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Discovering French in Minneapolis

By Tyler S. - Minneapolis Private Language Tutor

Did you know that Minneapolis is rich with resources for those who wish to start learning French? Although Minneapolis is traditionally viewed as a community of Germanic and Scandinavian heritage, the city emanates a presence of French-speakers and French-Canadian influence! The city of Minneapolis offers a large assortment of French conversation groups, French classes of all levels, French summer camps for all ages, and many small businesses that support the Minneapolis French-speaking community. If you have the desire to take French lessons in Minneapolis, you are in luck. In Minneapolis, you can find all the resources that you need to take your French skills from amateur status, to professionnel!

Here are the resources for supplementing your French lessons in Minneapolis that I highly recommend:

1) Weekly French Conversation Group http://www.meetup.com/FrenchConvoMpls/

There is a friendly Weekly French Conversation Group that meets at the heart of downtown Minneapolis every Saturday from 10:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. This group meets at the local coffee shop Espresso Royale Café, and I have personally attended this conversation group on several occasions. I consider this group to be the “jewel” of resources for French in Minneapolis. The group is happy to converse in French or English, there are native French speakers that attend, people of every age, and speakers of all levels. If you would like to enjoy your Saturday afternoon over some coffee and French conversation, this is the group for you!

2) The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival http://mspfilm.org/

Every year, The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul organizes its international film festival. This event is the largest film event in the region, and one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the country! Annually, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival presents around 200 feature-length and short films from over 55 countries. I highly suggest this event for the eager French-learner, because many of the festival’s featured films come from France. Year after year, the festival has proven to be an educational, entertaining resource for anyone interested in French in the Twin Cities metro area.

3) Alliance Français http://afmsp.org/

The Alliance Française is one of the most popular resources for learning French in Minneapolis, as well as in the entire country! This organization is a one-stop-shop for all your French language needs. The Alliance offers high-quality classes for all levels, French book clubs, conversation groups, French cinema events, proficiency exams for TEF and DELF certification, and summer camps for children of all ages. This organization is truly unique, and you can even join with a membership for access to additional French academic resources, such as hundreds of e-books, French magazines, comics, and much more.

4) The Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School http://frenchimmersion.mpls.k12.mn.us/

The Minneapolis French Immersion School is prime evidence of the significant influence of French Language that presides in Minneapolis. Because many families here believe learning French is important, there are multiple French immersion schools for children where the language of instruction is French. Many of my students in the past have been parents who are looking for resources for their child, and I would highly recommend considering this option if your child is a serious student. I have personally spoken French with current students at the immersion school, and their French skills at 9 years of age are incredible!

5) Hennepin County Library Downtown http://www.hclib.org/

The Hennepin County Library in Downtown Minneapolis is the greatest free resource in the entire city. I cannot count how many times I have visited this library to find a quick reference about French grammar, or to find an interesting French film to watch. The library houses the largest collection of children’s books in French in the state, French films, French dictionaries, and hundreds of French novels for students at the intermediate or advanced level. There are more than enough books in this library’s French language section to satisfy all your language needs.

You now have the resources to learn as much French as your heart desires while taking French lessons in Minneapolis. These are not the only resources in Minneapolis, so I encourage to do more web-searching for events or conversation groups if you’re up to the challenge. It’s important to surround yourself with a language if you want to gain fluency, and taking advantage of local language resources is a way to avoid the costs of expensive travel. The more you surround yourself with people who share your interest in French, the more your language skills will skyrocket. Minneapolis is a friendly, supportive community that can help you succeed in your desire to learn French!

About Jonathan "JC" C.

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I was born in Paris' suburbs. French is my mother's tongue but it is not enough to be a good teacher. I got a degree in French literature in 2002. I am a patient teacher for all levels, and all ages. Feel welcome to ask for help either for personal or business purposes. Le français est une langue qui a beaucoup de charme, le secret est juste de pratiquer ! C'est facile ! Commençons avec les basiques, puis étape par étape nous progresserons ensemble !

About Jonathan "JC"
Hello! Bonjour!

The way I teach is simple and fun! I am patient and dedicated to your success.

My name is Jonathan. I am a 33 year old French-American man living and working in Minneapolis Minnesota. I will be your teacher today.

I am a happy husband and step-father who moved to Minnesota in 2015 to live with the wife Sophia and 2 kids: Blake and Samara, 15 and 13 (11th, and 8th grade this year).

I have been a professional photographer for more than 14 years now. It is my full-time job. I also practice traditional Indian-Himalayan SunYoga, meditation, acupressure. I have participated in healing cancer patients and all kinds of diseases in 4 different countries (USA, France, Serbia, India).

In 2015, before I moved to the USA, I was the President of a Non Profit Organization called SUNYOGA France, French branch of the main
NPO from India called UNIVERSAL PEACE CENTER, for yoga, research, education, and humanitarian programs. I am now working on creating the American branch of the association. It will be called SUNYOGA AMERICA.

