Kindly enjoy testimonials from amazing people that have experienced Carrie Anne’s coaching below :
Carrie Anne is extremely genuine. Her work and class content is thoughtful, engaging and tasteful. I’ve grown to expect nothing but the best from her.
- Bonnie, New York
After six years of taking French lessons, I still did not feel comfortable speaking the language. I came across Carrie Anne's daily pronunciation emails, and after a few days, I knew that her program was exactly what I was missing. My ability to speak French has improved dramatically! The French teach French in a methodical way that isn't really practical for making everyday conversation, while Carrie Anne's approach works from day one. If you want to learn the language, French is Beautiful is the way to do it.
- Jordan, New York
Learning French should not be a chore and it isn't with Carrie Anne. She has taught me to slow down and enjoy my journey with the French language.
- Sarah, Chicago
Carrie Anne makes learning and brushing up on French enjoyable. I started the Comprehensive course in early August and studied when I had time throughout the week. I found the way she created the material to be enjoyable and so helpful to making me feel confident in my ability to speak French. I would truly recommend this to anyone looking to connect and enhance their French speaking skills!
- Katie, Chicago
What a joy it is to study with Carrie Anne and remember all that initially drew me to French, France and her marvelous people!
- Rebecca, UK
If Paris is a moveable feast, then Carrie Anne is the Michelin starred chef of French teachers. I have been lucky enough to spend the past three months studying with Carrie Anne. It is such a breakthrough to listen to Radio France or watch a movie in French and begin to know what is being said. It is a dream come true to order in a restaurant or be understood when asking a question while traveling in France. This framework provides an amazing foundation I can build upon and continue moving forward in my French Journey. And thanks to Carrie Anne, I have come to see that it is a journey. As an adult learner I am coming to terms with the challenges of incorporating the class into my daily life and it has become the thing I do for me that breathes beauty into my day. Merci mille fois Carrie Anne !
- Pat, Maryland
French Confidence is a wonderfully unique course offered by French is Beautiful in which Carrie Anne shares the discoveries she's made in her exploration of some of the mysteries of the life and culture of French women. With the gentle, caring guidance that she brings to all of her courses, you may find upon inner reflection that you will discover incredible facets of yourself as a woman as well. I highly recommend this course to women of any age.
- Peg, Connecticut
The French Confidence course pushed me to examine my beliefs on beauty, well-being, and the concept of being unapologetic. Since completing the course, I'm apologizing less for being me and am feeling more bien dans ma peau.
- Melissa, Washington, D.C.
French Confidence was a wonderful journey that taught me to reflect on my inner dialogue as well as the way I carry myself in the world. As someone drawn to the slow French life and as a French language student, I found myself appreciating Carrie Anne not only as an exceptional French teacher, but as a life coach imparting the wisdom of the je ne sais quoi of Paris and beyond. Lovely experience that I will carry with me as I become more comfortable saying ‘je suis bien dans ma peau’ with the confidence of a French woman meandering down a delicious cobble stone street, baguette in hand, red lips shimmering.
- Lauri, New York
I truly enjoyed the French Confidence course. As a Francophile, I was able to learn more about why I'm so captured by the French culture. It was fantastic to engage with Carrie Anne's inspiring guidance throughout the course.
- Catherine, Australia
Carrie Anne is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Her approach is genuine, clear, concise, beautiful, and quite frankly, unique. She knows the inner workings of the French mind, culture, and language from the inside out, and makes it all a breeze to learn and understand, and above all, apply. She's an absolute gem. Not only do I highly recommend her to anyone interested in all things French with my eyes closed, I'd take any course she offers that pertains to the French culture, lifestyle, and the likes. Thank you, Carrie Anne, for the absolute beauty you create.
- Isabelle, Canada
This course is a wonderful insight into how French women view themselves and how they live their lives to support themselves and give themselves confidence. Carrie Anne has a wonderful way of articulating her thoughts and in such a gentle way. Highly recommended for any woman wanting to explore what gives a French Woman that je ne sais quoi.
- Victoria, New Zealand
Carrie has brought a gentle voice and clarity to me as a woman and mother that I haven’t been able to do myself. She does a great job offering thoughtful questions to bring one’s own thinking to concepts. Merci!
