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Jacqueline G.

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  • Speaks French
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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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.

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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 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 a

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Jacqueline is helping my daughter prep for Le Grand Concours. Jacqueline has an excellent methodical approach and we look forward to her help beyond the exam as my daughter works to improve her French reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
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I started taking lessons from Jacqueline in person but have moved to online during the shutdown. I'm 66 and have taken some formal french courses but my conversational skills are lacking. It is often difficult finding a teacher that can be effective with someone in my age group. Jacqueline has been excellent at getting me to converse, improving my pronunciation, and working on my comprehension and grammar. We generally meet once a week but I would recommend more often.
Janis
Our family has found Jacqueline to be an awesome tutor for our high school daughter. Not only is she kind, thorough and patient, but Jacqueline always makes it a point to find out what the local high school teachers are teaching and what methods they're using. She has a very friendly and approachable manner and loves what she teaches.
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Mylène G.

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  • Speaks Spanish, French, English, Italian
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Mylène G.

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Native French speaker with 16+ years experience in private & public school teaching in New York City, and 11 years teaching online. My lessons will be catered to fit your personal student needs using the appropriate teaching method and diverse material I accumulated over a many years long period of attending teaching workshops and doing research. In addition to the online lessons, you will also be given free and unlimited access to my private website of extensive French resources for students of all levels and needs.

About Mylène

I teach children from the age of 10 and adults. No recurring schedule for bi-weekly lessons. I'm a Native French speaker, perfectly fluent in English and Spanish, with 16+ years experience in private and public school teaching in New York City. My strong point is my ability to cater lesson

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Helen M.

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  • Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, French
  • Master's degree in French language and literature from Donetsk National University
  • Teaching since 2009
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Helen M.

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I've been teaching French for 14 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of French culture, study abroad in French speaking countries, and more! Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to conjugate like a pro! I typically use the living language books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: recording equipment, worksheets, textbooks, and more. I love working with students of all experience levels and can't wait to meet you!

About Helen

Hi, there! My name is Helen and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students to speak a new language, to successfully pass their exams, and to increase their language confidence. I grew up in Eastern Ukraine and I earned a Master’s

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Emily
Excellent introduction! Very helpful and pleasant. Excited to keep working with her!
Sheila
Continue to enjoy Russian with Helen. She has patience and breaks down the language so that it's understandable and easier to grasp.
Kerry
Milo liked her French lesson very much. Thank you Helen!
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Philippe F.

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  • Speaks Spanish, Italian
  • Teaches Intermediate, Advanced
  • Master Business Administration from Schiller International University., Paris-France
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Philippe F.

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I have been teaching for over ten years and most recently for USG officers on a one-on-one basis, as well as in group setting. In addition I conduct online classes for them as well as for private students, whose levels range from beginners to level 4. Born, raised and educated in France, my style is unique as I adapt myself to the student's needs, creating lessons plans based on the student's abilities and progress. I emphasis speaking over all. I measure progress on a regular basis, so as to adjust myself to the students strengths and helping the student to reach the assigned goal.

About Philippe

Born, educated and raised in France. Dual US/French citizen Summary of Skills: Experience developing and providing instructions in French language Experience in conducting conversational and written classes for students Skilled in improving foreign language reading, writing, and speaking a

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Cindy
Thanks to Philippe, I was able speak & (importantly) understand French during a recent trip to Paris! That is the ultimate "success story" for me (and anyone who wants to learn to confidently use French in day to day life). I took very helpful group lessons with him for beg/int levels, and then started private lessons to enable me to focus on areas of particular need & interest. Philippe has enabled me to comfortably speak, understand, read & write in French - no easy task! I appreciate that he hones in on exactly what each individual needs and wants to learn. He is also very kind, genial, and patient always! In addition to the time spent in class, he sends various types of information - grammar pointers, news stories (written & audio), French TV, etc - all of which allow the student to learn both in & out of class -- and in a very engaging, pleasant way. I am continuing on with the lessons to truly master the language and my ability to interact using all forms of communication. Philippe listens carefully and tailors lessons (& supplemental info) to make sure the student reaches his/her goals. Above all, it is a worthwhile and fun journey to having confidence & competency in French language and culture. I recommend Philippe's lessons most highly!
Grace
Philippe is a wonderful French teacher. We've been doing French for several months and my language abilities have noticeably improved. He knows your limits and when to push past them. Not only is he a great teacher, he's also hilarious, which makes making mistakes more funny than embarrassing.
Joy
Philippe is a great teacher. I am trying to regain my French and get to the point of conversation. He is always looking for ways that fit the way I learn and is always encouraging and enthusiastic.
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Roula F.

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  • Speaks Spanish, English, French, Arabic
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Masters in Business Education from RMU
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Roula F.

