London French Lessons

Native French Tutor

"I can strongly recommend Annie as a French teacher. Despite having a busy job and three kids, Annie has brought me from zero to a level of French sufficiently good to enjoy French literature and handle most practical aspects of owning a property in France. Annie has a true passion for languages which she combines skilfully with her broad interests and personal charm to make every lesson enjoyable. She is also very good at mixing in alternative learning methods including French books, magazines, films and TV programs which has given me a fascinating insight into French culture. As a keen linguist myself, French is the fifth language I learn and Annie ranks among the best language teachers I have worked with and by far the most friendly!"

Gorm Thomassen - Co-CIO - AKO Capital - London - August 24th, 2018

"Good morning Annie 
Mark and Diana enjoyed their day with you yesterday and lots to say about their visit to Soho - photography gallery and chocolate 😊. They both agreed it was good for their French as well as fun. 
They are looking forward to seeing you today. "
Helen Reed - Mother of two teenagers on a bespoke intensive French and Photography course - London - August 7th, 2018

"I thoroughly enjoy working with Annie. She is fun and interesting. She speaks clearly and has a very effective teaching style that results in me speaking freely about genuinely challenging subjects. I wanted to speak French more fluently so I could hold interesting conversations with French people. We certainly do that. We discuss political, economic, spiritual, family life, hobbies – anything and everything.

Annie is also teaching me how to think like a French person – and that means having a point of view on any given subject and debating on it. We British aren’t entirely comfortable with debating, but it’s been a voyage of discovery - I’m learning to quite enjoy it!

An hour of French conversation can seem daunting, but Annie’s relaxed and playful attitude makes it easy. Finally, when I’m tired, Annie will happily take over and do the talking for both of us. Just what I need sometimes! We have a lot of fun and laughter throughout the lessons – it’s a genuinely enjoyable experience.

Keep up the good work Annie!"

Matthew Hobbs - Head of Retail - Colliers International - June 10th, 2018 

"We have been learning French together with Annie now for over two years- it is a testament to her fantastic teaching style that we have even managed to keep the lessons going each week even with a new born! The lessons are tailored to what we are interested in- so for us we have lots of conversations about local events and life in France. To improve our listening skills, we listen to the news and then talk about it together. We are also working through key areas of grammar- and Annie helps to bring out the learning points clearly in the textbook. We really enjoy the lessons each week and find that the time flies.

Annie is reliable and punctual. We have the lessons at home at a time that suits us each week. Each time we visit France on our holidays we notice that our standard of French and our confidence in engaging with French speakers has improved so it’s been a great experience." 

Jenny and Andy Aldworth - Private Students - April 27th, 2018

"I was a student of Annie’s for 4 years when I wanted to learn French for business and would highly recommend her. Her lessons are enjoyable and effective - but you have to remember to do your homework between lessons! I was a complete beginner and was really pleased with the progress I made.

J'ai étudié le français avec Annie entre 2011 et 2015 quand j'étais PDG dans une grande compagnie française (ENGIE). Je devais pratiquer et améliorer mon français pour le travail et les leçons étaient en général au bureau. Annie est une excellente professeure et les leçons étaient vraiment agréables. Je recommande."

Stephen Riley - CEO - Cubico Sustainable Investments - April 18th, 2018

"Annie has been my French trainer for more than a year now and she has helped me pass the B1 language test.

It took me some time to find a suitable tutor as I travel a lot for work and my timetable changes constantly. Annie has been really flexible combining French lessons via skype and phone with face-to-face sessions in our London office. This ensures the regularity and continuity of my course and a steady progress. I keep on learning while on holiday in Bali and Spain or when I am on a business trip in California or Japan.

Annie is punctual and professional and at the same time she is friendly, personable and easy to talk to. She has a good ear for accuracy and has found the right material to get me to talk in French about a wide range of topics. Now she helps me in preparation for the DELF B2 exams."

