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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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French language and diction for singing. Skills are developed for conversational and written communication.

About Bridget
I have been a professional voice, music theory and piano teacher for the last ten years, and have loved every minute of it. I am originally from Canada, and went to the University of Windsor to study vocal performance. I was given an opportunity to the study principals of classical singing and musical theater. From there, I began to work as a featured classical soloist and choral singer throughout Canada. I came to New York to continue my studies, and earned a Master of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music.

I believe that singing lessons should be a lot of fun. With good technique, my students and I can team up to accomplish anything from singing classical songs and even some opera arias to popular songs and musical theater. It is my goal to help you discover your own personal voice, and build confidence
in your individual gifts. My students have gone on to study voice in college and university, perform in musical theater, sing in rock bands, children and adult choirs and even win a competition or two. I love hearing my students perform, and feel that an opportunity to sing in front of others builds confidence and ability. I take pride in arranging recitals for my students who would like this opportunity.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons with always begin with warm ups and technique. We'll also focus on an important principal topic, such as breath and support, vowel placement or expression. We'll use some exercises that I have already, or perhaps a new one just for your needs (once I get to know your voice) to help you achieve our goals. We'll then work on 1-2 songs. You'll probably have picked one, and I may have picked one. The concept that we worked on in our technique session will be applied directly to the songs you are working on. You can learn so many different things in each song, we may practice your songs, using a different goal in several different lessons.
All of my students get a chance to perform in occasional "vocal class" settings, where you can sing your favorite songs for one another, in a fun, laid back environment. All students are welcome to participate in an annual recital for their family and friends too! Piano lessons are designed to suit your needs. We can work on the basics for classical playing, read chords, jazz improv and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have my own music studio set up in my apartment. On teaching days, my living room can be a comfortable waiting room for parents/guardians. You are all most welcome to relax, have a cup of tea or coffee and listen to our lessons. I do ask that you do not sit inside the studio (at least not after the first lesson) as this can be distracting for your child. My studio is equipped with a music stand, upright piano, work sheets for theory, pencils and crayons. I also have a full Broadway and classical music library that students can borrow from, CD/DVD's that can be borrowed, and a New Grove Reference set.

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I bring some music, until we assess the student's needs, then they may buy some books, while I provide the rest. I bring theory worksheets, stickers, pencils etc. If a student would like to sing/play a particular song (Broadway/pop etc) I may have it in my music library.If I do not, the student will need to purchase the music they would like to sing. The student would need a keyboard/piano in their home should I travel. I have a piano in my home.

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Classical singing, Musical Theater, Jazz, music for young children, pop singing, audition preparation, beginning music for adults.
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Sharon N. October 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
Bridget is very upbeat and cheerful. She makes you feel very comfortable and makes the lessons helpful and enjoyable.
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I have take several lessons with Bridget and find her to be beyond superb! Her teaching style is clear, comprehensive and has already begun to make its impact on my singing. She is encouraging and provides good constructive feedback that benefits her students. I am so happy that we connected and I hope this is the beginning of a long learning relationship.
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andyS October 23, 2010
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Bridget is excellent! I'm learning a tremendous amount from her. Bridget has a very pleasant and patient manner as a teacher. She gets right to issue needing attention. I leave each lesson with very practical exercises to work on before seeing her again.
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Brooklyn, NY 11232
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About Isabelle S.

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I will be focusing on your very needs, either using your methodology, or any other. I can provide complementary support to Rosetta Stone, for example as some students struggle to learn English on their own with this methodology. I can recommend websites and books.

About Isabelle
I am a native French speaker born in France; I have lived in the USA since 2000 and speak English fluently. I teach both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). I am used to teaching/ coaching/ interacting with students of all ages (9-80+) and with professionals in a corporate environment. In fact I have worked in-countries and remotely with people located in France, Poland, India, Canada, Guatemala and Brazil. I speak some Spanish and German, and that might help you as well, depending on your background. I am happy to add a cultural dimension to the language support. For Life Coaching lessons, I draw from my experience and best practices. I will share simple yet highly effective tips and approaches to help you meet your needs.

For best results; I recommend a minimum of 2 (two) 45-minute sessions per week. I look for students
sincerely interested in making great strides and committed.

Happy to start any time soon. THX for visiting my profile. Questions welcome!
Isabelle
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Christine S. November 22, 2016
· French · Online
Isabelle is very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with!
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Wendie D. November 10, 2016
· French · Online
Great initial lesson
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Thea November 6, 2016
· French · Online
Isabelle is great!
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Isabelle S.

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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.

About Roula
I taught Math and science k-6 for 3 years overseas and keeping up with the new curriculum developments for Math 4-8.

I am certified in Arabic, French and BCIT ( Business. Computer and Technology)

During the school year I teach those subjects in the Mount Lebanon School District. i have been working in the district since January 2010.

I also teach private lessons Arabic and French as well as small groups.

This year I am also teaching A kindergarten class at KinderCare in Wexford

Currently I am tutoring French and Arabic to several schoolage kids ages between 7 and 15 and teaching beginner Arabic and French to a few adults. I am also tutoring and teaching a couple technology students and classes ( word, excell, google docs, ipad use, google sites, among others.

I have taught for several years in Inligua school of lang
uages( currently renames Lengua) French Arabic and ESL.
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Alden A. September 2, 2017
· French · Online
Excellent and patient!!
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Daria R. July 30, 2017
· Arabic · Online
I love that she tailors the lesson to your needs and makes you feel comfortable. It is easy to tell she had been doing this for a long time and enjoys it. Thanks Roula 😀
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Samana June 19, 2017
· Arabic · Online
Most amazing teacher, I started reading after couple of sessions. Very keen observer and listner tailors the class according to the students needs. Thanks Roula forvbeing so understanding during my sessions.
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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.

See you soon!
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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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Nicole November 12, 2017
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Ana is incredible! She’s so patient and encouraging. I’m so excited to continue my lessons with her. She moves the lessons along at a very good pace I think. I would highly recommend her for a teacher.
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Hongmei T. October 30, 2017
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Super good teacher.Won't do anything bad.
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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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Anna
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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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New York, NY 10025
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French is my first language, I'm enthusiastic to share and teach it to others.

About Edward
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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Please refer to his IMDb page for a full list of credits on television and film.
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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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Edward A.

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 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. October 10, 2017
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she is great
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Elsa S.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
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As a French native I'll start with the basic from scratch, to have students to understand the principal of the language. Almost at the same time I'd start all the categories of the verbs which becomes very particular when it comes to the irregular ones. In order to have the students to listen and be exposed to the music and prononciation of the language, from the beginning I'd speak french and would translate in English when necessary. For best practice and fast improvements students would be given homework via Google docs, to be fulfilled before the next tuition. Students would also have the ability to tailor their lessons if they had particular preferences.

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Bonjour ! As a French native I'll start with the basic from scratch, it is important to quickly understand the principal of the language. Almost at the same time you'll be exposed to all categories of French verbs which becomes very particular when it comes to the irregular ones. In order to have you to better understand and to be exposed to the music and prononciation of the language, from the beginning, I'd speak French and would translate in English when necessary. For best practice of hand writing and fast improvements students would be given homework via Google docs, to be fulfilled before the next tuition. For those who already have some experience of the language I can likely satisfy any particular request in terms of more advanced lessons.
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Patrick I.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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