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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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All levels. Children and adults

About Solange
Native French Speaker. I am originally from Lyon, France and have been living in the DC area for about 20 years.

I have over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience throughout the D.C. area, at Alliance Francaise, Berlitz, In Lingua, etc. I have been tutoring consultants and employees from major international organizations for the past 10 years as well as young children and teenagers from diverse backgrounds.

I am also a certified translator and will be happy to provide assistance if needed. I find both experiences extremely challenging and rewarding and I hope to use my skills on this forum.
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J. C. C. October 2, 2014
· French · In home
Solange is amazing as an instructor. As a native speaker she understands text book French as well as slang. She provides several options for ways to express a thought. She is easy to talk to and time passes so quickly. Definitely the best French teach I have had and I have had many.
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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 )
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• Basic to advanced conversation ( so you can make french friends and understand what they say )
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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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· French · Online
Very helpful and very nice.
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· French · Online
Zach knows his stuff! Very personable, patient and thorough. A great instructor!
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Brooklyn, NY 11217
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I have a passion for my language and I am always glad to share it with someone. French is a fascinating and beautiful language, but has the reputation to be difficult. I will prove you it is not.

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Bonjour !

My name is Alex, I come from Paris and I now work in New York.
I give French lessons during my spare time, to children, adults, or people preparing an exam.

I can adapt to any level, and you will have the opportunity to speak a lot during each lesson, and to acquire quickly a decent accent.

I have been giving Mathematics and physics private lessons for some years, with great satisfaction, and therefore I have a good experience.

Don't hesitate to contact me for any question !

Au revoir ;)

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Alex B.

New York, NY 10003
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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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Amber W. July 13, 2018
· French · Online
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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 .
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Nancy June 13, 2018
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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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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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Matt L. July 27, 2018
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Nicola is a great teacher. Very knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and dedicated. I highly recommend!
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Nia July 13, 2018
· French · Online
Nicola is such a kind and patient teacher. She really makes sure that you understand the lesson. I'm really glad I took her class.
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Nicola is a terrific teacher. She takes the time to find out what your specific goals and needs are and then structures the instruction around that. She's upbeat and creative--fun to learn from.
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New York, NY 10019
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Students can expect to develop a strong base of grammar and diction. Having lived, studied, and worked in Paris for 3 years, I can offer insight into the culture of the French language.

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I am an orchestral conducting Masters student at Mannes College of Music who has been playing piano since the age of 4. I have been teaching beginner and intermediate piano for the past 3 years to students ranging from ages 7 - 65. I teach all types of styles ranging from classical to pop with everything in-between.

My students can expect to develop a strong and reliable technique while being able to express their musical ideas with a clear and dynamic level of sophistication. It's the stories and emotions that draw people to music, so I do my best to base my teachings around that concept.
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New York, NY 10031
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Born and raised in Paris, I m actually teaching French and philosophy since 6 years ago. More than a work it’s a passion. I would be glad to help you to improve your french and knowledge about the french culture.

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In New York since few months. Born and raised in Paris. Very happy and motivated to be your teacher in this great city. I love to teach and can not wait to see your improvement !
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New York, NY 10031
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My goal is to help you reach your fullest potential and get you excited to learn a new language. My teaching style includes connecting the language to your passions. Feel free to ask me more information!

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Hello! Bonjour! Hola! my name is Julia L. and I am a dual citizen (French/American) I have lived and studied in France, Belgium, California, Spain and New York. My goal is to help you reach your fullest potential and get you excited to learn a new language. I am passionate about learning new languages and sharing that passion with others. I have worked with both adults and kids. At Wagner college, I served as both the French and Spanish tutor and tutored over 50 students. I have a B.S in International Business and a minor in Spanish. I currently work as a financial advisor for Mass Mutual so if you have any financial questions feel free to ask me any questions!
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Julia L.

New York, NY 10036
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I am native French speaker. I studied literature and history. I lived in France for several years and travelled across Francophone Africa. I am passionate about French culture and gastronomy and will love share my passion for France !

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Native French speaker with excellent knowledge of french culture, grammar and vocabulary. Experience in teaching French to students and adults.
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Scarsdale, NY 10583
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I am a native French speaker, born and raised in Paris.

I have always been the best student in French throughout my education in Paris, I got one of the highest grade for the written French exam during the baccalauréat in the Paris region. I love this language, combined with my love for reading, led me to write fiction and poetry that is starting to get some recognition both in France and the US.

I also hold a Master's Degree in International Business from a Grande Ecole de Commerce (elite business school) which led me to travel and study in Asia (South Korea and Japan) for an extended period of time where I was tutoring Korean students and expats both on grammar and conversational skills. I have continued tutoring in Paris and have now been a tutor for 6 years on and off.

I am a polyglot and speak 5 languages and know how to teach my students to get the perfect pronunciation. I can teach you everything from grammar, conversational french, to corporate business french, and my ...

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I am a native French speaker, born and raised in Paris.

I have always been the best student in French throughout my education in Paris, I got one of the highest grade for the written French exam during the baccalauréat in the Paris region. I love this language, combined with my love for reading, led me to write fiction and poetry that is starting to get some recognition both in France and the US.

I also hold a Master's Degree in International Business from a Grande Ecole de Commerce (elite business school) which led me to travel and study in Asia (South Korea and Japan) for an extended period of time where I was tutoring Korean students and expats both on grammar and conversational skills. I have continued tutoring in Paris and have now been a tutor for 6 years on and off.

I am a polyglot and speak 5 languages and know how to teach
my students to get the perfect pronunciation. I can teach you everything from grammar, conversational french, to corporate business french, and my interpersonal skills makes me able to connect deeply and easily with children and adults ranging from all ages.

What I love about tutoring is that is a team work between the tutor and the student, bringing someone to reach his goals based on the comprehension of the vocabulary, the perfect pronunciation and step by step see the evolution.
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Saikou B.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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Average Cost of French Lessons in New York, NY

The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in New York is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $35 and $120 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$39 average
$85
45-min $39
 
$55 average
$102
60-min $35
 
$64 average
$120

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 15% less expensive at $55, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $39.

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