Nick Black - President of Cloudmade - March 23rd, 2018 

"Thank you very much for your patience this year, I know you've required a lot of it with me!
Your lessons will remain in my memory years from now. Learning from you has been a pleasure. I appreciate the time and energy you have invested for me."
C. O'Riordan - Secondary School Teacher - Now working in France - July 27th, 2017
"Thank you Annie for your patience and persistence - particularly as I butchered the French language . I have greatly enjoyed our many conversations."
Geneviève B. - Open Society Foundations - May 17th, 2017 

"Annie has been a revelation for me over the past year & has pulled out some long dormant French language skills that I haven’t used for ages. 
I have to do my lessons at work & she has always been both punctual & extremely professional. 
My French has improved markedly with Annie’s help. 
Her naturally warm, sociable & easy to talk to personality is a real plus. 
If you want to learn French effectively & have a lot of fun at the same time I can highly recommend booking a lesson with this amazing lady!"
Gerry Lewis - Chauffeur - Lloyds Register - December 5, 2016

"Annie has been a great teacher since day 1. I have been having Skype lessons around twice a week and my french has gone from level zero to a very good level in only a few months. 
Her lessons are not only interactive but fun and efficient as well. 
Cannot recommend enough!"
Lorenzo Libutti - Liaison Officer - Watford Football Club - December 4, 2016

"I am so grateful to you for your help and your cheerful and enthusiastic nature (which Simon has really picked up on, through your teaching and communication). He feels very at home in your class which is wonderful since he is often quite stressed about life (nothing specific)."
Written by the mother of a high functioning autistic student - June 10, 2016

"The tutor, Annie, was excellent. Not only was she incredibly patient, warm and lively in her teaching methods but she had some excellent "tricks" and mnemonics for helping the class to remember pronunciation sounds and vocabulary. She was definitely an inspiration to the class, and her small group-work helped people to feel more at ease with each other. Time flew by thanks to the varied tasks she set everyone. All the more impressive, as I understand she was a last minute replacement. She worked hard and her excellent organisation of the lesson was evidence of this. 
Nicky Maitlis - City Lit student - May 27, 2016

"I just wanted to say a big thank you for bringing this wonderful language back into my life after so many years. Every lesson with you was fun, informative, cultural and stress free and I now feel much more confident communicating in French and maybe one day I will be a fluent speaker! :)"
Jo Kanellopoulou - Greek student - Working in the Travel Industry - February 13, 2016

"Bonjour Annie,
I wanted to let you know we had fun using our French while on Holiday in Provence.  I found I understood a lot more than in times past, and it was fun using what we have learned so far.
Thank you again for your time and great teaching!" 
Adamopoulos Family from the United States - Group family lessons at home - December 14, 2015

"Dear Annie - I passed the exam. She was impressed. Just wanted to let you know.
Many thanks for your help and you are a very good teacher.
Stay in touch."
J. Pahlsson - Swedish Student - Regent's University London - December 9, 2015

"I want to tell you thank you very much because you have helped me go to France . This is my dream and also you taught me the French Language. Thank you very much miss Annie"

Ibrahim Alghdiah - Student from Saudi Arabia now studying in the University of Strasbourg in France - May 13, 2015

"I worked with Annie for 10 sessions of french tutoring and she was fantastic. She tailored the lessons for me, challenged me and made my french progress just over 2-3 weeks. I highly recommend her for efficient and thorough french coaching!"

Alexia Krepiakevich - Canadian Student - March 30, 2015

"Annie Gentil has been an excellent French tutor. I have been studying with Annie for around two years now and my French has improved massively. When I first started learning with Annie my French was at a very poor level and was full of slang and other problems. Annie systemically tackled these problems and allowed me to develop my French to a level were discussions in the workplace and difficult topics, such as politics and economics, can be dealt with easily. Annie is a kind and friendly person who comes across as truly passionate about the French Language. I thoroughly recommend her services."

Alexander Derricott - Digital Security and ID Market Analyst at IHS - January 21, 2015

"Annie took over after a series of teachers we had at our company and was able to quickly pick up where we left off, enhance our current skill-set and seamlessly progress us to the next levels. The teaching was always done in a fun and professional way and I would recommend her 100%!"

Vangelis Livadiotis - Developer in FX - Credit Agricole - January 6, 2015

"I was lucky enough to have 2 terms of French teaching with Annie at a Government Department. The lessons were well-prepared, imaginative and always fun. I definitely left them with more energy than when I went in. Annie adapted to the needs of the class and got to know our strengths and weaknesses really well. My written and spoken French has improved (still a long way to go) but most importantly, I am excited about learning French again and have gained a lot of confidence. Thank you Annie."