WHAT ABOUT TEACHING? Everybody wants the best. I believe QUALITY is the most important. I also believe each person is UNIQUE and should be treated in a unique way with unique lessons.

What comes first? Question or answer? When we arrive on our first day at school do we have final exams? First the teacher shares knowledge during class. Depending on the teacher's talent, passion, and love for his work, the students will learn something. Then only we have exams.

Hopefully wisdom will come out of this process. All we need is a little support to all grow together.

Teaching is a big responsibility. Parents and teachers, it is our duty to teach the best. Let's do our best together. Thank you.

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Samantha D. October 9, 2017
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Great lesson with JC!:)
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Mariana October 1, 2017
· French · Online
Well versed in the proper French grammatical structure and helpful with questions.
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Samantha September 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Jonathan is a great teacher!
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About ANA ISABEL F.

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I am passionate about teaching. I have seven years' experience of teaching. I love to prepare my lessons in advance looking for entertaining and varied activities.I am able to improve your spoken and written French even if you have never studied at school before. You will discover that French can be fun as well as rewarding.

About Ana Isabel
I am from Cartagena (Spain). I completed the Spanish equivalent of a bachelor's degree in French Pedagogy in 2006 at the University of Murcia (Spain). I have several years of experience as a language teacher. I worked for 6 years teaching French in Spanish high schools and language schools. The last year and a half, I was living in Poland where I had the opportunity to work as a Spanish teacher with adults and high school students.

I recently moved to Nashville and I would like to continue teaching. If you are looking for a tutor to learn or improve French or Spanish, I can help you do it. I am willing to have face-to-face teaching (flexible schedule) and/or online teaching.

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Hongmei T. December 5, 2017
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soo good
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Hongmei T. November 27, 2017
· French · Online
she was very good!
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William Rice November 12, 2017
· French · Online
Ana Isabel is a fantastic teacher and I have greatly enjoyed my lessons with her. She is knowledgeable, patient, and kind. She is also very well organized with every lesson planned with ample supplemental material to share to help with the learning process. I would highly recommend her for French or Spanish lessons!
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I've been teaching french for about a year now and got experience teaching different level and ages. I studied different languages myself, I understand the obstacles that come with taking on a new language. Since I am a native french speaker I can help with grammar, vocabulary and especially pronunciation.

About Tania
Hello everybody,

Do you want to become proficient or more proficient in French? Learn or brush up on french the fast and easy way with a native French speaker?

I am here to help you! My name is Tania I am 27 years old and I am a native French speaker. French is my native language. I love the idea of being able to help and teach students about this beautiful and complex language. I actually got most of my experience tutoring elementary, middle school and high school students and I have been teaching languages for 3 years now. Studying different languages myself, I understand the obstacles that come with taking on a new language.

I can help if you simply want to brush up on practical usage for travel or to converse with friends -- or if you want to study grammar and more formal French for school or professional applications.

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The lessons are goal-oriented, creative and fun.
- Personalized instruction to meet your needs from beginner to advanced levels in all disciplines: reading, writing and speaking.
- The lessons are designed to make you familiar with the French culture and civilization.
- Specialized in tutoring students of all ages to improve their French skills for school, travel or competition.
- Lesson plans, class times and rates are based on individual objectives.

A bientôt!
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Marcio C. June 20, 2017
· French · Online
Tania is being a great tutor. My interest is to brush up my French after 10 years w/o any practice - focused on conversation. I am really appreciating the classes with her. She brings the right balance correcting what is needed but with encouragement and positiveness to keep you confident and engaged.
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Ryan C. June 1, 2017
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I highly recommend anyone who is either a beginner, or any level of French to use Tania as a tutor. I started to learn French at a very basic level and currently I feel very comfortable with the basics of the language. What I like the most about my lessons with Tania is that French is used throughout the duration of the lesson, which really helps one to be submerged into the language.
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Carolina L. February 6, 2017
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Tania has been working with me on my level. I have learned a lot and she has also refreshed my memory of what I had learned a few years back. Her classes are very practical. There is tons of conversation and grammar. I am able to apply what I learn right away. My comprehension has improved a lot as well. One of my favorite things is that she is a native speaker so I learn a more practical French with common day-to-day expressions, with many things I won't get from book. Very recommended!
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I am a native of France and have been teaching kids and adults for years.
Ranging from basic conversation to poetry and literature, I will use your favorite matters to familiarize you with French whether it is cooking, art, music, French culture... I can also assist you with all your applications, resumes and cover letters. I am willing to help my students with their French issues whether they are beginners or advanced.
As an opera singer, and a voice teacher, I also teach very specifically the French pronunciation. I coached singers' French pronunciation with operatic productions, and I love to combine the music within the language with the music itself. I also aim to help all singers and actors in freeing their natural voice thanks to the bel canto techniques.

