what FRENCH-LOVING influencers are saying :
If I needed to learn French, Carrie Anne would be my coach.
- Julien Azarian, Founder of @frenchwords
Learning French can be intimidating, but Carrie Anne makes it fun and practical. I highly recommend her as a French teacher. Her love for the language is infectious!
- Tash Oakley, Entrepreneur & Influencer
Coming to Paris was a big challenge for me. Learning French with Carrie Anne helped me a lot to become confident in a new environment. She creates a beautiful learning atmosphere and adapts it to the individual’s speed of progress.
- Xenia Adonts, Influencer, Creative & Book-Lover
Carrie Anne is a French master. She helped me prepare for my role in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey', which we shot in France.
- Manish Dayal, Actor, Activist & Producer
testimonials from INSPIRING FRENCH IS BEAUTIFUL MEMBERS :
The monthly membership is perfect for French learners looking for material delivered in a relaxed and inspiring state. It helps take your journey one step at a time without feeling stretched. You feel so inspired by each month's lesson that it makes you crave to come back for more! Carrie Anne takes you along on this French experience that not only has you learn a new language and culture, but learn more about yourself. Her light and love for teaching really shows why French is Beautiful.🌹
- Arielle, an Américaine in Paris
I have all my monthly membership lessons printed and bound into books with a cute white coil! In just the 6 months since I joined I have an amazing collection of lessons I can go back to again & again as my French language ability grows. Such a valuable resource and an incredibly reasonable price.
- Lee, Santa Monica
I have learned so much from Carrie Anne in the short time I have joined 'la famille.' I've never appreciated French before the way I do now and that's simply the elegant way she approaches everything. Not once have I ever heard of the language described as a 'lip-spoken' language. That moment right there was a huge 'déclic' for me. I've been studying on and off for years … Carrie Anne has completely changed my view of how I speak the language and has made me hungry for more! She has truly made a difference in my life.
- Nicole, Canada
The monthly membership is inspiring, curated content that enriches my French journey. The language and culture lessons are insightful. Carrie Anne encourages you with the difficult concepts and pronunciations. It is lovely, challenging and fun!
- Ariana, Texas
It’s like Deepak Chopra teaching French.
- Melanie, New York
I continue to be inspired every month to continue in my French Journey. The materials are clear, concise, well-written and comprehensive.
- Maddie Australia
Carrie Anne is excellent. Her courses are like visiting a dear friend and unexpectedly you’ve just become immersed with her in France. The monthly membership offers so much content, it’s affordable and keeps me on track in my French Journey! I can’t say enough about her graciousness, skills and insight! She is a great teacher, she guides you through all facets of French. She makes you believe in yourself. Her style of presentation is so refreshing and enlightening.
- Sandy, San Francisco
Each month I look forward to the French is Beautiful Monthly Membership. Carrie Anne provides clear and concise written and audio instruction in a way that stretches her students, but never overwhelms. No matter where you are in your French studies, the monthly membership topics will keep you engaged and learning!
- Bonnie, New York
With each month's membership (and these wonderful courses), Carrie Anne inspires me to continue my French Journey!
- Natalia, Las Vegas
Carrie Anne provides a most thoughtful, thorough and inspiring French course. I will definitely be continuing my monthly membership!
- Madeleine, Australia
A game changer for studying French and personal development. I look forward to it every day. Carrie Anne truly embodies French is Beautiful.
- Lucy, San Francisco
The French is Beautiful monthly membership has brought so much value and inspiration to me, more than any other web or podcast materials I have tried. It's fun and engaging, as Carrie Anne breathes life into studying French, making the gap between where I am now and where I want to be an exciting one to explore! Receiving the emails feels like opening a gift with surprising new content each month and I feel part of an awesome international community of like-minded souls. Carrie Anne is the teacher you wish you had tutoring you every day, but the monthly is a pretty good compromise. Thanks, Carrie Anne, for changing my mindset around studying French.
- Rachel, Australia
Carrie Anne has provided an accessible way for busy working people to study French for passion. This course means I can study every day in my car & at the gym. I don't feel stressed with the limitations of getting to a class. It is learning for the digital age.
- Katie, Australia
The monthly membership has been everything I knew it would be from taking other courses with Carrie Anne ... and then even more!!! She presents so much valuable content and then always adds extra. I am grateful to Carrie Anne for her generosity in offering such incredible value for the money. She truly understands the challenges an Anglophone faces in learning to speak French fluidly and gently guides us on our journey in her own unique manner. I am excited to see what she has in store for us in ‘novembre’.
- Peg, Connecticut
I am LOVING this! Wow, we are getting so much for this membership. So many great lessons already with just « en ». I was surprised and thrilled at how much you’re giving for that price.
- Lauri, New York
Not even through the audios yet and I have chills! Learning so much! It’s a great program! I can’t wait to see what is up for next month.
- Kieran, Paris
The monthly membership has been the best way to practice my French on a regular basis. Because it's not for beginners, we are able to dive into concepts that build on the knowledge I already have. I've been reminded of concepts, but I've also learned practical things not taught in a traditional course. I couldn't recommend it more highly! I have had the good fortune to have participated in the membership since it began, and it has awakened lots of of my dormant French! Before the membership, there were things I just "knew" from my middle school, high school, and college French studies but couldn't explain at this point in my life. Why a phrase is always said a certain way or why certain phrases just sounded wrong. The membership is giving me the tools to re-awaken and solidify my French language skills. Carrie Anne's method is brilliant!
- Marina, Missouri
I was absolutely NOT expecting this! There is a TON of material here. This program is an incredible value for the money!! I hope people realize how generous this is...and you are!
- Rebecca, Oxford
I love to listen to Carrie Anne's soothing voice speaking clearly and eloquently to guide my pronunciation and understanding!
- Jennifer, Los Angeles
testimonials from AMAZING WOMEN WHO have experienced Carrie Anne’s L’ART DE VIVRE SERIES - PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE LENS OF FRENCH CULTURE :
Carrie Anne has rekindled my appreciation of every aspect of my life - and myself!
- Natalia, Las Vegas
Better than therapy!
- Rebecca, Oxford
I am so glad I signed up for French Finances! The lessons felt like deep conversations in a French salon, uncovering layers of fascinating information. I received so much clarity from this course.
- Stephanie, Louisiana
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 Finances was an inspiring course and different than anything I have seen on this topic! Carrie Anne has a gift for making sense of what she sees in French culture and translating it into something that is absorbable and easy to apply. My new mantra is "I am curating my life", not "I don't have enough money". I do have money - I just need to focus it on the areas that mean the most to me - it feels more empowering! Thanks for creating this for us.
- Nicole, Canada
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
testimonials from MORE INCREDIBLE FRANCOPHILES that have experienced Carrie Anne’s FRENCH LANGUAGE coaching :
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
It’s like Deepak Chopra teaching French.
- Monica, 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
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