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Intensive French courses testimonials 2017

Thanks to their Intensive French courses, here what my trainees wrote to me in 2017 :

Angleterre Michael Dyson

Chere Claire, Nous sommes heureux que vous aimez Les fleurs. Il est difficile de savoir ce qu’il faut donner pour vous dire merci pour notre stage.
En pièces jointes sont quelques photos pour votre album (ou pas) si vous voulez.
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Andreas Spillmann, directeur des musées nationaux suisses,

Chère Claire
Je me souviens avec le plus grand plaisir de mon séjour à Île de Ré et vous remercie pour vos leçons excellentes !
C’était un grand plaisir de travailler avec vous !
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Markus Mader directeur de la Croix-Rouge suisse

J’ai passé une excellente semaine à Paris, tout particulièrement grâce à toi, ta gentillesse (pas seulement politesse) et ton expérience comme guide. J’ai pris beaucoup de plaisir, merci mille fois ! Et naturellement aussi pour les merveilleuses photos de notre parcours pédagogiques et culturel. Vive tes
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Suisse Beate Eckhardt Directrice de Swissfoundations

Quel plaisir de te lire et de savoir que mes collègues de Zurich commencent à decouvrir ton excellent service! Je considère bientôt d’établir un groupe d’alumni « Claire » en Suisse…;-)
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Suisse Andreas Moos, chef du secteur Promotion culturelle de Pro Helvetia. moosres@gmail.com

Chère Claire
J’ai vraiment profité de mon séjour à La Couarde . Grâce à ton enseignement j’ai beaucoup appris je te remercie pour tout que tu as fait pour moi !
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses
Hugues Davies Angleterre

Merci pour les photos et le reste, j’ai passé un bon moment avec vous.
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :

Angleterre Terence Haggerty
Revue de mon stage:

J’ai fait un stage de quatre jours avec Claire et cela surpassé mes attentes. Avant mon stage, Claire m’ a demandé ce que je voulais réaliser afin de se préparer. Quand je suis arrivé Claire m’a accueilli chaleureusement dans sa maison et autour d’un café nous avons commencé le stage.

Je suis sûr qu’il y avait une méthode, mais c’était la plupart du temps pas perceptible. Nous avons discuté beaucoup, et sur beaucoup de sujets pendant le stage et cela m’a semblé être comme une conversation naturelle

Mon impression était qu’il y avait un équilibre parfait entre les corrections et le mouvement naturel de nos discussions.

Au troisième jour je ne pouvais pas seulement parler en français mais aussi je me parlais à moi-même.

J’ai fait des bons progrès concernant mes objectifs et j’ai pu parler beaucoup plus couramment. Pour moi la façon de Claire était très efficace.

J’apprends français depuis trois ans et Claire est la meilleur professeur que j’ai eu.

Je dois dire un grande merci à vous Claire!
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Peter Haynes Angleterre
J’ai de trés bons souvenirs d’un bon séjour, beaucoup de travail difficile mais pas trop fatiguant. merci pour tout

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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Francis Wilson Irlande

Je vous remercie pour votre assistance et gentillesse.
Les leçons ont été très utiles pour la conversation et surtout pour la prononciation. Ils ont dépassé mes attentes parce que à mon age on ne peut pas apprendre aussi vite que les jeunes.
Merci aussi pour les très bons déjeuners: Je peux vraiment dire que je me suis régalé tous les jours!
L’Ile de Ré est un lieu de rêve, vous les rétais et rétaises avez de la chance. J’ai hâte d’y retourner
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Danemark Marianne et Tom Mørch Metz

Il faut que nous racontions aussi a l´ecrit que ces “vacances” avec toi, ont ete les meilleures depuis beaucoup des années.

