her family are extremely welcoming and generous. It must be difficult for them to welcome new people into their home every week but they do it with comfort and grace. I felt like a guest, not a customer.
Chantal also made a great effort to ensure I saw the primary historical sites in the area: le Château de Chantilly, le Château de Pierrefond, la Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Senlis, le wagon de l’Armistice à Compiègne.
In summary, a wonderful experience I hope to repeat many times.”
Jan – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
I enjoyed my two week stay with Chantal very much. The combination of a superb location, a charming hostess, and excellent accommodation is a winning formula sure to satisfy even the most fastidious ‘immersionista’ .
Chantal’s relaxed and flexible approach to teaching made it a joy to be learning French rather than the hard slog that it can sometimes be. Her technique of spending part of the lesson time in the outdoors walking the dogs is sheer genius. One gets to practice speaking in a conversational manner under the guidance of an excellent tutor while at the same time burning off some of those excess calories consumed as a result of the deliciousness of the meals prepared by her!
Excursions to Amiens, Paris, Gerberoy and the Château de Chantilly were highlights of my stay and it was fantastic to have a local as a guide.
The bungalow in the garden was very spacious and comfortable with all mod cons. I appreciated very much having my own space where I could retreat and relax in privacy after a tiring day. I could have easily remained happily ensconced there for a much longer period.
I really can give no higher recommendation than to say that I’m hoping to return to Mouy and chez Chantal at the earliest possible opportunity.
À la prochaine fois Chantal.
Sandra – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
My husband’s first question: would you do it again? My answer: in a heartbeat!
I have just completed a two week French immersion course with Chantal, as an “advanced beginner”. It was everything I’d hoped for and more. Mouy is a small, charming village and Chantal’s home is less than a 5 minute walk to the town center. The student apartment is spacious with private bath and a small kitchen.
Chantal was able to quickly assess my knowledge level and design a course of study just for me. After le petit dejeuner, the day began with about 3 hours of lessons. Non-obligatory homework was assigned, but to take full advantage of immersion, I approached it as an opportunity to enhance the lessons.
Initially, I was intimidated as it was clear that Chantal and her family would speak to me at the normal French pace: fast! I often felt like a deer in headlights, but by the end of the 2 weeks, I was understanding much, much more!
Lola & Lucy – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
Melissa – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
I’ve just spent one wonderful week with Chantal in her lovely home in Mouy. I’m Australian, currently living in Switzerland. I studied French at school but that was 25 years ago! I love the French language and have something of a ‘crush’ on the country and culture. As a result, I decided to use my annual leave to spend a week studying French.
I was a little nervous on the day of my arrival, traveling alone to live with a French family I hadn’t met before. My anxiety evaporated the moment I met Chantal. She picked me up from the train station and instantly put me at ease. She is warm and friendly, enthusiastic, interesting and interested. She’s simply one of those people with a warm personality and a sparkle in her eye, who puts others at ease. Her formal lessons were a mix of grammar, listening, reading and talking, all using real life materials including songs and you-tube clips, that she seamlessly adapted as the days went by to match my experiences and interests.
The best learning experience, however, was simply spending time with Chantal and her family, listening to their daily conversations, joining in when I could. We had breakfast and lunch each day, and indeed a number of dinners together. Chantal is an excellent cook. Meals were causal and friendly ‘sans tralala’, yet somehow still French ‘chic.’ There was also plenty of time for me to relax in my own little apartment, to do my homework, watch French TV and read. I feel a bit lazy for reading in English and not spending every moment of time immersed in French, but it was a holiday week too!
Twice a day, Chantal and I walked her beautiful dogs in the fields or forest, and we chatted in French. We talked about everything from French politics, history, culture and films to our families and friends, to ‘modern love’ and romance, even internet dating! I felt like I was chatting to a friend or sister. Chantal is the type of person you just want to be friends with. My only frustration was that I felt I was stumbling in French rather than talking. I am impatient to improve. Chantal was always patient and encouraging. A week isn’t a long time but I feel I did improve a little, and Chantal gave me ideas and exercises to continue practicing back home.
