Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Language and culture learners need to find a teacher who not only has competent linguistic skills but who truly feels and has lived the language. Additionally, while it is important that a teacher has academic knowledge, it is even more important to be able to transmit that knowledge to the learner through active and meaningful interactions – conversations, activities, games, songs, cooking, and being able to recount cultural stories.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Do you have any inside secrets to share?
1. the deep desire to learn,
2. the willingness to feel silly, frustrated, or confused, and
3. the time to spend studying outside of class.
If a student doesn’t have these, then a student will struggle with becoming functional in a language (even if a teacher were to dance the can-can on the table!).
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
My goal is to bring you to a place where you think and feel in your target language. I have traveled the world and love to share my knowledge of language, culture, and culinary delights with my clients. All of this comes together to make your learning experience fun, meaningful, and memorable.
CHARLES: I grew up in a wine-making family in Bordeaux, France. As a wine consultant, I have over 25 years experience working in the field and ensuring the quality of wines and spirits from all over the world for some of the better-known import/export wine merchants such as Calvet, William Pitters, Marie Brizard, Barton & Guestier, Cordier, Ginestet, Nicolas Feuillate Champagnes, Cognacs and Pineaux Beaulon.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?
Clients always ask us why we haven’t written a book about all of our international adventures. We always ask: “Do you know a publisher?!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
Kimbo (I teach enthusiastically)
Kimbes (You teach enthusiastically)
Kimbe (S/he teaches, you teach enthusiastically)
Kimbemos (We teach enthusiastically)
Kimbéis (You ‘guys’ teach enthusiastically)
Kimben (They, All of You teach enthusiastically)
CHARLES: Making the sparkling wine that the Queen drank at the White House as well as the red wine served at the Chelsea Clinton Wedding always makes for a good story 🙂
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
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