TESTIMONIALS

ADULT PROGRAMS

Margaret Boeneke

Senior Technical Writer at Mythic, Inc.

These classes are great if you are looking to speak French! Nathalie focuses on conversation and everyday interactions, which are *so* valuable when you are traveling. I have taken conversation classes with Live in French for about 6 months and the class has progressed perfectly with my level. It is always hard to find people to practice speaking with and these classes are a lifesaver. 

Retired Dermatologist.

I have studied french with Nathalie for about 2 years. She is a native speaker. More importantly she is intelligent, passionate, invested in one's progress and also a grammarian. Her sessions are very enjoyable and stimulating. I would recommend her for anyone who wants to learn the language. 

Gary Zelazny
Alex Labry

Professional Photographer, Artist, Author

Nathalie has a warm and, I believe, the proper instruction technique to learning how to to speak French. She understands that speaking French is very different than learning how to conjugate verbs!
   While in France a French person once told me that English was a good language for speaking but French was a better for writing because of its precision.  However, French people don't speak like they write. Therefore go to Nathalie to learn how to communicate.  Go to UT to learn how to write French.

Independent Writing and Editing Professional

II’ve been attending Nathalie’s Live in French conversational meetup group on and off for a couple of years as time allows.  I had NO French training whatsoever prior to beginning with Nathalie, but her patient, tactful, individualized approach to learning is never condescending or patronizing. Nathalie is a native French speaker, and not only does she provide practical instruction in the way the language is spoken, she also offers insights into French life and culture. While I certainly cannot say that I am anywhere close to being a fluent speaker, I can now definitely follow the gist of simple conversations and make myself rudimentally understood when my husband and I travel in France.  What’s more, the conversation group is fun; we talk about such a wide variety of subjects and under Nathalie’s skillful guidance, everyone gets a chance to participate. Many of the people in the group have become personal friends, and although serious learning occurs during the sessions, attending them is almost like getting together socially. I highly recommend Nathalie as a teacher to anyone, regardless of age or current level of French comprehension!

Suzanne Labry

Senior Attorney, manager of the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for UT 

I've been attending Nathalie's Advanced French Course (with grammar and homework) for nearly a year, and participate in conversation hours for the summer. Both types of groups are wonderful. We meet at Mozart's so the feel is always casual and friendly. I took the grammar course originally to maintain some momentum in french after a 6-week stay in Paris last spring (2016). The homework was really helpful to keep me engaged during the week -- not too much, just enough. Nathalie is extremely adept at keeping things moving, making corrections on the fly, explaining points of interest about spelling, vocabulary or grammar. We all have plenty of chances to talk and interact as neither class is too large (3-4 in the grammar course; 4-5 in the conversation group). Nathalie always makes us feel welcomed and included, whether we're just starting out or have been with the group awhile. We stick to french as much as possible, and she's patient and encouraging when we're struggling to say or understand something. All questions are welcomed, no matter whether we might feel it's "stupid" or silly.

In the advanced class, the emphasis is on how things are actually said in France, not strictly on how you might learn things from a textbook. This proves very useful when you're actually in France, because many times, what you hear others say is not textbook french! I've enjoyed the time in both courses immensely. I definitely recommend her courses to my friends who are learning french. It's very good value for the money, and a whole lot of fun. Nathalie is a jewel!

Georgia Harper
Susan Lewis

SNASPExAm Testamur, Artist, Chef & Foodie

I am thrilled and honored to share my experience having been a student with Nathalie over the past year. I started out in her adult beginners class at rolling in thyme and dough in dripping springs. I live in San Antonio and commuted weekly for my classes and it was worth every mile. The cafe we had class in was very quaint and really set the mood for a leisurely environment for learning. We would meet and grab a table, then gather around with our cafe or tea, indulging at times on one of the many enticing pastries.

