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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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Jorden May 22, 2018
· Photography · Online
Very personable and easy to talk too.
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Samantha D. October 9, 2017
· Photography · In studio
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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About Marjan Z.

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I'm teaching French for almost 10 years and I'll be happy to help you learning this lovely language.

About Marjan
Hello everybody,
My name is Marjan. I am a qualified French Teacher and Tutor. I have a bachelor's degree in French and a Master's degree in French Literature.
I have several years experience teaching and tutoring French to many age groups from children to adults.
Whether you are currently studying French in school and need help with your studies or plan on going to France or Quebec for an extended stay and need help with basic French or more, I can help.

My policy:
Please inform me of any cancellation 24 hours prior to the beginning of the class, if not I'm afraid I might charge you for your late notice! that I hope it doesn't happen. Thank you very much!
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Layla M. September 27, 2018
· Farsi · Online
Marjan is an excellent teacher - she is very pleasant and knowledgeable. I feel like I am getting excellent instruction and learning to speak read and write Farsi. I highly recommend her as a teacher - you will not be sorry!
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Christopher C. September 3, 2018
· Farsi · Online
As a Farsi instructor, Marjan is second to none! She makes Farsi so interesting and fun to learn and I always look forward to our classes. I am truly glad that I chose Marjan as my Farsi instructor and I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning Farsi.
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Johnathon August 9, 2018
· Farsi · Online
I had my first lesson with Marjan yesterday and it was wonderful! She balanced getting through the material well without overwhelming me while balancing being personable as well. She also had prepared written materials that she emailed which was very helpful to study. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Marjan Z.

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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. À bientôt !

-"HELP , I'm going to France soon , I need some basic things to say"

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

-"Can I be fluent in less than a year?"

Don't worry, 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 little bit before you go )
• Basic to advanced conversation ( so you can make french friends and understand what they say )
• Train your ear ( so you don’t answer like a robot and recognize what ...

About Zach
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 the US six years ago and I have been teaching FRENCH for more than 10 years now.

Most people I've taught first came to me saying "French is so hard , I will never be able to speak it" or "When I try to speak french, french people answer me in english"

THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN WITH ME :)

French is easy , you just need a good teacher who cares about YOU and adapts the lessons to YOUR NEEDS:
I do ! :)
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Georgann June 8, 2018
· French · Online
Zach makes the course challenging and fun. He keeps you busy the entire class time - making the time go by very quickly.
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Mariana June 1, 2018
· French · Online
Very helpful and very nice.
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Kenny March 11, 2018
· French · Online
Zach knows his stuff! Very personable, patient and thorough. A great instructor!
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Zach M.

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Bonjour!

A native of France, I have been tutoring French to teenagers and adults worldwide for years. I have had many different profiles in my classes, including business women, stage director, chief editor of famous magazine, engineer, students...

I am a professional opera singer with 22 years of practice. My true domain of expertise is French diction/ interpretation for singers. I am a coach for singers (and actors). I have been teaching some masterclasses to emerging opera singers and was the French coach of 2 opera productions here in the US. It is a great pleasure and honor for me to share my knowledge with young artists. I have had the most wonderful feedbacks after working with singers, qualifying their experience with me of "life changing".

Currently based in NYC, I teach online internationally. Kindly let me know where you are located when you contact me!

Wishing you all the best and looking forward to meet you,

Anna

About Anna
A native of France, Anna has been tutoring French to teenagers and adults for years. She has had many different profiles in her classes, including middle school, high school and college students, business persons, stage directors, chief editor of famous magazine. She has been a freelance tutor both in France (mathematics, sciences and French) and in the USA (French, French diction). She has also been teaching music initiation in French to young children both in France and in the USA. Anna has been trained in hypnosis at the IFHE in Paris.
Anna has a generic engineer master from Centrale Nantes, France, and specialized in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. A former aerospace engineer at the French spatial agency (CNES) and a professional opera singer, she developped an expertise in French diction for singers and actors
.She has been coaching the French of 2 opera productions within the USA and taught some masterclass to emerging opera singers. Back in France, she had found her company “Souffle d’Or” to teach speech to professionals. Currently based in the upper west side of NYC, Anna teaches online internationally.
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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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Anna C.

Anna C.

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We will utilize the French in action method of learning which is available online and comes with 50 video lessons. It is a fun exciting a natural way to learn a foreign language. The series is critically acclaimed and has run previously on PBS

About Greg
I have been tutoring French for over 25 years and I utilize the French in Action method, which is based on the acclaimed Yale University course by Pierre Capretz. It puts more emphasis on conversational French and less emphasis on grammar
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Greg P.

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During my lessons, I cover different learning parts including speaking, listening, reading and writing. I can also emphasize the conversational part if needed. Depending on the level of the student, I can provide explanation in English for a better understanding. Having myself had to learn a foreign language, I know exactly where the difficulties lie in this process. I have different successful methods I will use with my students.

About Nadine
Hello!

I enjoy helping people learn new languages or how to work with computers. I work comfortably with beginners, seniors and business clients.

I am native French speaker currently living in New Jersey. I have provided French lessons and tutored children since 2011.
I recently started giving Microsoft Excel lessons.
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Nadine I.

Nadine I.

Online
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$30 / 30-min

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Fun and creative teacher with a heart to transmit knowledge. I love working with people of all ages and background, especially the youth

About ARMAND
I am Chemist by training who studied and worked on three different continents. Therefore, I can adapt my teaching skills quickly to fit the needs of my students. I have 10+ years of teaching experience. Personally, I am a very approachable and dedicated teacher and mentor.
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ARMAND N.

Online
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Columbia, SC
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I’m young and I’m a native French speaker. So you’re sure I’ll teach you the correct French. I like to have few different students because they have each a different level.
I can teach French online, at the library or at the coffee shop. It’s up to the student. If you like to be in the silence or if it’s doesnt matter.
Please contact me if you are interested and we can discuss about the terms of our engagement.

About Sarah
My name is Sarah. I’m a ballet dancer. And I’m also a French native speaker. I came here is United State in 2017 to do my job:dancer.
I don’t have any qualification to teach, but because I was born in France it’s easier for me to teach.

Please contact me for more informations.
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Sarah S.

Online
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$17 / 30-min

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Average Cost of French Lessons in Minneapolis, MN

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.

30-min $40
 
$42 average
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$52 average
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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 17% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 33% less at $42.

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