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Business

French As You Like It provides an informal yet engaging approach to learning French in Paris. The way in which the lessons are targeted to the student’s personal level and structured around local points of interest ensures that they remain enjoyable and educational beyond merely learning the language.

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Ali, British intern in a law firm
Ali, British intern in a law firm

My husband and I were in Paris for two months for work and fun. We not only learned the grammar and vocabulary, but we got a good understanding of what it’s like to live and work in Paris. We really enjoyed how our private French classes were held at different locations throughout Paris.

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Arum and Elliott, spent two months in Paris
Arum and Elliott, spent two months in Paris

Spontaneity and flexibility in French As You Like It’s teaching method, which is really unique, empowers the student to learn as they like it.

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Cheryl, real estate manager

Catherine is a wonderful French teacher and who is very patient. My confidence in speaking French grew using new phrases.

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Daniel, owner of a direct mail company

I needed to convince recruiters that my French was good enough to work in a French company. Marguerite gave me dictées and prepared job interviews. With her business background, she is perfectly aware of the French executive job market and it was easy to learn to speak French more fluently.

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Paul, from Canada, 3 months of French classes and shortly after found a job in a Paris based a consulting firm

The French course is tailored to the needs of the student using a variety of French As You Like It tools (e.g. grammar exercises, vocabulary building, reading comprehension, etc.). The format is a great way to learn to speak French in Paris and explore the city of Paris at the same time.

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Lei, from Los Angeles, master’s student at ESMOD, Paris

Our class books vary from a weekly newspaper to a rock climbing magazine. She makes our French lessons useful and fun!

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Adrian, from London, is a financial executive in Paris passionate about rock-climbing

What has worked particularly well for me in our French classes is that if necessary we can drop into English if I have some very specific questions or do not fully understand something, which avoids any confusion.

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Matt, Managing Director of Human Scale

Marguerite is a terrific instructor and I cannot recommend her too highly. My French fluency and confidence have improved greatly as a result of her efforts. She’s professional yet also friendly and personable. French As You Like It is also very flexible about rescheduling classes when that is necessary.

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Neil K, diplomat at the US embassy in Paris

I wanted an intensive course to quickly identify and correct the numerous errors that persisted in my French and was not disappointed ! The 3 different teachers that I had were superb and also great fun, as were the admin staff. A true "must" if you are serious about self-improvement.

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A 5* intensive French language course in the Bastille

I had the pleasure of being taught by Catherine Schaefer for 6 months during my year time spent in France last year.I cannot recommend her tutoring highly enough. While she would let me speak uninterrupted in response to her questions, she would always ensure that mistakes I made were both noted down in my notebook and also that I had fully understood why what I said was wrong. There is nothing worse than a teacher who fails to point out mistakes and I'm forever grateful that Catherine was always willing to do so. Under Catherine's guidance, I became increasingly confident in both oral and written French and have continued to build on the platform that she helped me reach during my time with her.I would recommend her to any student wanting to learn french at whatever level. I have absolute confidence in her ability to help students progress with their French studies.”

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6 months of French lessons with Catherine Schaefer, a french teacher for “French as you like it”

Nindra was an amazing teacher and the overall experience with French As You Like it was extremely positive. I really enjoyed the customized and convenient service provided.

Group lessons with Marion have been fantastic! She has been flexible with our needs and always brings great ways to engage the group in french conversation.

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Hillary Clark – January 22, 2016

 

Expats

We are very happy that we found “French As Kids Like It” as you fulfilled our needs exactly. We appreciated your service and flexibility (lessons at our apartment at times we asked). Blandine is a very nice person and the kids loved the way she structured the lessons.

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Rita, mother of Celine (14) and Nicolas (12), spent two weeks in Paris and took Private French lessons in Paris
Rita, mother of Celine (14) and Nicolas (12), spent two weeks in Paris and took Private French lessons in Paris

I said goodbye to Blandine and Coraline who have nursed my French from next to nothing – now I can speak enough French to buy band aids (ampoules) at a French pharmacy, make a reservation at a restaurant and sound like I actually know what I’m talking about.

