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French courses from Intermediate to Advanced
So French at Sylvie's
by the Loire
Learn French in the heart of the Loire Valley in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
near Saumur. At last you are going to learn how to speak French fluently in real conversations.
Welcome to Sylvie's language school
Language school in France
Parfum de France is a language school located only 15 minutes away from Saumur. Its manager, Sylvie Reeves who is a French native and also perfectly bilingual in English and French , has been teaching French and English for over 35 years. She has dedicated her passion for languages to you!
Parfum de France offers a wide range of top-quality French and English courses tailored to corporate or individual students. The emphasis is on effective communication in practical situations. The school is based at Sylvie's home next door to the royal Abbey of Fontevraud.
Avant-Première : your free French course
in 6 episodes
Learn French in real situations with Avant-Première.
Dive into the sensations of France.
Learn how to speak in true conversations with local French native speakers.
All the course videos were filmed in the magical Loire
At Parfum de France you will quickly progress thanks to the combination of intensive French learning with the intimate discovery of our local heritage (architecture, wine and gastronomy, craftmanship) All with constant support from your teacher.
For all our Intensive Immersion Courses , whether they are general, professional or themed language, you will be accommodated at your teacher's home in the 4-star gîte la Samsonelle.
For your immersion, you will be welcomed at Sylvie’s home, in a cosy tufa stone gite in the middle of a beautifully landscaped garden filled with flowers , cared for by Sylvie who is a passionate gardener .
Sylvie takes you with her to discover the local heritage and constantly guides you during your classes and themed outings included in the programme.
On-line video courses in the Loire valley
On-line video courses in the Loire Valley
"FLAIR to learn how to speak French fluently" is far more than an original virtual immersion filmed in the Loire valley in 12 episodes! It is a language and human adventure above all through which you will be literally transformed.
With Le français In Situ experience a dip into an e-programme of essential themed practical files enabling you to learn how to speak French fluently.
Both these programmes are accessible for life and are virtual immersions where you embark on the privileged discovery of our local heritagey (architecture, wines, gastronomy and local crafts, all this with the constant support of your teacher.
Face to face courses
By choosing tailor-made individual classes, you will have quicker and better results. As you are the only student, the lessons will go at your pace.
With duo classes, you will exchange with another student and gain from a real opportunity to interact in French.
Skype or Zoom sessions are ideal for those who seek to really gain confidence in speaking
" French and art of living" workshops are offered throughout the year, combined with regional seasonal events.
You can also learn French Around a meal with Sylvie.
I have attended over twenty language schools in ten countries to fulfill my life dream to learn French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Russian. Sylvie´s Parfum de France was, by far, the most luxurious, relaxing, and pleasant of all these schools. Sylvie is a natural born host whose enthusiasm for showing her student/guests the beauty of the Western Loire Valley is contagious.
She is also a skilled language instructor and her gite is well-equipped to accommodate her guests in comfort and style. I would highly recommend Parfum de France to anyone over the age of 50 who wants to learn French in comfort while discovering the fascinating sites in the Western Loire Valley region.
Paul Heller, Fifty Plus Nomads,
I arrived in beautiful Fontevraud-l’Abbaye with feelings of excitement and trepidation in equal measure as I embarked on a solo week of immersion at Parfum de France . The experience... read more
Sylvie’s approach to teaching languages is fun and effective.
The lessons are tailored to my individual learning style, which gives the motivation to study and the inspiration to succeed.... read more
Having learnt French at school 50 years ago and with only a few opportunities to use it, Sylvie's course was absolutely at the right level, but also pushing us ahead.... read more
I have stayed with Sylvie at La Samsonelle in Fontevraud on four occasions and each one has been a real joy. Sylvie is an enthusiastic teacher who works... read more
My requirements for my week at La Samsonelle didn't quite fit with the rest of the guests. Whilst I was hoping to practise my French I was also keen... read more
I spent a fantastic week with Sylvie improving my French.
Sylvie is an excellent teacher and significantly improved my very rusty French in a week. It was a fantastic experience... read more
We arranged to spend a week with Sylvie to improve our French and indeed both of us learned an enormous amount. Our course was tailored to meet our individual needs... read more
My journey to learn French began in earnest 6 years ago. I first tried a school in France that was just that - a school. I was in France and... read more
Our videos on YouTube
You have always dreamt of speaking French fluently ? but you still aren’t bilingual and it is frustrating !
My YouTube channel Parfum de France helps you to improve your French as if you were in France in true situations filmed in the Loire Valley.
If your level is pre-intermediate, intermediate or advanced intermediate, intermédiaire, you have come to the right place where you are going to learn how to boost your confidence when you speak, you are going to find it easier to get involved in French conversations talking about your favourite topics such as the region of France you holiday in. Last but not least, you will find out about the cultural codes of our French art of living.
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After this tough year, we may start looking ahead of us, the objective os this video is to learn how to speak French using the future tense. Now, I am inviting you to do some HOMEWORK which you can send to me by email : The 10 commandments of the best French learner in 2021, […]