Testimonials

Private Coaching

”We highly recommend taking classes with Isabelle. We worked with Isabelle to prepare for the A2 Level French Exam which we needed to pass in order to obtain our Swiss Permis C. We are happy to confirm that we earned it at the beginning of September 2017! We really enjoyed our classes and we were extremely satisfied with Isabelle’s teaching style and results. We made great progress in a short time period. She encouraged us to speak and practice French as much as possible. Isabelle was very flexible, understanding the challenges of working parents. The classes were a lot of fun. She makes sure to understand what your goal is and then tailors the classes and topics exactly to your needs. She builds your confidence to speak French and has a genuine interest in your progress and in achieving your goal throughout the course.”

― Lenka & Marcelo Garcete – Brand Manager Global Fabric Care at Procter & Gamble and Credit Manager at Alcon (Geneva)


”French lessons with Isabelle is the right choice if you need flexibility, if you want to adapt the class to meet your exact needs, and if you want to enjoy your class! I had no experience with online learning before and was a bit skeptical about it all. It ended up being one of the best decisions I recently made! Following the recent birth of my child, I contacted Isabelle because I had to prepare for an important job interview in French. Not only did she prepare me well for the interview with regards to the language requirements, but she also acted as a coach, motivating me and building my self-confidence over the 10 classes we had together. The best thing? I finally got the job I was aiming for!”

― Brigitte Dietrich – Senior Finance Officer at International Labour Organization, UN (Geneva)


I arrived in Geneva two years ago to start a job in a French speaking firm with a very basic level of French. For the first year and a half I went to group lessons and taught myself but I found the lessons long and boring and struggled with motivation to teach myself in my spare time. My private lessons with Isabelle totally changed my approach to learning French. She gave me a lot of confidence speaking French as we discussed topics that were actually relevant to my job and life in Geneva. Isabelle is a fantastic teacher, calm and patient and when I struggled for words or didn’t understand a question, she would explain a different way but always in French. It is a great feeling to be able to work it out all in French without having to switch over to English! I can’t recommend lessons with Isabelle enough, it is well worth the investment!

― Tessa McChesney – Architect (Geneva)


“I came to Geneva without having spoken a word of French before. I found Isabelle to be a very attentive, patient and proactive teacher. The lessons were tailored exactly according to my ‎goals and I quickly found myself making vast improvements in understanding, speaking and writing French. I would strongly recommend Isabelle and I very much look forward to resuming lessons with her when I return to Geneva.”‎

― Jonathan Fernandopulle – Junior Portfolio Manager at Edmond de Rothschild (Geneva & London)


”Isabelle is a superb teacher of the highest professional standards.  I approached Isabelle to provide private, custom tailored business French language development lessons and she exceeded my expectation.  She was able to focus on my immediate mandate to improve my written French skills while always remaining alert to any gaps in my grammar requiring attention and thus dynamically incorporating revision of such into our lessons.  I greatly appreciated her charm and presentation skills in delivering the lessons which provided for achieving measurable progress through the course while always remaining stimulating.  Particularly interesting was her ability to deliver learning material remotely via Skype, fluidly integrating extensive online resources, which allowed me to continue with the lessons despite my constant travels.  I highly recommend Isabelle as a teacher and connoisseur of languages.”

― Christine Evans – Private Investment Manager (Switzerland)


”Isabelle is a joy to work with — I took a three-month beginner’s course in French and not only did I learn the basics of French grammar (no mean task), but also managed to have a great time while I was at it. As a coach, Isabelle is dedicated and professional and employs engaging methods to teach the language that range from text books, discussions, online resources, games to avant-garde films making the learning process interesting and fun.”

― Debashree Majumdar – Independent Editorial Consultant (Geneva)


”Isabelle is a fantastic teacher and I am delighted I found her to help me progress with French. Her lessons are fun, relevant and interesting. Her style is extremely unique – she is incredibly patient and puts you at ease from the first encounter. Any areas of uncertainty are picked up immediately and her preparation for the next lesson includes these areas. She puts a lot of thought into her lessons and goes the extra mile even when the lesson has finished. I highly recommend her as a language teacher.”

