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Learning French in Philadelphia

by Amandine B. Philadelphia French Tutor

If you’re taking French lessons in Philadelphia, you will be happy to know you're surrounded by a number of amazing opportunities to enrich your educational experience. From French architecture to cultural events, Philadelphia is surprisingly well-stocked in all things French. Here is a guide to help you get started with your French lessons in Philadelphia.

French Restaurants

Do you have a sweet tooth? Guess what, the French do, too! Stop by these French bakeries to sample some delicious pâtisseries and experience a taste of the French lifestyle.

Artisan Boulanger Pâtissier

Artisan Boulanger opens early (like the restaurants in France), so make sure you beat the crowd so you don’t miss out on the delicious delicacies. They have mouth-watering croissants and pains au chocolat, and the breads are also delicious. Try the Banette or the Pain de campagne. They have a few tables where you can sit with your coffee and scope out the detailed map of Paris.

Miel (http://www.mielpatisserie.com/)

This lovely Pâtisserie (French bakery) is decorated with delightful French décor. The madeleines are delicious, but most people come to Miel for the selection of macarons. They also make decadent cakes. Try a slice of Opéra (sponge cake) with a cup of coffee.

Metropolitan Bakery

Make sure you try the canelés! This delicious custard cake is originally from Bordeaux, and is fantastic paired with black coffee. The French enjoy this treat for goûter (an afternoon snack break).

Dinner Options

So Crêpe (http://socrepe.com/)

This is the best place for French crepes in Philadelphia. For dessert, try the So Simple crepe; sugar, butter, and a twist of lemon can go a long way.

The Good King Tavern (http://thegoodkingtavern.com/)

Try the saucisse de Morteau (smoked sausage) or the croque madame (ham and cheese sandwich). Finish off your meal with the café gourmand, a favorite French dessert (coffee with little treats like calissons).

Petit Rôti (http://www.petit-roti.com/)

Need something quick for lunch or dinner? How about a juicy poulet rôti? Roasted Chicken is very popular in France. The French order it in a little bag and share it with the family while it's still hot. You can even pick up a couple of French items from their pantry section.

Learning Resources

French books can reinforce what you’re learning during your lessons. Books can help you understand and visualize the language. Here are some of the best bookstores in Philadelphia.

Mostly Books (http://mostlybooksphilly.com/index.html)

You can find some French treasures among the piles of used books. They also have a lot of excellent French dictionaries and grammar exercise books.

Molly's Books and Records (http://www.mollysbooksandrecords.com/)

This is the best place to find second-hand editions of classic French book. There is a huge selection, and the books are in pristine condition. You can also find some French comics in the image books section.

Head House Books (http://www.headhousebooks.com/)

Besides resourceful French books, this store also has a lot of papeterie (French stationary), which can be hard to find in the United States.

Joseph Fox Bookshop (http://www.foxbookshop.com/)

This store carries a large selection of books on French history and culture.

Art and Architecture

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was designed by two French architects, Paul Crét and Jacques Grébert, to resemble the Champs-Elysées. The duo also designed the Rodin Museum where you can discover the French sculptor's famous works (Paul Crét was also the supervising architect for the Benjamin Franklin Bridge). While you’re on the parkway, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, which features a huge collection of French artwork.

The Landmark Theatre (http://www.landmarktheatres.com/philadelphia)

The Landmark Theatre screens contemporary French films with English subtitles. Check their website to see their French movie line up.

The Bearded Ladies Bastille Day Cabaret

July 14th is France's national day to celebrate the Revolution and the Prise de la Bastille. You can celebrate this right here in Philadelphia at the Eastern State Penitentiary. Witness the madness which includes running baguettes, bearded Edith Piaf, and Tasty cakes.

There are so many places to try French food, and learn about French history and culture in your city. I hope you will explore these places while you take French lessons in Philadelphia. Amusez-vous bien!

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French is among the most important languages in the world; over 7% of the world's population speak it and it is the third most important language in the business world. Unfortunately, French is notorious for being gratuitously difficult. On the bright side, I have over 7 years of experience with French, I speak it fluently and I teach it up until the intermediate level. I tutor French in a fun and engaging way that captivates my students and has them speaking it in a provisional amount of time. Along with the basics, I also delve into the technicalities of French grammar, spelling and reading. You've come to the right person, as you'll never have to be craven taking your next French test, impressing your French-speaking friend or visiting a francophone country after I 'fragment French'.

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I am a distinguished graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from Ivy Tech College. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math and science that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, and I have taught several middle-school and high-school students math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades under my instruction. And because I have worked with such a vast diversity of people over the span of 16 countries throughout the world, I have developed the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students. Age has never been a problem with me, as I've helped several post-graduate students straighten out their grievances in math and science.

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I have lived in over 20 countries, which allowed me to speak several languages, and which permitted me to maintain my patience, élan and spirit of enthusiasm when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I have solid background in both math and the natural sciences, as I have consistently maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since high school. I am now studying mechanical engineering at IIT, and I have gotten 5s in all of my AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology exams. I have also been the winner of many STEM-related competitions, through my demonstrating of exemplary leadership qualities and through my brainstorming of blue-sky ideas. I am also a "Mental-Math" practitioner, reflexologist and guitarist. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me value ourselves in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.
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My Course for Beginner is designed for students who wish to learn basic grammar, common vocabulary, numbers, the time of day, days of the week and more. The class largely stresses conversation and comprehension with a moderate emphasis on reading and writing. The student will also be exposed to French and Francophone culture.
My Course for Intermediate and Advanced will improve your ability to comprehend, converse and write in French. Increase vocabulary and expand your grammar, conversations.

