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French Grammar Rules: Conjugating Verbs in the Conditional

If you knew how, would you use the conditional in this sentence? French tutor Carol Beth L. can help you find the answer... As a beginner or intermediate French speaker, you have likely come across various French verb tenses, such as le présent, passé composé, imparfait, futur, and perhaps even the subjunctive mood. These various features of French grammar express particular time frames, such as what is happening, happened, will happen, or even what may or may not happen. But what about e … Read More
French Grammar Rules: Conjugating Verbs in the Conditional
If you knew how, would you use the conditional in this sentence? French tutor Carol Beth L. can help you find the answer... As a beginner or intermediate French speaker, you have likely come across various French verb tenses, such as le présent, passé composé, imparfait, futur, and perhaps even the subjunctive mood. These various features of French grammar express particular time frames, such as what is happening, happened, will happen, or even what may or may not happen. But what about e
French Grammar Rules: Your Guide to Verb Tenses
French verbs throwing you for a loop? French tutor Carol Beth L. breaks down the differences between the most common verb tenses you'll study in French class... French verbs can be a difficult aspect of learning French for many students – but it doesn't have to be. If you can mentally organize what kinds of verbs are out there and when to use them, learning French grammar will be much easier to do. Here are the most common tenses studied in typical French grammar classes:  
10 Ways to Memorize French Vocabulary Fast
Many students struggle with memorizing vocabulary in a foreign language. Tutor Joan B. shares her tips for learning new words in French fast... Is memorizing vocabulary in French holding you back from speaking fluently and confidently? Recalling vocabulary can be one of the hardest parts of learning a language since the words often seem strange to us and the richness of a language means that there are many words to memorize. Use the following tips to "decode" vocabulary memorization so you ca
10 Cool Sites to Learn French by Podcast, Video, or Blog
Is it possible to learn French by podcast? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares a few great podcasts, blogs, and a YouTube channel that can help you learn French faster... When you're learning French, consistent linguistic exposure at and just above your level is vital. It can help you reinforce your current level, and help you raise your level through context clues and direct introduction to new vocabulary. Podcasts and other online mediums are an excellent way to do this. Below are a fe
Quiz Yourself: Are You An Expert In Irregular French Verbs?
The French language is notorious for its many irregularities and exceptions to rules, especially when it comes to these irregular verbs. You've been studying them, but how well do you really know these tricky French verbs in the present tense? Test your knowledge and find out which verbs could use some more practice. How did you do? Check out our French Verb Guide for more help studying French grammar and show off your score in the comments below! Interested in Private Lessons?

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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