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I will tailor my lessons to each student's need, French is one of my native languages and I am certified to teach it K-12. I am a full time French teacher at Slippery rock Area High School and available to teach online after school and weekends.

About Roula

I am certified in Arabic, French and BCIT ( Business. Computer and Technology) and taught all 3 in the Mount Lebanon School district in Pittsburgh, PA for 8 years before becoming the full time French Teacher at the SlipperyRock Area High School starting in August 2017, my current employment. After

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She is always very helpful, attentive, kind, and makes learning fun and memorable!!
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Roula is a one of a kind instructor! It also doesn't hurt that she is funny and makes you laugh. She is detail oriented and able to adapt to your way of learning.

I appreciate that she proactively checks in to make sure her style of teaching is working for you and adjusts accordingly.

It was very difficult for me to find an instructor who is certified to teach AND who also specializes in teaching Arabic spoken in the Levant and Lebanon. If you are also looking for this particular specialty, Roula is the instructor you need.

Thank you Roula!
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Zach M.

46 Reviews
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  • Speaks french, english
  • BAC Literature and English from Lycée Jean Monnet
  • Teaches students 1 and up
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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.

Wether you , your spouse or kids would like to learn french, I adapt my classes to everyone's needs and goals.

-"HELP , I'm going to France soon , I need some basic things to say"
No problem !

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

-"Can I be fluent in less than a year?"
Yes you can if you're ready to work hard and have fun !

Whatever your reason is : 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 ...

About Zach

"I don't have much time but I'd like to learn french , is it possible ?" - Oui ! 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 t

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Zach is an excellent teacher! He provides both a great mix of listening, speaking and practical learning activities! I have learned so much in my classes with Zach, and he paces the class just right so you feel challenged but not overwhelmed.
Nora
Zach is patient, adaptable, personable, quick-witted, enthusiastic and interesting. Since half my class is conversation I appreciate what he brings to the table as a teacher.
Debra
I am so excited about improving my French with the help of Zach! He is an excellent teacher – makes me figure things out on my own but is also willing to give me hints when I struggle. His combination of written and oral learning is just what I need to improve my skillsets.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing French teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

Is your dream French teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Learn Basic French Words with Online Lessons

Learning a new language is a great way to build a useful skill and expand your mind in a unique way. Plus, it can act as a gateway to a completely different culture that you never would have been able to experience in such an authentic way. Whether you’re a world traveler or simply want to expand your cultural awareness and abilities, learning a new language is a wise choice, and learning French is one of the most important languages you can learn.

The French language is much more widespread than most people think. Though it’s the primary language spoken in France, it’s also commonly found in several areas of Canada and Africa as well as other European countries. French is extremely significant on the world stage, and being able to speak the language can grant you access to multiple countries and regions as well as a wide variety of classic art, music, and philosophy.

In some cases, people take up a new language in order to converse more easily with the people in their neighborhood or city. Though the popularity of different languages depends on where you live, there are many regions throughout the world where learning French could help you to establish a better connection with your neighbors and immerse yourself in local culture.

Why You Should Learn Common French Words Online

Maybe you have a trip to Europe currently planned, or you’d like to plan one in the future. Either way, getting started on learning French now will set you up for success during your travels. When you arrive in a French-speaking country or region with a good understanding of basic French words, phrases, and idioms, you’ll have a much easier time using public transit, asking for advice from locals, and connecting to the region’s through popular songs, advertisements, and reading materials.

If you’re interested in the art and writings of the Renaissance, learning French can help to directly connect you to a great deal of Renaissance works. The word Renaissance itself is a French word, and this era in history brought about nearly countless works of art and literature as well as the famous Louvre Museum. With a better understanding of the language, you’ll be able to experience these works as they were intended, from the artist’s own words as opposed to a translation that may or may not be completely accurate.

Tips for Learning Basic French Words

Today, there are more valuable resources available than ever for new French students. With just a few clicks, anyone who wants to learn some common French words, well-known phrases, or even how to say different colors in French can do so online at any time. However, there are a few other ways that you can supplement your French instruction.

One of the best ways to truly create a connection with the French language as you’re learning it is to listen to native speakers in different settings. As you’re learning basic French words, take a break by putting on a performance by Edith Piaf or Yves Montand, two of the most famous French singers. Not only will you be immersing yourself deeper into French culture, you’ll be able to sense the different emotions that French words can convey within different lyrical contexts.

You can stimulate a different part of your brain by reading French literature to test your knowledge of common French words. If you’re a beginner, you may want to start out with children’s books so you’re more likely to be able to understand. However, as you progress with your French instruction, you should take on more difficult passages of books and articles to see how well you can comprehend what’s written.