Nathalie is a champion teacher with such a passion for her culture and native language ,She exudes enthusiasm at all times. She is a highly organized teacher with impeccable presentation skills. She has such a natural talent at making you feel at ease, always knowing intuitively  if you may be feeling confused or lost, always willing to slow down,stop her lecture to make sure your questions get answered and never making you feel embarrassed for not knowing. I have had teacher that have taken that approach in the past, so with Nath, it was so refreshing to finally have a teacher with such a free spirit and for this I thank you Nath. The classes were always open forum and a lot of conversation based in class assignments. When things got monotonous, she would pull out a French game to change the pace of things, making it fun while still practicing our french and we always manage to have a million laughs along the way. It's was so much fun, I loved it!!
Every week after each class, she would send us a detailed email outlining our class notes and homework assignments, specifically detailing the ones we would be going over in class the following week. She also provided us with a wealth of additional learning sites and links to further our skill level. I loved the Quizlet link which basically was a database that contained the vocabulary for each week and allowed you to study them in a flash card format. I found this to be extremely helpful. Nathalie is no doubt impeccably organized.
What really stood out and touched me the most about Nathalie is her generous caring nature. She truly cares about you first as a person, you are more than just her student. She cares about your well being. She personally saw me through some challenging times when I faced health issues. Where some teacher may have encouraged you to drop the class due to falling behind, she always told me not to worry, to focus on getting better and she would send me the homework and work with me.  She even would go out of her way to work with my fellow class mates/ New found friends to If possible reschedule so I could attend. Very few teachers would do this and for this I am so grateful. Thank you my sweet friend. I say friend because I truly feel during this past year taking classes at live in French i have made some life long friends. This was the best part of the experience. The feeling of gathering around a table with friends and learning this beautiful language. I cannot believe how much French I have learned too in such a short time. She made it seem effortless too by fostering such a free style, stress free environment where you are amongst friends.
I absolutely recommend this school to anyone looking to learn french or brush up theirs existing language skills. I would not let the commute discourage you either if you are a out of towner, it's worth it and the drive is easy and beautiful. For me, I cannot wait to start our intermediate class and reunite with my sweet friends. Merci beaucoup mon amie! À bientôt!!! Bisous!!!!  Susane lewis-Bosarge.

Health Coach and Proven Alliance/Sr. Channel Account Manager

If you have ever wanted to enjoy an hour of your time practicing French, then sign up for Live In French conversational group. It's a casual setting with a very friendly and helpful teacher. Maybe, the word for Nathalie is more of guide as she tries to help our conversational skills mature. Don't be hesitant to sign up, even if your French skills are rusty as mine were. I hadn't spoken French for 20 years and Nathalie and the group are very welcoming and accepting.

Investor and FI-Focused Real Estate Agent serving the Central Texas Markets

I recently move to Austin from the east coast, where was I previously being tutored in French by an amazing native speaker. I knew that I wanted to continue my French language studies but with more conversation and the opportunity to speak with other learners. I was more than satisfied with Live in French and Nathalie. She teaches an amazing advanced french conversation class. Her classes are small enough that everyone gets a chance to speak. I would definitely recommend you take a class with her whether you are new at french, need a refresher or just want to grow in your skills. She's a teacher at heart and she loves sharing her knowledge of the French language and growing up in France. I can't wait for the next session to start! Come join us!

Régine Nelson
Bill Kilgore

C.P.A. 

This is the very best French learning experience.  Live in French is lead by Nathalie who is a native French speaker.  She also speaks several other languages and so has a knowledge of grammar that transcends any one language.  Most of all I have found her adult conversation meet ups to be fun.  They are wide-ranging discussions in French of whatever topic is interesting to those in attendance.  Nathalie is aware of the language proficiency of each individual and makes sure each person has a chance to speak and understand what is said by others.  There is no pressure and beginners are made to feel welcome by the whole group.  The weekly meetings are highly motivational because one wishes to develop a basic level of communication skill with new friends in the group.  Nathalie can direct participants to other resources for developing proficiency in French.  So, join one of Nathalie's classes to learn French, to meet new people and to have fun.

Régine Nelson

Leslie Tucker

President a Live The Language 

I had the joy and pleasure of taking French classes with Nathalie for 8 months, both, privately and in a small group. I absolutely loved her classes and teaching style.

