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French is my second language, but it often feels as it if were the first, as I have been speaking it for so many years on an everyday, educational, and professional basis. I have official native-level proficiency. My grammar is excellent, as I learned the rules in junior high school in the Paris suburbs (grammar is an important part of French schooling). Culture is also a big part of learning a language, and I am well versed in French literature, pop culture, idioms, and more. Recently, one of my first TakeLessons students passed her B2 exam, which allows her to apply to French universities. It's not an easy exam, the culmination of several years of classes and several months of test-prepping. I edited a 240-page scholarly book in French, "De La Case A La Villa" (published 2014), and have spoken on French-language television and at professional conferences. I give both private and group lessons.
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Learning French in Oakland: French Resources in the City

Want to take French lessons in Oakland? Oakland offers a wealth of opportunities for Francophones of all levels. Whether you want to experience French culture or try some French food, here are some of the places you should explore while you’re taking French lessons in Oakland.

Meetups is an excellent resource to find local meetups with like-minded people. When it comes to getting the most out of your French lessons in Oakland (or anywhere for that matter), nothing beats using the language in face-to-face interactions. This Berkeley-based rendezvous ( has more members, but Le Groupe Francophone East Bay ( is more active. Sign up and try both!

The Alliance Française San Francisco

If you're feeling adventurous and want to broaden your horizons while you’re taking French Lessons in Oakland, take a road trip to San Francisco. The Alliance Française San Francisco is a non-profit organization with over 100 chapters in the United States. The AFSF promotes French language, art, and culture.

The AFSF also hosts a variety of local music performances. You can see symphonies which feature acclaimed French musicians and pop-oriented events like the annual Fête de la Musique.

The AFSF also partners with local theaters to present modern and classic films. From the world famous Cannes Film Festival to filmmakers as varied as Goddard, Truffant, and Luc Besson, France has long been one of the world leaders in cinema.

Watching foreign films in their original language can be a fun way to learn basic French vocabulary. Challenge yourself to understand the dialogue without looking at the subtitles.

French Restaurants

Michel Bistro

Michel Bistro has all the authenticity of a real French restaurant. The two-story restaurant has delicious food and delightful French décor.

À Côté

À Côté is rated as one of the best French restaurants in the East Bay by several publications including Zagat, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Esquire.

French Books

European Books and Media is the best local place for French books. You can find language resources, children’s books, and more complex literature. Don’t forget to try out some comics, as France has given us graphic greats from the lovable Asterix to the influential sci-fi styling’s of Mœbius.

Exploring these local places will help you enrich your learning experience while you’re taking French lessons in Oakland. If you need some more suggestions, make sure to ask your French tutor. Now get out there and have some fun!

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