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French Lessons in San Francisco

By Carol Beth L. - San Francisco French Teacher

Interested in taking French lessons in San Francisco? Short of visiting France or another French-speaking country, you're in a great place for it! San Francisco has one of the highest populations of French speakers in the United States. Visiting French-speaking communities is one of the best ways to practice your French and make new friends who share your interest in this beautiful language!

Here are a few points of interest in San Francisco that may help you find resources to aid you in your French lessons:

1) The Alliance Française strives to be a cultural and linguistic resource in all cities where it has a branch – including San Francisco. You can visit the Alliance Française de San Francisco in person at 1345 Bush Street, or on their website at www.afsf.com. Their classes and events include literature and conversation classes, movie nights, wine and cheese tastings, and more. The past few years, they have adapted Paris' annual Fête de la Musique (Festival of Musique) to their own locale. La Fête de la Musique occurs in June of each year. If you like French music in addition to French culture and language, it's a great opportunity to listen to local musicians and meet other francophiles.

2) European Books and Media (www.europeanbook.com) used to be quite conveniently located in San Francisco on Larkin Street. Though it has since moved, it is still relatively close by in Oakland. They carry a good selection of French books, including books for learning the language, children's books, and literature for older readers. If you're looking for print resources in French, this is a great place to look.

3) San Francisco Francophones organizes events for French-speakers in the area to get together and practice their French. The group has a Facebook community here: https://www.facebook.com/FrancaSF. They sometimes share interesting French-related tidbits, including language, culture, and occasionally random (but generally cool) other stuff. You can find their Meetup page with events and such here: http://www.meetup.com/francophonesdeSF. Regular events are usually on Sundays and Thursdays.

4) Several other meetup groups advertise themselves on www.meetup.com. The Berkeley French Meetup group, for example, has been running a series of events recently for beginning French learners, while the French Literature Meetup group, which divides its time between Berkeley and San Francisco, discusses French literature based on suggestions from group members. Search around and you may find more French Meetup groups in San Francisco.

Happy hunting for your francophile paradise in San Francisco and the surrounding areas! You’re sure to benefit from French lessons in San Francisco if you take advantage of these wonderful resources.

Remember, daily practice is one of the best ways to learn French. Speaking, reading, and listening to French as a part of your daily routine will help you make strides in your French lessons faster than you ever believed possible. Add one of these spots to your daily routine or chat with your new French-speaking friends each day. Most importantly, have fun studying French in San Francisco!

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French is among the most important languages in the world; over 7% of the world's population speak it and it is the third most important language in the business world. Unfortunately, French is notorious for being gratuitously difficult. On the bright side, I have over 7 years of experience with French, I speak it fluently and I teach it up until the intermediate level. I tutor French in a fun and engaging way that captivates my students and has them speaking it in a provisional amount of time. Along with the basics, I also delve into the technicalities of French grammar, spelling and reading. You've come to the right person, as you'll never have to be craven taking your next French test, impressing your French-speaking friend or visiting a francophone country after I 'fragment French'.

About Amadou
I am a distinguished graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from Ivy Tech College. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math and science that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, and I have taught several middle-school and high-school students math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades under my instruction. And because I have worked with such a vast diversity of people over the span of 16 countries throughout the world, I have developed the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students. Age has never been a problem with me, as I've helped several post-graduate students straighten out their grievances in math and science.

As an engineering major at IIT, I naturally maintain an ex
emplary study ethic that inspires my students to achieve more. I bring results. I relate to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, music, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to develop a passion for the courses I tutor. Additionally, I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose enigmatic topics into components that can be more easily internalized by my students, effectively increasing their grades and giving them the self-confidence and enthusiasm they need to fuel their future academic endeavors. I guarantee quality, commitment, and a passion for training my students to be the best.

I have lived in over 20 countries, which allowed me to speak several languages, and which permitted me to maintain my patience, élan and spirit of enthusiasm when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I have solid background in both math and the natural sciences, as I have consistently maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since high school. I am now studying mechanical engineering at IIT, and I have gotten 5s in all of my AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology exams. I have also been the winner of many STEM-related competitions, through my demonstrating of exemplary leadership qualities and through my brainstorming of blue-sky ideas. I am also a "Mental-Math" practitioner, reflexologist and guitarist. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me value ourselves in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.
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Kara July 18, 2017
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Amadou is fantastic! My daughter is 9, going into the 4th grade and math has been a struggle for her. Kara was very nervous at first, as this was her first online class! Amadou helped her become comfortable fast. She loved the fact that he could make her laugh. He has the skill to make math fun! She was so encouraged with the lesson and feels so much more confident in what she's learned. She was surprised at how much she picked up so quickly with the little 'tools' Amadou went over. What a great class/lesson. Thanks Amadou!
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Amadou has a great ability to figure out a client's learning style. So far he has been able to tailor class so that the new knowledge is instantly applicable.
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Rosa May 25, 2017
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My son was having much difficulty with this class on the border of failing. Amadou was essential in helping my son understand rules and recognize formulas needed to solve problems. Thank you so much Amadou. I would highly recommend him as a tutor.
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I have extensive background in French and I enjoy teaching in a dynamic Fun Immersion method.

