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French Lessons in Washington, DC

By Kadidia D. - Washington DC French Teacher

Washington DC is a cosmopolitan city where you may encounter people from all over the world. Walking down the street and hearing several languages spoken is not unusual for Washingtonians. As you take French lessons in Washington DC, you’ll begin to notice and understand more and more of the French you hear all around you.

The French language is spoken in more than 55 countries in the world and is also one of the United Nations' official languages. In Washington DC, it is the third most spoken language in the city, after English and Spanish.

Therefore, DC is an ideal place to practice your French language skills! Areas such as Adams Morgan, especially on 18th street NW and Columbia Road, are great places to find French businesses that attract native speakers to this area. Another good location is the Dupont Circle area that is not too far from the French Alliance. The DC French Alliance is very active in offering daily and weekly activities, giving opportunities to practice the language and to meet members of the community. Their events are often organized in partnership with the local community. Check out their website here: http://www.francedc.org/.

The DC French Meetup Group is also a great resource where you can practice what you’ve been learning in your French lessons in Washington DC. Open to everyone’s interest in the French language and Francophone culture, it is a good place to meet Francophiles in the area (http://www.meetup.com/DC-French/).

The many DC French restaurants are good ambassadors of the French culture, too. Le Bistrot du Coin on 17th and Connecticut Ave is famous for its "Moules Normandes Frites," and the Montmartre restaurant near Eastern Market in SE Washington DC is well known for its “floating island” dessert...Taking trips to these restaurants are fun and educational ways to practice your French language skills.

Let's not forget about the French Cinémathèque, which is organized in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. One can watch French films on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Avalon Theater on Connecticut Avenue (http://www.theavalon.org/), and on the 2nd Tuesday at the Embassy of France.

To practice your reading and listening skills, check out some French media sources that are also present in the American environment (and easily accessible in Washington DC!). For instance, France-Amerique is a French online newspaper, the French Morning is another online news medium, and the France 24 TV channel is available on cable.

Thinking about French is thinking about poetry, romance, luxury, and fine food. “Parler Francais” is the way to belong in the District of Columbia. So, get started with your French lessons in Washington DC, and find your place in this vibrant Francophone community!

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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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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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All levels. Children and adults

About Solange
Native French Speaker. I am originally from Lyon, France and have been living in the DC area for about 20 years.

I have over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience throughout the D.C. area, at Alliance Francaise, Berlitz, In Lingua, etc. I have been tutoring consultants and employees from major international organizations for the past 10 years as well as young children and teenagers from diverse backgrounds.

I am also a certified translator and will be happy to provide assistance if needed. I find both experiences extremely challenging and rewarding and I hope to use my skills on this forum.
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J. C. C. October 2, 2014
· French · In home
Solange is amazing as an instructor. As a native speaker she understands text book French as well as slang. She provides several options for ways to express a thought. She is easy to talk to and time passes so quickly. Definitely the best French teach I have had and I have had many.
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What most schools skip over is the ability to speak foreign language, an opportunity that often doesn't come until you live in another country. Instead of trying out route conversational patterns, I start with what makes people smile. My goal is to find out my students' interests and talk about them together, developing vocabulary, confidence, and the ability to explain ourselves even when we don't have the exact words. We can also study for exams, read french novels, and learn correct grammar.

About Walker
Working with teens and adults, I'm learning that language is about connection. What do you connect to in this culture, in these sounds, this perspective? Language expands our power to connect with the world. Sometimes that means enjoying foreign cartoons, at other times making conversation in another country, maybe even reading and writing tweets across the globe. Whatever your motivation may be, I am here to encourage and guide your growth and goals. I've studied and lived in both France and Japan, and built relationships with acquaintances and long term friends alike through these languages. Tutoring I began first with fellow students at DePaul in 2012, facilitating round table discussion with exchange students, and working as an English conversation partner. Since then I've been leading group classes with homeschool students in a Chica
go Co-Op, as well as with private clients in person and online. There is great wonder in language and crossing into new territory; this drives me to share what I have learned with all the people who want to learn too. Focus and determination, along with the right resources and support, can bring you towards your goals. I am here to help.
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Sebastien October 17, 2015
· Japanese · In home
Walker is very organized and has been an excellent teacher for my son.
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Redar August 10, 2015
· English · In studio
Thank you very much for helping me, You are one of the best tutor which I had during my study at ELA(DePaul Language Academy). Walker has a great personality and patient for teaching his students the best language skills. Walker`s subjects is not only enhances the language skills, but also the way how a student has to interact with environment which he lives in. He uses different teaching approaches such as games, sports conversation , and deep cultural conversation to make a student gain enough self-confidence to use the language properly. Besides that, his correct use of language skills enhances the students capability for taking more space, and feel more comfortable using the language. Thank you for teaching me English, thank you for making me feel comfortable while I am talking mine 6th language. The most important part of his tutoring sections is the way who he provides the information about the cultural environment, so to help the students to be solid against any culture shock waves. Thank you again for being such a great tutor. Thank you for encouragements, They helped me to feel more confidence while I am using the language for my academic purpose and among my friends.
"سوباس تۆ ماموستایکی باش بوی"
"كنت أفضل معلم"
"Je bent best mentor"
"En iyi öğretmen vardır"
"Siz yaxşı tərbiyəçi var"
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Katherine August 7, 2015
· Japanese · In studio
Walker is an awesome instructor. He's funny and warm and practicing conversation is always something I looked forward to! He's hands-down my favourite tutor I've ever had. As Japanese is such a complicated language, that's saying a lot. I had tons of problems with grammatical rules and Walker really made me feel at ease with his easy to understand explanations. I learned more Japanese in our weekly conversation sessions than I did in a year of my college classes. ウォーカー先生、ありがとうございます!^ - ^
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About Aliaksandra P.