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Rachel, from Oregon, US, took a 3 month sabbatical in Paris

I think these French lessons are especially appropriate for students who have just finished intermediate level classes. Using Paris as the classroom ensures high interest and motivation and allows the teacher to individualize and tailor the French course to fit her students’ needs.

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Jennifer, Spanish teacher near San Francisco

French As You Like It has been indispensable in helping me learn to speak French and also adjust to life in Paris. It felt incredibly reassuring as a foreigner here to know that I had someone I could count on to help orient me to life in Paris, from simple things like how to use the post office to dealing with unexpected issues with my apartment.

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Tzuming, manager in Arizona, spent 6 months in Paris

Thank you for making my experience in Paris so memorable. I was so lucky to find a French language course like yours. It was just what I wanted. I not only learned to speak French but got to see a lot of Paris. I really enjoyed being with Florence as she made learning French seem manageable and fun. Can’t wait to come back and have more French lessons at cafes and see more of Paris. This is France as I like it!

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Maria, writer, spent a month in Paris on holiday

The transition from book to real life was a unique experience that gave me the confidence to speak French in Paris and integrate much more during my time in France, making it one of my best trips ever!”

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Erin, from San Francisco, works in Paris part of the year

Marguerite doesn’t follow a specific format for her French courses. (…) She first figured out where my weak points were and then, step by step, we tackled them together. Her style of French teaching was just right for me.

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Liz lives in Paris half of the year

For each French lesson the teacher would suggest a new and interesting place in Paris to meet (…). As I progressed, I found myself being complimented by Parisians on how well I’d learnt to speak French.

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Kim spent a year in Paris developing her own tourism business

I knew that we had found the right French language school, but we were overwhelmed by how much we enjoyed learning French from Elizabeth. Among the most important lessons we learned was the importance of the French language to the history and culture of her people. We saw parts of Paris we would never have seen without her by our side.

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Naomi and Ray, American tourists

Thank you again for your kindness and skill in giving French lessons. We learned much more than how to speak French, we also learned a great deal about the history, culture, customs, and fashion. You made our time in “French class” very enjoyable.

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Steve and his wife took a French course during their summer in Paris

French As You Like It classes not only gave me the opportunity to quickly learn the basics of the French language, but provided me with a fantastic “insiders guide” to Paris. The lessons were adapted to my standard, enabling me to progress at my own pace.

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Jennifer Parker, an expat

Thank you for making my experience in Paris so memorable. I was so lucky to find a program such as yours. The whole experience from start to finish was a delight.

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Victoria Davison, an expat student

As a businessman who travels to Europe often, I was looking for a school that would accommodate my schedule, allowing me to dip in an out as my time permitted. I found that French As You Like It does exactly that. I had a week in Paris this trip that left four open mornings, so I chose the full morning sessions. In only four days my ability to listen and understand French conversations around me improved immensely. The teachers, Catherine, Laure and Margot, were terrific and really worked hard to fit the lesson level to my understanding. Each day was filled with plenty of practice, going back and forth about real situations, ordering food, going somewhere, returning, going up, going down and so forth. My advice to any American visiting Paris who wants to learn French, enroll in French As You Like It. Your skill will improve quickly, you will meet nice people and begin to feel part of the French environment.

I've been living in Paris for 2 years now but my French has always been shameful. This private company has helped me with my French pronunciation and my oral. I now feel more comfortable speaking French As You Like It cares about your personal needs and makes sure you reach your goals in time. I took 9 weeks private lessons and my teacher was amazing. I would recommend it to everyone !

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Makria

 

Children and Families

We are very happy that we found “French As Kids Like It” as you fulfilled our needs exactly. We appreciated your service and flexibility (lessons at our apartment at times we asked). Blandine is a very nice person and the kids loved the way she structured the lessons.

