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3 Myths About Learning French - BUSTED!

3 Myths About Learning French - BUSTED!

Is it hard to learn French? Tutor Roman N. shares three things you might think make it difficult to learn French that are actually totally false... Some of you may have been fascinated by French culture and French language for a while, but you haven't yet taken your first step toward learning this beautiful language. In my experience, I have found these three reasons to be the most popular excuses: "I'm too old for this -- it's too late to start learning a second language." "My Fren … Read More

3 Myths About Learning French - BUSTED!
Is it hard to learn French? Tutor Roman N. shares three things you might think make it difficult to learn French that are actually totally false... Some of you may have been fascinated by French culture and French language for a while, but you haven't yet taken your first step toward learning this beautiful language. In my experience, I have found these three reasons to be the most popular excuses: "I'm too old for this -- it's too late to start learning a second language." "My Fren
Guest Podcast from French Blabla: How to Use (or Avoid Using) the French Subjunctive
For many language students, the French subjunctive, or le subjonctif, is one of the trickiest French verbs to master. It can leave you with such a headache that you'll wonder, is it possible to avoid using the French subjunctive all together? In this guest podcast, Caroline from French Blabla reveals several simple conversation hacks that will help you use the French subjunctive correctly, or avoid the need to use le subjonctif in the first place. Quelle bonne idée! Music by Bensound.c
5 Benefits of Taking French Lessons on Skype
When you're learning French, interacting with native or fluent speakers is one of the best ways to improve your language skills; and in the digital age, connecting with French speakers and instructors is now easier than ever. If you're looking to take your French to the next level, arranging an online lesson with a French instructor might be just the thing for you. What's more, the popular live video platform Skype is the perfect medium for taking French lessons online and offers many ben
Bonne Fête des Mères! French Vocabulary for Mother's Day
Here in the states, we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May (psst that's May 10 this year!), but did you know that in France Mother's Day, known as la fête des mères, is celebrated either the last Sunday of May or the first Sunday in June? Despite the difference in timing, the French celebrate Mother's Day in many of the same ways we do, but with a few uniquely French touches. First things first, if you want to celebrate this holiday as the French do, you'll need to know a bit o
Quiz: Can You Spot These French False Cognates?
False cognates, or faux amis, are French words that look like English words but mean completely different things. Take the false cognate quiz to see how many of these French false cognates you can pick out! Thanks for taking the quiz, and be sure to keep studying with our French verb guide or get help from a private tutor. How did you score? Tell us how you did in the comments below!   Interested in Private Lessons? Search thousands of teachers for local and live, online l

French in Pittsburgh

Learning a language takes time and dedication. While there are many books, CDs and software programs that can help you learn a new language, the best method is to study privately with a qualified teacher. A private teacher will tailor lessons to fit your ability and help to keep you motivated. A great way to advance your learning is to apply what you’ve learned by having conversations with native speakers.

If your chosen language is French, you’ve made a great choice. French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. And lucky for you, Pittsburgh is rich in French culture! The French controlled the area until it fell to the British, but even today, there is a strong French presence felt throughout the city. Today, Pittsburgh is home to 30 American subsidiaries of French companies and has a large French-speaking community.

So if you live in Pittsburgh, you’ll have plenty of opportunities outside of lesson time to practice! Home to a large French community and several French societies, restaurants, and social clubs, there are plenty of opportunities for real-world practice after your French lessons in Pittsburgh.

  1. The Alliance Française de Pittsburgh was founded in 1903 and was started to encourage the study of the French language, literature and culture as well as to promote activities in education and the arts. The alliance offers a variety of social and cultural events and programs in both French and English. (http://www.afpitt.org/)

  2. Another great organization is the French Cultural Center of Pittsburgh. This volunteer organization’s goal is to welcome and entertain the French-speaking communities in Pittsburgh, and it offers education, cultural and social events where members of the community and guests can meet and mingle. (http://www.centrefrancophonedepittsburgh.org/)

  3. The Pittsburgh French Meetup Group was founded 10 years ago by a French professor in the Pittsburgh area who has been involved in the local French community for over 20 years. Started as way to help his friends learn French, the group has grown into a social club that meets at various locations in Pittsburgh for fun, conversation, and the exchange of ideas. They also offer a variety of language classes for all levels of French speakers, and most social events are free to attend. (http://www.meetup.com/FrenchLessons/)

  4. In addition to these societies and clubs, if you get hungry after your French lessons in Pittsburgh, there are a number of great opportunities to immerse yourself in French food and culture. One worth visiting is Paris 66 where authentic French cuisine and wines are served in a cozy and intimate French Bistro atmosphere. Voted “Best French Restaurant” by Pittsburgh Magazine, the food is prepared and served by their native French staff, including the chef, sommelier, and servers. The perfect place to practice ordering your meal in perfect French! (http://www.paris66bistro.com/)

Taking French lessons in Pittsburgh with a qualified teacher is only the beginning of your education. The city offers great opportunities to meet others who share your interest in the French language and culture. Make sure to practice your language skills and get out there and enjoy all that Pittsburgh has to offer!

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