- Amanda, Chicago
Such a meaningful experience! Carrie Anne's insight is so thoughtful, kind, and full of respect for both French and anglophone cultures. The course was so timely and fun for me personally, a good mix of helpful, inspiring, and interesting!
- Emily, South Carolina
French Confidence was a lovely course and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French culture. I plan on someday going to France and this will help me immensely understand the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of the French! Merci, Carrie Anne!!
- Susan, Minnesota
Below is an excerpt from one of our email newsletters describing the incredible results that one COMPREHENSIVE Refresher Course client had ...
I had the most amazing experience Sunday night ...
One of my favorite students was in Paris for work ( he's a Digital Product Director at a place none of us could live without ) and we indulged in a very long, very gourmand dinner with two of my closest Parisian girlfriends ( I know, poor guy! ). At Café Charlot, bien sûr ( I'm addicted to its ambiance ).
He'd taken my 4 week C O M P R E H E N S I V E plus 4 hours of Private Coaching via Skype with me in preparation for his trip and was the perfect candidate for the class: he studied French in high school and college and even studied abroad in Paris.
Then real life happened.
When he started traveling to Paris for work, he found himself with a rusty version of the shiny French that he had worked so diligently to obtain. Like most people in that position, he was dreading the process of 're-learning' what he had 'forgotten'. I don't think that we ever forget knowledge, however I do think that our self-confidence leads us to think that we do. We don't have to re-learn, we only have to give ourselves permission to be imperfect in an area where we once felt we were. Thankfully, feelings aren't facts.
Long story short: we have to have a sense of adventure and look forward to the fumbles. Why 'look forward'? Because the only way to where we want to be is through them.
In life in general, by the way ;)
I spoke French with him briefly while he was here for work in the fall prior to the course and I could hear the latent knowledge buzzing behind his eyes. I was sure that once we got his confidence back, he'd be a rock star, transformed into my favorite species -
The American that absolutely floors French people with their command of the French language.
And he was amazing - the most motivated and engaged student I've had to date, taking full advantage of all of the videos, audios and written + speaking assignments. He also decided to go deeper and get more practice via private Skype sessions with me.
Cut back to last Sunday night. BOOM. Even I was floored by his level of French. He'd become very fluid in our Skypes and I was no longer adjusting my speech to encourage him. However, chatting with your coach feels a lot safer than chatting with Parisians ( in a loud bistro, I add ), even for a French person.
He spoke in French with us for 4 hours. 4 hours. 4 HOURS. And my Parisian friends didn't adjust their speech at all. The best part for me was witnessing my friends getting to know the same personality that I've had the pleasure of getting to know. He was joking, telling stories, asking questions, all in his natural voice.
He was feeling fluent.
I'm going to be honest ...
Up until now, I've thought that the courses that I've designed with so much heart and experience were fantastic, one-of-a-kind solutions for those looking to learn French or brush up on their French. After our dinner, I realized that what I've created is actually more powerful and provides more unheard of ( and I mean absolutely unheard of ) results than anything out there.
Even my friends, who are pre-disposed to think whatever I do is great, were stunned, saying things such as -
THAT was the best advertisement for your programs, EVER.
- but, in French ( so it sounded even cooler - especially considering their tendency to avoid revealing being impressed by anything ). One of the girls had spent time with him in Paris in the fall, so she got the full-on mind-shattering before and after.
Best of all, I can tell that he is loving his new way of being while in Paris - dinners in French, French chats at the office - it's an expansive feeling.
And expansion brings joy and empowerment.
So, that's my story about my amazing Sunday night. If you or someone you know sounds like my student - or if you or someone you know wants to learn French - PLEASE send them my way or reach out to me. There's no better gift to give ourselves than one that expands our sense of self in the world. And as far as perfection goes and feeling fluent, enjoy the below videos of Jodie Foster and Bradley Cooper speaking French, both with very different levels of aptitude, both expressing their personalities 'perfectly'. Which one of them speaks French 'fluently'? In my book, they both do :
Find your French. Feel fluent.
Sending you lots of French Love from the City of Lights,
June 4, 2015