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Rita, mother of Celine (14) and Nicolas (12), spent two weeks in Paris and took Private French lessons in Paris
Rita, mother of Celine (14) and Nicolas (12), spent two weeks in Paris and took Private French lessons in Paris

My 15-year-old daughter studied French for two years, but could not say anything sensible. I decided to organize French lessons for Mary while on holiday. Obviously, I wanted to participate as well, although my French was at level zero. We spent five marvelous days learning French in Paris with Veronik. We have been to Paris many times before and it was the first time that I could explain to taxi drivers where I wanted to get to and be understood!

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Andrey about an intensive French course he took with his daughter

Lessons with French As You Like It are so fantastic. Jacob loves his teacher. She helps him greatly with his homework in French. I cannot say enough positive things about her. She is a very intelligent person, and more importantly, a gifted French teacher.

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Kathleen, mother of 9 year old Jacob who has French lessons once a week after school

Jago has come back much more confident in speaking French and has learnt a lot of new words. It has been a worth while experience, especially the walks that they took around Paris, which makes it so much more interesting than being in the classroom all the time.

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Tamsin, father of Jago, 12 year old student on an intensive French course

I am absolutely pleased with Blandine and her interaction with Joshua. Her ability to keep him engaged for the entire 90 minutes is amazing; he laughs out-loud frequently during their time together and is obviously enjoying his French lessons.

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Anne Marie, mother of Joshua (5)

Every lesson we start off by reviewing our last lesson; then we play a game, sing a song or practice a skit in French; then we do another worksheet before getting our homework for next time.

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Carter,13 year old, spent a semester in Paris with his family

My daughter didn’t like French at school and so were her reports. We decided to go to Paris to get closer to the language and the daily use. In addition, we booked two week 90 minutes morning class with a private teacher. Elsa was the perfect match for my daughter, and she really improved her skills a lot. It is very convenient, you can decide whether you would like to go to school or the teacher comes to your home/hotel. We enjoyed the service of a flying teacher.We definitely would recommend French as you like. Next time I will book a teacher for me as well.

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Perfect for a short brush up of your French skills

Our daughter loved her classes so much, and loved her teacher Magali even more. We had a wonderful experience as Magali made the lessons interactive, and she catered to my child's interests and needs.
Thank you.

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Sapna Victoria – July 22, 2016

 

Visitors

I had the greatest experience with French As You Like It compared to other language schools. I took their micro-groups classes twice this year and they helped me progress my french significantly. The groups are 2-4 people only so you get a lot of opportunity to speak and attention from a teacher. All of my teachers (Laure, Elodie, Blandine) were very intelligent, professional and gifted as teachers. In the micro-group environment, they can adapt their program and teaching style to each student's needs. Thank you French As You Like It for the learning and fun I had at your school!”

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Katia – November 10, 2016

If you took French years ago and want an individualized program for a visit or stay in Paris and France, FAYLI can provide individualized language study tailored to your specific needs. I moved to Paris for a sabbatical and quickly realized that I was no longer a tourist and that I could not navigate daily life as a resident or long-term visitor without stronger comprehension and conversation. I enrolled at FAYLI and I have made significant progress in the daily usage of the French language through the program, which was personalized to meet my needs. The instructors are excellent and the staff is very helpful, warm and friendly. I highly recommend the individualized instruction at FAYLI.

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An excellent opportunity for a short course in French

I found the French As You Like It site on the web. The office staff were very easy to communicate with and very helpful in arranging a personalized French program for the week I was in Paris. Everyone is perfectly bi-lingual French/English. My actual lessons with Diane were excellent. Diane is an extremely knowledgeable, empathetic, skilled practitioner of teaching French. She is enthusiastic and can quickly focalize on your needs to improve your French. She is extremely attentive to everything you say and I felt that my French improved markedly as a result of the time spent with her. I can recommend her services without reservation.

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A week of French with Diane from French As You Like IT

I enjoyed the course very much and I learnt a lot in such a short time. They have very good teachers who made the learning experience both pleasant, fun and interesting. I now have much more confidence to speak French in France which is a big improvement for me. I still have a lot to learn but thanks to "French As You Like It" I am confident that I am on the right track.

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Ken, The Netherlands – Visited in December 2016