If you can, another effective way to improve your French knowledge and test how well you know basic French words is to have a conversation with a French speaker. In this setting, you can take turns leading the conversation to test your comprehension skills as well as your ability to speak fluently. Plus, conversing with a native speaker will allow you to compare your accent and pronunciation with someone who has more experience.

How Online French Lessons Can Benefit You

As you can see, there are so many useful resources out there for people who want to lean common French words and improve their understanding of the language. You can make great strides in your French language development just by studying free information online. However, every French student that wants to become fluent should consider taking individualized French lessons online with TakeLessons.

When you’re working on a skill on your own, it can be easy to prioritize other things during your busy day-to-day life and neglect to practice your skill as regularly as you should. Having a French teacher that you meet with each week for the sheer purpose of learning French will help to keep you accountable for your practice sessions, as it’s easier to make excuses to yourself than it is to a teacher.

When learning a new skill, most students go through an extremely productive early period where their level of ability rises quickly. During this period, motivation is usually high and practicing the skill doesn’t seem like a chore, as the student is seeing noticeable improvements in real time. However, as your skill level rises, so will the difficulty of the content you’re learning, which can lead to burnout and even quitting for many students learning on their own.

When you have a high-quality teacher guiding you through the process of learning French from day one, your instruction will progress at a steady rate. This way, you won’t experience such a dramatic shift from your practicing feeling easy to your practicing feeling impossible. Your teacher will make sure that your lessons are difficult enough to make you feel challenged, but easy enough to be mastered within your lesson time.

Additionally, one of the most obvious benefits of working with a French teacher online is the fact that your teacher simply knows much more about basic French words, phrases, and grammar than you do. Working with a professional will take the pressure off of you to know which common French words to start with and how quickly you should progress.

Online vs. In-Person French Lessons: Which is Best?

Unfortunately, many potential French students decide not to take up the language due to the fact that their schedule is simply too busy to fit in a weekly lesson. Some may be able to access a French teacher within a short drive or bus ride, making it a reasonable addition to your weekly routine. However, if you live in a rural area or don’t have easy access to a car or public transport, attending a weekly French lesson becomes much more of a hassle.

One of the factors that makes individualized French lessons so effective is the human connection that comes along with it. When you create a relationship with your teacher and become comfortable around them, it becomes easier and easier to absorb new information during your lessons and put it into practice. Luckily, this aspect of French lessons is accessible in both the in-person and online format.

To see success in your online French lessons, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or computer with reliable Internet access, a camera, and a microphone. All of these devices come with a camera and microphone built in, so you won’t have to worry about purchasing extra gear for your online lessons. As long as your French instructor can demonstrate basic French words, numbers, and phrases for you in real time and see and hear you repeat their teachings back, you’ll be able to reap all the same benefits of in-person lessons.

Finding the Perfect French Teacher Online

While you’re perusing our many highly rated, highly qualified French teachers on TakeLessons, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. How can you determine which teacher on our site is right for you? The best way to start is to narrow down your search by using our customizable search function.

This function allows you to enter certain information that will automatically eliminate any teachers that don’t fit your specifications. Are you only available for lessons on a certain day of the week? Do you have a specific budget for lessons? Do you prefer one gender of teacher over the other? Once you’ve answered these simple questions, you’ll have a significantly smaller pool of teachers to choose from that meet your exact needs.

You can get a sense of each teacher’s personality and teaching style by reading their bio on their personalized profile. This way, you can learn about their experience level, whether or not they’re a native speaker themselves, and what their teaching style is like from their own point of view. Still unsure? You can send any teacher on our site a personalized message before booking a lesson to ask any remaining questions you might have.

Average Cost of Online French Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute French lessons is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $25 and $120 per hour.
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"Awesome!! time passed by flying, Roman's method of teaching is great, he went right where I was and started from there. Makes learning easy"
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"Joelle is terrific - my 15 y old daughter Cloe has been taking private French lessons this winter with Joelle
And she is in track with her difficult Homework and her grade improved drastically. Mrs Joelle is always on time and very Articulated. Overall My daughter enjoys learning French with Joelle -
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"Merci Jean-Luc for my fist lesson in French!"
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"Amazing!!! Fabrice is genuinely helpful, enthusiastic, & caters to your needs."
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""Isabelle is very nice and helpful and makes me confident even when I make mistakes. She is very fun to talk with and very entertaining so it never gets boring with her. I like learning french and I am enjoying the lessons a lot. I recommend her for other people. "- Thea.

"Thea enjoys her lessons and I think we found an excellent teacher in Isabelle!" - Mom"
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"My son already spoke a few words after his first class, which he enjoyed very much, and is looking forward to his next class. Roselyne is an excellent teacher."
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"Zach is enthusiastic and makes the lessons interesting and fun. He has a unique way of teaching which is refreshing after trying to learn classroom French for years."
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