About Ida

Bonjour & bienvenue! I’m Ida.

Did you know France is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations? Think Paris, the Loire castles, the stunning sunny French Riviera (300 days of sun a year), the Landes, the Alps… Think great food, wine, great art and basically savoir-faire all around you. And the Frenchies. And their language…
Is speaking French one of your dreams? Would you like to feel more confident in French instead of having French waiters immediately switch to English when they see you?

Have you signed up for lessons, tried learning French on your own, downloaded all the free apps, mp3s and worksheets available out there… and still feel like you’re not really getting somewhere? Or have you studied for some time and have made progress but now are stuck at a plateau?

If this sounds familiar… you are not alone.

Wherever you are at, you need someone to meet you there.

At some key moments it’s all about you practicing. And it’s easier with someone who has a map, a strategy, plenty of experience and who actually cares for the results you get.

I can help you take your French to the next level, feel more confident while speaking French (and fall even more in love with the French culture, cuisine and savoir-faire!). I also like to share my “bonnes adresses” and my coups de coeur. And working via Skype keeps things easy and agile – no more wasted time!

Why eFrenchCafé.com?

I’m literally fascinated by the process involved in learning a language. I’m fascinated by the tipping point, when a student breaks through and starts “flying” in a foreign language, just as I’m fascinated by the various phases of enthusiasm and discouragement that are involved in the journey.

I went through it myself (I actually went through the learning process twice, since I had to learn a third language also) and now my French is better than my English. Yes, vous m’avez bien lu, although English is my “mother-tongue”, I actually am more proficient in French.

I understand and know the challenges involved in learning French:

How do you pronounce the French “R”?
How do you pronounce the awfully cute acute “U”, as I like to call it?
How do you stay on track?
Where do you start?
How do you have a minimum of fun while learning grammar?
What tools, websites are easily available and worth it?
How can you just meet French people and exchange conversation?
What are the good adresses for a great holiday in France?


I have created eFrenchCafé.com so no matter what your language skills and level in French, it has something to offer you… from French lessons, to French recipes and traveling tips.  You are in the right place!

I love taking pictures, here is one of the Baie des Anges in Nice, France.

Nice, France

I was brought up in Paris (Vè et VIè arrondissement, toujours près du jardin du Luxembourg) but currently live on the Côte d’Azur. This site is designed to spark your interest in speaking French, exchanging some shortcuts and “bonnes adresses”, learning about French culture and finding fun activities to make French easy to learn.  If you are interested in learning to communicate in French, please come on over and make yourself at home!

My story?

I am a mother to a tender little princess & I am married to a charming niçois man.  I live in Nice, France and I also work as a freelance translator (English into French and Italian into French). I am a French and Italian pronunciation specialist. I did the voices of the guided tours of several Italian Museums (Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Domus Aurea in Rome, The Last Supper of Leonardo in Milan) and I worked as an international interpreter (Interreligious conferences with the Dalai Lama, and real estate). I was brought up in California, Tuscany (Firenze) and Paris between the Sorbonne and Saint Germain des Près. I have always been a natural with languages.

I like Le Petit Prince by Saint-Exupéry, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, French cheese, ratatouille, crêpes à la crème de marron and Armagnac.  And I like to go and buy my bread when the baker is preparing croissants.  I get to see him roll them.

I love your comments, even a short message will be most welcome.

Which gives in French: J’adore lire vos commentaires, même courts ils sont les bienvenus!

To stay in contact and learn some conversational French!



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