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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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I've been teaching French for 6 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of French culture, study abroad in French speaking countries, and more! Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to conjugate like a pro! I typically use the living language books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: recording equipment, worksheets, textbooks, and more. I love working with students of all experience levels and can't wait to meet you!

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Master degree in French language
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6 years of experience in tutoring and teaching French language
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She is very sweet and fantastic with kids. Very patient! The lessons are easy to follow and she has games and fun learning stuffs for kids. We are very happy with her! Highly recommended!
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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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I have had four classes with Jean-Luc and am enjoying it very much. I have "homework" for the first time in decades. I am also doing a few other online studies, and find that my lessons with Jean-Luc really complement that. In particular, I am learning correct pronunciation and when it is correct to use certain phrases.
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I've been teaching French for 4 years. It is true that French language can be challenging to learn but with my help and experience (and some homework), you'll be able to speak fluently in a reasonable period of time! I want you to enjoy learning, so we'll work conjugation, grammar rules, pronunciation etc, but most importantly, we'll work on your interests, what inspires you, the reason why you want to learn French. We'll watch videos, read articles, listen to songs... Remember, my priority is your expectations! And my English is very good...

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Hi everyone! I'm a French teacher. A perfect pronunciation, tools for work or casual conversation and grammar rules are essential to be well understood. I'll help you master these. I've been doing subtitling for French TV channels since 2010. I also love to teach, play and talk about music (any kind of music such as house music, dubstep, jazz, reggae, ska, Latino, rock, blues, classical French music...). I can teach you how to sing, play guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and also electronic music with softwares like Protools, Logic Audio, Fruity loops... (Mac or PC). I'm from the south of France (Provence) but I spent 9 years in Paris between 2003 and 2012, where I sang and played music in studios and live. I also worked for an Audiovisual school over there (ESRA Paris). I've been living in Seattle area from October 2012. I enjoy a lot sha
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Better than expected! I remembered way more than I thought. Jean-Gabriel is an incredible teacher!
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I really enjoyed my first lesson. Jean-Gabriel is very personable and genuinely interested in giving the student a good experience.
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Very patient, nice and professional
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I have ten years experience tutoring Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language. I minored in French and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris as well as in Geneva, Switzerland. I tailor the curriculum to the student depending on their goals in learning French as well as particular countries or cultures they are most interested in. Whether you are learning for fun, plan to take a vacation, or wish to live in a French speaking country, I can help you reach your goals.

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Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to check out my profile. Just a side note, I DO have a background check just not through the company TakeLessons wants me to use. I have taught elementary and middle school aged children through this website (as well as adults.) I have experience tutoring high school students in Spanish and French as an undergrad in college. I also taught English abroad while I studied in Geneva, Switzerland. I have taught English as a Second Language as a volunteer in the city. This past year I have taught French, Spanish, and English as a Second Language through TakeLessons.

I am TEFL certified and have a B.A. in Political Science - concentration in International Politics, minors in French and Theatre.

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Jackie is a great teacher. She is easy to work with and makes learning a new language seem doable and fun. She tries to find exactly what you want to work on and get you speaking in Spanish right away.
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Allez-viens! I have been speaking and studying French for over 10 years. It was my first foreign language and I am still so passionate about Francophonie that I truly enjoy facilitating the language learning process for others. I have a BA in French Comparative Literature and I have actually lived in France in a small and culturally rich town where learning the language was the only option. While there, I attended a French Université. My MA in education enables me to proactively tailor lessons to student needs, goals and strengths to ensure the most constructive and effective learning environment.

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I focus on the student. My approach and materials will vary depending on the progress, past experience and interests of the student. I want her or him to want to learn.My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, travel, reading, and language learning.