I will stay in touch with Chantal and would recommend her immersion stays and taste of ‘la vie francaise’ to anyone.
Stephanie – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
I just wanted to write and give you some feedback from my AMAZING week with Chantal in Picardie last week. I think it’s always nice for you to know about the teachers you recommend and you should most definitely be recommending Chantal to everyone!!!
I truly had one of the most special experiences of my life. Chantal and Marco made me feel instantly at home and as if I were one of their family. I met their youngest daughter, Eliane, as well as Chantal’s lovely mother Lilliane and her companion Jean-Pierre. I absolutely loved their two dogs Jazz and Grignotte plus Titi the cat.
Our lessons were interesting as well as challenging for me. My brain was SMOKING by the end of the day!! But I really felt that my French was improving day-by-day and Chantal and I were instant friends. We talked about everything together during my week on our dog walks, shopping trips, coffee with her friends and even during a French dinner party!!! THAT was a real test of my abilities to deal in French and I so enjoyed meeting lovely local French women. Everyone was just so kind to me and patient with my French.
I also discovered that Picardie is a fascinating region! I love History, especially military history and so we visited the forest of Compiègne to see the wagon-lit where Maréchal Foch signed the Armistice in 1918 and again where Hitler signed his own treaty with the French in 1940. We went to Chantilly, Senlis and Pierrefond as well so we were busy and had a GREAT time together! We really made the most of every single day and I could never have imagined how much French I could have learned in the space of one week.
Chantal is a gifted teacher and she explained some of the more complex grammar rules to me clearly and in a manner which made sense. We rehearsed vocabulary words as well. I simply adored every single minute of my stay with her and was so incredibly sad to leave. We shall stay in contact together and I hope she and Marco will one day come to visit me in South Carolina.
Yesterday, I was at my Alliance Française conversation group and one lady, who teaches French here in Charleston and is a native of France, told me that I spoke very good French and with a good accent!! I could have DIED of pride. All thanks to Chantal!
Juliet – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
I would like to say how much I enjoyed my stay with you and your family in Mouy a month ago.
I had a horrible experience in Semur en Auxois last year and was quite apprehensive about this immersion.
My fears were totally unfounded and I couldn’t have enjoyed my stay with you more!!
I wish I could have stayed for a month!!!
I found my speaking confidence improved a bit and I really enjoyed your relaxed method of trying to change my bad habits!!
I would be happy for you to give my email address to anyone who wants to have more detail on what to expect — if you need to.
I hope to come back to France next year and stay with you again.
Alice, Henry and Nicolas – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
This July, my husband, my son and I stayed at Chantal’s beautiful home in a peaceful French village for a week. We had an incredibly fun time learning French, enjoying good food, visiting beautiful castles, and soaking up the French culture.
In the afternoons, Chantal took us to visit gorgeous castles such as the Pierrefonds Castle and Chantilly Castle. She was a fabulous guide and our son learned many interesting facts about medieval times from her. We were so happy to see our son and Chantal conversing solely in French throughout the castle visits. Chantal was very kind to take our son to watch the newly released Ice Age movie in the cinema and Marco took Nicholas fishing at a peaceful lake near their home on our last day.
Chantal was an amazing and talented cook! She cooked us delicious meals such as baked cod, barbeque lamb chops, homemade quiche, orange duck, roasted chicken, and many more. All meals were prepared with the freshest ingredients and we truly enjoyed the time we spent together at the breakfast or dinner table with Chantal and Marco.
We had a fun and memorable week at Chantal’s place. Hope we can do it again real soon. Merci beaucoup Chantal et Marco!
Bill – 2016 – French Immersion in France Near Paris
I was a true French language beginner not having had any formal language training since taking Spanish 3 in 1964! My wife and I love to travel throughout France, so I decided to learn some French before our May 2016 visit.
Not knowing what to expect, I enrolled in an immersion French class with Chantal.
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I was to have Chantal as “mon professeur.” She quickly recognized that I was a “beginner” and structured her lessons accordingly. She was very patient with me as I tried to speak more French, and by the week’s end I felt that I had improved significantly. Chantal did her job exceedingly well for during my two weeks in France after the lessons, I was was very comfortable conversing in French and making myself understood.