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I've been teaching French since 2002 and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of French culture, travel abroad, and make new friends. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to communicate in it in everyday situations and as time goes on you'll be able to watch films and listen to and understand music in this language. I specialize in French literature. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you! J’adore ça, quoi?!

About Aliaksandra
Hi, there! My name is Aliaksandra and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students communicate in the language they want, make new foreign friends, and travel and study abroad. I went to Minsk State Linguistic University (Republic of Belarus) and earned a Master degree in Philological Sciences in 2003. I'm a responsible person always ready to help and my teaching style is students’ needs oriented, cooperative, and activity-approached. My motto is Practice makes perfect. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Alexander July 26, 2018
· French · In studio
Very impressed after the first lesson with Aliaksandra. Her French is fantastic as is her ability to engage my 6 year old, in basic intro lessons. We look forward to continuing his study with her!
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Iryna October 22, 2017
· · In home
I am so sorry for misspelling the name...
Not Aleksandra, but Aliaksandra!
Good luck to everyone who is determined to learn!
She can definitely do it!
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Iryna October 22, 2017
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My daughter Kira, who is 10 now, has been taking French lessons for almost two years with Alessandra. I can’t be happier with her progress! And I certainly can’t be happier with Aleksandra, who is not only a professor and can teach adults and teachers, but also has an amazing way with children!
My daughter loves her and always is looking forward to the next class, responsiby does her homework and able to teach me a few things :)
But what I truly appreciate as a parent as well, is that she is never late and always makes the day and time that has been arranged, which is very important with everyone’s busy schedules.
I would highly recommend Aleksandra for teaching children and adults!
My best friend is French, and I had Aleksandra over when my friend was visiting, my friend was impressed with her fluency of the language.
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Dedicated French teacher with over 15 years experience helping students meet their goals, whether starting at the beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. Easy-going, flexible and able to easily adapt to students' needs.

About JP
Bonjour,

My name is Jean-Philippe and I have taught French in a variety of settings (small classrooms, larger classrooms and one-on-one) for over 15 years. I specialize in getting my students to get to speak French quickly, and I make it a point to help them accomplish their goals. I am easy-going and flexible, with an ability to adapt to my students' needs and levels.
I look forward to helping you meet your needs and developing your skills.
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About Amanda C.

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Hey there! I'm Amanda! Let's work together on your goals towards learning French! Unlike everyone else listed here, I am not a language teacher, I am a language COACH. It's 2018; let's learn languages like it's the 21st century! As a PhD candidate at the University of Florida studying Linguistics, I have studied all the best ways to learn a language and would love to share my passion with you!

As your coach, I'll help you focus on your goals and hold you accountable for accomplishing them. I promote student agency and will help you to make your own choices about your own learning; this way each lesson fits your individual needs and differences. As your own language and success coach, we will not only work together to understand the target language vocabulary and grammar, but we will also delve into the metacognitive and self-regulatory skills necessary to study quickly and efficiently, feel comfortable speaking the language, and get ahead in other areas of your life as well!

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About Amanda
Hi there! I'm Amanda!

Congratulations on starting/continuing your language journey in French! I would love to join you! I'm a PhD student at the University of Florida studying Linguistics with a specialization in Second Language Acquisition (aka the best ways to learn languages)!!! Different, from the other individuals listed here, I am not a language teacher, I am a language COACH. It's time to learn a language like it's the 21st century! Let's work together to reach your goals!

What is a language coach?

