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Fun Francais was founded in 2008 by me, Anne Cockburn.  I'm a French native who moved to the UK to work as an au pair. I ended up staying and falling in love with England and a handsome Englishman!  I worked for British Airways for 15 years and decided to take a career break when my second child was born to spend more time with my family and fulfill a lifelong ambition to become a teacher.

I successfully taught French to my children and realised how lucky they were to be born into a multicultural family. Not only could they understand and speak French beautifully but they were lucky to celebrate two of practically all the best festivals! They were curious and adventurous with everything French.  They read traditional French folk books, they danced around and sang to French radio and most of all they could choose between the two best rugby teams!

The idea of Fun Francais was born.


The aim was to share my passion for the French language and culture with other children. To create a fun and interactive way to teach that would become a sociable and enriching place for parents and children to meet.

With time and experience, the business grew in popularity and the demand extended to teenagers, adults and also teaching Spanish.

Twelve years down the line, I now employ another wonderful French lady and I share my time amongst my many students of varying youthfulness!  Our classes are popular in nurseries and schools as well as the U3A.

We hold conversation classes in locals bars and cafes which are always popular and our wonderful results with GCSE students are proof of our success.

However, true to my dream, my vision remains the same. To create a safe environment where learning a new language is a fun, enriching journey of discovery.

Meet our teachers...


Anne Cockburn


Anne loves a planner (or ten), a rare steak and a proper cup of tea!

She misses fresh bread, her family and definitely not Lipton and UHT milk! 

Anne's favourite French words is Libellule! Prizes for knowing what it means without Googling it!


Sophie Raby

French Teacher

Sophie loves a Sunday roast, the garden centres and afternoon tea.


The things Sophie misses from France are some proper mountains, sirop de menthe and her wonderful family.


Her favourite French word is saperlipopette. Any guesses?

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