Caryn (Associate Professor), City University of New York, USA
I feel very fortunate to have met Isabelle! She is an extremely knowledgeable, organized and personable instructor. Both my speaking and writing skills have immensely improved working with her for the last 6 months. At the same time, I also have learned a great deal about French culture. Isabelle has a kind and comfortable, yet rigorous, style of instruction that is simply superb!
Marie (Exec Admin) and Dennis (Professor), Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
What would our five weeks in Paris have been without Isabelle? My husband, Dennis, was on sabbatical and I was hoping to learn French — a beautiful and for me, until now, difficult language. From the first moment I met Isabelle, I knew that we could not have found a more appropriate teacher. She was easily able to understand our expectations, and to set realistic goals that were achievable. Her teaching style is exemplary. We met with Isabelle 6 days a week for 5 weeks and our two-hour lesson would fly by every day. I must also say that Isabelle is an extraordinarily intelligent and witty person, and we enjoyed every minute that we spent with her. I have attempted French language lessons several times over the years from different French speakers. None compared to Isabelle in making the learning of the language fun and helping us feel like we did really make notable progress. Dennis and I were amazed with what we had actually learned under the tutelage of Isabelle. We have retained what we have learned because of her teaching style. In reality, Isabelle became the anchor to our stay in Paris. My husband continues to try to formulate his questions and sentences in French. As for me, I am planning to return to Paris to continue my French lessons with Isabelle.
Tom, retired attorney, Chicago, USA
I did not begin my lessons with Isabelle until after I left Paris and had returned to my hometown of Chicago. I met Isabelle when I was living in Paris, and I expressed my intention to continue my French studies back in the US, and that I would be looking for a teacher upon my return. Isabelle suggested, instead, that she and I do some lessons by Skype. I was at first reluctant, not having much experience at the time with Skype. After a few lessons, however, I became very impressed with the quality of Isabelle’s teaching, and Skype worked just fine. Of course, Skype can’t replace an actual face-to-face lesson with Isabelle in Paris but it’s a good substitute! Isabelle is an excellent teacher, a very interesting conversationalist and a wonderful connection to « la vie Parisienne ».
Brad Mehldau (Pianist), New York, USA
I studied with Isabelle several years ago when I spent a few months in Paris with my family. She is a patient and thorough teacher and works very well one on one. She was able to instruct me in the basics of French pronunciation and grammar. In a short time I felt I had made a good beginning with speaking and understanding French. I highly recommend Isabelle!
Jim – Management Consultant – Toronto, CANADA
My experience in working with Isabelle has been excellent. She is a true professional and very dedicated to helping her students learn not only the French language but also the culture. She is incredibly flexible in her apporach and adjusts her teaching to not only the student’s level but also to their specific area of interest or need. The learning environment that she creates is very supportive and appreciative and has contributed to my ability to learn quickly from her. I would recommend Isabelle to anyone who is interested in a customized learning experience.
Christine – Brand Consultant – New York, USA
Isabelle was a great tutor. She was extremely patient as I progressed from exercise to exercise. Unlike other tutors I had, she never made me feel foolish and helped me graduate from a beginner to more advanced French speaker. She was a pleasure to spend time with and converse with, and also was very flexible and accommodating of my changing schedule. I would recommend her to anyone.
Jeff and Tania – Wisconsin – USA
Isabelle made a dramatic difference in the quality of our trip to Paris. With two kids, ages 11 and 14, she provided lessons that were fun and informative for the entire family. When someone asks how was our trip, her lessons are one of the first things we mention, because they added so many levels of understanding of not only the language, but the culture and its subtle nuances too. Imagine, having a private lesson in the comfort of your apartment or hotel room, and then heading out with your instructor, and using everything you have learned. We loved it! When we return, she will be at the top of the list to schedule again.
James – Product Manager – Boston, USA
Isabelle is a talented French instructor. I worked with her while I was in Paris for seven weeks and she helped me improve my French beyond my expectations. She tailors her lessons to your needs, is flexible with scheduling, and very easy to communicate with. She is a patient, active teacher and works to make the daunting task of learning a new language an enjoyable, engaging experience. She mixes just the right amount of grammatical and phonetic teaching with practical, conversational learning. When I arrived in France, I was overwhelmed by inability to communicate in the local language. After just a few short weeks working with Isabelle, I had the grammar, vocabulary and phonetics necessary to approach my days in Paris with greater confidence. I highly recommend working with Isabelle if you are looking for a personal approach to learning French.
Hans – Chairman – New-York, USA
Isabelle is a splendid French teacher who, in my case, has been able to help a “student” whose professional obligations often require rescheduling of lessons at embarrassingly late moments, for whom lassitude occasionally produces long periods between lessons, and once in a while generates the “dog ate my homework” excuses. Through it all Isabelle is patient, good-humoured and professional. Lessons are tailor-made to the client’s needs and to the circumstances of his or her professional or personal life. She even makes the intricacies of French-grammar comprehensible – and fun. I can imagine no better or rewarding way to undertake the learning of this elegant language as a long out-of-school adult and I would recommend Isabelle without reservation.
John and Kathy – Lawyers – Fort Lauderdale, USA
We did not know whether to attend a school or have private lessons prior to coming to Paris. After talking with a few US acquaintances, we determined that private lessons were better for us. Having a private tutor gave us much more flexibility in scheduling and location but also in how we learned. Isabelle was great at handling our very different personalities and learning styles. During our lessons, we did grammar but also reading and writing about our lives that made it fun. We also listened to CDs of everyday situations. Of course, we always used to speak during each lesson. She constantly exposed us to French culture. I have never met anyone so patient and she never made you feel anything but positive about learning the language. In short, I cannot recommend Isabelle enough.
Laura-Marketing Director-Washington, USA
While I have lived in Paris for a few years and have taken courses at the usual places, the progress with Isabelle is considerable and rapid. With an Anglo-speaker, she begins by answering your questions in English and explains the principles. Suddenly, you « get it » and find yourself employing the grammar that had been so impenetrable. You will also find that her explanations have moved into French and you are understanding much of what is being said. While her lessons are focused, the review sessions are a compilation of building blocks. So while you may think you are executing a verbal grammatical exercise, she is actually teaching you impeccable pronunciation along the way. Isabelle is flexible on schedules and that means much to me as I travel a great deal. Perhaps the most demonstrative evidence of progress is the motivation Isabelle instills in me to learn on my own and I am surprised to find how important and effective this aspect of her teaching has become.
She’s a linguistic wizard with a level of professionalism that is admirable and appreciated.
Sam – Liaison Assistant – Australian Embassy, Paris
It has been my pleasure to study with Isabelle who has been tutoring me in French for around 9 months now. Isabelle has a natural gift as a language teacher and you can see instantly that she is very passionate about teaching and helping students improve in their French. Her teaching style is very beneficial in highlighting the importance of correct pronunciation. This is something I really need help with and Isabelle’s tireless efforts in helping me improve have been invaluable. I am especially pleased with how the lessons are constructed in a way to incorporate all parts of learning French, including conversation, comprehension, grammar and writing skills. She is very patient with me and my progress and explains things clearly, helping with any questions that I may have. Her pleasant and relaxed personality makes it very easy to get along with her. I thoroughly enjoy our lessons together and have no hesitation at all in recommending Isabelle as a French teacher to students of all levels.