It is a wonderful thing to be able to communicate with people from another culture in their native language.
I've been studying French since I was quite young, and I continued those studies through my first two years of college, when I made the decision to get some work experience and return at a later time. It was a full fourteen years later that I returned, now as a much more mature student, willing to take on my education with renewed vigor. During the final year of completing my studies for a Computer Science degree—with a minor in French—I was offered a chance to participate in a work/study internship abroad at UTC (l'Université de Technologie de Compiègne), a technical university about fifty miles northeast of Paris. I grabbed the opportunity to apply to the program, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.
I spent the following semester studying in France, attending classes at the university and working with a team developing software to help children with disabilities to learn life skills. Throughout that time, I lived with a very kind and encouraging French family in their rural home outside the village of Estrées-Saint-Denis. I heard and spoke only French during my whole stay, both at school and at home. The experience was educational and rewarding in so many ways, and nothing short of amazing!
And now, even though I completed my formal education years ago, I continue to study French and use it at every opportunity. It would be a pleasure for me to help you learn this beautiful language, whether it's for a class you're currently taking or to prepare you for a continental excursion. Whatever your purpose, you'll find that learning and practicing in a one-on-one scenario is a very effective—and comfortable—way to develop your foreign-language skills!
I can offer these tutorials to only one or two students per semester during the school year, but I add more French tutorials over the summer, when my schedule is a bit more open. So if you're interested, please contact me.