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"La vie en France" in New York

By Nadia B. - New York City Language Teacher

Have a Francophile urge to satisfy? New York City is brimming with French activities, thanks to the large number of French speakers who inhabit the city. An avid French speaker and New York City resident of several years myself, the following places are my favorite spots to refine my French and enjoy myself at the same time. I frequented many of these places as I studied French at New York University, and I continued to explore French culture post-graduation.

So, if you're taking French lessons in New York City and want to participate in French culture in the city, keep reading to discover the best places to exercise your French language skills and enhance your cultural knowledge!

L'Afterworks is an elegant meetup that is the largest bi-weekly gathering of French speakers. The location changes with each gathering, but it's always a place that's trendy and fun. This is an exceptional opportunity to speak French with native speakers, and it is also great for networking. If you want to find an apartment to rent while taking a trip to Paris or a French-speaking nanny, the crowd of l'Afterworks will most likely be able to help. You can spontaneously show up (no guest list or entry charge), have a drink and chat the night away.

The Alliance Française is a premier New York institution for French culture. The center features weekly films in French, artwork, lectures and more, all suited for those fascinated with French culture and life. It's a friendly spot where you can meet French-Americans, native French speakers and Francophiles.

When you're taking French lessons in New York City, it's easy to become focused on the culture of France, but the reality of the Francophone world is that it's an expansive area that covers many different cultures. One great example of this in New York is the zone named Little Senegal (Le Petit Sénégal), located in Harlem. This area is inhabited by West African immigrants, many of whom are French speakers. You can explore the little shops and head to a West African restaurant for a unique sampling of Senegalese culture with its strong French influence.

Another country often forgotten when thinking of French culture is Belgium. Brasserie Magritte is an upscale restaurant in NYC with a wide selection of Belgian beers and delicious Belgian cuisine. For a more casual offering, you can visit BXL East, a festive Belgian restaurant and bar; the venue also frequently has live music, and you can catch bands like Chou Chou, a jovial French cabaret band with original and new compositions, led by a versatile singer-songwriter-instrumentalist, there.

Lastly, another way to expose yourself to French culture and speakers is to attend the events at La Maison Française at New York University and Columbia University. Both international houses offer a wide survey of literary and intellectual events geared toward those interested in French and Francophone culture, literature and art. You will undoubtedly also encounter many native French speakers, including graduate students in French as well as the general public.

Voilà, there you have it! Participating in French culture in New York City gives you an exciting smorgasbord of culture, food, art and language. You won't regret delving into the elegance and fun that is French life in New York, and your language skills will thank you, too!

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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 in Paris, France and raised in a small (tiny tiny) village called Galluis.

I have since then lived in Paris , Philadelphia and now New York.

I graduated from "Jean-Monnet European High-school" where I specialized in English and French Literature.

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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Kenny March 11, 2018
· French · Online
Zach knows his stuff! Very personable, patient and thorough. A great instructor!
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Kenny January 23, 2018
· French · Online
Zach is wonderful. He is very adaptable to my needs and goals. Very personable.
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Atsuko October 19, 2017
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Zach is excellent instructor.
I have taken several lessons and his lessons to be comprehensive and creative.
He is very professional and has always adapted to my needs and level with much encouragement.
He suggested many interesting French materials to listen or watch outside the lesson to create a natural French language environment. I would definitely recommend Zach!
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Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Whatever your level in French is, I will take into account all your suggestions to personalize the teaching sessions and help your learning step by step.

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Hi, there! My name is Richard .
I've been teaching private lessons recently, and also tutored English while in college for ESL students .
french is my native language,therefore I m offering French lessons and adapt to any level or requirements , conversational French, self-expression , reading , etc ..
I am multilingual, English French and some Spanish as well.
Please contact me for any further information.
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Ana February 5, 2016
· French · In studio
Before I started taking lessons with Richard I only knew two words: Bonjour and merci :). For the past 3 monts , Richard has been a big help, I know more vocabulary now and my grammar has improved. He is always patient( eventhough I might ask the same thing over and over) . He takes time to explain words and sentences in a simple way which makes it easy for me to understand.
Looking forward to my trip to Paris :D
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Katie C. February 5, 2016
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Rich has been amazing so far. He is very thorough in his way of teaching and he explains things well. He's also patient which is important. So far, so good!
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East Rutherford, NJ 07073
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Experienced French teacher of 5 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of language skills.

About Lawrence
I'm a native of Taiwan, speak English, Mandarin and French fluently, and am beginning to take Mandarin Chinese students in any of the four boroughs. I prepare each lesson and hold my students accountable for practicing before each lesson. I can teach any age, am flexible to the students needs, and can come to the students home.
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Lawrence W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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French is my first language, I'm enthusiastic to share and teach it to others.

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The 34-year-old artist and actor Edward Akrout was born in Paris to a Franco-British mother and Tunisian father. Raised in France, he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Since graduating in 2008, Akrout has been prominent on both the screen and stage. Akrout is represented internationally as an actor and artist with agents across Europe and the United States.
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Charlotte January 10, 2017
· Acting · In home
Edward is friendly, outgoing and patient. He assisted me in preparing monologues and with various acting work, including scenes and exercises. Definitely helped me over come nerves/fears. Would recommend for anyone seeking lessons in acting!
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Philip January 7, 2017
· Acting · In home
Fantastic tutor, clearly a man whose dedication to his craft is admirable. Not only is he knowledgeable in a variety of acting methodologies but also a great communicator and teacher. Very easy to work with, great sense of humour and willing to tailor his approach to your needs.
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New York, NY 10002
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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!
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Jennifer F March 18, 2018
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Elsa is patient, kind, encouraging and cheerful. She also customizes content based on your specific wants, needs, and intentions. She is a pleasure to work with and very flexible / accommodating given the irregularity of my schedule. I look forward to my French class with Elsa every week!
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I will lead you through all levels of French (grammar, vocabulary, conversation, culture and more - you tell me what you want to work on!). I will use such learning tools as French comics, TV, commercials, books and more - everyday entertainment you would see around France! I place the highest priority on what YOU want to learn, so please be very specific in telling me what you're after and we'll work together to create your curriculum.

