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What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career

As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those...
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Going from no confidence to A* in four days

I recently tutored a girl for her French oral A-level exam. She was home for Easter from...
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Le Portable (a play I wrote)

LE PORTABLE Les personnages Alain, 17 ans, jamais sans son téléphone portable. André, le...
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Crossing the bridge from GCSE to A-Level French

To become a successful linguist at Advanced level you will need to be prepared to develop these...

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  • Choosing French

    French (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture I chose to study French at University and to offer to help people through tutoring due to my own experience of the language. After A-Level I decided to go to work in France as an au pair. Here I gained not only a greater knowledge of the language, but also of the culture and lifestyle. I then...
  • Parlez-vous le Francais?

    A-level French Tutor (Cambridge) Picture The English have always been somewhat lazy about studying languages. In general, we take for granted the fact that English is the most widely spoken language in the world. In other countries, notably the developing world and certain parts of Europe, to be able to speak English means the only...
  • French Joie de Vivre

    Manohar Whig French (general) Tutor (Harrow) Picture The phrase "Joie de vivre" sums up the French attitude to life. France is a land of gorgeous contrasts. The sights and especially the smells that come from authentic French cuisine made by ordinary French people enjoying the simple pleasures of food and wine. Knowledge of the language lets you...


  • How to make a Good Start in French.

    University French Tutor (Aberdeen) Picture Hello everyone, These pieces of advice are for anyone who wants to learn a language, complete beginners and proficient speakers alike. For complete beginners, the first piece of advice I would give you when you hire a tutor is to have them explain very precisely the pronunciation of the...
  • Sharing a Passion

    French (general) Tutor (Southampton) Picture I have been passionate about foreign languages since my early childhood. I studied English, German, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish and Italian. Languages have played an important role in my life. They have enabled me to visit and live in different countries, to meet people from other cultures and...
  • Learn a word/phrase a week

    A-level French Tutor (Shrewsbury) Picture In order to improve both spoken & written skills for French & Spanish (as most other languages) it is important to maintain a steady pace with learning. The best method is 'small steps each time'. In this regard, learning a word or two a week (if not one each day) becomes an effective learning...