Chantal and Marco have a beautiful home in Mouy. I was immediately made to feel “right at home”………we chatted, I played with the dogs, drank some wine and just relaxed. Chantal is an exceptional cook and she prepared gourmet quality meals for me each evening. She is very thoughtful, too………she cooked my favorite breakfast and took me to Compiegne one afternoon.
While I was in Mouy it rained every day. Chantal, though, filled every day with sunshine, laughter and good conversation. Merci beaucoup Chantal!
Jeff – 2016 – French Immersion at Chantal’s Home Near Paris
Chantal et famille m’ont accueilli dans leur maison pendant mes deux semaines de séjour d’immersion à Mouy. La cuisine de Chantal était excellent et j’avais hâte de prendre le petit déjeuner et le dîner tous les jours, en particulier le vin et le fromage.
Après les cours du matin, nous allions passer plus de temps ensemble le reste de la journée pour améliorer mes compétences de conversation, aller visiter le château de Chantilly et faire des voyages quotidiens vers les magasins locaux.
J’ai eu la maison pour moi tout seul et je restais souvent tard en regardant des films. Ils ont même trouvé un vélo pour utiliser pendant mon séjour pour monter les montagnes de Mouy.
Je vous remercie beaucoup et j’espère que nous pourrons rester en contact !
Nan – 2016 – French Immersion at Chantal’s Home Near Paris
I’ve just returned from a delightful week spent at the lovely home of Chantal and Marco, who made me very much at home, having spoken (barely) a word of English throughout my stay.
Chantal is an excellent tutor, tailoring her tuition to your own needs, and making the whole experience interesting and fun. It is obvious she really loves people, and helping them to learn. As well as taking me to and from the airport, we had several outings – to the chateau of Chantilly, where Chantal’s knowledge was such a bonus; the lovely medieval town of Senlis and its art gallery; a local market, and a garden centre.
I watched French films (with French subtitles) and talked about them, and we enjoyed a few games of Scrabble with Chantal’s mother .
Chantal’s French cuisine was something I looked forward to each evening.
No matter what your level of French, you will learn so much !
Paul – 2016 – French Immersion at Chantal’s Home Near Paris
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[…]The house is very comfortable and has every facility. Best of all, Chantal and Marco came in and provided breakfast and dinner every day. Chantal is an excellent cook and the food was first class throughout (and the wine!).
Chantal is obviously a very good teacher. She managed to adapt to my situation very well and was flexible and attentive – I think I have made a vast improvement. to be able to converse easily on our visits to local places of interest and at meal times gave me real added confidence.
The only problem I had was my choice of location and transport. […] The car journey was terrible […] I should have flown […] especially since I have not used the car once during my stay! Mouy is OK but I would have preferred to have been somewhere I could have been able to take walks from.
Donc, j’ai passé une semaine très agréable avec Chantal et Marco. Jai travailé dur et j’ai vraiment apprecié leur enseignement, l’hospitalité et de l’amitié. Merci pour tout !
Linda, James and Oliver – 2016 – French Immersion at Chantal’s Home Near Paris
“Merci beaucoup pour votre assistance cette semaine. Nous avons eu une semaine formidable. Nous aimons tous la maison, votre hospitalité et (pour les garçons) les leçons. Merci!”
“I came to stay with Chantal for a week with my family. We all arrived on the first day not feeling very confident and my spoken French was a bit ropey.
Throughout the week my brother Olivier and I took lessons with Chantal in the morning before spending the afternoon with our parents. The lessons were really enjoyable and useful; they were very relaxed and there was a completely different atmosphere from any lesson I’d ever had. The time (3 hours a lesson) passed really quickly and I learnt loads. As well as completing worksheets we practiced French speaking, watched French reports and played games, all the while improving and gaining more confidence with our speaking.
We went out twice with Chantal, once for the afternoon to the beautiful local town and chateau of Chantilly and a second time we made the trip to Versailles to spend a lovely day there.
