Speak French with Véro

Informal, Fun and Educational Online French Bootcamps

Ready to join the fun?

Learn and have fun. Speak French with confidence.

Join a small online group of up to 8 students and anticipate lively interactions in a safe, relaxed, friendly environment. Some students have stayed in the French bootcamps for over three years. Their camaraderie is heartwarming.

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Véro and French students dine out in Seattle, 2009.

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We like to keep things light! Learn and have fun is our motto.

I was part of the inaugural bootcamp class of April 2020 and was fortunate to continue for 14 months. I still keep in touch with many of the fun students I’ve met through Véro, and I think we all can agree that she provides a unique perspective on French life that you just can’t get anywhere else. From history, to food, song, culture, heritage and interesting background on daily French life experiences, our discussions en français with Véro enabled us to put on a different hat and see France more like a French person does. Those efforts at understanding will enrich all my future trips to l’Hexagone and, more importantly, interactions with the people I meet.

Bob, Advanced Bootcamp

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I learn so much about French life, customs, places, history and culture, all while practicing my French skills. We laugh a lot. Véro’s classes are the best!

Cathy, Intermediate Bootcamp

Why you’re going to love French with Véro (and what to expect).

It’s a casual, fun environment.

Focus on developing your French communication and pronunciation skills. The goal is for you to interact confidently and successfully while in France. Sessions are run almost entirely in French.

Nervous about speaking (and making mistakes?) Not unusual among adult learners. I’ve got you covered: You’ll receive an email each week introducing the upcoming discussion topic. This is not homework per se, but a chance for you to get more comfortable, because you will know what to expect.

It’s more than a language class.

Culture and language are inseparable: We tackle a new topic in class each week. Immerse yourself in French history, culture, or modern French life with authentic materials and relevant topics.

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We focus on communication.

We may not spend hours studying or discussing the subjunctive mood or spelling rules. There are plenty of opportunities to do this online or at local schools in your neck of the woods. With Véro, you will practice listening, speaking and reading in French and will gradually express yourself with more confidence – while having fun!

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Mais oui !

Meet Véro

Not all those who can do, can teach...

You may know me as a content creator or a tour guide. Did you know I was also an experienced adult educator?

Et oui! Before I led tours around Paris and France, I used to lead French classes. I ran a small business as a cross-cultural trainer and French language instructor in Seattle for more than 15 years and later grew a loyal following instructing France travel workshops and teaching North American adults how to master Travel French.

Since 2020, I’ve moved most of my professional activities online and lead French conversations classes on Zoom.

Truth is, pursuits I have been involved in over the last two decades have often involved teaching or training. C’est logique. It makes sense: I love teaching, and I am good at it! Learn more about Véro.

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Les classes

Ready to improve your French? Choose your path. Bootcamps are for Intermediate and Advanced learners. The Workshop is perfect if you are a beginner or want to brush up on travel basics. See upcoming sessions below. Questions? Reach out here.

Important to know...

These are not your standard, structured French lessons, yet sessions will complement those nicely if you want extra exposure to the French language. Think of them as fun, informal discussions with a French native to supplement your learning.

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED ONLINE FRENCH BOOTCAMPS

Véro’s French Bootcamps typically run outside the official touring season, from late fall to early spring.

INTERMEDIATE ONLINE FRENCH LESSONS
4-Week Bootcamp

When:

Thursdays: From Thursday, January 11 to February 1, 2024.
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm CEST  (9:00 am PST / 12:00pm EST)

Tuition per Participant:

$220 tuition for 4 classes. 1.5 hours each. Payable in full, 7 days before the start of the first class.

Additional Info:

Enrollment limited to 8 students. Current students and France with Véro patrons get priority registration.

Interested? To inquire about availability or take the placement test, reach out.

ADVANCED ONLINE FRENCH LESSONS
4-Week Bootcamp

When:

Wednesdays: From Wednesday, January 10 to January 31, 2024.
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm CEST (9:00 am PST / 12:00pm EST)
Note: Times may vary if two groups run that day (early and late class.)

Tuition per Participant:

$220 tuition for 4 classes. 1.5 hours each. Payable in full, 7 days before the start of the first class.

Additional Info:

Enrollment limited to 8 students. Current students and France with Véro patrons get priority registration.

Interested? To inquire about availability or take the placement test, reach out.

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Click the button below to be taken to a form where you’ll let me know what Bootcamp you’re interested in. I’ll follow up with a link for a placement test to determine your current level of French.

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After your test, we’ll have a quick, 15-minute interview via Zoom to make sure the test results match the class level. If that’s the case, you’ll be invited to join the first class session and try the Bootcamps.

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After the first class, we will debrief. If we decide the French Bootcamp is not a good fit for you, you pay nothing, that first class is on me. If you decide to stay for the remaining classes, I will send the information to complete your registration. Payment in full will be due prior to the second class.

