About me

I am Séverine de la Vallée, I am a French Sorbonne graduate and a mother of two beautiful daughters.

I founded Speak French Avec Moi after chatting in the plane with a nice young couple from Boston. They had a great time in France but felt they could have experienced a lot more if only they had taken the time before their travel to prepare better.

“What do you mean” I asked
“Well, we stayed in our comfort zone and did not venture much outside the main venues.”
“Why not?”
“People were trying to connect with us but with our limited knowledge of French language and customs, we could not understand and did not know how to ask or what to do.  We are avid antique shoppers and we were really looking forward going to these ‘brocantes’ but somehow we could have done much more with a little knowledge”
“And also, the time when the little town where we stayed celebrated Bastille Day. We found out afterwards that they had a dancing party. We did not know about the Bastille Day Ball in France” chimed the young woman.

So I created this workshop to help you in making the best of our travel to France. Learning a language is difficult and you need time. By focusing to communicate around real-life situations, understanding a few basic grammar rules, tricky pronunciations, and knowing French customs and uses, you will speed up your language learning and feel confident to engage with the French.



Live workshop


Full Online Session


Extra material for practice


About Speak French Avec Moi

I created Speak French Avec Moi amidst the Covid pandemic, at a time when traveling was upended but learning from home was possible. Since then, Speak French Avec moi has grown into a worlwide podcast with ten of thousands of download and a full schedule of online classes!

Online French class cheese plate