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Brushing up on one’s French, boogying with the Plan Be band

French language practice

French tutor, Glen Ellenite, Yannick Ponte, recently wrote to me about a few new services she is currently offering. Along with tutoring students of all ages in proper French, Yannick has added French conversation and wine language for professionals, as well as amateurs. The classes are custom-made for each of her students and involve a fun and easy learning method.

I have one young friend, a Dunbar student, who has been studying with Yannick for several years. She is hoping to attend the French School in Santa Rosa after her graduation from Dunbar. I’m certainly impressed with her conversational abilities in French, a language I studied for a couple of years back in high school. I never became proficient, but I can recite a few lines of poetry. Sadly, that doesn’t help much when you’re trying to communicate with a cranky Parisian cabbie. That’s happened to me a few times, and I think it’s now time for a refresher course with Yannick. She’s kind and gracious, plus simply and elegantly beautiful.

Yannick and her husband, well-known local painter, Don Ponte, can often be found at the local Glen Ellen Farmers Market, which operates all spring and summer at the Grist Mill parking lot just south of town. Don shares prints of his beautiful artwork. Particularly popular are his paintings of our most famous Glen Ellen author, Jack London.

Yannick can be reached at her email, yannick@glenellennest.com or by phone at 938-0321.

Remembering Joe Miami

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