As a language couch, I enable students to focus on their goals and hold them accountable for accomplishing them. I promote student agency and allow students to make choices about their own learning; this way each lesson fits their individual needs and differences. As your own language and success coach, we will not only work t
ogether to understand the target language vocabulary and grammar, but we will also delve into the metacognitive and self-regulatory skills necessary to study quickly and efficiently, feel comfortable speaking the language, and get ahead in other areas of your life as well!

My mission for each lesson is to provide a language learning experience unique in its approach to incorporate strategy instruction including reducing foreign language anxiety, building agency, and developing self-regulated learning skills. My coaching objective is to help learners reach their second language goals through not only language teaching, but student empowerment as well. I aim to help students realize and build their own agency, resulting in a self-actualized, relaxed, and engaged learning environment. Through this one-of-a-kind coaching method, success is having my students end each tutoring session feeling positive, and eventually ending tutoring sessions all together knowing that they are competent, intelligible, and composed speakers of the target language.

I have been an language instructor and coach since 2009 teaching children English in France through the TAPIF program. I have taught/coached undergraduates French at both the Ohio University (where I earned my BA and MA in French) and the University of Florida (where I am earning my PhD in Linguistics). Further, I have taught English as a Second Language at the University of Florida as well as Santa Fe College.

As a researcher, I have focused my life's work and dissertation on the topic of lowering Foreign Language Anxiety in foreign language learners. Foreign Language Anxiety is often cited as the number 1 correlation to achievement in acquiring the target language. Do you get nervous when you attempt to speak the language that you've learned? Are you scared what others are going to think of you? Do you have perfectionist tendencies? Well, helping you manage Foreign Language Anxiety while learning French would be exactly my skill set!

While I am a seasoned, SLAT (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching) certified instructor and am able to teach at the university level, tutoring is my true passion. I began tutoring in 2008 at Ohio University and I have not stopped since. My youngest tutee was 4 years old and my oldest tutee, who is still working with me, is 72 years old. I can cater to all ages, language levels, individual differences, objectives and goals, attitudes, and motivation levels. Send me a message with any questions that you have and we can chat and set some goals for your language learning journey.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way possible in the world of French! Talk to you soon! :)
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Erica June 8, 2018
· French · In studio
Amanda is the best tutor ever! She has a very patient and compassionate way of teaching. She makes learning a new language fun and not fearful. I do not know what I would do without her guideness and expertise when it comes to French. I highly recommend Amanda if you are need of a French tutor! Her teaching skills are top notch! She is the best! I cannot say enough about how wonderful and helpful she is.
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Ana May 30, 2017
· French · Online
Just had my first lesson with Amanda and am so pleased that I have more lessons scheduled with her. She is a very good teacher and the hour went by so fast!
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Aleksandra May 25, 2017
· English · In studio
I'm a learner of English as a second language and I can say with confidence that Amanda is one of the most passionate, dedicated, and successful teachers of language! Her methods are well researched, her experience extensive, and her personality amazing.
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About Meriem B.

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Bonjour & bienvenue!

French is my native language and whether you're a beginner or experienced French speaker, I would be happy to:
1) Teach you French from scratch,
2) Enrich your vocabulary & conversational abilities, or
3) Polish your accent to make you sound like a real French person!

French is my native language, but I do understand the joy & challenges of approaching a new language, as I also learned English, Italian and Tunisian (dialect of Arabic).

I'm looking forward to meeting you online, in a coffee shop or at home (yours or mine, in Chicago).

À bientôt!

About Meriem
Bonjour & bienvenue!

French is my native language and whether you're a beginner or experienced French speaker, I would be happy to:
1) Teach you French from scratch,
2) Enrich your vocabulary & conversational abilities, or
3) Polish your accent to make you sound like a real French person!

I moved from France to USA in 2011 and my main job is being a costume designer specialized in opera.

Besides that, I'm teaching French to a few students and I would like to share my love for this language and culture with more people through fun exercises and conversations! I also occasionally translate documents or help opera singers with their pronunciation & understanding of French lyrics.

A question I often receive: are you interested in teaching total beginners?
Of course!!! Actually, my students are mainly beginners. It's fantasti
c to follow their progress and it's interesting to adapt the class a bit differently for each of them according to their preferences and abilities.

I'm looking forward to meeting you online, in a coffee shop or at home (yours or mine, in Chicago).

À bientôt!
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RobN July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Great lessons, awesome teacher Will continue learning from Meriem!
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Rachel July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Truly second to none!!!
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Kevin July 28, 2018
· French · In home
I had a couple of sessions with Meriem during the transition between my French 1 and 2 classes. We went over rudimentary things that I didn't get in class and now everything makes so much sense. Good pronunciation is definitely the key and Meriem knows how to lead you there. I also really enjoyed the examples she gave based on songs lyrics. That's a great method!
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I have a PhD in French from Princeton University and six years of teaching experience. I use a variety of methods and exercises to keep lessons fun and new. I have taught beginners, advanced students, and accelerated classes. Regardless of the level, my students make fast progress in speaking, writing, and comprehension. I am proud of the number of students who have told me they fell in love with French in my class. I have also worked extensively with a French-language theater troupe and can help students improve their pronunciation and confidence when speaking in a second language.