― Adam Fairfoot – Business Quality and Risk Manager, Barclays Wealth and Investment Management (Geneva)


Working with Isabelle was a very interesting and efficient experience. Isabelle is a highly qualified teacher who can immediately understand the needs and struggles that busy professionals have when learning a new language. It was my first experience with a private coach and I wanted to improve my spoken and written French skills. I feel so much better now! Isabelle was able to personalize my lessons which were designed to meet my specific work requirements. She made me feel comfortable and gave me the right tools so I can speak much more freely than before. She always made sure to correct my mistakes with tact and consideration, the best way to learn and improve. I highly recommend Isabelle’s private coaching services.

― Laura – Landscape Architect (Italy)


”I was fortunate to have Isabelle as a personal language trainer who was even able to give language classes conducted online in a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Isabelle has been a pleasure to work and learn with, as her friendly and engaging nature has created a very enjoyable atmosphere during language lessons that otherwise often tend to be boring and disconnected from the individual student. Her flexible approach, custom-tailoring the speed and intensity of the training to my individual capabilities and motivation, has helped me enjoy the lessons and make progress in my new language.”

― Andreas Grosse-Coosmann – Director Marketing Northern Europe, Federal-Mogul Aftermarket (Germany)


”Isabelle is a wonderful teacher with lots of humor. Her classes were the best I have ever had! She has such an interesting personality and I felt I could talk with her for hours about a very wide range of subjects. Her teaching method was really good, even when we had to talk about grammar! I really enjoyed her classes and was quite upset every time the course was over!”

― Tina Gericke – Bertelsmann (Germany)


”Ms. Nicolas taught high profile business clients in need of language and cultural training in Business French, using our virtual classroom. Ms. Nicolas rose to the challenge and provided high quality, tailor-made and professional training for our clients at all times. She distinguished herself by being very attentive to the needs of students and adapting perfectly to their demands and level. She created a safe environment so students can feel at ease speaking French in the workplace, and she will be missed by her students, who rated her very highly. Additionally, her bilingual English and French skills made her a valuable trainer for beginner students, as she was easily able to support students in English when required. Because of Ms. Nicolas’ high level of performance, she was specially selected to teach sample lessons to our most VIP potential customers, something offered only to Learnship’s very best trainers.”

― Tia Robinson – Head of Operations, Pedagogical Department, LearnShip Networks GmbH (Germany)


”Ms. Isabelle Nicolas has been teaching English and French as a Foreign Language Trainer for kmp. Sprachenservice since November 2012. She has conducted several extensive courses at one of our major clients in the Munich area, where she proved to be an excellent trainer of Business English and French. Isabelle Nicolas has a very good command of all linguistic and pedagogical skills expected of a professional language trainer. She prepares thoroughly, structures her classes well and presents her materials and subject matter effectively. She has taught several levels of proficiency for kmp. Sprachenservice and is a highly competent instructor whom students respond to enthusiastically. It remains to be added that Ms. Isabelle Nicolas is highly regarded by students, co-teachers and our administration alike, last but not least due to her warm and outgoing personality.”

― Fred Possmayer – Account Manager, kmp. Sprachenservice (Germany)


”Isabelle and I worked together at educom GmbH while she was a Business Language Coach. I had the opportunity to sit in on her lessons which were well-structured, job relevant and communicative. She uses up-to-date teaching methods and creates a supportive learning environment that engage her learners. Isabelle is a top-notch coach, always gracious and cheerful, and would be a great addition to any team.”

― Jessica Rajandran – Business Developer Specialized in Training and Development, Learning, and Onboarding (Germany)


Isabelle était ma professeur de français dans un cours de groupe pour les professionnels. Sa positivité exceptionnelle, son bilinguisme et sa façon créative d’enseigner m’ont motivée à même prendre un deuxième cours privé avec Isabelle. Isabelle a conçu des leçons très variées utilisant différents médias. C’était toujours un plaisir d’apprendre avec elle et j’ai fait de très bons progrès dans un court laps de temps. Malheureusement, Isabelle a quitté Munich et le cours a dû se terminer. Je suis vraiment désolée que mon cours ne puisse pas se poursuivre en personne, mais je recommande chaleureusement Isabelle Nicolas comme professeur de français!

― Diana Rehner – Head of Security Services Holdings at Caceis Bank (Germany)


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