Il y a longtemps que nous n’avons pas ri autant. Et aussi il y a longtemps que Tom n’a pas parle autant comme pendant ces vacances! Mais peut-etre c’est un effet de la langue francaise? N´importe comment, nous sommes surs que tu as une grande experience de trouver precisement les themes, les lectures, les films ou le theatre que les gens comme nous avons besoin d´apprendre  plus de cette bizarre et belle langue.
L´experience , l´humeur et capacité pedagogique sont les mot qui arrivent a moi quand je me rappelle ces “vacances”.
Pardon, pas d’accent sur mon computer !
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses
Daphne et Bernard O’Neill :

Merci beaucoup Claire pour un excellent cours de français. Nous avons passé une superbe semaine á l’ Île de Ré, en découvrant des petites routes et des beaux endroits à vélo tout en améliorant notre français.
En tant que professeurs nous pouvions être des étudiantes difficiles, mais tu as réussi à casser des mauvaises habitudes et à nous encourager à développer des nouvelles compétences en français.
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Thanks to my Intensive French courses :
Bernadette Nunn Australie (carte postale)

Chère Claire,

Je vous suis reconnaissante de m’avoir enseigné bien et beaucoup: vous êtes une bonne prof et j’ai profité beaucoup de votre patience avec mes longues histoires, mon français maladroit et tout ce que je voulais apprendre. Merci aussi de m’avoir invité avec vos amis.
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Intensive French courses or relax lessons at see or in the mountains

Si vous êtes venus faire un Intensive French courses chez Claire, vous devez connaitre la ville de La Rochelle située à proximité de chez elle. Pour les amoureux de la grande Histoire, sachez que cette année, La Rochelle fête le centenaire de l’arrivée des Américains dans cette ville. C’est un événement qu’il convient de mentionner. Cela ne vous donne-t-il pas envie de retourner dans cette belle région et en profiter pour rafraichir vos connaissances avec des Intensive French lessons or courses ?. Pour ceux qui voudraient découvrir la beauté de  l’île de Ré et de La Rochelle, laissez-vous tenter par un Intensive French lessons or courses : votre professeur sera aussi votre guide. Profitez des fêtes de fin d’année pour programmer un séjour l’année prochaine qui peut allier plaisir des yeux, découverte  à bicyclette de l’île et travail grâce à des Intensive French lessons or courses. Apprenez aussi qu’en  2018, cotre professeur Claire pourra vous accueillir dans un nouveau site. C’est une nouveauté : les amoureux du ski ou des balades en montagne pourront découvrir le massif de la Grande Chartreuse, où Claire se fera un plaisir de les accueillir. Entre la mer et la montagne, vous avez le choix de suivre des Intensive French lessons or courses dans des lieux superbes!. Pour cela, n’hésitez pas à parcourir mon site : www.francepass.fr/wp : vous noterez que vous pouvez choisir entre l’option Intensive French lessons et relax intensive. En attendant d’avoir le plaisir de vous revoir ou de faire votre connaissance, passez de très joyeuses fêtes, où que vous soyez. Bien à vous. Claire

French children’s books for Intensive french courses

Attention all Bostonians and other inhabitants of planet earth who want to come back to my place or discover my intensive French courses !
I’ve had the great good luck to work with a number of people from all different walks of life ; these students find me on the internet by typing Intensive French courses or Intensive French lessons in France. I’m writing now especially for my students who live in Boston, but I hope this note will also inspire other people interested in improving their language skills with my intensive French courses in France.
You who have come at least once to take my Intensive French courses, you know my village, La Couarde sur mer (La Couarde, located on an island in Biscay Bay) very close to my house. If you are a new trainee, you’ll find there not only the sea , but a bookstore whose owners have been sending French children’s books, for more than thirty years to Boston, and more precisely, to the Glover School of Milton . Several of my Boston students have grandchildren who live in France. When these grandchildren visit Boston, my students read these French children’s books aloud to their grandchildren. My far-flung students have told me that this pleasure has not only helped them maintain the French, they gained during my Intensive French courses, but has also entertained the entire family! Why not come experience this for yourself ? To that end, I’m taking this opportunity to let you know about the last changes to my website where the schedule for my Intensive French classes is updated and available to all : a customized program just for you. From now on, you can choose between 1h30 to 4 hours lesson per day. If you want to now more about my Intensive French courses, just click on the following link : http://francepass.fr/wp

