About us

French As You Like It is Paris’s leading private French class provider.

Our mission is to get you to your chosen level of French as fast as we can. We do it by offering flexible, customised private lessons and weekly intensive courses, taught by carefully-chosen professional French teachers using innovative French teaching methods.

About French As You Like It

French As You Like It is Paris’s leading private French class provider. Our mission is to get you to your chosen level of French as fast as we can. We do it by offering flexible, customised private lessons and weekly intensive courses, taught by carefully-chosen professional French teachers using innovative French teaching methods.

Our Story

Like many of our students’ stories, ours is an expat tale.

In 1999, Marguerite Monnier, our founder, a French native, was working as a product manager in San Francisco when American colleagues began asking her for help with their French. She agreed, and immediately enjoyed introducing her native language to people eager to learn it.

Marguerite had never lived in Paris before. But when she got here in 2006, Marguerite felt a bit thrown by the rhythms and challenges of Parisian life. But there again, she was luckier than the average newcomer. She could speak French! That’s when an idea began to form.

What about a tutoring program that let visitors and expats learn French and about Parisian culture at the same time? It wouldn’t be like other programs that stuck to textbook formulas. Instead, it could instil the sort of language and wisdom a student needs to make the most of Paris. In short, easier, interesting, fun and super-flexible. Practical, insightful French for busy people.

Marguerite began developing over 100 lesson plans tailored to different sites around the city, from farmer’s markets to museums to government buildings. All sorts. Soon she had her first clients, who loved this new and un-stuffy approach to learning French. After six months, her private lessons were so popular that she had to hire Parisian teachers to meet demand. Et voilà, just like that, French As You Like It was born.

Our Clients

Since 2006, French As You Like It has helped more than 1,000 students improve their French.

We’ve enjoyed tutoring people of hugely diverse backgrounds, from business executives, celebrities and stay-at-home parents to tourists and university students. In 2009 we created French As Kids Like It. It’s a fun introduction to French for children aged 3 to 16. Today, about a third of our students are children.

Our Latest News

In 2014 we launched FAYLI Intensive Immersion French classes. Here, students can quickly raise their oral French level working in small, intense groups of just four or less, matched by skill level and interests. They’re held on mornings, afternoons or evenings once a week.

Our teachers and methods have also spread nationwide, with private lessons in some of France’s major cities including Nice, Cannes, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lyon, Brest and Lille.

Are you ready to improve your French with our innovative and fun techniques? We’re ready when you are. Talk to us or drop us a line today.