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  • Bonjour ! Je suis professeur de Fle depuis dix ans et j'adore mon travail. J'aime partager mes connaissances et apprendre toujours plus sur ma culture avec les questions de mes étudiants. N'hésitez pas à me contacter !
  • Bonjour ! Je suis professeur de Fle depuis dix ans et j'adore mon travail. J'aime partager mes connaissances et apprendre toujours plus sur ma culture avec les questions de mes étudiants. N'hésitez pas à me contacter !

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;"


"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] 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


"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.

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Pierre de Coubertin était un aristocrate. Il est né en 1863 à Paris et il est décédé en 1937, à 74 ans, à Genève. C’était un historien et un pédagogue.


A 24 ans, il a voulu améliorer le système éducatif français. Le sport était déjà très important pour lui. Il a commencé la promotion du sport à l’école, il a écrit des livres et des articles. Il a organisé des conférences et il a crée des comités sportifs.

En 1889, pendant l’exposition universelle de Paris, il a organisé des compétitions sportives.

Il a fait la promotion de l’athlétisme et il a voulu créer une grande compétition internationale pour opposer les meilleurs athlètes du monde. L’époque antique était à la mode ; on a fait des recherches archéologiques à Olympie, par exemple. Alors, Pierre de Coubertin a eu l’idée de rouvrir les Jeux Olympiques.

En 1896, les premiers Jeux Olympiques rénovés se sont passés à Athènes et on a décidé de les jouer tous les 4 ans.
Les femmes étaient absentes des Jeux de 1896. Pierre de Coubertin pensait que le sport pour les femmes était bien pour la santé, mais que ce n’était pas joli de voir une femme avec beaucoup de muscles ! En 1900, les femmes ont commencé à participer aux Jeux Olympiques ; il y avait 16 participantes. Mais Pierre de Coubertin n’était pas d’accord. Pendant les Jeux Olympiques de 1912, à Stockholm, il a dit que des jeux avec les femmes n’étaient pas intéressants et qu’ils étaient inesthétiques. Il a dit ; « Le véritable héros olympique est l’homme. Les Jeux Olympiques doivent être réservés aux hommes. Le rôle des femmes est de mettre la couronne sur la tête des vainqueurs.»

Il a quitté son poste en 1925. Il est mort à Genève d’une crise cardiaque. Il a été enterré à Lausanne mais son cœur est dans un monument à Olympie.

Coubertin était moderne, (excepté son opinion des femmes !) parce qu’il avait une vue internationale du sport. Il aimait beaucoup les jeux anglais et américains comme le football ou le tennis.


Il y a des polémiques autour de Pierre de Coubertin. Est-ce qu’il était sexiste, colonialiste, raciste ou est-ce que ses propos représentent son époque ?

Par exemple il a dit ceci ; « La théorie de l'égalité des droits pour toutes les races humaines conduit à une ligne politique contraire à tout progrès colonial. Sans naturellement s'abaisser à l'esclavage ou même à une forme adoucie du servage, la race supérieure a parfaitement raison de refuser à la race inférieure certains privilèges de la vie civilisée. » (The Review of the Reviews, avril 1901).

La médaille Pierre-de-Coubertin (qu’on appelle aussi médaille de la Sportivité) est un prix qui est donné par le Comité international olympique aux athlètes qui ont démontré un vrai esprit sportif pendant les Jeux olympiques.

Beaucoup d'athlètes et spectateurs pensent que c’est la récompense la plus importante pour un athlète, peut-être plus importante qu'une médaille d'or.


Attention ! Pierre de Coubertin n’a jamais dit «l’important c’est de participer.» En 1908, il a dit : « L'important dans la vie ce n'est pas le triomphe, mais le combat, l'essentiel ce n'est pas d'avoir vaincu mais de s'être bien battu ».

La devise des Jeux Olympiques est "Plus vite, plus haut, plus fort", mais elle n'est pas de Coubertin, il l'a adoptée du père dominicain Didon.


Pierre de Coubertin was an aristocrat. He was born in Paris in 1863 and died in 1937 at the age of 74, in Geneva. He was a historian and an educator.
At 24, he wanted to improve the French educational system. Sport was already very important to him. He started the promotion of sport at school, he wrote books and articles. He organized conferences and he created sports committees.
In 1889, during the Universal Exhibition in Paris, he organized competitions.
He promoted athletics and he wanted to create a major international competition to oppose the world's greatest athletes. The ancient world was in vogue, we did archaeological research in Olympia, for example. So, Pierre de Coubertin had the idea to reopen the Olympics.
In 1896, the first renovated Olympic Games took place in Athens and it was decided to play them every 4 years.
Women were absent from the 1896 Games. Pierre de Coubertin believed that sport for women was good for their health, but it was not nice to see a woman with lots of muscles! In 1900, women began participating in the Olympics, there were 16 participants. But Pierre de Coubertin did not agree. During the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, he said that games with women were not interesting and they were unsightly. He said, "The true Olympic hero is the man. The Olympics should be reserved for men. Women's role is to put the crown on the head of the victors. "
He resigned in 1925. He died in Geneva of a heart attack. He was buried in Lausanne, but his heart is in a monument in Olympia.
Coubertin was modern (except his opinion of women!) Because he had an international view on sports. He was fond of English and American games like football or tennis.
There is controversy around Pierre de Coubertin. Was he sexist, colonialist, racist or is it that his comments represent his time?
For example he said, "The theory of equal rights for all human races led to a policy line contrary to any colonial progress. Without naturally subside into slavery or even a milder form of serfdom, the superior race is absolutely right to refuse to lower races certain privileges of civilized life. "(The Review of the Reviews, April 1901).
The medal Pierre de Coubertin (also known as medal for sportsmanship) is an award that is given by the International Olympic Committee to athletes who have demonstrated true sportsmanship during the Olympics.
Many athletes and spectators feel that this is the highest award for an athlete, perhaps more important than a gold medal.
  Be careful! Pierre de Coubertin never said "The important thing is to participate." In 1908, he said: "The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. "
The Olympic motto is "Swifter, Higher, Stronger", but it is not from Coubertin, he adopted it from the Dominican Father Dido.




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