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
Former Minister of International Development of Norway
Excellent teaching method, which helps
advance progress alternating comprehension, vocabulary and
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!
Former Director of Communications at World Health Organization (WHO)
Former Director of International Communications at American Red Cross
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 needed.
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 interests.
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 this programme.
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
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
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
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
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 garden.
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 program.
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 (Australia)
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
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 semaine.
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 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, without
The delicious meals were the icing on the cake !
Thanks to Bernard, Marie and Véronique.
2nd Testimonial (in reply to a request
for a reference)
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 one-on-one
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 homework.
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 high
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
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 experience.
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 thoroughly
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
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
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
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 Bernard.
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
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 flowing !
Mr B.C. (USA)
" One of the best French immersion courses" The Wall Street Journal