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What my students say;

"You have been a fantastic teacher and a friend. My move to France would have been positively awful had I not had such a wonderful tuition by you. You are truly an energetic, interesting person who makes people at ease and comfortable in your company. Thank you for everything, Nikki. (Nikki's own website to help you to move to France; http://frenchentree.com)."

 

"Vanessa is an excellent teacher who makes lessons interesting and fun. Her knowledge of French, French customs and history is second to none and her English is as good as any native. Her teaching methods are extremely motivating and encouraging and I now feel confident in travelling to France knowing I can understand, speak and read the language. Learning French has been a wonderful experience.  Carol, Richmond." 

 

"Vanessa, I just wanted to let you know how the exam [To enter the business school INSEAD in Fontainebleau http://www.insead.edu] went and to thank you for your wonderful teaching. I passed! The standard was a lot lower than how you describe the DELF - but the grammar was quite tough and only the quality of your teaching made it easier than it was. Still I want to say that you are the best teacher I have come across in a long time (and I have had many!). Sanjiv, Boston Consulting Group, London W1."

 

 "Vanessa is a brilliant teacher! Bright and full of energy, she ensures that lessons are captivating and fun. She is also highly organised, so each course – and every lesson within it – is carefully structured to make sure that the many aspects of French language and culture are covered, as well as various ways of learning – for example, reading, writing, listening and speaking. I would whole-heartedly recommend Vanessa to any potential student! Gareth Trew, actor and writer." (To learn about Gareth's publications, check at http://garethtrew.wordpress.com).

 

"I've really enjoyed the lessons so far. Their content has been varied; we've covered a number of different topics. Vanessa is extremely approachable and helpful, and manages to convey things in French in such a way that, even with my limited vocabulary, they are instantly understandable. Michael, Stockwell."

 

 

Business French testimonials

I have been a student of Vanessa for over 3 years. I have without question improved my French greatly, and naturally I am delighted at such personal progress. Each class has appropriate structure, varied content, but with enough flexibility to allow a free-flow of everyday conversational French.

I look forward to continuing with Vanessa in the future, and am very happy to recommend her to prospective students.

 

Yours sincerely,

Allan R Peters

Co-Partner & Owner – Charles Worthington

 

Vanessa is as flexible with scheduling lessons around my workload as she is on the topics we discuss within our lessons. I value and appreciate that.
 
Where Vanessa is not flexible? On ensuring you are streched, little by little, with each lesson. Looking back over three years -
I've come a long way from being able to order a coffee in a cafe and am now starting to increase my confidence in handling materials received from colleagues in France.
 
Happy to recommend this friendly fantastic teacher!
 
Hugh, Consultant at Aon

Translation services

My organisation, Children in Crisis, an overseas development NGO, has enlisted the translation services of Vanessa-George Barraud to translate a number of key documents from English into French. One such document, an External Evaluation Report of our work in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was widely disseminated in-country, to internal and external audiences, including officials from the Ministry of Education in DRC. The translation of this Report had to be of a high standard, and Vanessa did not let us down; the quality of her translation and her attention to the schedule is excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending Vanessa to other organisations, development based or otherwise.’’

 

Sarah Rowse, Director of Programmes.

www.childrenincrisis.org

Jeudi 15 janvier 2009 4 15 /01 /Jan /2009 23:53
 (Please note that you can find a translation in English below this article).
  
Charles De Gaulle est né en 1890 dans le nord de la France, à Lille. Il est mort en 1970. La famille de Charles de Gaulle était catholique. Le père était professeur. Charles avait trois frères et une sœur. Deux frères et sa sœur ont été résistants.

Il a fait ses études dans des écoles catholiques, en France et en Belgique. Après, il est entré dans la prestigieuse Ecole militaire de Saint-Cyr, en 1908.
He was born in 1890 in northern France, in Lille. He died in 1970. The family of Charles de Gaulle was Catholic. The father was a professor. Charles had three brothers and one sister. Two brothers and sister were resistant.
He was educated in Catholic schools in France and Belgium. After that, he entered the prestigious Ecole Militaire de Saint-Cyr in 1908.
During the First World War, Charles de Gaulle was a captain and fought in the infamous Battle of the Somme. After the war he received the Knight's Cross of the Legion of Honor. He continued his military career. He married in 1921. He had three children. He wrote books on military theories.
Charles de Gaulle is well known, of course, for his actions during the resistance in London. He resisted the German occupation and Vichy regime during World War II. He created the Fifth Republic in 1958 and was its first president from 1959 to 1969.
When WWII began, Charles de Gaulle was a colonel, he commanded the 507th regiment of tanks. On the 16th of June 1940, he was on a mission in London when he learned that Marshal Petain requested armistice. On the 18th of June 1940, with the support of Winston Churchill, De Gaulle appealed to the French Resistance from the radio in England. A difficult relationship began with Churchill. They wanted to fight Germany but de Gaulle did not like English people and didn’t hide it!. His relations with President Roosevelt were worse; the American disapproved French colonialism.
Charles de Gaulle gave the right to vote to French women in 1945.
To Charles de Gaulle, France's independence was very important. He hated England, "the Trojan horse of the Americans," and the United States.
He was an anti-communist.
In 1967, during a speech in Quebec, he said, "Vive le Quebec libre! "
In 2006, a television program on France 2 said he was "the greatest French of all time."

Pendant la première guerre mondiale, Charles de Gaulle était capitaine et a combattu pendant la tristement célèbre bataille de la Somme. Après la guerre, il a reçu la croix de chevalier de la légion d’honneur. Il a continué sa carrière militaire. Il s'est marié en 1921. Il a eu trois enfants. Il a écrit des livres sur des théories militaires.

Charles de Gaulle est très connu, bien sûr, pour ses actions pendant la résistance à Londres. Il a résisté à l’occupation allemande et au régime de Vichy pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale. Il a crée la Vème république en 1958 et il a été son premier président, de 1959 à 1969.


Fichier:De Gaulle - à tous les Français.jpgQuand la seconde guerre mondiale a commencé, Charles de Gaulle était colonel ; il a commandé le 507e régiment des chars de combat. Le 16 juin 1940, il était en mission à Londres quand il a appris que le maréchal Pétain a demandé l’armistice. Le 18 juin 1940, avec le soutien de Winston Churchill, De Gaulle a fait appel aux Français à la Résistance depuis les radios anglaises. Une relation difficile a commencé avec Churchill ; ils voulaient combattre l’Allemagne mais de Gaulle n’aimait pas les Anglais et ne le cachait pas !. Ses relations avec le président Roosevelt étaient pires ; l’Américain a désapprouvé le colonialisme de la France.

Charles de Gaulle a donné aux françaises le droit de vote en 1945.

 

Pour Charles de Gaulle, l’indépendance de la France était très importante. Il détestait l’Angleterre, « le cheval de Troie des Américains », et les Etats-Unis.

Il était anti-communiste.

En 1967, pendant un discours au Québec, il a déclaré « vive le Québec libre ! »

 

En 2006, une émission de télévision sur France 2 l’a déclaré « le plus grand Français de tous les temps ».

 

 

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