Chantal cooked dinner for our family on two nights and we helped her to prepare two delicious traditional French meals which she ate with us: Duck à l’orange and cod…
When it came to the time to leave we did so sad that the great week was ending but with far more confidence and vastly improved French.
A really great week. Thank you Chantal!”
From James (and Oliver).
Doug – 2016 – French Immersion at Chantal’s Home Near Paris
My experience with Chantal was amazing! The accommodations are great, the food is perfect and studies are intense!
I just finished my first year of private lessons and self study in the states and felt I wanted to try out an immersion class. I was super nervous about the trip – my experience, not knowing Chantal and going alone. All my nervousness was laid to rest when I arrive at the train station and was greeted by Chantal!
Chantal is charming, accommodating and a stickler for practice. The week was definitely tough, but thankfully tough doesn’t translate to not fun. Apart from class time, we had plenty of conversations (in French), walks with her dogs (Not necessary but I love dogs and walking) and some site seeing to the local landmarks.
I highly recommend taking an immersion class and equally recommend a week with Chantal! If you have further questions about the experience, you can always contact me Doug Nichols at <dougxn dot me dot com>.
Glenda – 2016 – French Immersion at Chantal’s Home Near Paris
I have just returned from France and spent time with Chantal and Marco to learn French – and I was a complete beginner!
Chantal is an amazing teacher and has given me a fantastic start in learning the language from the grammar, pronunciation and everyday use of the language. I feel I have learnt so much, certainly more than I could have from other structured class room type facilities in the time that I had.
The food Chantal cooked was better than I cook myself in my own home! I feel I was really treated as part of the family and not just as a student or a house guest.
I got to see a lot of the local area which is just magical and took the weekends to enjoy Paris which was a very easy and quick train ride away – about 35min right into the center of Paris. Chantal certainly helped me not only learn the language, but also a lot about the culture and everyday living in France.
I thoroughly recommend Chantal, the experience she has to give to her students and to be welcomed into her home is beyond reproach – you really feel at home while learning the language.
I plan to go back for sure! Thank you so much Chantal and Marco for a truly memorable time in France.
Des – 2016 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
The week of immersion that I spent with Chantal was extremely enjoyable and beneficial.
Before my arrival Chantal had pro-actively sought to know my level of French, my interests (subjects, types of books), my goals for the week, and how I would like to have the lessons structured for the week.
Based on this information Chantal planned our week of language instruction and cultural activities. This was not a rigid program however, but a flexible one which evolved during the week.
I found that my week with Chantal and her family was not only a valuable language learning experience but also a cultural experience. This is, I suppose, the nature of immersion.
Chantal enhanced my experience with several excursions during the week. Chantal’s house in the village of Mouy is well situated having a variety of destinations close by.
Chantal is also a very good cuisinière (cook) providing delicious and varied meals throughout the week.
I would recommend without hesitation a French immersion experience with Chantal to all students of French language and culture.
Joe – 2016 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
It is difficult to concisely summarise my two weeks in Mouy. But I will try to convey to you, “potentiels aprenants”, my truly rewarding and enjoyable experience with Chantal and Marco.
First let me explain that I am well qualified to provide meaningful advise to all who are considering an immersion experience in France. Although I was not gifted with language learning abilities, I embarked on a journey to become conversant in French, Italian and Spanish. My classroom learning and private tutors provided a intermediate base upon which I could attempt “immersion”. I have now completed language/cultural immersions totalling more than six months.
My experience in Mouy was the best. The primary reason was “grâce à Chantal”. She is gifted in being a “vrai” teacher. While many know the science of teaching, Chantal has the unique skills (listening, comprehending and instructing with sensitivity to the students strengths and weaknesses) that transform the hours together into periods of productive and enjoyable learning.
We talked, we listened, we discussed, we debated, and we became friends. Most importantly, I made a enormous step towards being conversant in French. The accommodations in Mouy were four star and The Paauwen Family will add another star when their new “résidence luxueuse aux étudiants” is completed. The meals were varied, interesting and delicious. Mouy is very small but it was perfect for me. I ventured down to the local “café” where I met “les habitants” and developed a conversational relationship.
