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  • Online Classes Reviews | Bernice

    Beatrice brings years of Teaching Experience to the Table ​ ​ Pascale T . USA, CA - June 2022 Owner - Bay Area French Tutor I have been referring students to Beatrice for several years. Beatrice brings years of teaching experience to the table; she tailors her classes to the goals of her students by using her own material, as well as materials from a variety of Francophone sources. Beatrice does not just teach the language; she complements the more daunting aspects of learning (e.g., conjugations or tense agreement) with lighter elements such as culture and social customs. Beatrice is patient and adapts to the learning rhythm and to the needs of each of her students. All of them are absolutely delighted with her as a teacher of French and as a person. I highly recommend Beatrice to anyone looking to learn French, whatever their goal for wanting to learn the language may be! ​ Her humor and Patience make lessons enjoyable! ​ ​ Katie T. USA, CA - May 2022 I highly recommend Beatrice to anyone wanting to learn or improve their French language skills. Her ability to shape lessons based on the needs of the student, humor, and patience make lessons enjoyable.. Beatrice takes the time to answer my questions and makes connections to help build my understanding of the language. The materials she uses and the order in which she presents concepts have helped me to learn not only how to speak French but also properly write and read in French as well. I began lessons to be able to communicate with my husband’s family. I am happy with the progress I’ve made and I am confident I will be able to have meaningful conversations the next time we visit France. Thank you, Beatrice! ​ ​ Well versed in Grammar and Idioms! ​ ​ Elizabeth H. USA, CA - June 2022 Beatrice has been my French tutor for more than 2 years and during this time she has proven to be not only well versed in French grammar and its use, but also in the origin of French words and their idioms. Additionally, Beatrice draws on a variety of different teaching methods, mixing French grammar lessons and drills, French conversation and reading exercises in her tutor sessions. All of this is delivered with good humor and lots of patience. I highly recommend Beatrice as a French tutor and give her the maximum number of stars available ​ ​ ​ ​ Her excellent command of American English helps me understand French idioms. Jim F. USA - MA - July 2023 Online French lessons with Béatrice are friendly, fun and interactive in a way that no book or app could be. When we began working together, she quickly adapted her teaching approach to my interests and level of French. Lesson activities are diverse: for example, we converse spontaneously in French, we work through a chapter of a grammar workbook, we exchange jokes, I read out loud to practice my pronunciation, she answers my grammar and usage questions, or we edit a story, a business letter or any other piece I wrote in French. Béatrice is a trusted guide to French culture, history, customs, cinema, music, politics and of course language. Her advice on usage is invaluable: the intangibles like "It's grammatically correct, but French people would put it this way..." Her excellent command of idiomatic American English helps me understand French idioms in a way that books and websites don't. Above all, Beatrice is kind in making corrections and I end each lesson feeling successful and looking forward to the next one. ​ I learned what was important to me! Amy R.. - Sep 2022 - USA ​ I worked with Beatrice during the Covid period. I didn't know a word of French when we started. It's amazing how much I've learned in a year. I really appreciated that it didn't have a preformatted course. It was my questions and my interests that formed the framework of my learning. This was much more interesting for me because I learned what was of personal interest and which would not have been important for other people (in particular how to talk about fashion, jewelry because that's my job). Beatrice has a fabulous personality and is a great teacher. I totally recommend it ​ A positive and encouraging teacher! Rhiannon B. - Dec. 2022 - Canada ​ ​ I met Beatrice in 2019 while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the time, I was planning to spend time in Montreal and France and wanted to develop some basic French skills. With the Covid epidemic, I suddenly and indefinitely found myself living in Montreal earlier than expected. Through the chaos and uncertainty of the pandemic, a big move with my husband, and my sudden need to get by in a French-speaking city, Béatrice continued to teach me remotely and flexibly. She always made our sessions very relevant to my goals and my daily life. Even though I often doubted my own language abilities, she always encouraged and motivated me to surpass myself, by showing me the progress I was making. I recommend her without reservation to anyone looking for French lessons at all levels. Her knowledge of language and culture, her educational resources and her individual approach make her an ideal teacher. ​ ​ ​

  • Vacation rentals with air conditioning | Bernice | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

    Beatrice Carrot ​ I have a Master's degree in Business from the Lyon School of Management and a DESS in Technology and Innovation Management from the University of Paris Dauphine, I held management positions in companies, before starting a consulting. During my years in California, I devoted myself to teaching French as a tutor and substitute teacher in High School. I am also very involved in volunteering as President of American Friends of PSE in the US. I am married and the mother of four adult children raised both in the US and in France. I am therefore perfectly bilingual and bicultural. ONLINE COURSE FRENCH FOR BUSINESS SPECIFIC TOPICS ONLINE COURSE LITTLE EXTRAS ​ ​ Flexible schedule Class opportunities in the evening if you are in Asia / in the morning if you are in America SAN DIEGO

  • Vacation rentals with air conditioning | Bernice | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