I am working on my Masters in Secondary English and currently hold an Associates in ECE, this combined with my extensive experience with the AP system and the time that I lived in and attended université in France make me qualified to tutor in these subjects and the satellite subject areas such as diction, study skills, reading and writing. I have experience learning four foreign languages in addition to English. It is my love of the learning process, patience and passion for these subjects, however, that are most efficacious in the tutoring process. Best of luck with your studies!
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Clarissa was very flexible with her lesson and accommodating with my particular needs.
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Clarissa knows her subject well and how to assess a student's level of proficiency so that she can appropriately tailor the lessons to the need and goals. She also has a wonderful sense of humor which keeps the learning environment light and less stressful!
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Self-taught multi-instrument musician and DJ/Producer, Alex B. built his talent on his home piano listening to his father's compositions. He had the chance to be surrounded by a home music studio with several electronic instruments and softwares. A fascinating world to a young boy.

He won an international competition of piano played by ear from David Sides Playground Sessions when he was 13 years old.

Alex started giving piano improvisation and Djing lessons since 2012, and has been having very positive feedback from his students. He uses his experience and passion in his syllabus in order to make it an intuitive and fun course. His motto is : "Play to learn, learn to Play"
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Alex was so patient especially because we had some technical difficulties. He didn't have to give us the extra time but he did: appreciate that very much. My son loves him and can't wait until his next lesson. He is very knowledgeable in his field and in a short time my son learned quite a bit. A+!
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As a native speaker with over 15 years of experience teaching French to students of all experience levels, my goal is to share with others my love for the beautiful language that is French! With my lessons, I strive to create personal and individualized courses, as opposed to many curricula which have rigid study schedules and unforgiving pace. These courses are fluid in nature and designed to fit student needs and schedules.

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LOVE Marie! She’s patient, encouraging and goes at a good pace for me—speeding up or slowing down for me when needed. It’s wonderful taking lessons from a native speaker. Always on time and veeery easy to work with. Love her!
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I can help you immerse into a wide range of subjects related to French Language and Culture and achieve your learning goals at different levels.

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Dear students,

Please join me on the TakeLessons platform to go through your study needs together. I am teaching Biology, French and Greek.

I hold a MSc and a PhD in Biology and I have a long international experience in scientific research in academic as well as in industry settings. My main areas of expertise are Genetics and Molecular Biology, but I also have experience in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. I have tutored Biology students up to Master's level and I really enjoyed every part of those interactions.

I am proficient in French. I have been learning french since my childhood as a foreign language. I hold French Language Proficiency Certifications from the University of Sorbonne (Paris, France) and I have studied and worked in France for 10 years. I have successfully tutored family members and helped them to obtain their Frenc
h Certifications. I have also been an amateur French translator. I love French Language and Culture and I would be very happy to share my knowledge with you.

I am a native Greek speaker. I was born in Greece and spent there the first 25 years of my life. In Greece, I have helped foreign students to develop their language skills and I would be more than glad to help you with your Greek studies.

I am looking forward to working with you!
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I use a conversational and communicative method that places strong emphasis on the communication features of learning a foreign language- that is speaking, listening and practicing real-life situations in a fun and natural way.

All lessons are tailored to meet your specific language learning needs. You will receive assignment after each lesson to make sure you understand the covered material before we move on to the next. You will use a workbook and various multi-media support.

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My name is Elodie. I am a native French Speaker. I come from Lyon, France.
I have been teaching French for almost 20 years now and I still enjoy it very much!
I have a certificate in Teaching French as a Foreign language. In July 2017, I took a professional training in France to learn about new teaching techniques, particularly the use of multimedia.
I can teach any level, beginners to advanced. I am comfortable with any group age; children, teenagers or adults. I can teach any student to speak French fluently.

I live in Phoenix, Arizona but I love to travel. I also go visit family and friends each year in France.

I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you learn the beautiful language of Moliere.
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Born in France and raised in Paris, I have been teaching French professionally for the past 10 years in the US.
My goal is to simplify the study of this language so you can improve rapidly and have fun!

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Bonjour,

Born in France and raised in Paris, I have been teaching French professionally for the past 10 years in the US to children and adults. All levels from beginners to AP and college degree.

I love sharing my passion for this language, country, cooking, culture and simplifying the learning experience, it can be fun!

So if you are a student and want to Improve your grades or an adult preparing a trip, I can help ;-)
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The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Philadelphia is $35. 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 $45 per hour.

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