I attended French school in Mexico City and didn’t have a chance to learn France’s accent because my teachers were either non-native speakers or French Canadian. In college I had a few native French teachers, but as you might know in a college setting, one hardly ever gets a chance to speak the language due to time and class- size limitations.  In Nathalie’s classes, I had plenty of opportunities to speak, and Nathalie gently corrected my pronunciation.  Furthermore, thanks to Nathalie I was able to become aware of and correct the bad grammar mistakes that I had been making systematically for years.

In Nathalie’s classes I not only learned standard French pronunciation but also learned dozens of idioms that I had never used before, and now happily incorporate into my French speaking. Because Nathalie is worldly cultured and widely traveled her lessons and topics of conversation are very interesting and engaging. This made my leaning experience much more interesting and fun. in Nathalie’s classes I not only fixed my grammar, but also learned about French African Culture, Southern France’s culture, the Parisian way of living and more. 

If you are truly interested in achieving native fluency in French in Austin, Texas, Nathalie is the BEST Austin has to offer. Try out one of her classes. You’ll love the class and love her. Nathalie’s teaching style is unparalleled. You will be speaking French couramment if you take her classes.

Deidre K. Aragon

Placement Agent at Greenheart International

I love Nathalie's meetup French conversation classes.  We tutoyer, which means that we use the informal mode of speaking with each other, which makes it very friendly and open.  We meet at Mozart's on the Lake Coffee Bar, which is a beautiful venue on Lake Austin.   The classes are small and Nathalie makes sure everyone has the opportunity to converse!  I will continue going to Nathalie's classes!

Donna Nielsen
Leslie Tucker

Health Coach and Proven Alliance/Sr. Channel Account Manager

If you have ever wanted to enjoy an hour of your time practicing French, then sign up for Live In French conversational group. It's a casual setting with a very friendly and helpful teacher. Maybe, the word for Nathalie is more of guide as she tries to help our conversational skills mature. Don't be hesitant to sign up, even if your French skills are rusty as mine were. I hadn't spoken French for 20 years and Nathalie and the group are very welcoming and accepting.

TESTIMONIALS

ADULT PROGRAMS

Margaret Boeneke

Senior Technical Writer at Mythic, Inc.

These classes are great if you are looking to speak French! Nathalie focuses on conversation and everyday interactions, which are *so* valuable when you are traveling. I have taken conversation classes with Live in French for about 6 months and the class has progressed perfectly with my level. It is always hard to find people to practice speaking with and these classes are a lifesaver. 

Retired Dermatologist.

I have studied french with Nathalie for about 2 years. She is a native speaker. More importantly she is intelligent, passionate, invested in one's progress and also a grammarian. Her sessions are very enjoyable and stimulating. I would recommend her for anyone who wants to learn the language. 

Gary Zelazny
Alex Labry

Professional Photographer, Artist, Author

Nathalie has a warm and, I believe, the proper instruction technique to learning how to to speak French. She understands that speaking French is very different than learning how to conjugate verbs!
   While in France a French person once told me that English was a good language for speaking but French was a better for writing because of its precision.  However, French people don't speak like they write. Therefore go to Nathalie to learn how to communicate.  Go to UT to learn how to write French.

Independent Writing and Editing Professional

II’ve been attending Nathalie’s Live in French conversational meetup group on and off for a couple of years as time allows.  I had NO French training whatsoever prior to beginning with Nathalie, but her patient, tactful, individualized approach to learning is never condescending or patronizing. Nathalie is a native French speaker, and not only does she provide practical instruction in the way the language is spoken, she also offers insights into French life and culture. While I certainly cannot say that I am anywhere close to being a fluent speaker, I can now definitely follow the gist of simple conversations and make myself rudimentally understood when my husband and I travel in France.  What’s more, the conversation group is fun; we talk about such a wide variety of subjects and under Nathalie’s skillful guidance, everyone gets a chance to participate. Many of the people in the group have become personal friends, and although serious learning occurs during the sessions, attending them is almost like getting together socially. I highly recommend Nathalie as a teacher to anyone, regardless of age or current level of French comprehension!