About Macs
I am a professor in French with a PhD from Princeton University and a bachelors from the College of William and Mary. I've taught all levels of French at Princeton over the past six years. As a researcher I'm an expert on Paris, street art, and parkour. I can tell you anything you want to know about French architecture. While I don't actually do graffiti or parkour, I do participate in a lot of theater and have acted in and directed plays in French and English. I've traveled all over the world to study French theater, even to Tokyo, and I have come to the conclusion that everyone would benefit from watching theater in languages they don't understand.
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Evan June 17, 2018
· French · In studio
Macs is a marvelously effective teacher. I took French language classes under him in Paris and Avignon as a part of a larger program in France, and at the time, I had absolutely no experience with the language. Macs accomplished the impossible task of making proficient French speakers of me and a few other beginners as quickly as possible, so that we could buy food, understand daily French theater performances, and keep up with class discussions and lectures (the main parts of the program). Lessons with Macs were efficient, productive, and enjoyable. I still to this day have a better grasp on the language than friends who have spent much longer in French classes, all thanks to Macs.
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Sam May 15, 2018
· French · In studio
Macs was the best language teacher I've ever had. Not only does he epitomize professionalism, but he finds a way to connect with each of his students on a personal level and get the best out of them. I've watched Macs teach students of all levels, and all of us found him engaging, energetic, and deeply knowledgable. Macs' vast repertoire of pedagogic techniques, games, and other ways to invigorate his lesson plans made sure that every lesson was new, fun, and interesting, while managing to actually articulate important information as well. I could go on and on... In a group or one-on-one setting, I can't recommend Macs enough.
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George May 13, 2018
· French · Online
I cannot recommend Macs highly enough! I was lacking so much confidence before I started lessons with him, and he has helped me grow so much. I now feel confident in all areas of French, especially speaking, and he has managed to give me a strong grasp of grammar along the way! I never felt like I had to work hard, everything was so natural and he put me so much at ease that it felt like just a normal conversation with a friend, but I learnt so much grammar along the way! His explanations are always super clear and he really knows his stuff, but it never feels boring. He has loads of exciting and different ways of teaching, from theatre exercises to watching YouTube clips, but also manages to make sure you reach your goals and learn everything on your syllabus. Really really friendly and helpful teacher and such a kind guy, I would absolutely recommend Macs!!
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I am a native French speaker who knows how to make my lessons challenging, interesting, but most importantly, FUN!

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Bonjour! Je m’appelle Haj!

I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, but I studied in the French educational system from elementary until high school. I recently graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and Philosophy, and I am now pursuing my Masters degree in American University.

I speak 4 languages, and French is my native language. I have been giving French lessons for 3 years, and my students’ reading, speaking, listening and writing abilities have significantly improved. I like to make my lessons challenging but also fun, because I believe that the human brain acquires languages easily when it is positively stimulated. I currently work at a startup that applies artificial intelligence to language learning, so I also know a lot of tips that will make you learn French faster and m
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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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Average Cost of French Lessons in Washington, DC

The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Washington is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $35 and $100 per hour.

30-min $18
 
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45-min $27
 
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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 41% less expensive at $38, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $36.

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These days it seems like guides to almost anything are available for free online, and learning French is no exception. While these videos are no substitute for taking French classes or studying with a French tutor, practicing with these videos is a great way to study! Absolute Beginner French (Pronunciation) from KDO Learning Let's start at the beginning (which is a very good place to start), which is of course with the ABCs. This video takes you through the French alphabet, first by givin
French Language App Review: MosaLingua
Are you looking for a fun app to help you practice French in between lessons? Below, French teacher Jinky B. shares her review of the French language app MosaLingua...  As a French instructor for students of various ages and proficiency levels, I’m always searching for easy and interactive apps to help supplement French lessons. So when I was introduced to the French learning app MosaLingua, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun it was to use. The science behind the app is
How Much Do French Lessons Cost?
If you want to learn how to speak French, you probably already know that the best way to learn is by practicing speaking French. Books, apps, and audio programs are all great resources, but they are primarily teaching you passive comprehension skills. Being able to understand French and being able to say something in French are two distinct skills. Taking private French lessons is one of the best ways to practice speaking in French, and as a result, is is one of the best ways to learn to

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