Hilde Frafjord Johnson
Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head
of the United Nations in South Sudan
Former Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Former Minister of International Development of Norway
Excellent teaching method, which
helps advance progress alternating comprehension, vocabulary
The adaptation of course to individual needs and requirements
is done in a good way.
The teaching itself is excellent and very much according to
what would help me maximize my output.
All in all, an excellent experience!
Director of Communications at World Health Organization (WHO)
Former Director of International Communications at American Red
Former senior medical producer for CNN
The programme was an excellent
way to strengthen my French.
There is only so much one can learn in a week, but the one on
one approach is the best way to maximize the gain.
Bernard is an incredible patient teacher. He gives every
student the time they need for their issues and adjusts as
I would strongly advise this course to others.
Veronique made the evenings delightful and gave us the most
wonderful food throughout the week.
The accommodations are perfect, just perfect. The dogs provide
excellent companionship for walking the country side.
To sum it up, a week at Dialogue is good for the mind and
good for the soul!
This week here in Kerfiac with
the Dialogue program went way beyond my expectations.
It was more than just a language
program. I felt as if I was visiting relatives that I had just
met for the first time.
Bernard and Veronique were warm and welcoming and very at ease
with sharing their lives with me and others in out pursuit of
learning their language – French.
I really enjoyed the format of the program – I would call it
structured fluidity. There were definite systems in place in
how to approach teaching the language, but tailored to your
own needs and ability and then fluid as to your own wants and
I took the very intensive program and I was never bored.
I have taken other courses and this one is the most practical
approach (and fastest) that I have experienced
Ms Rita Rozzi (USA)
I cannot speak more highly of
When I arrived, I could barely express myself as I had
forgotten all of my french and I couldn't even understand
the notices on the train here !
It has only been two weeks but I'm already experiencing the
strongest sensation of feeling like the week have flown by,
yet being home seems like a month ago !
The friendliness and the hospitality of the Hénusse family
cannot be overemphasized.
Despite having difficult dietary restrictions, I was catered
for not only in terms of gluten free, but INCREDIBLE food
that I was ever suspicious or nervous of eating.
I feel honored to have been able to share in the daily
routine of his wonderful family .
As for the lessons themselves, they were specially
personalized, interesting, fun and flexible. Both Bernard
and Christophe proved to be excellent teachers, adapting the
programme to suit my needs and evoluing abilities.
The methods themselves cannot be faulted – even with the
trickiest nuances of grammar, I was never bored and I was
always able to understand their explanations.
6 lessons per day was perfect for me as it was intensive
enough to immerse me in the language, but gave me enough
break time to relax, watch French films, listen to my
“phrases-clés” and allow what I'd learned to sink in, before
using it at dinner.
All-in-all, the course exceeded every expectation I had, and
I'll really going to miss the family. I truly appreciate all
that they have done for me.
Ms T. C. (UK)
My five days at Dialogue-Kerfiac have been marvelous !
I have trained a tremendous amount. I am more confident with
my pronunciation, my vocabulary is greatly increased and my
grammar is certainly better than it was on Monday.
I believe, the Dialogue method has been and will continue to
be quite sucessful for me as I can see how I will be able to
regularly incorporate the “phrases-clé” into my daily life.
M Henusse and Christophe were encouraging and made the
training interesting and fun.
I appreciate that there was time for walks in the beautiful ,
pastoral countryside, and that I could enjoy Ms Henusse's
Mme Henusse is a fabulous cook and a generous person willing
to patiently converse with me at meals.
They were kind hosts as well as excellent teachers.
I hope to return every year
Ms Susan Duffy (USA)
Overall, an excellent and very professionally organized
Working with audio visual material (both general and specific
to my profession) was both useful and enjoyable.
The Phrases clé / CD to take home is a very good idea.
The accommodation, food, atmosphere was delightful.
Bernard is extremely patient and precise and having the talk
active / pretty and excellent chef Veronique is a big plus
(not to forget the lovely Theo !).
Many many thanks for a delightful but much too short stay !
Ms Danielle Hannon
Humanitarian worker UNHCR
The week was extremely useful. Because the program was
completely personalized, it focused on subjects that
interested me. Also because the program was very fluid, we
were able to move quickly to areas that have been causing me
trouble with the language.
I accomplished more in one week at Dialogue that I could have
doing any other type of learning. Personalized one-to-one
learning in an environment of total immersion is the best way
I have found of learning a language quickly.
My instructors were very knowledgeable, and their
understanding of the English language also helped because they
understood some of the cultural and grammatical reasons for
some of the mistakes I have been making in French.
Thank you for a very successful week !
Merci Bernard, Christophe et Véronique pour une très agréable
Ms V. S. (Canada)
My language skills were quickly assessed at the outset and the
training very well tailored according to my needs.
The highly professional approach coupled with the warm, welcoming
atmosphere at Kerfiac provided a setting in which I could benefit
to the fullest extend and without distraction.
This is a truly exceptional and rewarding approach to learning
French in preparation for use in the real world.
I chose the “very intensive week” with one-on-one tutoring; it was
indeed just that-very intensive ! But this is the way to go,
The delicious meals were the icing on the cake !
Thanks to Bernard, Marie and Véronique.
2nd Testimonial (in reply to a request for
I was really impressed by the course. It is very professionally
organized. Intense, indeed yes. If that is what you want, that is
what you get! For me there was no better substitute than
At the outset Bernard and his colleague(s) assess your strengths
and weaknesses and tailor the sessions according to your needs and
specific requirements, whether it be everyday conversation or
specialist business language, oral, aural or written.