About Anna
Dear student,
Here are a few facts about me.
I am a native of France. For a part of my life I had to follow a “practical” course, and earned a degree in aerospace engineering, a profession I practiced successfully for several years at the French spatial agency. But I was eventually able to abandon the engineering profession in order to devote myself entirely to my true calling.
As an opera singer, I have been performing in places such as Cortot concert hall in Paris or Carnegie Hall in New York. I have been teaching voice for years now, to kids and adults. I have also been teaching French since my arrival in the US.
I therefore teach French diction too, to professional singers and actors.
I also enjoy teaching music initiation to the little ones (3 to 6 years old).
I would be happy to answer all the questions regarding my work.
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Andie H. May 9, 2017
· French · In home
It was a pleasure to meet you today Anna. I enjoyed our lesson a lot.
I hope you had a very happy National Teacher's day.
Until our next lesson! In the meantime I'll do some homework. 😊
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Valentina V. March 8, 2017
· French · Online
Great teacher. She has engaged my daughter and renewed her interest!
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Angelique February 2, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Anna was a great teacher. She has always perfectly adapted to my needs and level, finding the appropriate ways to coach me. I have made considerable progress with her and would strongly recommend her sensitive and rigorous teaching.

Among many skills, she herself has an extraordinary voice and vocal technique which will make you even more willing to develop your vocal skills.
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I've been teaching French for 3 years and my students have gone from total beginner to intermediate level. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to introduce yourself and speak about basic conversational subjects and as time goes on you'll be able to speak about many more specific topics. I can work with you on your written and oral understanding skills as well as written and oral producing. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Elsa
Hi, there! My name Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learning French and English. I went to Université of Avignon in France and earned a Master's degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language in 2016. I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is personalized to my students needs. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Amber W. December 11, 2017
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Amber W. October 10, 2017
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she is great
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Amber W. October 5, 2017
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I'll provide individualized classes depending on what are the student's weaknesses and strengths. French is my first language so I can teach from basic grammar lessons to advanced conversations on specific topics. We can also study literature or subjects you might be interested in, like politics, or anything related to the French culture.

About Céline
Hi!
I'm a Tufts International Graduate student, living on Tufts campus. I have graduated in History and Political Science in Paris and now studying Sociology and Creative Writing. I have also played the piano for more than ten years and given lessons for approximately three. I'm a French teacher at Tufts as well and would like to continue the experience with private lessons! Which I have done prior to come to the US, in Paris.
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Yvonne October 4, 2017
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Celine has been working with me for the last few weeks on improving my verbal skills and reviewing grammar with me. She is extremely patient, has a good sense of humor, and really tries to adapt each class to meet my specific needs. It's great to work with her!
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Vannessa J. October 1, 2017
· French · Online
Celine est le meilleur instruit jamais! Aujourd'hui, nous avon eu une conversation en francais apres seulement deux mois de son enseignement! Elle est le meilleur!!!
Celine is the best instructor ever! Today, we had a conversation in French after only two months of her teaching me! She is the best!!!
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I can help you immerse into a wide range of subjects related to French Language and Culture and achieve your learning goals at different levels.

About Angeliki
Dear students,

Please join me on the TakeLessons platform to go through your study needs together. I am teaching Biology, French and Greek.

I hold a MSc and a PhD in Biology and I have a long international experience in scientific research in academic as well as in industry settings. My main areas of expertise are Genetics and Molecular Biology, but I also have experience in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. I have tutored Biology students up to Master's level and I really enjoyed every part of those interactions.

I am proficient in French. I have been learning french since my childhood as a foreign language. I hold French Language Proficiency Certifications from the University of Sorbonne (Paris, France) and I have studied and worked in France for 10 years. I have successfully tutored family members and helped them to obtain their Frenc
h Certifications. I have also been an amateur French translator. I love French Language and Culture and I would be very happy to share my knowledge with you.

I am a native Greek speaker. I was born in Greece and spent there the first 25 years of my life. In Greece, I have helped foreign students to develop their language skills and I would be more than glad to help you with your Greek studies.

I am looking forward to working with you!
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Angeliki A.

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I am a French teacher from France and I have been teaching French for the last 15 years. My personal teaching method makes learning French easy and fun. You become fluent in no time. I have great results with children, teenagers, adults and seniors. I love teaching and it shows. You will be amazed of your progress. I emphasize on conversation, but I can concentrate my lesson towards grammar or vocabulary depending on your needs.

About Danyele
Your satisfaction is my priority! My teaching method makes learning French look, sound and feel easy! You will be speaking French in no time and you will be amazed at yourself! Thanks to my love of teaching. Plus, because I am French, you will acquire the French accent.
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The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Minneapolis is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $60 and $65 per hour.

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