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I came recently to U.S. And I was tutoring languages back in my country for 8 years. I hope to build a good reputation here too with my students. I'm so patient toward kids, and I like to innovate methods to engage early learners (songs, stories, game...)
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Marie did a wonderful job working with our clients' children for an Arabic Language and Culture Camp at the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. She was professional, organized, compassionate, and creative. She was very cooperative with me and children loved her. I would recommend her for any position she applies for.
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Hi, My name is Fabrice and I am a native French speaker.
I love sharing my culture and I always feel helpful assisting you to pass your tests, improve your grammatical and linguistic knowledge, share a conversation in French in a fun and interactive way.

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Hi, my name is Fabrice. I am a native French Speaker.

Since I arrived in United States, 6 years ago, I owned a Spa and Tanning Salon for 5 years in Florida and I was a French tutor for American students and adults. I recently moved in Vista, California, with my husband. We currently run a digital marketing business and I am looking for opportunities to tutor French.

I love teaching French and I am passionate about French culture. I am always happy to share it using variety of resources and techniques that help to reach your goals. I like to adapt my lessons to help with your needs. The goal is always to make it fun, interactive and dedicated to your success.

J'espère que nous pourrons travailler ensemble très bientôt !
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Heather June 15, 2017
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Wonderful teacher! Fabrice is energetic, enthusiastic, and really explains things in a way that makes it easy to understand. I look forward to continuing lessons with him!
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Robert May 2, 2017
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You re just the best teacher ever mister fabrice. Pardon my French :-)
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Linda May 1, 2017
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Fabrice is very nice and encouraging. He helped me a lot with my pronunciation and vocabulary. I feel ready for my trip in France. Merci beaucoup mon ami !
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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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Cassandra July 9, 2017
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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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Bonjour, I am a french national, I've always studied in a french school and still study at a french university in Normandy, France. I believe you will learn a lot of the french culture from me as I've cultivated it throughout my life and you will get an instant feel of what the real "french flair" is. I can also provide you with extensive material for reading, watching or pondering, in many disciplines depending on your personal interests like for example history, art, music and politics. Shoot me a message and let's see if I'm the right match for you, and of course let's uncork the champagne and keep it flowing....

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Hi there! My name is Paul and I am a french native whose spent my whole between the US, Spain and France, where I still spend at part of my time. I've attended a french school all of my life in Madrid, Spain. I am considered what they call a "third cultured kid", meaning I don't feel I pertain to a specific culture in the world but rather I feel like citizen of the world. Open mindedness is by far one of my most sacred values and inclusiveness is the main practice I try to express to my students.

France was always a country of inclusion and immigration, and like the United States, it was build and grew because of those foreigners. I'll be delighted to show you what the values of my dearest country are in the most creative way, giving you a head start in the french culture and way of life. Additionally, I will give you extensive materi
al according to your needs, capacity and personal ambition in the subject you choose.

I've also participated in many informal teaching endeavors within my close entourage for the children of my parents close friends.

I look forward to meeting you and enticing you in the french flair, la vie en rose and many other french-like sensations embodied in the french motto from the French revolution: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. A bientôt camarades!
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Experienced French tutor for 2 years.
Possessing a certificate in tutoring French as a foreign language from the City College of San Francisco with a positive recommendation from the Chair department.
Lessons will be customized according to the student goal. Not only you will be practicing your French with me, you will also be advised on how to build your self-learning. We will work mostly on how to figure out the BEST way to learn the language quickly and efficiently.

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If one were to ask my friends to describe me, they would describe me as a driven, passionate and inquisitive person. I think one of my most distinguishing characteristics is the diversity of experience that I have had.

I'm currently living in Pittsburgh as a grad student at The Carnegie Mellon University under the Computer Science Departement. I lived in France (Paris) for 3 years where I graduated with an MBA in Marketing from the Ecole Superieure de Gestion. I moved to San Francisco 2 years ago seeking better opportunities in the field of technology, a field that I'm passionate about since my childhood.

I had been offered a part-time job as a college student tutor at The City College of San Francisco. As a French tutor, I had to take proactive approaches to adapt to different teaching styles and play a leadership role in motivating
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Suzanne August 20, 2017
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very patient with correcting pronunciations and grammar. Able to learn a lot of practical conversational words not taught in class. Tailored to what I need to learn that day and review with different exercises. Great sense of humor. Always fun with each session.
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Lisa August 8, 2017
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Mo was the tutor that I was looking for since I have started learning French. He was very helpful and knew where my weakness and strenghs are.
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I'm a young professor of french language who can make of you a perfect french speaker. With experience in teaching, especially with kids, I would patiantly try to teach you language. My lessons are mostly based on learning vocabulary and culture through the beautiful world of grammar. Et voila, let's have some fun!

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I'm a professor of french for forgein students. I graduated a few months ago and I'm more than familiar with learning new language. I speak English, French, Spanish, German and Montenegrin (which is my native language). My little students have won several prises so I'm already proud teacher.
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Average Cost of French Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in San Francisco is $27. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $30 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute French lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute French lessons are 19% less expensive at $22, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $17.

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