About Nicola
I am bilingual in French and English. I received my bachelor's degree in French from Columbia University, where I graduated summa cum laude, and my master's degree from the Université Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle. Since graduation I have taught French (and arts classes/workshops in French) at various bilingual schools and organizations around New York City and Boston. I also work as a professional translator between French and English, and a filmmaker specializing in bilingual media.
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Linda T. September 27, 2017
· French · In home
I had a great first session! I am confident that, with her help, I will be able to accomplish my goal; to finish the book written in French.
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Jennifer K. August 14, 2017
· French · In home
I reached out to Nicola because my daughter felt that she needed help building a foundation for her French. Nicola has been working with my daughter on grammar, reading comprehension, conversation, and much more. My daughter finds Nicola’s lesson engaging and effective. It was initially our summer project but we will continue during school year. I highly recommend Nicola!
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Nia August 12, 2017
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Nicola is a great teacher. She's very encouraging and passionate when she teaches. Her teaching method is unique and effective which makes it interesing for me to learn French with her. During our lessons, Nicola always makes sure that I understand the topic by allowing me to ask questions at anytime. I really love taking her class.
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New York, NY 10019
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I was born and raised in Paris and lived there until I was 18, which is when I moved to NYC for college. I am a true Parisian who loves and breathes France, and I look forward to sharing that with you. I make sure to customize my lessons to each student and their needs and interests. I want to know what you are seeking to learn and what your objectives are which sill structure our lessons together. I want each of my student to feel like they leave each class feeling excited about what they learned, and am always open to feedback and suggestions.

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To tell you a bit more about myself, my mother is Dominican/American and my father is Lebanese, but I was born and raised in Paris, France, which explains that I speak French, English, Italian and Spanish fluently. From a young age, I have had a deep appreciation and passion for languages, as well as other cultures. I moved to NYC to attend Columbia University, where I studied International Relations. I started tutoring on the side while in college and absoluty love working with children. Since graduating, I work in tv/film production where the hours are always changing, which would allow me to continue tutoring. I am a social, personable and responsible person, who cares about the needs and interests of whoever I work with. I customize my classes from student to student, and am always open to feedback and suggestions.
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Gabriela S.

New York, NY 10024
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$50 / 30-min

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I am a French native from a small island called La Réunion, who has travelled the world and taught students from varying countries and from all levels. I came from hating languages to being a language-lover and world-traveler. I have a dual-degree in English & Korean for Foreign Affairs specializing in Teaching French as a Second Language. I've had the chance to tutor amazing students in New Zealand, France, Ireland and South Korea. I love sharing my passion and knowledge to others and I like to adapt and personalize my lessons based on my student's goals, finding unique, fun, uncommon and easy ways for them to learn! I like to teach what I call practical languages: skills, vocabulary and grammar you will need in any given real-life situation in French. Like reading? We can work on literature materials. Like music? We can work on songs lyrics. I am looking forward to meeting you!

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I am a linguist, an art director, a marketing & communication strategist and a creative thinker, but most of all a hard-working, multi-talented and passionate dreamer.

I have taught French as a Second Language in France, Ireland, New Zealand and South Korea. My experience in teaching French abroad to students of all levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) has led me to being in charge for the past 2 years of training all new interns in a leading creative agency here in New York.

I have a Dual Bachelor's Degree in English & Korean for Foreign Affairs with an additional specialization in Teaching French as a Second Language from the University of La Rochelle (France), a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising & Graphic Design from the NYIT (US), and a Masters Degree in Communication Arts specializing in Digital Marketing from EFAP (S
chool of New Communication Arts, France). I also have a Certificate in Fashion Business from the Lyon Fashion University (France). Additionally, I won an Professional Advertising Excellence Award during my senior year at NYIT and I had the honor of being selected to join the National Society of Leadership and Success.

I am currently the Senior Art Director of an acclaimed luxury creative agency. I have had the chance to work with amazing clients such as L'Oréal USA, Neiman Marcus, Akola Jewelry and LVLXIII x Jason Derulo to name a few.

I truly believe the best way to learn is to find 1. Meaning and 2. Passion.
1. Why am I learning this? How am I going to use this knowledge? I find it important to work with my students based on their goals, whether it be passing an exam, learning the basics, perfecting existing skills or reaching the proficiency level needed to just get around in another country or a succeed in their career.
2. What helped me and my students was finding something fun or something we could relate to and feel passionate about. When I teach I like to find often unlikely/uncommon comparisons, tools and materials to help my students understand and memorize what they need to know in the most effective manner.
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Delphine M.

Brooklyn, NY 11238
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French is the only language other than English spoken in the five continents.

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Tutoring French , Spanish and Arabic as a College Assistant at La Guardia Community College.
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Hania L.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in New York is $75. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $130 per hour.

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$44 average
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$61 average
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60-min $25
 
$75 average
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