While Mouy is “petite” it is very close to Paris. In fact, I took the weekend off and traveled to Strasbourg in only a few hours. If you are interested in a immersion experience to improve your French, learn French customs and experience life as “les gens du coin”, my advice: sign up with Chantal, Marco and Mouy.
Angela – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
My week long stay with Chantal was totally enjoyable. I was made very welcome by her and Marco and by the two dogs and one cat who all provided excellent company! My room was warm and comfortable, the food excellent and it was possible to feel entirely at home and not remotely intrusive.
The week was intensive but entirely manageable with one to one teaching in the morning, covering significant grammar points as well as listening exercises; the three hours always flew by. The afternoons were given over to dog walking, visits to local places of interest and time for me to go over some exercises to consolidate learning.
Chantal was adept at finding entertaining films for me to watch. These had French subtitles which helped the comprehension enormously. In addition I watched a lot of French television and did find as the week progressed it was becoming clearer.
Of course we also talked a huge amount and I really felt that by the end of the week we were good friends. We certainly found lots to laugh about not least at the judo class I went to with her. As the novel I was reading was also in French, I did pass the entire week in that language with rarely a word of English heard or spoken. It was gratifying to discover that this was possible even though the errors were still very much in evidence!
I finished the week really feeling that I’d have liked to do one or two more and am certainly considering returning during the coming year to build on what I’ve learned.
Lilian – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
My stay with Chantal and Marcus exceeded my expectations.
They are both very nice, very friendly, and easy to be around. They sincerely welcomed me into their home. The home is very comfortable, very clean, with a nice mix of old and modern. My room was big and very cozy and I was very comfortable in the big bed. I had some apprehension about sharing a bathroom (note: this is an option, you can also have the all house to yourself) but it was not a problem as we were on different schedules. It was never a problem. In the mornings, I had the bathroom all to myself.
Our French lessons were fun. Chantal has worked out a good program with a mix of grammar, speaking and listening. She knows her material very well and is very positive and upbeat in presenting it. It couldn’t be a more pleasant learning experience. I particularly liked the French music and movies that she introduced me to. The learning continued after our lesson as we spoke French all day. We ate our meals together and watched TV in the evenings.
She took me on 3 outing to the cathedral and art gallery in Beauvais, the Chateau in Chantilly and the Senlis market, cathedral and museum. These were all very special places and ones I would not have known about otherwise.
To add to all these wonderful experiences, Chantal is a fabulous cook. The meals were excellent! Better than any restaurant meal, I have had in Paris. The variety of her menu, the freshness of all her ingredients, and the visual appeal, all made for some incredible meals. I don’t know if she should advertise this as she might be over run with clients.
I appreciated that she asked me for any dietary restrictions and supplied alternatives. For me it is no caffeine. She made wonderful café à la crème with decaf everyday.
Seeing a country while being hosted by a local is the dream of most travellers. We, travellers, realize that one can never know a country without getting to know the locals. I have never had a better experience in France and I am sorry I did not book more than 1 week with Chantal. My grammar, vocabulary, understanding and stumbling spoken French have improved this week and would improve markedly more if I could stay on. I feel motivated to continue learning and I hope to return next Fall for a longer stay.
Chantal’s is a wonderful spot for learning French. Because the village is very small and doesn’t offer much, a partner not participating in the French program might want to have a car to explore the surrounding area. In the summer there is a pool. There are 2 wonderful friendly dogs and a one-eyed cat who added greatly to my enjoyment of the week.
As you can tell, I had a great time and would highly recommended to anyone who wants to have a French immersion experience in a calm, friendly, rural setting. Just one more special thanks, Chantal picked me up at Charles De Gaulle airport. After a sleepless night on a plane, it was greatly appreciated.