Work and discovery

I came to the Ile de Re to take some intensive French lessons for my international banking job but have ended up also learning the finer points of making cheese and raising goats! Claire Monin, my teacher (who has a terrific sense of humor and seems to know philosophy, art, and current events), took me to the « chevrerie » in Loix where at 5:30 every evening they feed and milk the goats. It was a perfect addition to my morning’s intensive French courses with Claire, and I was glad she was there not only to share an ice cream made of goat milk (try the chocolate) but also to help me translate the very charming farmer who explained exactly how the 15 gallons of goat milk get made into a refined goat cheese, which I bought straight from the farm. The village of Loix is an easy bike ride from La Couarde, and if you invite Claire during your intensive French courses you can exercise both your body and your mind. Or you might want to take the trip after your intensive French courses, to air out your mind as you take in the beautiful gold and green marshes that stretch out all around you. If you want to pay attention to the rules, you’ll know from your intensive French courses that « pied a terre » means you’re supposed to get off your bike and walk across the slightly lopsided bridge that takes you from the marshes to the edge of town. Another way to deepen the effects of your intensive French courses is to go on your own to the beautiful town of Ars where it seems that almost no one speaks English though everyone greets you with a smile. Try the tomato soap–it is made here and will make your hands smell of that just-picked tang of perfect tomatoes, the kind you can’t find in the U.S. anymore but are everywhere here. One of the things I learned in my intensive French coursesi is that you should always say « bonjour » or « bonsoir » when you enter a store, and when you leave, say « merci et bonne journee. » And while you’re on your bike, you can practice your intensive French lessons or sing along with Barbara as she teaches you how to ask questions in French: qui, quand, comment, et pourquoi. I think when I return to my office I will ask Claire to send me the occasional email so I can practice my intensive French courses and remember these « pistes cyclables » even while on the 20th floor of my downtown office.  Signed, Eliot  New York

Carte de PEDRO

Merci Pedro pour votre carte : grâce à votre Intensive French courses un miracle a eu lieu. Je vous attends pour une deuxième Intensive French lesson, afin qu’un autre miracle se produise !
Vous aviez le niveau A 1 en arrivant, mais au bout de 10 jours, vous êtes parvenu au niveau B 1 : tout le mérite vous revient, sans oublier votre choix de l’option Intensive French courses.
Bien cordialement.

Intensive French Courses

It’s early March and I’m getting ready to make my summer work and travel plans. At the center of my planning are my intensive French courses, taught by Claire Monin on the Ile de Re, which not only sustain but deeply nourish me in both professional and personal ways. I can’t believe my good fortune to have found Claire, who’s a masterful teacher; in fact, she’s so good you don’t even realize you’re getting intensive French classes when you’re with her because the lessons come wrapped in delicious meals, dark espressos, glasses of wine, and the beauty of the island itself. Last summer, because of Claire, I even had a French boyfriend–her intensive French lessons made it possible for me to converse with more than just my fluttering heart and shy eyes! This year I’m thinking of going back when the film festival at La Rochelle takes place; my French is strong enough now, thanks to Claire’s intensive French lessons, that I can understand French films and navigate the gorgeous port city of La Rochelle. In fact, being on the Ile de Re with Claire is a little like being in a film where there’s picturesque beauty and also intellectual stimulation. Plus you can get outside, borrow one of Claire’s bicycles (they’re for her students), and ride in any direction into immeasurable beauty. You can ride out to a newly opened oyster bar that looks out over the sea or into St Martin to the galleries. Recently I saw the French are interested in electing Obama–not a bad idea, as long as he and Michelle take Claire’s intensive French courses! Kitty New York