Suzanne Labry

Senior Attorney, manager of the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for UT 

I've been attending Nathalie's Advanced French Course (with grammar and homework) for nearly a year, and participate in conversation hours for the summer. Both types of groups are wonderful. We meet at Mozart's so the feel is always casual and friendly. I took the grammar course originally to maintain some momentum in french after a 6-week stay in Paris last spring (2016). The homework was really helpful to keep me engaged during the week -- not too much, just enough. Nathalie is extremely adept at keeping things moving, making corrections on the fly, explaining points of interest about spelling, vocabulary or grammar. We all have plenty of chances to talk and interact as neither class is too large (3-4 in the grammar course; 4-5 in the conversation group). Nathalie always makes us feel welcomed and included, whether we're just starting out or have been with the group awhile. We stick to french as much as possible, and she's patient and encouraging when we're struggling to say or understand something. All questions are welcomed, no matter whether we might feel it's "stupid" or silly.

In the advanced class, the emphasis is on how things are actually said in France, not strictly on how you might learn things from a textbook. This proves very useful when you're actually in France, because many times, what you hear others say is not textbook french! I've enjoyed the time in both courses immensely. I definitely recommend her courses to my friends who are learning french. It's very good value for the money, and a whole lot of fun. Nathalie is a jewel!

Georgia Harper
Susan Lewis

SNASPExAm Testamur, Artist, Chef & Foodie

I am thrilled and honored to share my experience having been a student with Nathalie over the past year. I started out in her adult beginners class at rolling in thyme and dough in dripping springs. I live in San Antonio and commuted weekly for my classes and it was worth every mile. The cafe we had class in was very quaint and really set the mood for a leisurely environment for learning. We would meet and grab a table, then gather around with our cafe or tea, indulging at times on one of the many enticing pastries.

Nathalie is a champion teacher with such a passion for her culture and native language ,She exudes enthusiasm at all times. She is a highly organized teacher with impeccable presentation skills. She has such a natural talent at making you feel at ease, always knowing intuitively  if you may be feeling confused or lost, always willing to slow down,stop her lecture to make sure your questions get answered and never making you feel embarrassed for not knowing. I have had teacher that have taken that approach in the past, so with Nath, it was so refreshing to finally have a teacher with such a free spirit and for this I thank you Nath. The classes were always open forum and a lot of conversation based in class assignments. When things got monotonous, she would pull out a French game to change the pace of things, making it fun while still practicing our french and we always manage to have a million laughs along the way. It's was so much fun, I loved it!!
Every week after each class, she would send us a detailed email outlining our class notes and homework assignments, specifically detailing the ones we would be going over in class the following week. She also provided us with a wealth of additional learning sites and links to further our skill level. I loved the Quizlet link which basically was a database that contained the vocabulary for each week and allowed you to study them in a flash card format. I found this to be extremely helpful. Nathalie is no doubt impeccably organized.
What really stood out and touched me the most about Nathalie is her generous caring nature. She truly cares about you first as a person, you are more than just her student. She cares about your well being. She personally saw me through some challenging times when I faced health issues. Where some teacher may have encouraged you to drop the class due to falling behind, she always told me not to worry, to focus on getting better and she would send me the homework and work with me.  She even would go out of her way to work with my fellow class mates/ New found friends to If possible reschedule so I could attend. Very few teachers would do this and for this I am so grateful. Thank you my sweet friend. I say friend because I truly feel during this past year taking classes at live in French i have made some life long friends. This was the best part of the experience. The feeling of gathering around a table with friends and learning this beautiful language. I cannot believe how much French I have learned too in such a short time. She made it seem effortless too by fostering such a free style, stress free environment where you are amongst friends.
I absolutely recommend this school to anyone looking to learn french or brush up theirs existing language skills. I would not let the commute discourage you either if you are a out of towner, it's worth it and the drive is easy and beautiful. For me, I cannot wait to start our intermediate class and reunite with my sweet friends. Merci beaucoup mon amie! À bientôt!!! Bisous!!!!  Susane lewis-Bosarge.

