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Amber revises French for GCSE


Amber wasn’t confident with her standard of French going into final GCSE year so we came to Laurie for help. Having a teacher who is a native speaker is a huge bonus but Laurie also took the time to investigate Amber’s exam board and what was required. Laurie tailored their sessions from the start altering […]


Big Thanks from Lis

Dear Laurie Thank you so much for helping my daughter with her french. She felt that both her written and spoken french improved significantly as a result of your teaching. She loved coming to the lessons which she found inspiring and informative and she liked the enthusiastic way you taught the language. Although she has […]

Lilly of the Valley

May is traditionally a month connected with flowers – in France it is no different. The first of May is devoted to the sweet smelling Lily of the Valley blossom. It brings good luck and traditionally family members , close friends and lovers present each other with a ‘ brin de nuguet’ or single stem […]

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Max and Lucy

‘A great learning experience.  Juggling lessons with life is a challenge, but the level and pace of the lessons is just perfect to keep it interesting.   The energy and passion Laurie has for teaching makes the lessons incredibly interesting and fun. Love it’

Wine and cheese in the vinyard

Epiphany Traditions in France

Today in France is Epiphany, the very last day of Xmas, when the wise Kings finally reached their destination to find Baby Jesus … well, so goes the story. During today, many French people will eat the famous galette des rois, a crusty round cake filled with delicious almond paste called frangipane. In the middle […]

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French Markets on the Ile De Re

Last summer, I went on a short trip to France with some friends. Situated near La Rochelle, the Isle of Re attracts an array of people looking for that typical French feeling. Wealthy Parisians mingle with British holidaymakers in St Martin, the main town, which boasts all manner of boutiques, quirky bars and restaurants where […]

Beef and Pears

Carbonade de boeuf et Poires belle Helene Bonjour et bienvenus a mon blog. Hi and welcome to my blog where I will be writing about why it is so good to be French and sharing my culture, my life as a  French tutor and what makes all things French so interesting to so many people. […]

Melanie Stevens

Mel Stevens

My two boys have been attending Laurie’s after school French For Children classes for over a year.  Not only do they really enjoy it they amaze us with how much French they are actually picking up. We regularly holiday in France so both my husband and I thought we should all make a huge effort to learn […]