Bootcamp Registration process

Questions before signing up? Contact me, I’m happy to answer.

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Vero’s Bootcamp helped me immensely with pronunciation and conversation. Although I had taken many previous French classes with others, her method of teaching and the small groups gave me the confidence to speak French knowing I was pronouncing the words correctly! Merci, Vero! I’ve been to Paris twice during 2022, and found my French much better!

Cheryl, French for the Traveler Workshop

Are you in the beginning stages of your French language journey or planning a trip to France?

Try the Beginner’s Workshop.

BEGINNER FRENCH FOR THE TRAVELER WORKSHOP

The French for the Traveler Workshop is offered a few times each year.

BEGINNER FRENCH FOR THE TRAVELER
4-Week Workshop

French for the Traveler (4 classes) covers the basics: Introduction to French pronunciation, essential French expressions in travel situations, greetings, asking and answering basic questions, ordering French food, making reservations (hotels, restaurants,) and more.

This workshop is perfect for you if:

  • You have thought about learning French for a long time but aren’t sure it’s for you.
  • You are keeping the travel dream alive: Next time you arrive in France you *will* be able to interact with locals in elementary travel French!
  • You don’t necessarily intend to learn French but want to be able to manage in most travel situations, or you are an armchair traveler who wants to keep learning about France in a friendly environment.

Next Session:

We run two sessions of this workshop each year, one at the start of the year (before spring travel) and one in the summer months (before fall travel.)

Tuesdays: From Tuesday February 20, 2024 to March 12, 2024.

TIme: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CEST (9:00 am PST / 12:00 pm EST)

Tuition per Participant:

$220 payable in full, 7 days before the start of the first class. Includes all handouts and 4 classes with Véro.  NOTE: No refunds or make-up sessions will be offered. A replay is provided after each class so you don’t miss a thing.

Additional Info:

Patrons get priority registration.

A minimum of 5 students is required to run the workshop. Maximum enrollment is 10.

Like our other French bootcamps, French for the Traveler is not a traditional French language class (It may supplement nicely a beginner-level French class.) Instruction is delivered in French and in English (cultural information applicable to travel situations.) This will be a great fit if you are a true beginner and have had very little to no French instruction.

Interested in the French for the Traveler Workshop?

Have questions? Contact me, I’m happy to answer.

Patrons are always first to know!

Be the first to know of new classes, workshops and other important announcements. Patrons get priority registration to all events and receive content created just for them, in English... and in French! Join the fun?

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Wondering if Véro’s French classes are a good fit for you?

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to current and past students or reach out with a question.

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I was part of the inaugural bootcamp class of April 2020 and was fortunate to continue for 14 months. I still keep in touch with many of the fun students I’ve met through Véro, and I think we all can agree that she provides a unique perspective on French life that you just can’t get anywhere else. From history, to food, song, culture, heritage and interesting background on daily French life experiences, our discussions en français with Véro enabled us to put on a different hat and see France more like a French person does. Those efforts at understanding will enrich all my future trips to l’Hexagone and, more importantly, interactions with the people I meet.

Bob, Advanced Bootcamp

This survival French for the Traveler workshop was just what I wanted and needed. I loved the small class size (…) The class included cultural expectations as well as language skills and emphasized the use of ‘Bonjour!’ when entering shops, boulangeries, etc. and two other important words/phrases. Short-cuts were discussed allowing the traveler to use smaller phrases, hand gestures and sometimes just one word to communicate effectively. Essential for the traveler is conduct and ordering in a restaurant. Menus and their structures were reviewed. Students took turns ordering from an authentic menu discussed in class (…)

Jan, French for the Traveler Workshop

Véro’s boot camp is a pleasure—with lively companions, interesting subject matter, and of course, an excellent teacher, a ‘professor’ of French culture. Each week some video, photos or text to look over and think about ahead of time. No ‘boot camp’ suffering, instead an enjoyable, stimulating time together, getting our minds and tongues around the French language in a fun, supportive environment.

Lois, Advanced Bootcamp

Not all who are French can teach the language. Vero can! She gives instruction mixed with humor and insightful tips. You are encouraged to repeat and learn basic traveler conversation in a relaxed setting. Just as important, she teaches you the thoughts and social customs of the French culture. This type of knowledge is invaluable as you check in at your hotel or navigate through a meal at a French restaurant. I learned so much and laughed as well. I highly recommend this course.

Robin, French for the Traveler Workshop

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Je sais pourquoi vous réussissez dans ce que vous faites.
1. Vous avez un don d’enseignement.
2 Vous êtes authentique.
3. Vous avez une richesse de connaissances à la fois la culture et la langue française, et l’anglais et la culture de l’Amérique.
4. Vous avez un grand sens de l’humour et vous rendez l’apprentissage amusant.
Et beaucoup d’autres choses encore

Toni, Intermediate Bootcamp

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