My name is Ryan Harrison and I'm a British ex-pat living in France since 1996. I speak fluent French and am married to a French woman and have 3 bilingual children. I work in language training and I'm passionate about the French language and culture. I don't believe that learning a language is all about the vocabulary or the grammar. I believe it's a much more global experience and you need to appreciate all the finer things about France to really enjoy the language learning experience. There is the culture, the people, the food, the landscapes, the countryside, and so much more.
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