Amy Pope, Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Assistant to President Obama
"I signed up for Chat in French to brush up on my rusty college French. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's been a fantastic experience. We always talk about a range of issues from movies to politics to kids. Elodie gently corrects my mistakes without interrupting the flow of the conversation - and when I'm consistently making the same mistake, breaks in with a explanation of the grammar. In just a few lessons, I felt myself improving significantly. She's also a lot of fun to talk to - it often feels like having a chat (in French) with a good friend. She also teaches my 9 year old daughter's small French class and my daughter always looks forward to going to class - which is saying something. We can both highly recommend her".
Dirck Byler - Chief, Africa Programs at US Fish & Wildlife Service
"Elodie makes learning French enjoyable by integrating conversation about current topics with grammar. She is a gifted teacher and is very patient, which is important given my busy work and travel schedule".
Steven Lustig, Attorney
“I discovered Elodie when my family made summer plans to vacation in Paris. I had studied French in high school, but had not really spoken or read in 30 years. I wanted to improve quickly in about 6 months, and I did with Elodie's help. It has now been a year, and I’m certainly going to continue. There aren’t enough positive things I can say about Elodie and her French tutoring. She is very, very friendly and it’s fun to just sit with her, sip coffee, and speak in French. She makes welcome corrections, and my skills improved more quickly than I expected. We meet for one hour a week in the DC area near my home, so lessons are convenient. She also hosts social events with small groups so that students can further improve their French speaking. The results are great! My newfound speaking skills are so enjoyable that my wife and I are planning more international travel. And that’s the point, isn’t it – To have fun!”
David Rockcliffe, National Science Foundation
"Elodie is a terrific French tutor. She is patient, kind, understanding and encouraging in conducting her classes. I have taken both group and private classes with her and I must say that she is equally effective in both situations. I like the fact that she speaks French clearly and with very good language skills and when I was am tutored by her I never lose confidence that I am receiving a good quality coaching in spoken French. I have improved my vocabulary tremendously and also my skills and confidence in conversational French. To top it all off, she is just a very nice person."
Melissa Duluc, French Graduate Teaching Assistant, George Mason University
"I have been working with Elodie for a few months and I have definitely seen major improvements in my French language skills. She has such a unique and effective way of tutoring, which makes every class with her worth it! We touch on a wide range of topics that I never knew I could talk about in French. I really appreciate her effort, passion, and patience with me. I highly recommend Elodie to anyone needing that extra push with the French language. She is the best of the best!"
Suemayah, US government
"Elodie is an amazing French Tutor and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their French skills regardless of level. I needed to go from no French to an advanced level in a few short months and my time with Elodie made this possible. She has an excellent ability to help you continue to progress as your French level becomes more advanced. I really appreciated that she was always patient, flexible and able to adapt her teaching style and methods to help me reach my goals each week. I could not have improved my pronunciation, fluency, and vocabulary without her. I have enjoyed my time with Elodie and I definitely feel more confident in my French speaking ability".
Donna, US government
"Elodie is terrific! Her personable manner puts the student at ease and makes it easy to converse and learn in a challenging but non-judgemental environment! I studied with other conversation instructors before her, but she is the definitely the best!"
Beth, Stay-at-home mom
"Elodie is a phenomenal language teacher and coach. I speak at an upper intermediate level, and Elodie did a fantastic job helping me make progress towards better fluency and more advanced vocabulary. Most often, we converse casually on a number of different subjects, and she corrects me as needed and offers alternate phrasing or native-like expressions. I am not the best conversationalist in the world (even in English), but Elodie always keeps our discussions lively and moving along at a steady pace. Her candor and genuineness in teaching are refreshing. Thanks Elodie!"
Chad, US government
"I have had an enjoyable experience learning French with Elodie. I am still a novice, but Elodie has been remarkably patient and flexible with the demands of my work schedule and my family life. Though the approach of my lessons with her has been on attaining conversational fluency, Elodie is also very good at explaining grammatical concepts and colloquialisms. I look forward to continuing our lessons!"