Health Coach and Proven Alliance/Sr. Channel Account Manager

If you have ever wanted to enjoy an hour of your time practicing French, then sign up for Live In French conversational group. It's a casual setting with a very friendly and helpful teacher. Maybe, the word for Nathalie is more of guide as she tries to help our conversational skills mature. Don't be hesitant to sign up, even if your French skills are rusty as mine were. I hadn't spoken French for 20 years and Nathalie and the group are very welcoming and accepting.

Investor and FI-Focused Real Estate Agent serving the Central Texas Markets

I recently move to Austin from the east coast, where was I previously being tutored in French by an amazing native speaker. I knew that I wanted to continue my French language studies but with more conversation and the opportunity to speak with other learners. I was more than satisfied with Live in French and Nathalie. She teaches an amazing advanced french conversation class. Her classes are small enough that everyone gets a chance to speak. I would definitely recommend you take a class with her whether you are new at french, need a refresher or just want to grow in your skills. She's a teacher at heart and she loves sharing her knowledge of the French language and growing up in France. I can't wait for the next session to start! Come join us!

Régine Nelson
Bill Kilgore

C.P.A. 

This is the very best French learning experience.  Live in French is lead by Nathalie who is a native French speaker.  She also speaks several other languages and so has a knowledge of grammar that transcends any one language.  Most of all I have found her adult conversation meet ups to be fun.  They are wide-ranging discussions in French of whatever topic is interesting to those in attendance.  Nathalie is aware of the language proficiency of each individual and makes sure each person has a chance to speak and understand what is said by others.  There is no pressure and beginners are made to feel welcome by the whole group.  The weekly meetings are highly motivational because one wishes to develop a basic level of communication skill with new friends in the group.  Nathalie can direct participants to other resources for developing proficiency in French.  So, join one of Nathalie's classes to learn French, to meet new people and to have fun.

Régine Nelson

Leslie Tucker

President a Live The Language 

I had the joy and pleasure of taking French classes with Nathalie for 8 months, both, privately and in a small group. I absolutely loved her classes and teaching style.

I attended French school in Mexico City and didn’t have a chance to learn France’s accent because my teachers were either non-native speakers or French Canadian. In college I had a few native French teachers, but as you might know in a college setting, one hardly ever gets a chance to speak the language due to time and class- size limitations.  In Nathalie’s classes, I had plenty of opportunities to speak, and Nathalie gently corrected my pronunciation.  Furthermore, thanks to Nathalie I was able to become aware of and correct the bad grammar mistakes that I had been making systematically for years.

In Nathalie’s classes I not only learned standard French pronunciation but also learned dozens of idioms that I had never used before, and now happily incorporate into my French speaking. Because Nathalie is worldly cultured and widely traveled her lessons and topics of conversation are very interesting and engaging. This made my leaning experience much more interesting and fun. in Nathalie’s classes I not only fixed my grammar, but also learned about French African Culture, Southern France’s culture, the Parisian way of living and more. 

If you are truly interested in achieving native fluency in French in Austin, Texas, Nathalie is the BEST Austin has to offer. Try out one of her classes. You’ll love the class and love her. Nathalie’s teaching style is unparalleled. You will be speaking French couramment if you take her classes.

Deidre K. Aragon

Placement Agent at Greenheart International

I love Nathalie's meetup French conversation classes.  We tutoyer, which means that we use the informal mode of speaking with each other, which makes it very friendly and open.  We meet at Mozart's on the Lake Coffee Bar, which is a beautiful venue on Lake Austin.   The classes are small and Nathalie makes sure everyone has the opportunity to converse!  I will continue going to Nathalie's classes!

Donna Nielsen
Leslie Tucker

Health Coach and Proven Alliance/Sr. Channel Account Manager

If you have ever wanted to enjoy an hour of your time practicing French, then sign up for Live In French conversational group. It's a casual setting with a very friendly and helpful teacher. Maybe, the word for Nathalie is more of guide as she tries to help our conversational skills mature. Don't be hesitant to sign up, even if your French skills are rusty as mine were. I hadn't spoken French for 20 years and Nathalie and the group are very welcoming and accepting.

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