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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!

About Jinky B.

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Lessons are very personalized to each student's expectations, varying from purely conversational to more grammar-focused lessons. I believe that learning a language should be fun and useful!

About Jinky
Bonjour!

I really enjoy teaching everything about the French and English languages. If you're looking to brush up on your French, looking for an after-school tutor for help in a French course or would like to start learning this lovely language, I am happy to personalize tutoring sessions to your goals!

I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's of Arts in French, French Literature and Psychology. I have over 8 years of teaching experience. I have studied in Paris and lived in Tours, where I taught English to high school students preparing for the Baccalauréat. In the US, I have taught ESL courses to adults and French I-IV to high school students in the Jacksonville area.

If you're curious to read more about French or language learning in general, listed below are a few articles I have written for the TakeLessons
blog. Check them out along with all the wonderful articles written by other TakeLessons tutors!

-July 2017: 20 Insider Tips for Traveling to France http://takelessons.com/blog/tips-for-traveling-to-france-z04

-Nov 2016: 3 Helpful Tips When You're Lost in Conversation
http://takelessons.com/blog/conversational-language-tips-z14

-Oct 2016: How to Greet Someone in France
http://takelessons.com/blog/French-greetings-z04

-Aug 2016: How to Stop Wasting Your Money and Time on Language Lessons
http://takelessons.com/blog/are-language-lessons-worth-it

-May 2016: Bon Voyage: 50 Useful French Phrases for Travelers
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-french-phrases-travelers-z04

-Apr 2016: 5 Helpful French Pronunciation Hacks for Beginners
http://takelessons.com/blog/french-pronunciation-hacks-z04

-Apr 2016: 7 Proven Strategies to Help You Ace Your Next AP French Exam http://takelessons.com/blog/ap-french-exam-strategies-z04

-Mar 2016: Language App Review: MosaLingua
http://takelessons.com/blog/french-app-review-mosalingua-z04
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Haley October 15, 2017
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Go Jinky!
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Sophia F. May 1, 2016
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She is wonderful and incredibly patient with my daughter.
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About Diane C.

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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! Hallo!

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 s
chool diploma (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree, and I am certified to grade French exams from A1 through C1 (university level). Currently I teach after-school, coordinate a museum visit program (en français) and manage a French exam center.
I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years, so I am fluent and am now also teaching. Learning languages was a necessity in my childhood. I love to learn, even if by adulthood, 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. March 25, 2019
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Once again, Diane has proven an exceptionally effective French instructor. She is conversant in American idioms and offers the French equivalents with ease. I am in awe of her ability to motivate and instruct.
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Jimmy T. February 10, 2019
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Bergen January 26, 2019
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Diane is very professional. I had my first class with her and she carefully accessed my level before she decided what area I should be focused on next. Highly recommended.
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About Nathalie G.

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Learning is always easier when it's fun and entertaining
That's how I teach French!
I think it's the most effective way to learn a foreign language

About Nathalie
I was born and raised in LYON (FRANCE) my qualification includes instructing students in all components of French language including pronunciation,grammar,composition and sentence construction with complementary lessons in french culture. My background is teaching conversational French for beginners to advanced level students.

Classes are focused on your interests and needs ,sessions include homework help,studying for tests I have years of tutoring experience and adapt my tutoring style to the student's learning style.
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Vern May 22, 2018
· French · In studio
Nathalie is great! I needed someone to practice my conversational french and she’s very patient and understanding to the french newcomer.
Merci beaucoup!
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Jim May 19, 2018
· French · In home
I love my French lessons with Nathalie .she was very patient and fun.i made quick progress.merci Nathalie!
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Cyril April 8, 2018
· French · In home
Natahlie was a great instructor I have taken classes before at Berlitz for work and had a much harder time getting started. Working with a instructor one on one made me feel more comfortable than a class room setting. In the past I have had instructors more concerned with covering material than making sure everyone is on the same page. Natahlie was very patient we me and made sure I understood the different nuances of the language before moving ahead with the lesson.
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About Jacqueline G.

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Hi, I'm Jacqueline and I specialize in French tutoring for students of all ages. I have taught over 120 French students including at most local Bay Area schools as well as many out-of-state. I work with each student to create a program tailored to their individual goals and needs. I can help you with all aspects of French including grammar, conversation, vocabulary, and overall fluency.

About Jacqueline
Hi, I'm Jacqueline and I specialize in French tutoring for students of all ages. I have taught over 120 French students at all levels including beginners, AP students, and adult learners. I work with each student to create a program tailored to their individual goals and needs. I can help you with all aspects of French including grammar, conversation, vocabulary, and overall fluency.

When it comes to learning French, I believe that speaking experience is just as important as learning grammar and vocabulary. I emphasize speaking skills and give students the opportunity to practice this throughout my lessons. For students who need help with grammar (one of the trickiest things to learn in French!), I use my experience both as a student and teacher to simplify difficult concepts.
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Jacqueline G.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Holledens F.

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French is my favorite language. I have mastered it, and I know all the tricks to make French easier for you. I taught French in Haiti, for 4 years. I loved it. I can't wait to start teaching you this lovely language. I have the right methods for you. If you work with me, you will be an expert in no time. Merci beaucoup I’ll see you in class !

About Holledens
My name is Holledens. I am From Haiti in the north west side. I am 21 years old and I live In Fairfield CT. I go Norwalk community college and I’m currently taking nursing classes. I want to become a missionary nurse pastor and I also want to keep on teaching French. I used to tutor French in Haiti now that I’m here not many people find French interesting like do. I think French is a really beautiful language I would Recommend it to anyone especially if you are thinking on visiting Paris or any other French speaking country like, Haiti, Cameroun, Mali, Congo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guadeloupe, Guyana etc. If you need to learn quality French I am your person. Bonne chance !
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About Molly B.

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I have taken French class in high school and college for ten years. I have also successfully completed a French immersion program in Quebec. I know what it is like to be a student and I am very passionate about learning and teaching French. I am extremely flexible with times.

About Molly
I am a 21 year old college student studying Economics as well as minoring in French. I love hanging out with my friends, learning languages, reading, drinking coffee, listening to music, and eating good food. I hope to one day work in international business after I graduate. Last summer, I lived in Quebec City, Canada and I took French classes and participated in activities to help improve my French speaking skills.
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Kailyn April 21, 2019
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My daughter has had three lessons online with Molly. She is enjoying the lessons and learning a lot. She practices listening comprehension and speaking as well as learning grammar and vocabulary. Molly also provides direction for what she should study between lessons. We are very happy with Molly as a teacher.
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Lindsay March 24, 2019
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My daughter enjoyed the lesson. She felt comfortable and learned a lot.
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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 $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $57 and $82 per hour.

30-min $32
 
$44 average
$57
45-min $46
 
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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 16% less expensive at $58, and 30-minute lessons cost 37% less at $44.

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