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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 am a French speaker with a professional capacity for the language. I study French as a major in school and will study abroad this fall. In the past, I have helped student both young (2 years old) and old (over 50) to learn French and become more comfortable with speaking the language.

About Rachel
I am a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. I hold a B.A. in French. I have an extensive background teaching and tutoring others, especially in ESL, English, French and special education. I also have additional experience tutoring many other subjects, such as Spanish, elementary education, biology, pre-calculus, essay writing and history.

I have a true love of tutoring and helping others. I work well with children and adults of all ages. Thank you for sharing your interest in learning!
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Linda November 29, 2016
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She is so easy to talk to and made me feel at ease learning about word skills . Im looking forward to my next lesson.
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Evelyn November 1, 2016
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My teacher and I spoke by phone for my first lesson, but her phone had poor reception so I was not able to get the benefit of a full lesson. The second and third lessons were unsuccessful as well I need an alternative so that I can work with another teacher locally. I am not familiar enough with this on line process to be successful with my lessons. I have paid for lessons that i have not received. Please advise.
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Students can expect to increase their French language skills considerably. I am strongest in conversation, but I have also taught advanced French grammar and intermediate literature. I've taught all levels and ages French. I am truly passionate about this language and the French and Quebecois cultures. Whether you're looking for in-depth, on-going instruction, or a "crash course" in the French language, then I'm the tutor for you!

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Hello! I'm Bethany, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012, and have loved helping my students improve their English proficiency, master the French language, and raise their test scores. I have my teaching licensed for K-12 French w/ an ESL Endorsement. I went to Muhlenberg College and earned a degree in French in 2011. I've also taken some graduate courses in teaching, and I recently earned my Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Cambridge! I'm a positive and adventurous person. My teaching style is creative, patient, and dynamic. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I have all of my security clearances: Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Fingerprint, PA Criminal Background Check, you name it, so no worries! :-)
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By far one of the best teachers I have ever had. Bethany always gives me a comfortable atmosphere to learn English. She prepares the lessons according to my needs and takes care of all the details. Highly recommended!
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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.

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I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis. I have 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, through news, stories, and songs.
My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance.
My native language is English; I learned French when I was nine years old and attended my first French school. Until my MBA, my degrees were all French: the high school diploma (Baccalauréat) and my architecture degree. I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years.
As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader for an English language magazine wh
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I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
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Diane instructs our 13 y.o. son in French once a week. He loves his weekly French lesson with Diane! Diane is a super teacher, and she has great rapport with our son. We strongly recommend Diane, if you want to take French lessons!
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Diane is awesome! She meets you at whatever level you are at and truly cares about getting you to your language goals!
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I am a french native speaker and have worked with several students, teenagers and adults. My students should expect to learn french and be able to apply their knowledge quickly. I am very friendly, patient and motivating.

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I am a native French speaker. I am looking forward to helping my students improve their french in the best way for them. I am also tutoring all algebra classes. I happen to master them, and I will do my best to help my students master theirs!
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This was the first foreign language I studied. I have tutored French in college and speak it whenever I have the opportunity. French can be intimidating with its complex grammar rules and intricate verb conjugations. Allow me to help you improve your understanding of French with some of the tricks of the trade that I remember from my high school days.

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When helping students, it my belief that patience and belief in the student's abilities are of utmost importance. With this in mind, I am here to guide you through your stumbling blocks and propel you to another level of understanding that makes things a lot clearer for you.

I have experience tutoring students from high school to college level. At different times in my life I acquired two bachelors degrees; one in music, the other in biochemistry. It is important for you to know that I take your education seriously but it can be interspersed with a little humor; not too much, but enough to keep things interesting.

In addition to helping students, I have worked as a professional freelance musician and as a research biochemist. Whether it be one on one or in a group setting, my experiences have taught me to be very patient, flex
ible, and accommodating, I have provided music lessons to promising young musicians in addition to training graduate students.

Whether you be a traditional high school student or a non-traditional adult student, my ultimate goal is to help you gain a better understanding of your material with patience and encouragement in a safe learning environment. Let's get you on the road to some awesome grades. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better student.
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Hello , my name is Afaf Guesmia , I`am from France , i moved to the united States it`s been almost 2 years . i speak french and Arabic fluently . i learned Arabic when i moved To Algeria , and now i`m in the united States , i love learning languages , and also with time i developed some easy way to learn languages. now i`m trying to improve my English i still have a french accent but my English is pretty good hahah . learning french with me will be really fun and not boring as the french we learn at school , it will be fun , and you will learn really fast i can promise you that you will never regret it.

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Hey , My name is Afaf , i know right ai have a weird name. , don`t worry about You can just call me`` A`` like most of people . i`m from Paris , France , i`m 18 years old , i can speak 3 languages and now i`am trying to learn Spanish . i love learning new languages because i found it easy , i found a way to learn them , because when i was young i had to learn Arabic and i did no like how the teachers were teaching us the language at school , it was boring for me.so i start learning Arabic the way i found it easy and i was leaning really fast . , and until now in less than 2 years i learned English. learning french will be really easy and also really fun for both of us .
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