About the Program

FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS COURSE

The idea of this French for Travelers web series is to help you learn some French in a fun, entertaining way. Soso and Lili, along with their sexy assistants, will teach you French – sans boredom!

Soraya Garre & Celia Diane

Hosted by Soraya Garré and Célia Diane,

with the pedagogical advice of Marielle Bruant-Carlson.

Danny Pardo & Farhan KhanEach webisode is about 10 minutes and includes a little “hello” introduction, a theme (could be “how to introduce oneself”, “how to pick up a girl/guy”) with new words of vocabulary each time, (a) scene illustration(s) of the lesson taught, and a little fun conclusion/goodbye sequence.

The vocabulary taught includes both common words used in eSoraya Garrevery day life and more “funky” words such as slang/familiar words, which usually everybody wants to know about but never learns unless you actually go abroad and get into interesting situations. The vocabulary relevant to the theme of each show is listed, in the transcripts of the shows and in the workbook.

 

Celia DianeThroughout the various webisodes, you get to follow the adventures of Soso, Lili & Co. The audience sees them facing challenges, follows their romantic experiences (good and bad)… sees them go through life as the lessons slowly turn into a fun webisode.

 

The originality of the show lies in its funny, unconventional and dynamic approach to teaching languages!


FRENCH FOR TRAVELERS TEAM

 

Soraya Garré…. Soso

Soraya Garré French actressCreator, Writer, Producer, Director, Editor, Host.

Soraya was born in El Biar, Algeria, but grew up in the South of France in a healthy mixture of Algerian, Spanish and French cultures (she speaks French, English and Spanish). She started acting in a small workshop in the South of France and her passion for acting kept growing from then on. After a masters degree in English, she moved to England and taught French at Manchester University for a year. She then lived in Los Angeles for over 8 years where she worked for Enews France as a Voice Over Actress and Producer, and also taught French to celebrities. She is the creator of “Oh la la, I Speak French”. She’s also written, produced and starred in her first short film, “I’m not an Accent”, a romantic comedy, that she is now developing into a feature. Soraya is now back in Paris and focuses on a film/TV career.

Celia DianeCélia Diane…. Lili

Celia grew up dancing at the Paris Opera House dance school. She studied ballet, theater and music there for six years. She then became a TV host and worked as a creator, producer and journalist of her own TV showsfor Direct8, a national channel in France. Celia now lives in Los Angeles where she works as a Voice actress for various TV shows. Celia has recently produced short film “I’m not an Accent” and has also starred in her first feature film “Zen Dog Time”.

 

Danny PardoJacques Un

Danny PardoDanny’s career began in September 2003.  Recurring roles in Prison Break, 24The Shield, All My Children and Hacienda Heights, as well as Leading and Supporting roles in Independent Films, Webseries and Hispanic Telenovelas, demonstrate his tenacity and talent. His heritage comes from Italy, Spain and Yugoslavia, which enabled him to successfully perform in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French andItalian across the board. His voice has been heard on Radio and TV Commercials, TV Shows such as The Cleveland Show, Animation Movie Planes Fire & Rescue (Disney-Pixar – release July 2014), as well as Video Games (Call of Duty 9 and Grand Theft Auto 5). Having booked this partial list of commercials:Toyota, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Burger King, Hyundai, Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot, Walgreens, etc.,proves one more time his ample versatility, passion and dedication to his craft. He recently starred in Argentinian TV show Entre Canibales.

 

De L’autre côté de la camera…

Marielle Bruant CarlsonMarielle Bruant-Carlson

Pedagogical Advisor of the French for Travelers Program

Marielle originally comes from the lovely French town of Lyon, but she grew up in Paris. She quickly developed strong academics and later enrolled in Science Po Rennes and then in a prestigious four-year program focusing on communications, media, law, international relations and sociology. In 2001 she obtained a Masters Degree in Publishing and Linguistics at the Sorbonne, Paris III and in 2005 a French Foreign Language Instruction Certificate from the Alliance Française school of Paris. Marielle then worked as an Executive Editor for such companies as Hachette and Larousse but then decided to move to the United States where she started working as a French Language Instructor. In L.A. she taught French at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute for a while, before the Alliance Française of L.A. snatched her from there and utilized her multiple talents, promoting her to the Director of its school. She recently left the Alliance to go back to her first passion: teaching French.

 

Sergey GordeevSergey Gordeev

La musique of the French for Travelers Program!

Sergey Gordeev received his formal education in music and dance in his native Moscow, Russia and continued his music and voice studies at Southwestern University in the U.S. and his dance studies at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York. His music compositions include sacred music that has been performed in churches throughout the U.S., as well as scores for ballet and modern dance that have been performed by companies in the U.S. and abroad. He regularly performs as a pianist in New York City and continues to compose pieces for contemporary dance.

Sergey currently lives in New York City and continues to perform as a pianist, also serving as the Director of Public Relations and External Affairs for the Youth America Grand Prix– an international ballet and contemporary dance scholarship competition he created which has become the largest student ballet scholarship competition in the world.

 

 

 

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