    ON-SITE ACTIVITIES ​ ​ Whatever your interests, you're sure to find plenty of activities you'll enjoy during our morning work sessions. Aquatic activities take place from June to September and depend on the weather. ​ Cooking lessons Setting a French formal dinner table. Biking Kayaking Paddle boarding Open water swim (mask / snorkel / flippers) Hiking (5 to 10 km easy terrain) Shopping at the Farmers Market (La Garde or Toulon) Shopping at the Super / Hyper market Gardening Practical life (going to the post office / the bakery / the pharmacy / the library - taking the bus) Nearby attractions ( see nearby / excursions) As a former cooking teacher and author of a cookbook, I will be happy to share with you the principles of French and regional family cooking. In my duties as "Assistant Scout Master" in California, I was "Merit Badge Counselor" for the activities of Cycling, Kayaking, Paddle Board, Skiing and Roller Skating and am therefore able to accompany you in the leisure practice of these sports.

  • Summer rentals | Bernice

    SUMMER RENTALS ​ ​ Villa Bernice is made up of 4 units, three of which we regularly rent out during the summer to vacationers or immersion students San Francisco – bungalow for two – generally free from September 15 to June 15. Malibu – bungalow for two – generally free from June 15 to September 15. San Diego - Apartment for 4 - usually free from June 15 to September 15. Long Beach - our primary residence - can be traded ​ Each bungalow / apartment has its own private space (outdoor lounge and garden) ​ Each bungalow / apartment can freely enjoy the swimming pool and the barbecue. MALIBU SAN FRANCISCO SAN DIEGO WHY BERNICE? ​ During our many years in California - in the San Francisco Bay Area, my older American friends regularly got the wrong name and called me Bernice instead of Beatrice. They had to combine my husband BERNard and me BeatrICE in a single first name! ​ We found this wonderful property by chance during a family holiday and decided to buy it to allow our four children scattered between Europe and North America to have a place to meet. Villa Bernice is made up of 4 units, three of which we rent regularly during the summer San Francisco - bungalow for two - usually free the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of September. Malibu - bungalow for two - generally free from June 15 to September 15. San Diego - Apartment for 4 - usually free from June 15 to September 15. You will be in a very quiet place, ideally located to discover the magnificent coast from Toulon to Saint Tropez (Le Pradet, Giens, Hyères, Porquerolles). The swimming pool is to be shared with the owners and 2 other guests. The coastal cycle path allows you to go from Hyeres to Toulon, in a rural setting and totally protected from car traffic. Each bungalow / apartment has its own private space (outdoor lounge and garden) ​ Each bungalow / apartment can freely enjoy the swimming pool and barbecue. Your car is parked on the property and protected by a closed gate. SAN DIEGO

  • Day trips | Bernice

    DAY TRIPS ​ Marseille : Notre-Dame de la Garde, the old Port, the Canebière, the Mucem Fréjus : Cloister of the cathedral and old town Collobrieres : Old Village and tourist route to Bormes Les Mimosas Provence Verte: Draguignan , Artillery Museum, Trans-en Provence, Artuby Valley St Tropez (off season) Ste Baume massif : Cave of Ste Marie-Madeleine, tourist route Sanary , Bandol , Ile du Grand Gaou (off season) Islands of Port-Cros / Porquerolles : Access by boat (paying) Hyères les Palmiers – the Villa de Noailles Giens peninsula - Hike along the coast / the salt marshes / Archaeological site of Olbia Route des Crêtes from La Ciotat to La Seyne/s mer Abbey of Thorone t – Sillans la Cascade Aix-en-Provence – Hotel de Caumont Wine Cellars / Vineyards Tour

  • Alentours | Bernice

    Activities Themes ​ Sport Hiking Sailing, kayaking, paddle Scuba diving, snorkeling Biking ​ Mechanical Sports Circuit du Castellet Motorcycle rentals (Leclerc , JPD) Boat rentals (Toulon, Carqueiranne) Chill on the beach Mourillon beaches Beaches of the peninsula of Giens Small beaches (Magaud, Mejean, Pin de Galle...) ​ Religious places La Sainte Baume Thoronet Abbey Cathedral Notre-Dame de la Seds ​ Museums off the beaten path Landing in Provence Memorial Olbia (Greek site in Hyeres) Mine (the Pradet) Carmignac Foundation (Porquerolles) Villa Noailles (festival design parade) ​ Must see - s cenic places and routes Visit of the harbour, the J'lDA Col de l'espigoulier Route of the ridges Var tourist routes Gardens Rayol Canadel Baudouvin Swan house ​ DAY TRIPS NEARBY RESTAURANTS Gastronomy ​ Farmers markets Toulon - daily except M La Garde - W / F / S Sanary - W Carqueiranne - Th ​ Cooking lessons Chef Joris Zodio ​ ​ Oil mills L'Esquirol Partegal (La Farlede) Vineyards Navarra Chateau of Aumerade ​ Seasonal Foraging Fishing / sea urchins Mushrooms Wild asparagus / berries / herbs

