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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.

Minneapolis, MN
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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.

As a photographer my motto is

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Jorden May 22, 2018
· Photography · Online
Very personable and easy to talk too.
Samantha D. October 9, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Great lesson with JC!:)
Mariana October 1, 2017
· French · Online
Well versed in the proper French grammatical structure and helpful with questions.
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Jonathan "JC" C.

Jonathan "JC" C.

Minneapolis, MN 55412
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$40 / 30-min

About Roman N.

San Diego, CA

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*****Before you sign up*****

There are three simple things you need to know about my tutoring program.
1. No matter what your reasons for learning a foreign language are, ultimately it's a part of your SELF DEVELOPMENT. Treat it as such.
2. I don't believe in "good or bad with languages" stereotype. I have taught for many years and learnt that everyone is "language talented" when they actually want to speak a new language. And if you are one of them I garantie that my method will work for you.
3. My program might appear quite different from the ones you have tried or seen before and goes beyond simple grammar and vocabulary presentation. Also prepare to be challenged at every step of the way and the further you will get the more fun and exciting it will be.


About Roman
*****Before you sign up*****

There are three simple things you need to know about my tutoring program.
1. No matter what your reasons for learning a foreign language are, ultimately it's a part of your SELF DEVELOPMENT. Treat it as such.
2. I don't believe in "good or bad with languages" stereotype. I have taught for many years and learnt that everyone is "language talented" when they actually want to speak a new language. And if you are one of them I guarantee that my method will work for you.
3. My program might appear quite different from the ones you have tried or seen before and goes beyond simple grammar and vocabulary presentation. Also prepare to be challenged at every step of the way and the further you will get the more fun and exciting it will be.

*****My Students*****

For over 6 years of professional experie
nce as Russian/French/ESL teacher, I have worked with all types of students with different learning styles and various goals: taught within U.S. public education institutions, provided private classes for children and adults, developed and implemented individualized syllabus for diplomats, high rank executives at multinational companies, employees of U.S. Embassy and Department of State.

Thanks to all my students, current and former, I am now confident that every individual, willing to learn one of the languages I teach, without a doubt, has everything it takes to succeed when the right approach is applied during the learning process and that is when your classes are comprehensible, interesting and engaging.

*****Program features*****

It is one on one program, thouroughtly personalized and organized according to your interests (general and professional), schedule, final goals, learning style and many other important elements to be taken into account.

Each session is 50 minutes.

Every session is prepared to reach a particular goal and structured in the way to have a maximum profit from "teacher - student" part of learning. Supporting materials are sent after each session: grammar notes, retention exercises, homework assignments, audio and video files as phonetic exercises and listening practice. The content of these materials is permanently tested and modified in order to achieve the best way to engage each individual student's language acquisition mechanisms.

Teacher's support 24/7.

Extra curricula content: idiomatic language components, cultural studies (traditions, history, literature, cinema and language related etymology), recommendations for independent language practice.

The way I see it, with each new student - there is a new process in my head that starts and constantly creates and improves techniques, ideas, method components, teaching style e.t.c for getting this particular student to do the best he or she can.


More recommendations can be provided upon request.
Christina June 21, 2018
· French · Online
Just completed my first class with Roman and it went very well. He is very nice and slows down to cover areas that I need to spend more time on.
Eli April 26, 2018
· Russian · Online
This was the first time I have attended a lesson for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Roman was very clear and patient. I highly recommend anyone who wants to learn Russian or any other language that Roman teachers to give it a go with him. Really looking forward to my next lesson, he is a very dedicated individual and full of positive energy!!!! Spasibo Roma!!!
Mohammad February 18, 2018
· ESL · Online
He is a very good instructor, he explains the ideas in easiest ways and with a lot of valuable information. highly recommended.
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Roman N.

Roman N.

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$40 / 50-min

About Lily S.

Provo, UT
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Bojour, mes amis!!!

I've been studying French for 10 years and would love to be there to help you get started on your adventure with the French Language.

I teach French grammar, vocabulary, speaking, writing and culture from beginners to advanced students. I use practical tools such as my own files, tutoring contents, news, articles, videos….

I always personalize my sessions to your needs, expectations, and hobbies. I am here to help you to reach your goals, to pass your exams or to solidify your knowledge for a personal or professional goal.

I like to make my session fun, interactive and efficient !

A bientôt

About Lily
I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring things too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like for all of my students within the first lesson to finish either of two basic projects (pajama pants or a draw string bag).

My lessons are not like videos you may find online. Meaning projects will take longer than you think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project without too many frustrations and in a timely manner. I recommend buying lessons in 90 minute packages, since sewing always takes longer than expected.