The location is a delight, a rural idyll with no distractions - I
found long walks at the end of the day's sessions a good way to
The family environment, mealtimes (delicious food - Véronique is a
wonderful cook) and accommodation is very welcoming and in effect
an extension of the classroom sessions, but at the same time
offers you the privacy you may need to simply relax or do
If that is not enough to whet your appetite, let me know and I
will tell you more!
Mr Michael Nathan (UK)
Scientist from the WHO
Thank you for a really excellent week !
I was initially attracted by the Dialogue technique as described
on the web. It sounded good and after 15 years of stagnation with
my French, I thought it worth a try. Naturally, I was a bit
skeptical, but in fact it greatly exceeded my expectations. I feel
I may have made a real breakthrough !
The teaching methods of both instructors were of a very high
standard and delivered with extraordinary patience.
Outstanding ! B & V were very welcoming and helpful. V’s
cooking was everything one would hope for a French country
holiday. Absolutely delicious and in large quantities !
Very good value !
There is a better than 90% chance that I will return and would
strongly recommend it to my friends.
Once again very good.
The technical basis of the instruction is very effective and the
standard of instruction was very high.
As Bernard knew I wanted to be pushed and the level of motivation
and challenge was very well judged.
I had highs and lows in my own performance, but the important
thing was that the level of challenge, motivation and support
remained high which is a considerably accolade to both my
instructors and the helpful role that Véronique played.
Once again the food and social aspects of the stay were of a very
Il will certainly recommend Dialogue and would be delighted if I
am able to return.
Mr S.P. (UK)
Defense Company – Manager
I feel that the whole week has been extremely fruitful and has
exceeded my expectations on many levels.
I am extremely content with the progress I have made and feel that
the method of recording the key phrases has been an integral part
of my learning experience.
In addition, I am much more aware of the musical nature of French
and I am now able to target specific areas of the language for
improvement, such as fluency via practicing and controlling pace,
intonation and the rhythm of spoken French.
Culturally speaking, the course has been outstanding, giving me an
invaluable insight into the cultural nuances involved in the
French customer service industry.
Furthermore, I have made a lot of progress regarding key
vocabulary related to work and I now have a solid base from which
I can work from, in all areas, to improve my capability in French
in the future.
Mr R.H. (UK)
Automotive Industry – Customer service
My week at Dialogue-France was truly an enlightening and educative
Bernard and Florent were excellent patient and thorough teachers.
They encouraged me to try my hardest but never pushed me too hard.
Bernard, Véronique and Théo made me feel completely at home in the
beautiful house and Véronique’s marvelous cooking kept me
If all the Dialogue courses are like this one, I will definitely
be picking up Spanish, German and anything else that you offer !
Thank you for a fantastic week!
Ms Y.B STUDENT (Nigeria)
This was a well spent week. The setting is quiet and very
attractive. I truly felt welcomed by the Hénusse family and I felt
that they went out of their way to make me comfortable – They even
drove me to the coast to see la Manche (a.k.a. the English
The lessons were intensive without being oppressive – The same can
be said of the immersion between lessons.
Though I felt my oral comprehension took 2 big step forward “I
have reached” a point where progress in oral expression is slow. I
think use of my phrases-clés will help to automatisms.
Before I came for this week, I could only catch snatches of
TV-Cine. – Now I can listen to TV and understand the most of what
I hear. Also, sole of the grammatical work (+clarification) in the
daily lessons have speeded up my reading quite a bit.
I enjoyed myself a great deal. Not the least of the attractions
are the animals – 5 cats, 4 hens + 2 lovely dogs who took me in a
long walk almost every day and made certain I found my way home.
Ms Ann Hoefer (USA)
I found the lessons and the method really good – particularly the
tapping into what I already knew + then working on phrases to
express my ideas. The question and answer format was good for
comprehension + speaking + to focus on subjects of interest.
Marie was a great teacher, gentle but persistent with my errors.
The pronunciation exercises were useful + I do feel that I’ve a
better understanding of how to hear and make the different sounds.
Ms Ariane Rummery (Australia)
I am deeply pleased with my progress at DialogueE-France. It is
reasonable progress and encourages me. Above all, I take away a
method that teaches me how to study myself and to make further
progress via at-home study or with support of another program.
The professors were extremely attentive and I was impressed with
the preparation and the customization of my classes.
The facilities are utterly charming and I was always made to feel
warm and welcome among the family. The diversion of animals and
landscape was a delight and the care and talent of the cooking
made our meal times the wonderful respites they became.
Ms Laura Wenke (USA)
I have enjoyed every minute of the total experience.
Meeting all the family, friends and neighbours.
Eating excellent food and attempting to follow very interesting
It has been a joy to be here in Kerfiac and I have been allowed to
be part of the family.
I did not appreciate how important it was for me to be totally
immersed in the culture.
I have learnt more than structures, vocabulary and pronunciation
as I have learnt about the way of life en France and how important
it is to use the correct and proper language.
I have had the opportunity to visit many countries around the
world through work and leisure and I would say that this past 2
weeks will be one of my fondest memories.
It has been a great privilege to have worked with Florent and
I appreciate all the hard work that would have been done to give
me the best education for learning French.
I believe that the method is excellent and I have reflected that
in the survey.
Véronique is an excellent cook and the meals were excellent.
Mr Robert Abel (UK)
Telecommunication Consulting - Director
I had a wonderful time in Kerfiac !
I was looking for great teachers, great culture, great food and
great fun and I found it all in Kerfiac.
The language experience was very intense, but it was what I needed
to improve my language ability.
I always felt welcome and very much a part of the family.
No questions were left unanswered and the wine never stopped
Mr B.C. (USA)
" One of the best French immersion courses" The Wall Street