Melanie Southan - Government Services - March 29, 2014 

"Annie is a responsive, engaging and creative telephone coach who has a clear talent for building confidence. Highly organised and with a very good ear for language appropriacy and grammar. Recommended!"

John Dennett - Data and ECM Professional - November 12, 2013

"I am writing this short letter to fully recommend Annie Gentil. 
I recenty relocated to Geneva Switzerland, in a post I really wanted. I had studied French years ago , and my knowledge was frankly very rusty. 
Not only that, but my new employers requested me to pass a certain test in french and demanded a certain result (C1 which is quite advanced). 
I found Annie by chance on the internet and read some excellent reviews. 
From my personal experience, I can say that Annie in a matter of minutes evaluated my level of knowledge correctly, and set a (quick) plan for improvement. We started from scratch and built from there. She is not only a very good teacher but also a very interesting person. She has a unique way to convey knowledge and she is aware of the demands of today's market. I had french lessons for years and years and still was unable to engage myself in a conversation. Annie changed that completely. 
Eventually I passed the exams with extreme ease and thus relocated to Geneva (where everyday is like having a french lesson for hours....) 
Thank you Annie."

Dr Konstantinos Tasopoulos - Chef de clinique aux Soins intensifs - Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève.

November 7, 2013.

"Annie has helped me massively improve my french over the last few months. I was a difficult student as I had lived out in France for a while but had taken no lessons therefore I picked up an array of bad habits and some very poor grammar. Annie has managed to correct all of the parts my french was lacking; a difficult job when the person already has prior knowledge of the language. She teaches to a very high standard which has allowed me to progress from bar slang to civilised conversation. She gives comfortable lessons while still managing to achieve the desired goals. Worth every penny."

 Alexander D. - 24 - Cass Business School Student  - September 12, 2013. 

"Annie provided one-to-one French tuition for me in the run-up to a secondment to Paris. She was quick to find out exactly what I wanted to improve - for me, my spoken French and general confidence - and her lessons were tailored perfectly to that goal.
Annie is particularly good at keeping things interesting. Although our lessons were often very early in the morning and generally for two hours, she was always on time, engaged, and very personable.
I would highly recommend Annie to anyone looking to improve their language skills. She is warm and friendly, but also professional and very good at what she does."

Elizabeth Chapman - Sollicitor at Linklaters - December 12, 2012

"What is great about having Annie as a French language teacher is that no lesson is boring. I started the training in order to be able to understand and even speak some (basic) French with our clients based in Belgium and France. Since starting the training my knowledge and confidence has increased tremendously and at the same time I also have great fun during my lessons with Annie. "

Britta Buchholz - German Banker - Lloyds - July 24, 2012

“Annie has been giving me french tuition for the past year. Her lessons are always engaging and fun to participate in. She utilises an excellent mix of aural practice, where we explore topics of current affairs and news as well as discussing more personal themes, grammatical practice, text book work and listening exercises. My lessons are taken with another person and Annie always ensures that we both get equal attention during the lessons. I would highly recommend Annie as a language instructor as she will ensure that you get the best help and motivate you to achieve the best that you can from learning a new language.”

Hannah MacKenzie - Head of Commodities Operations - Financial Institution - June 5, 2012

"I would like to provide some feedback following our trial language session with Annie today.
We were very impressed with the style of teaching, level of knowledge and general approach to the lesson that Annie displayed today. She was quick to improvise (when it became clear that we were not all suitable for teaching at lesson five) and adapted the content / style of teaching so we could all play an active role in the session."
D. V. - Pinsent Masons LLP - May 28, 2012

"We all loved the teacher Annie Gentil who was very enthusiastic and that made the three hour class pass very quickly. Because we all got on so well, we would like to continue with the same teacher."

Jan Abel. - City Lit student - November 30, 2011

“I have never been able to learn French, but I am now, finally. Annie is a wonderful teacher, very responsive to student needs, and always well organized and prepared. I recommend her enthusiastically!”

Bob Buhr - Director Industrials - Financial Institution - November 1, 2011

“Annie was excellent as a french tutor. She understood my needs very well - and got me to the required level in under ten days! My work in Burundi was so much more successful because of Annie's superb support.”