In these lessons we will go over the following, which can be adapted to how you want:

- Sewing safety and how to use a machine
- Learn about the sewing tools you'll be using
- How to read, cut out, layout, and follow a basic pattern instructions
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Learn to sew on an elastic band (to pajamas or for a tote).
- Learn how to unpick your projects when a mistake is made.
- Learn how to do a basic stitch and the gather stitch.
- Pajamas
- Sewing Tote
- Basic Dress
- Pillow case

- Cement what you learned in the while a beginner.
- Learn to hand sew hems etc.
- Learn about different fabrics and when to use them.
- Sew a basic zipper onto clothes or bags.
- Learn about the different foots.
- Learn to do other stitches
- Intermediate Dresses/ Clothes
- Bags

- Work on your own projects you choose with help.
- Work with harder fabrics.
-Use a zipper foot to sew an invisible zipper.
- Learn to do advanced stitches
-Learn about pleats and darts.
- Prom dress
- Suits
- Formal Coats
- Backpacks

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.

Marci August 7, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Lily was great! She is very knowledgeable and friendly. I learned so much from her. Highly recommend her for any of your sewing needs.
Meredith Argyris January 23, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Lily is great! She knows so much about sewing and is a very patient teacher.
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Lily S.

Lily S.

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$20 / 60-min

About Elsa S.

Hackensack, NJ

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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 is Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I was born and raised in France and 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've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learning French and English. 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!
Amber W. July 13, 2018
· French · Online
best teacher everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Amber W. June 27, 2018
· French · Online
When you dont want to leave the lesson she leaves. :-( But shes the triple asking nice teacher nicer than my own . You should be in her class cuz she rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<<review from amber>>she even taught me this punctuation .plus shes a teacher .
Nancy June 13, 2018
· French · In studio
Elsa is an amazingly thoughtful, personable, and patient instructor. During our weekly lessons, Elsa came up with interesting discussion topics to help with the advancement of my French conversational skills. Further, Elsa also thoroughly explained French grammatical structure when correcting/pointing out my errors.

I have truly made significant progress during my lessons with Elsa and highly recommend her.
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Elsa S.

Elsa S.

starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Rose C.

Antioch, CA

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Bonjour ! I am FRENCH !

I have a Bachelor in Family Life Science, 2011 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. For the rest I went to school in France and got 5 diplomas in the clothing industry.

I love teaching very much, whether French, which is my native language, or sewing.

I have been a French Lab Assistant at Brigham Young University and helped my students pass their French classes.

I taught French to 4 children of different ages as well while attending BYU as I was living with an American family for about a year, just like an aupair type of situation. I mostly used board games and playing with their toys or on the trampoline to help them practice the words and sentences in real context, that's very important.

I have taught private English lessons in France, and I taught sewing too.

I lived in London for a year working as a seamstress.

If you are traveling to a French speaking country, I'd be happy to assist you via Skype, for example, while abroad.

About Rose
Hello, I am Rose from Antioch. Well, I am originally from France. I've just been imported by my sweet husband Jeff in March 2017.

I teach French and sewing and even sewing in French if you want ! That's ideal if you want to go on an internship or even work in the fashion industry in Paris !

To tell you more about my passion for sewing, I believe I must just have been born with the talent of sewing. I remember my mom running after me as she was scared that I would pock my eyes with her needles... Already at that age I was stuck to the TV obsessed with the Parisian fashion shows at each fashion seasons. But you know what ?

Interestingly enough I am not so much into fashion anymore because I have discovered the importance of wearing the right type of clothing specifically made for each of us. You know, sewing clothing stays the same
whether we are into fashion or not, it really doesn't matter. I'd be happy to share more about that with you.
I also enjoy sewing house items and I like to figure out easy and fast ways to sew these items as well as clothing for children.

I'd be happy to meet you at your house or in mine or online, as you wish.
If you are looking to gain basic sewing skills fast then you found the right person because I have created a course that is specifically designed for that. First we'll learn everything about your sewing machine. Then you will be able to learn how to draw a pattern to cover a book of your choice, sew a zip, buttons, a sewing bag, a simple pin cushion and a little dress that includes pockets as well as bias binding on the armholes. At the end of this few weeks course together you will receive videos of the whole course that you will be able to watch over and over for free as you keep perfecting your new skill. The only thing is that these videos are still in French ;-) My French students have shared with me how happy they were with the details of that course.

And just with these basics you will be able to sew hundreds of items ! Isn't that cool !? Plus, to make it easier for you, I have prepared all the supplies for you in a kit for an extra cost. Ask me about it.

If we meet in person, a minimum of 2 hours per session usually works best.
As for online teaching I have a very good webcam that shows great close up details.
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Rose C.

Rose C.

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$25 / 30-min
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About Annick J.

Los Angeles, CA

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I am a French native speaker and have translated various formats from French to English, German, and Spanish. I have been also teaching for nearly ten years. I am interested in making language fun and accessible. I am a caring, attentive, aware, and energetic individual.

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, we will go through pronunciation, spelling, grammar, style, vocabulary, conversation, culture. Whatever your objectives are, I will help you get there! I will create lessons to meet your requests.

About Annick
I am multilingual in English-French-German-Spanish.
I have a Master's Degree in Global Management and an MFA in Film Producing from the American Film Institute.
I also work in different fields all related to languages such as Interpreting, translation, teaching foreign languages, ESL.
I am very patient, caring, and love teaching.
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Annick J.

Annick J.

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$40 / 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
45-min $50
$52 average
60-min $60
$62 average

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