"Elodie is a great French teacher who employs a refreshingly non traditional way of tutoring. Whereas in a traditional class you might have to learn basic grammar rules or phrases or spend all your time conjugating verbs, with Elodie you just start speaking, she asks you questions, and you just attempt to have an entire conversation in French for an hour. When you make a mistake she will correct you and over the course of the lesson you will learn better ways to say phrases and learn new words and phrases as well. I find this to be far more useful in terms of increasing comfort with speaking than other French lessons I've had in the past, where I've just ended up memorizing flashcards with different verb conjugations. With Elodie I leave a lesson feeling like I am more comfortable conversing in French and that I could actually have a conversation with someone else about daily routines, what's going on in my life, or other situations that actually arise in real life, rather than learning basic phrases that aren't useful in actual conversation. I have very much enjoyed my lessons with her and feel much more comfortable with basic conversational French as a result!"
Catherine, US government
"I have worked with Elodie for over a year now and can say with absolute confidence that my French has improved dramatically while working with her. The best part is that French class with Elodie doesn't really seem like "class" at all. We spend two hours a week discussing a wide range of topics, and Elodie always keeps it fun and interesting with new topics to discuss. She teaches me new words and phrases and corrects my French when needed so that I can sound as close to truly French as possible! I'd highly recommend Elodie (and have!) to any of my friends or colleagues".
Caroline, Yoga teacher
"I spent a year in conversational French classes with Elodie. She has a wonderful style, encouraging, gently correcting and a lovely balance of real conversation, a give and take of ideas and stories of the moment. Whether it's news related or the latest film release, her teaching style is one of inclusion and upbeat helpful progression. I would recommend French classes with Elodie for anyone beginner or advanced."
Olivia, event management
"I choose to learn from the best and conversational French is no exception. Elodie is a great French teacher. She is not only French born, but skillful, humble and passionate. As a professional tutor, Elodie teaches from personal experience personalizing every class to meet my needs and my level. She incorporates humor and insight to show me the way to correct everyday French colloquialism. Elodie is the right teacher if you are willing to work to improve your French. Extra bonus….you get a great new fun friend!"
Francisco, Information Technology
"Elodie has helped me improve my French in just a few months. I enjoy how our conversations force me to think in French. I now have a lot more confidence conversing in French. Elodie is very friendly and helpful. Her feedback lets me know which areas I need to work on and I have no doubt I will be fluent very soon!"
Erick & Jane, Retired
"Elodie is fun, humorous and politely but firmly works with you to improve your conversational French. She has been a great help in keeping us in the language between our trips to France. Learning the language conversationally, and informally, in a relaxed atmosphere (with an aperitif) has been a great way to improve our skills."
John , Retired
"I found Elodie through the local French Meetup and at that time, I was looking for a new Tutor because my former Tutor was moving to Florida. I always enjoy my "Conversation Lessons" with her because she lets me talk freely and when I make a mistake, whether in grammar or pronunciation she very quickly corrects me. I learn currently used words and expressions that don't appear in any of my French text books. The lessons are always fun because Elodie is an interesting person with a good sense of humor. Take a lesson with her and formulate your own opinion. It will be fun."
Cheryl, US government
"I had studied French in college and found that I had forgotten quite a bit of what I learned because I no longer practiced it. I was looking for a way to stop that trend, and I found Elodie. I am so happy that I found her! I thorough enjoyed my classes with her - she is very easy to talk to no matter the topic, and she really helped me build confidence and remember that vocabulary and grammar I had once learned. I highly recommend Elodie's classes!! It's a great investment in yourself, and the bonus is that you get to know Elodie as well!"
“I’ve known Elodie for years, and am personally acquainted with many of the men and women who have studied conversational French with her. They have all, without fault, made amazing progress. Most are now easily able to speak French in social situations, and many have come close to fluency. Elodie is skillful in getting the most from her students. The classes are both entertaining and educational; I highly recommend them to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of the French language.”
"Elodie is wonderful! I've been working with her for three years, and I highly recommend her. Elodie has a warm, informal approach that makes learning fun, using themes from daily life and current topics. She adapts to the needs of her students, so regardless of your level, she will make you feel comfortable being immersed in a French conversation. And while you are conversing, she will patiently push you to learn new vocabulary and expressions and to use proper pronunciation and grammar. Her approach is successful - I've enjoyed all our time together."