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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

Meetup.com 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 (http://www.meetup.com/french-73/) has more members, but Le Groupe Francophone East Bay (http://www.meetup.com/francophonesEastBay/) 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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I studied French in high school and college and spent a month in Marseilles. I am perfectly capable of helping you learn the basics of the language, how to pronounce words correctly and conjugate basic verbs and such.

About Kevin
I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

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I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b
ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

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Emily B. May 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
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· Piano · Online
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Preston Mullins April 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
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About Jessica L.

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I have studied and worked in Paris for 7 years and French is also my daily language with family. I love to help people practice their French conversation and improve the grammars .

About Jessica
My name is Jessica. I have been teaching Chinese since I moved to Paris in 2007. Now I am living in Santa Clara, California and I still have a huge passion to teach and spread the Chinese Culture.

For adult students I usually help them with General / Business Chinese (Speaking, Accent Reduction, Listening, Writing and HSK/AP Test) and Life in China.

For kids I help them with their Chinese homework and also college students to pass their school exams. I teach all from beginner to advanced levels. If you are a Native French speaker I can also teach you Chinese in French as I speak it fluently.

I give Individual Private Classes or Small Group Lessons (2-4 people). I provide a quiet place for class in Santa Clara.

I also help people to practice their French conversation and grammars (beginner to intermediate level).

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emi-Private 2 - 1 Lesson:
1 hour $68/hr for 2 students.
Each additional student $15/hr

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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Arielle August 6, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Couldn't get the computer to work, but she was accommodating and patient while teaching my daughter.
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Ajeesh May 25, 2018
· French · Online
I've learned a lot since I first started. Ms. Jessica's teaching is quite good and I learn new things every class. I would love to be tutored by her again.
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Ajeesh May 23, 2018
· French · Online
she is really polite and I like her teaching.
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Santa Clara, CA 95051
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About Zach M.

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Born and raised in Paris , France to a french mother and an american father. Teaching french is a true passion and joy.

My classes are fun and if you want to work with a real teacher who can design a class just for you, I am the teacher you are looking for!

Whatever your goals are with French, I can help you get there! Get in touch any time to tell me about your goals. À bientôt !

-"HELP , I'm going to France soon , I need some basic things to say"

-"I would like to be able to read books in french and have a conversation."

-"Can I be fluent in less than a year?"

Don't worry, you found the right person ! :)

I can help you with :

• Pronunciation ( so that nobody will answer you in English )
• What to know if you go to France soon ( so that you can know a little bit before you go )
• Basic to advanced conversation ( so you can make french friends and understand what they say )
• Train your ear ( so you don’t answer like a robot and recognize what ...

About Zach
Bonjour everyone , my name is Zach.

I was born and raised in Paris, France.

I graduated from "Jean-Monnet European High-school" in France where I specialized in English and French Literature.

I moved to the US six years ago and I have been teaching FRENCH for more than 10 years now.

Most people I've taught first came to me saying "French is so hard , I will never be able to speak it" or "When I try to speak french, french people answer me in english"

THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN WITH ME :)

French is easy , you just need a good teacher who cares about YOU and adapts the lessons to YOUR NEEDS:
I do ! :)
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Georgann June 8, 2018
· French · Online
Zach makes the course challenging and fun. He keeps you busy the entire class time - making the time go by very quickly.
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Mariana June 1, 2018
· French · Online
Very helpful and very nice.
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Kenny March 11, 2018
· French · Online
Zach knows his stuff! Very personable, patient and thorough. A great instructor!
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About Stacey R.

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So, you want to speak French? I love this language! I earned my minor in French at the University of Michigan, during which time I tutored the subject and helped frustrated students to actually enjoy the class and bring up their grades! Let's get together and start speaking this beautiful language in a fun, enthusiastic way.

About Stacey
I am a lifelong student of many subjects. My approach to teaching is one of patience and enthusiasm. I do my best to understand the student's learning style and teach accordingly.
I have been a professional actor, model, and singer for 10 years. I specialize in on-camera acting for TV commercials, industrial video, and host. Most of the modeling I've done is commercial print and live promotional modeling. I've taught group acting classes to kids ages 6-17, including on-camera auditioning, stage directions, script analysis, and business skills (headshot/resume, finding an agent, industry terms, etc.).
My singing experience includes pop, musical theatre, and jazz. I've coached students who believed they were hopeless, and they were pleased to discover their gifts and see growth!
I am a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and have taught
for 3 years, both group classes and privately.
I minored in French in college and tutored beginning French.
My motto: Never stop learning!
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Sandra April 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Stacey is very friendly and provides good feedback. I look forward to seeing in with her everyday.
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James April 12, 2018
· Singing · In home
Trying to sing in front of someone is very intimidating for me but Stacey made me feel comfortable from the start. She was very professional and the lesson took a very logical sequence that I could understand. In the past I took lessons from another teacher and my experience with Stacey far exceeded my previous experience and exceeded my expectations...with her help I may actually be able carry a tune!
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Alicia February 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great instructor that makes the somewhat scary act of singing lessons seem stress-free. Great technical information and tips and exercises to do as homework.
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About Monique A.

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I've been teaching French for six years and my students have gone on to improve their grade substantially. Within the first few lessons, you'll get a better understanding of the material learned in class or if you are a new beginner, you will be able to read and speak basic French. I use different grammar and reading books depending on your level and make you practice with speaking and written exercises to vary the learning process. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I would be thrilled to meet you!