Daniel Harris - Owner DHA - February 28, 2011

"Excellent teacher, good inter-personal skills with the ability to communicate and teach the French language for everyday use"

Sue Corrigan - Principal Geoscientist at Tullow Oil - November 22, 2010

"The Examiner (Annie Gentil) was encouraging with her candidates and put them at ease. She did not however avoid, to her credit, covering a wide range of challenging questions in a very spontaneous way. Candidates were very much encouraged to work for the marks and the conversations heard were mature and interesting"

C. Woods. - Moderator for the Cambridge International AS and A Level Speaking tests - June 30,2010

"Sympathetic and thorough examining with a wide range of questions that allowed candidates to give their best"

A. Loughe - Moderator for the Cambridge International GCSE Speaking tests - June 05,2010

“Annie fitted in with my work day and ran the training courses after work which was very helpful. Being French her knowledge was clearly excellent. The course was informal and training was by conversation on a wide range of subjects with occasional focus on specific areas (e.g. Subjunctive). This approach worked very well and achieved what I was looking for.
Annie is very personable, professional and punctual. I would certainly use her again.”

Tim Spray - The Stanley Works - January 5, 2009

“Annie took a structured approach to my french language tuition, using my own interests (opera!) as a way of exploring the french language through french opera websites, magazine articles etc. This was in addition to a thorough approach to french grammar and vocabulary. The lessons were carefully planned, and her good humour and supportive approach helped enormously. I feel that my understanding of and use of the language progressed significantly under her tutilage.”

Peter Phillips - Chairman at Gray's Inn Estates Ltd Group -October 7, 2008

“I spent one month with Annie in preparation for my move to Paris with my company. I found her to be an excellent teacher - she quickly understood my level and took a lot of time and care tailoring the lessons to my specific needs, including industry-specific subjects. She is easy to work with and put me at ease from the very first lesson, enabling me to learn faster. She has given me a strong foundation in French in a very short time.”

Becky Power - Creative Director at FullSIX - August 11, 2008

“Annie taught me French via private lessons over two years. I learned so much from her, she was an excellent teacher and was amazing to work with. I still have my language skills from almost 10 years ago.”

Chris Hagstrom - US Head of Prime Brokerage - UBS Investment Bank - New York - February 26, 2010

“Annie was my french tutor for 3 years working on a one to one basis with one lesson each week. Annie was able to get my knowledge from virtually nothing to a point where I successfully passed my first ever french language exam. Her personal, friendly nature, and interest in all subjects made the lessons enjoyable so that I used to look forward to each session.
I would highly recommend Annie to anybody wishing to improve the language level at all levels.”

John Burrage. - Head System Control and Analytics for Regulatory Compliance - HSBC - November 14, 2006

“Annie successfully taught French to: British, American, New Zealand and Norwegian professionals through one-to-one lessons, improving their ability to the next level. The students French language ability ranged from absolute beginners to intermediate.
Annie’s style of teaching is informal, energetic and positive. Annie tailors the language teaching level and speed of progress to the individual. She keenly believes that all students are different and respond to different learning aids, thus she uses a range of resources including textbooks, grammar books, French literature, magazines, audio-cassettes and progress assessment.
Working with Annie is a motivating experience: her encouragement and constructive approach creates a learning environment to thrive in. As a result of Annie's tuition I am able to converse confidently in French in a business setting.”

Caroline Richards. - BP - October 3, 2006

“Annie is very sincere about her work and takes great pains to tailor teaching material to suit the needs and interests of her clients. She makes sure that teaching sessions are interesting and that the language skills of her student grow steadily and methodically. She is quite prepared to think out-of-the box to make exercises interesting and relevant which ensures that her student can benefit from the learning.”

Ursula T - Shell - September 28, 2006

Annie has been a fantastic French language tutor. Not only do the sessions deal with subjects in which I have particular interest but there is a good mixture of grammar, vocab, conversation and homework. Annie has plenty of energy and is able to share this energy to make lessons fun, even after a day at work.
Annie has also been flexible and patient as to dates and times.

Carol Aitken - Senior Sollicitor at Norton Rose - September 27, 2006