Meet Sarah, Coffee Break French learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us. 

I am a 25 year old actress from England living in London and I’ve been learning with Coffee Break for about a month. I actually started the course last year but didn’t find the time to commit to it properly until last month!

Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break?


What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages? 

I learnt French for 2 years at school and German for 4 years so I have a very basic understanding of those languages but before this course, I could not hold much conversation in either! Despite always wanting to learn another language, I have never really spent much substantial time abroad in a non-English speaking country, nor have I put much effort into learning! Then a couple of years ago, one of my best friends began dating a Parisian and through him I’ve made some great French-speaking friends and have been spending more and more time in Paris. His sister recently asked me to look after her apartment in Paris for a month while she is away, so it seems that now is a perfect time to learn French! Finally!

What are your favourite memories of learning a language? 

Sending a text in French to one of my new friends in Paris (who is very kind and always messages me in English) for them to reply with shocked face emojis telling me I had written ‘A PERFECT FRENCH SENTENCE!!’. I asked him to keep messaging me in French and he keeps being impressed with my progress!

Where would your ideal coffee break be, and with whom? 

I want to speak perfect French to a journalist on the Cannes red carpet when I am interviewed about one of the featured films I am starring in.

What’s the best language-learning tip you have found works for you? 

I always write the PDF notes out by hand into my own note book after each lesson, which I keep in my handbag, and I make as much pointless text-conversation with my French friend as possible!

Quick Fire Round

  • Your favourite language: French
  • Your favourite word or phrase in the language: So far? C’est ton tour !
  • Do you have a favourite film, TV show, book or singer in the language? Not yet, but I love listening to the song Plus Je t’embrasse. 
  •  Your favourite destination to practise your language: Paris

Your final comments

I am so happy and grateful that Coffee Break exists! You are making me feel like I might actually, maybe, possibly, one day, be able to speak French to someone in Paris without being spoken back to in English!!


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