  • Malibu - bungalow | Bernice

    MALIBU The bungalow sits right at the entrance to the property, sheltered in a bamboo grove. In front is a small gravel courtyard with garden furniture, including a table and seating for outdoor dining . The Malibu vibe is accentuated by surrounding bamboos, palm trees and the " LA vintage" decor...which is still a work in progress. ​ Your bedroom overlooks the garden and swimming pool. It has a comfortable Queen size bed (140x200), a bedside table, a chest of drawers, a clothing rack and a small desk facing the garden. The kitchen has a fridge, two induction burners, a combi microwave / grill, coffee maker, toaster and an eectric kettle. A television is alsovat your disposal. The internet connection is of fairly good quality thanks to a "Google mesh pod". BOOKING

  • Restaurants | Bernice

    RESTAURANTS ​ ​ There is no shortage of good restaurants! Here are our local favorites. ​ Le Koi au Couvent Le Beam ​ Le BistroK L'Escale L'Auberge Sainte-Marguerite Les pins penches les p'tits pins La Marguerite

  • Rental Reviews | Bernice

    ​ ​ Excellent stay in a magical place ​ 5/5 Marion Q. - May 2021 - USA ​ Very nice bungalow, well organized and clean. It totally justifies its name as the decor is San Francisco themed. Comfortable bed (but hardly a queen size). Beautiful garden and swimming pool, you feel like you are in an oasis of greenery. Very fast Wi-Fi, perfect for identifying the many visits in the surroundings. The coves of Magaud and Mejean offer incredible views and are accessible by a less than 30 minute walk. Thanks to the bike path, we were able to ride to the port of Toulon and enjoy an amazing breakfast! Very warm welcome from our hosts Beatrice and Bernard. We are already planning to return next year! ​ ​ Warm and relaxing atmosphere ​ 5/5 Odile and Renaud L. - June 2021 - France ​ We greatly appreciated these few days spent in peace, in a warm atmosphere conducive to relaxation. Located in lush greenery, near the swimming pool, the "Malibu" bungalow is cozy, clean and well equipped. The bedding is of high quality. Our hosts, hospitable and attentive, have largely contributed to making our stay very pleasant, smiles and availability rubbing shoulders daily in a family atmosphere. Many thanks to them! We will certainly recommend "Bernice" to all our friends planning a trip to Toulon to discover its shores and the Var region. We will come back with pleasure! ​ Enchanting stay in Bernice ​ 5/5 Katherine C. - July 2021 - USA ​ Bernice is very well located for exploring the coast. Of course, we had to take a ride to the seaside and we were offered to use bicycles to get there. Our studio was called Malibu and deserved its name because of the decoration. Two other signs indicated San Diego and San Francisco at the exit of the grove of bamboos. We took advantage of the cicadas concert during the day but you have to bring mosquito repellent! The property is charming and the hostess Beatrice is as warm as she is funny. She will provide you with information on request for walks or local restaurants. It was our first visit to Toulon and we got a good idea of all the town has to offer, including a breakfast on the harbor and a tour of the Provencal market. Our visit to Bernice was a delight ​ ​ A perfect slice of Provence ​ 5/5 Micki C. & Mike V. - August 2022- USA ​ Our stay at the Malibu cottage was the perfect slice of Provence and France's Mediterranean Coast. Quiet, cozy and comfortable with all the amenities we could need. But the real stars of Malibu are the English-speaking hosts Beatrice and Bernard Carrot who are a treasure trove of resources for sightseeing, restaurants, bike paths and museums. Did you know that the Allies made a World War II landing in Provence shortly after D-Day in Normandy? Don't miss the mountaintop museum — or the views! ​

  • Online Rates | Bernice

    ONLINE COURSE PRICES ​ ​ You can choose between hourly lessons (50 minutes) or packages ​ One class: 70€ Pack of 5 classes: €300 (60/class) Pack of 10 classes: €550 (55/ class) ​

  • Vacation rentals with air conditioning | Bernice | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

    A TYPICAL WEEK ​ ​ You will arrive on Sunday afternoon after 5 p.m. I'll pick you up at the Toulon train station. After you get settled in, we will have dinner together. If you arrive by car, you can park on site. ​ On Monday, morning we will assess your oral level and define the schedule for the week with you - choice of activities / excursions and grammar points to work on. ​ According to your preferences, you will take between 0 to 15 hours of formal lessons during the week and pick and choose your practical or fun and cultural activities from a list. Day outings can be switched to hald-day outings to allow more time for formal classes. All days start with breakfast between 8 and 9am, followed by classes or activities. We will then fix lunch together in French. In your free time, you are welcome to lounge by the pool, borrow a bike or (dramatic pause....) do French homework! ​ On Saturday morning, I'll take you to the Toulon train station after breakfast. ​

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