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Your French-speaking guru will guide you through the pitfalls of language learning in weekly, fun lessons online or in person, alone or with friends, to give you confidence, proficiency, and a sense of belonging in a global community.

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My name is Penelope Lespinasse, and I love to speak and teach French. It started in Junior High in Elyria, Ohio, when I realized that I was pretty good at languages without really trying! I was sent to the state French competition, where I received an Honorable Mention...

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"Avoir une autre langue, c'est posséder une deuxième âme." - Charlemagne
"To have another language is to possess a second soul."


My sister and I have been taking French lessons with Penelope. We hope to travel to France and want to be conversational and comfortable speaking the language. Penelope is an experienced and patient teacher. She makes learning French fun and is teaching us not only the language but the special nuances of the French culture which will serve us well when we go to France. I’d recommend her classes to anyone who needs a brush up or wants to learn French from an excellent teacher.

Pat B.

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