Melanie – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
My week with Chantal was a good balance of hard work and of tasting the French lifestyle, culture and history. Chantal carefully sculptured the French lessons to meet my level and challenge me just enough, and the lesson time was often mixed with casual conversation when I could relax more and practice what I already knew and what I was learning,
The meals she provided were typically home-style French meals, and I felt welcome to join the family meals to continue listening and practicing French. In the afternoons, we visited Lola’s towns, markets, and cultural and historical sites. Merci beaucoup pour les leçons et la camaraderie cette semaine.
Frazer – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
The course that Chantal provides is very comprehensive. It gave me a much greater understanding of the pronunciation used in every day French. The material she uses is second to none. It gave me a lot of information at my fingertips.
J’ai appris beaucoup plus cette semaine. Chantal is an excellent and understanding teacher.
Vanessa – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
The week I spent with Chantal (+Marco) was really unforgettable. Chantal was very patient with me and my beginner French. She made sure to help me learn the essentials for getting around France, where I will be traveling for the next 3 weeks. Her home is clean and cosy, and every meal was excellent. I really enjoyed our excursion to Chantilly and day trip to Paris.
I always felt at ease asking questions, and am very grateful that Chantal opened her life and home to me so generously! Chantal a cuisiné formidable. Tous les repas ont été traditionnel, complet avec le vin et le pain. Maintenant je suis plus confiante parler le français. Je voudrais retourner encore pour avoir plus de cours – pour moi, une semaine n’est pas suffisant !
Adriana – 3 Weeks – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
I have spent 3 weeks with Chantal and her family in her beautiful house. I came to study at the “Faculté d’Amiens” in September therefore I needed to get more confidence and to focus on speaking and listening skills. She knew exactly which areas of the language I needed to improve and she always encouraged me with speaking!
Le programme qu’elle m’a proposé était très intéressant, et bien adapté pour moi. C’était des vacances très agréables et studieuses aussi. Sa famille est très gentille et j’ai pu parler beaucoup.
J’ai partagé sa vie pendant 3 semaines et ça a diminué un peu ma peur pour la rentrée. Et j’ai vu beaucoup des belles choses à Paris et dans sa région. Merci encore Chantal.
Nicki – 1 week – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home
I decided to learn to speak and understand French well enough to enjoy holidays. We often come to France with my friend but it’s always a problem to speak and to understand French people when they are in a group.
Chantal gave me useful notes and tips to understand the real French language. We practiced a lot with songs (which was very challenging for me), newspaper, and television programs. It was fun and Chantal is a very intuitive teacher with a big experience and enthusiasm.
She is a very good cook, and I enjoyed cooking with her! The wine and the French cheese were gorgeous!
I recommend this course because, on top of the time that you spend in lessons with Chantal, you will have to speak French with her and her family all day long. It has been a really exciting experience.
Reinier et Nuzhat – 2015 – French Immersion At Chantal’s Home Near Paris
This summer, my wife and I, spent one week with Chantal to improve our French. Almost twenty years ago we had lived in France for three years and had enjoyed learning the French language and the ‘joie de vivre en France’. Back in the Netherlands we joined a local course to keep up and improve our French. During this course, we read and discussed quite a few French books, but following French television, films and ‘chansons’ remains a challenge for us. Therefore we decided this year to follow a one week immersion course in France with Chantal.
The immersion week gave us ample opportunity to speak French with Chantal and her family. Speaking and hearing French for one week was really a very useful way for us to feel at ease with the spoken language. Each morning we had structured lessons with Chantal. She taught us in a very relaxed and thorough way different aspects of the language as well as made us listen to spoken French on various topics. We watched together short video clips and saw a comedy movie. After this week we definitely feel that we have improved our understanding of the spoken French language.
Living for one week with a French family was a great experience. Chantal and her family are very friendly persons. We enjoyed each other’s company and the great French ‘cuisine’. Chantal is a great cook. At our request, she prepared traditional French dishes. Conversations with Chantal and her family during the meals were always interesting and contributed greatly to our understanding of the spoken French.
We also made interesting trips in the surroundings with Chantal, who knows the region very well.
C’était une semaine très agréable pour nous. Une semaine chez Chantal et sa famille était une expérience formidable d’améliorer notre connaissance de la langue française. Merci beaucoup, Chantal!