About Monique
Bonjour!
My name is Monique and I am a native French speaker. I have been tutoring high school and college students for six years now. I am also a French instructor with Berlitz Language Center. I share my love of the French language by helping students master the difficulties inherent to the study of a new language. Their success is my pride and reward and my goal is to make them achieve the best results.
I will be happy to meet you at the location of your choice whether it is your home, the library, a coffee shop or another convenient location.
I look forward to meeting with you soon.
Au plaisir!
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Deane July 7, 2017
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I want you to know Monique is an excellent teacher and she has patience that is very easy to replace to. She does not pressure but still gets the lesson across very well. I will be gone for a few month but when I return I will have her again thank you DeaneKnowles
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About Diane C.

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San Francisco, CA
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French is my second language, but often feels as it if were the first, as I have speaking it for so many years on an everyday and professional basis. 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). I edited a 240-page scholarly book, De La Case A La Villa (published 2014), and I gave private lessons.

About Diane
Bonjour! Hello!

I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis; I taught teenagers and adults. I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs and I am always ready to go above and beyond the basic lesson. I try to make learning a language fun and alive, through news, stories, and songs.

My method is to provide grammar (very important in French), vocabulary, conversation, reading, and translation in every lesson, and show how important each component is to the whole. I am overjoyed when my students start conversing without need for translation - even if there are errors!

My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance. My mother tongue is English; but I learned French at the age of nine when I attended my first French school. I have a French high school
diploma (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree.
I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years. Learning languages was a necessity in my childhood, and I love learning, even if by now it is more difficult to become fluent in a new language. I think the fact of being a lifelong learner helps me better understand my students' needs.

As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader. I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
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Don H. July 31, 2018
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Diane is succeeding in teaching me French where many before her have failed. As a teacher myself of many years, I am very pleased with her approach AND her patience.
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San Francisco, CA 94107
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About Ghida A.

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What is your interest in learning French? To visit France or another Francophone country? To learn French cuisine and culinary terms? To understand French movies? Or to improve your academic French for school or college? I have taught French in different settings and can adapt my lessons to suit your French language requirements - whether to improve your speaking skills, reading comprehension or writing. I have over 25 years experience in teaching languages in the US and abroad, both in college and high schools. Send me an email if you are interested!

About Ghida
I have been a professional educator for over 30 years, having just retired from 16 years public school teaching. I graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland with a degree in Modern Languages, & from Catholic University of America with a PhD in Comparative Literature.
Teaching is my one great passion - I want to share my love of languages and literature with learners of all ages. I have taught elementary school children, high school students, college students and adults - including Franciscan brothers in a monastery!
My other interests include music, reading, gardening and travel. This year I hope to visit Portugal for the first time, and to also learn how to draw and do watercolors.
I am active in our local community including volunteering and mentoring in various organizations .
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Bonjour ! I am FRENCH !

I have a Bachelor in Family Life Science, 2011 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. For the rest I went to school in France and got 5 diplomas in the clothing industry.

I love teaching very much, whether French, which is my native language, or sewing.

I have been a French Lab Assistant at Brigham Young University and helped my students pass their French classes.

I taught French to 4 children of different ages as well while attending BYU as I was living with an American family for about a year, just like an aupair type of situation. I mostly used board games and playing with their toys or on the trampoline to help them practice the words and sentences in real context, that's very important.

I have taught private English lessons in France, and I taught sewing too.

I lived in London for a year working as a seamstress.

If you are traveling to a French speaking country, I'd be happy to assist you via Skype, for example, while abroad.

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Hello, I am Rose from Antioch. Well, I am originally from France. I've just been imported by my sweet husband Jeff in March 2017.

I teach French and sewing and even sewing in French if you want ! That's ideal if you want to go on an internship or even work in the fashion industry in Paris !

To tell you more about my passion for sewing, I believe I must just have been born with the talent of sewing. I remember my mom running after me as she was scared that I would pock my eyes with her needles... Already at that age I was stuck to the TV obsessed with the Parisian fashion shows at each fashion seasons. But you know what ?

Interestingly enough I am not so much into fashion anymore because I have discovered the importance of wearing the right type of clothing specifically made for each of us. You know, sewing clothing stays the same
whether we are into fashion or not, it really doesn't matter. I'd be happy to share more about that with you.
I also enjoy sewing house items and I like to figure out easy and fast ways to sew these items as well as clothing for children.

I'd be happy to meet you at your house or in mine or online, as you wish.
If you are looking to gain basic sewing skills fast then you found the right person because I have created a course that is specifically designed for that. First we'll learn everything about your sewing machine. Then you will be able to learn how to draw a pattern to cover a book of your choice, sew a zip, buttons, a sewing bag, a simple pin cushion and a little dress that includes pockets as well as bias binding on the armholes. At the end of this few weeks course together you will receive videos of the whole course that you will be able to watch over and over for free as you keep perfecting your new skill. The only thing is that these videos are still in French ;-) My French students have shared with me how happy they were with the details of that course.

And just with these basics you will be able to sew hundreds of items ! Isn't that cool !? Plus, to make it easier for you, I have prepared all the supplies for you in a kit for an extra cost. Ask me about it.

If we meet in person, a minimum of 2 hours per session usually works best.
As for online teaching I have a very good webcam that shows great close up details.
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Antioch, CA 94531
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I have designed a meaningful and effective coursework that engages students and expedites learning.You would learn through didactic methods so you enjoy the learning process as well as getting to know a new culture.

About Itamar
Hello , Hola , Bonjour my name is Itamar and welcome aboard on this new adventure of learning a new language . As a person who has gone through this process and with my knowledge you would learn new techniques and fun didactic learning methods so learning a new language becomes fun and a complete new world to discover .
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