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My name is Jean-Luc, I am from the Loire Valley in France and have broad experience in teaching French at various levels (beginners to AP French, DELF and DALF) for numerous years. Based on the belief that a better world for all can be achieved through better communication, my mission has sought to improve language skills and cultural understanding for people of all ages and professions. If you want to learn or improve your French, I can help you with my French Language Training. I customize my classes and offer tutoring options to suit individual needs. My experience and skills combined with the Tutoring Live online enables my students to start speaking French from the very first session. I adapt the lesson to my student, even if sometimes it requires re-examining what was initially planned. I will be very happy helping y
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Jean-Luc was very informative, instructive, and patient with me as his student. I gained confidence in my ability to speak French when I was working with him. I would definitely work with him again and recommend him to other students!
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I have a BA and and an MA in French and have studied abroad in both France and Québec. This is my fourth year teaching French to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as college students and adults. Within the first few lessons you'll feel yourself increasing in proficiency with an immersion French method. With my individualized lesson plans, you will feel prepared for your oral presentation, next trip to a Francophone country, or your new job.
As a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and current University of Arizona instructor, I bring my expertise to the field to make learning hands on and interactive for all ages, both in person and online.

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Hello, bonjour, hola! I'm Natalie and I've been tutoring for eight years and formally teaching for four years. I've loved helping students meet their goals in French, English, and Spanish, and I look forward to helping you.

I hold a B.A. in French and Chinese and an M.A. in French Linguistics, both from University of Florida. Currently, I am a first year PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. As such, I am truly centered on helping you achieve your language goals from traveling abroad to passing a language test to communicating in your work or school environment. My flexibility and enthusiasm coupled with individualized lesson plans will help increase your confidence in communicating in other language(s).

I'm dedicated to help you becoming bilingual or proficient for travel needs in another language. Bilingualism
not only makes you smarter, as you have to learn to switch in between languages and inhibit one while using the other, it also makes you less likely to get Alzheimer's or dementia (New York Times, 2012). So what are you waiting for? Let's get you on your language learning journey today! Bon voyage! Buen viaje!

Note: I will be co-leading and teaching a study abroad program in Paris this summer (June-July), so will have slightly different availability and will be 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time (9 hours ahead of Pacific). Please contact me if you're interested in lessons and we will find a time that works for you!
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I have been learning French with Natalie for a month and a half already and I am very grateful for her knowledge, kindness, flexibility and excellent teaching skills. Her private and group lessons are prepared and organized with objectives, explanations, examples, links to external materials and homework so you can study on your own. She makes her classes super fun and interesting, I learn a lot.
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French is my second language, but often feels as it if were the first, as I have speaking it for so many years on an everyday and professional basis. My grammar is excellent, as I learned the rules in junior high school in the Paris suburbs (grammar is an important part of French schooling). I edited a 240-page scholarly book, De La Case A La Villa (published 2014), and I gave private lessons.

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I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis; I taught teenagers and adults. I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs and I am always ready to go above and beyond the basic lesson. I try to make learning a language fun and alive, through news, stories, and songs.
My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance. My mother tongue is English; but I learned French at the age of nine when I attended my first French school. I have a French high school diploma (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree.
I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years. Learning languages was a necessity in my childhood, and I love learning, even if by now it is more difficult to become fluent in a new language. I think the fact
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As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader. I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
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I am bilingue and can teach you french withing few lessons. Teaching is my passion, I tought in Universities in Paris like Paris XI and have an experience in special education teaching so I can have a personalised method depending on what you need. Leraning with me is fun and easy!

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I have been enrolled in french schools and did my studies and PhD in French in France. I am French Lebanese and I am Bilingue.
I have been teaching french and other subjects for kids with special needs and also for adults in the university.
Lessons are customized depending on your goals and targets and will make sure you get as much information and practice as the session ends. Please contact me to discuss more and answer any question you have!
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My approach to language-learning is highly personal and communicative. I choose authentic resources for your level and your interests. Then I develop knowledge in French culture and mastery of the necessary vocabulary and grammar structures through in-depth exploration of these sources. I focus on communication through writing, reading, speaking, and comprehension and I can adjust our focus based on your needs and goals.

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I earned my PhD in 2018.
I am currently teaching all levels of French at a local independent high school.
2 years ESL teaching experience to children aged 3-15 (in Japan)
9 years French university teaching experience (in both language and literature) at Northwestern University, Loyola Univesity, and Roosevelt University.
10 years tutoring experience in both ESL and French

I have worked with both adults, children, and high school students. I adapt games and material to be age and level appropriate.
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I have taken four years of french and have been practicing it fluently since! I also have a large amount of resources to use. I have years of experience working with students and helping them succeed. I use multiple methods of teaching and personalize my teaching to fit your students needs.

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Hello, My name is Carmen and I am currently a music education major who is looking to teach private lessons. I have had experience teaching multiple lessons on multiple instruments in every grade level. I am looking to gain more experience and would love to work with you! I can teach music history, theory and aural skills as well. If interested feel free to contact me! I also teach french as well!
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The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Philadelphia is $54. 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 $72 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$34 average
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45-min $20
 
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$54 average
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