One of the pleasures of my Intensive French courses

When you come for your intensive French courses with Claire Monin on the Ile de Re, you’ll need to bring nothing. I came as an absolute beginner and with only ten days of intensive French courses an entirely new world has opened up. Now I know that yes, an « avocat » might be either an avocado or a lawyer! Regardless, the avocados here in July are perfect, especially when you eat them the way Claire, after a long day of intensive French courses, prepares them: she scoops out the soft pale green flesh with a melon scoop and mixes these perfect half circles with a salad of endive and a perfect vinaigrette that, along with the cabernet, will loosen your tongue so that your intensive French lessons will slip right off your tongue as if you were to the language born. I spent this afternoon on a bicycle I borrowed from Claire and biked from her small village, where I bought perfect apricots using the French I’ve learned in her intensive courses, to a beautiful port village called Ars en Re, where I’m having un cafe at the Cafe du Commerce. Everyone around me is speaking French as if they’d taken several intensive French courses–but they also look French, so perhaps they came to this beautiful language by a more direct route. I recommend indirection in this case–what better way to spend a vacation than on the Ile de Re taking a morning of intensive French courses and an afternoon of sights? On my way to Ars en Re I passed the museum of salt and a tiny open-air stand where all transactions were done on trust. I tucked six euros into the red box and picked up a lovely glass bottle filled with the famous Ile de Re salts for my next bath (or salad!). One of the pleasures of my intensive French courses was riding beside Claire while she tried to explain the difference between the words for sea, marshes, and mother. The white nectarine tarte that I had at the local bakery here in Ars was a perfect complement to my immersion in these intensive French lessons that make me yearn for nothing more. 
Signed, Anne

Return to the island of Re for an intensive french lessons

I have returned to l’Ile de Re for another dose of intensive french lessons with the wonderful Claire Monin who runs an inimitable program in the picturesque town of La Couarde. I found Claire when I was working in Paris and wanted to take some intensive French lessons and also wanted to leave the city. This is my third summer taking intensive french lessons with Claire, who has become a friend. In fact, each time I come I encounter her other international students who also benefit from a heady and thoroughly enjoyable mixture of intensive french lessons and absolute beauty and joy. Everyone returns! Yesterday Claire and I took a bike ride out to a new cafe that looks across the bay (ocean?). She told me it has the best coffee on the island and I will return there later this morning, if I can bring myself to leave the village of Loix and the delicious bakery here. I have a loaf of warm rustic french bread in my hand and am writing right now as I sit on the terrace watching children on a tiny carrousel built in 1900. The market has filled my basket with white nectarines and apricots. To practice my intensive french lessons I have been reading the paper and in my next post I will describe some of the events that are going to take place on the island as well as some of the events that have already happened. Sadly I missed the chance to learn how to hypnotize my friends and colleagues with monsieur tk. I will have to return next year for more intensive french lessons and coordinate with monsieur tk. I hope to hypnotize myself into a better accent! Or perhaps I can hypnotize those listening to me into thinking I have a better accent! Surely my ongoing intensive french lessons will soon mean hypnosis is a thing of the past.

James,  Boston 2016

 

Exhibition « Traits of Humor » for a French intensive courses www.intensive French courses

The Community of Communes, the libraries of the Ile de Ré and the Departmental Library of Charente Maritime present the exhibition « Traits d’ humour. » The exhibition « Traits of humor » showcases quality cartoons for children and adults, on the theme of humor. They offer a trip to the land of the zygomatics and invite the public, local and foreign who attend intensive French courses, to find more comics in libraries of the Ile de Ré.  « Traits of humor » is divided into two parts, one dedicated to comics for adults, the other for children. This exhibition is one among others activities proposed during “Les Rendez-Vous du Livre 2016”, such as the street hawkers. “Les Rendez-Vous du Livre 2016” offers from May to October 2016 all around the Ile de Ré an entertaining program on the theme of laugh and humor in literature.
If you plan to attend intensive french courses this summer, you will be able to practice written and spoken french thanks to many activites around « Les rendez-vous du livre 2016 ». So let’s go and read, in French obviously!

Exhibition

 

Rest of the article inThe New York Times

Those cottages, uniformly adorned with cheerful green-painted shutters and framed by bright hollyhocks and lavender, were mostly built in the 19th century, well after Île de Ré was of any strategic importance. Two centuries before, Louis XIV’s military engineer Vauban had built impressive fortifications around the port town of Saint-Martin-de-Ré to keep the English away. (The fortifications still stand, majestically, but the British have not ultimately been kept at bay; after French, Notting Hill English is the vernacular most overheard on the beach.) Unlike the neighboring Île d’Oléron to the south, which suffered a disorganized property boom in the 1960s, Île de Ré wasn’t joined to the mainland until 1988, after France’s ecological and architectural preservation instincts were well formed. So its pastures and vineyards, crisscrossed with well-worn bike paths, have remained unspoiled, its real estate development controlled and its crowds almost manageable, even during the high season of July and August. Here, some of the best places to visit.