Meriem Bahri
Chicago, IL
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Meriem Bahri

Meriem B.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
IMPORTANT FOR NEW STUDENTS: available slots in the morning only (CST).

Bonjour & bienvenue!

French is my native language and whether you're a beginner or experienced French speaker, I would be happy to:
1) Teach you French from scratch,
2) Enrich your vocabulary & conversational abilities, or
3) Polish your accent to make you sound like a real French person!

---------------Frequently Asked Questions---------------

1- Are you interested in teaching beginners?

=> Of course! Actually, a lot of my students are beginners. It's fantastic to follow their progress and it's interesting to adapt the class a bit differently for each of them according to their preferences and abilities.


2- What type of lessons would you recommend?

=> For beginner or intermediate level: 60 min lessons
=> For advanced level: 30 min, 45 min or 60 min (100% conversation).
=> For kids: 45 to 60 min, depending how young and how are their focus capabilities.


3- Is scheduling flexible? Do I have to pick a specific day/time and stick with it?

=> I teach on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays but I'm very flexible and I perfectly understand that your schedule may vary from week to week (and I hope you'll understand mine do too!). We can choose together a first time slot to begin and then play it by ear.

About Meriem B.

I'm a native French speaker, but I do understand the joy & challenges of approaching a new language, as I also learned English, Italian and Tunisian (dialect of Arabic).

I moved from France to the USA in 2011 and my main job is being a costume designer specialized in opera.
I've also been teaching French privately - I currently have more than fifteen students - and I would like to share my love for this language and culture with more students. Takelessons has been an amazing tool for this so far!

I'm looking forward to meeting you online (SKYPE preferred).

Merci et à bientôt!

IMPORTANT FOR NEW STUDENTS: available slots in the morning only (CST).

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Danielle K.
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The first lesson with Meriem was great. I’ve been teaching myself French, and I have some pretty big gaps in basic knowledge. She did a great job helping me figure out what I need to work on. I look forward to more lessons.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Justin
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I spent a couple of months having lessons with Meriem and I definitely enjoyed my time. I had some previous knowledge of French words and phrases from various online tools but I lacked the insight that an actual instructor could bring. It was extremely beneficial to talk to someone who could correct me and help me learn. I hope that I can start my lessons again soon.

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Rocio S.
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I loved my first lesson. Meriem encouraged me to use my French and I felt little by little more confident in the conversation. Looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Madeline C.
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Meriem was exactly what I was looking for. She is very bright, enthusiastic, and I can tell she loves teaching French.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Simina
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Meriem is great! I'm working with her to get better at conversational French and she has great advice for how to improve outside of class (recommending some specific French shows, trying to watch them with French subtitles), along with doing an amazing job in class! She is great at challenging me - we'll start talking on a specific topic but she doesn't "let go" after just 1-2 sentences, she really tries to go deep. She's also always punctual and reliable for our lessons.

Posted Feb 18, 2020
Adam
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Excellent teacher! Makes lessons conversational and fun!

Posted Jan 24, 2020
Lisa
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Meriem is really amazing! She taught my 9 yr old son french, who had no experience, with patience and joy, and really made it FUN.

She was timely and provided great homework & detail after each lesson to practice in between lessons. She was always responsive with any inquiries.

We would highly recommend Meriem and will be utilizing her services again in the future!

Posted Jan 17, 2020
Blythe B.
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Very easy to follow and understand, I enjoyed it very much!

Posted Jan 16, 2020
Susan C.
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Fantastique!

Posted Dec 3, 2019
Nancy

She’s very patient, professional & cordial. I would definitely recommend her!

Posted Nov 1, 2019
Bruce
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Meriem was very friendly and positive. The time flew by. I hadn't spoken French in a while, so I was nervous at first. But she made me feel very comfortable. She was patient and always gave me plenty of time to formulate my responses. I'm looking forward to future classes.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Paul
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Very practical and straight forward.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Simon

I adore Meriem! She is a really kind and engaging teacher. It's always fun having a French conversation with her!

Posted Sep 15, 2019
Nitzan H.
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Posted Jul 19, 2019
Kim S.
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Meriem is an amazing teacher and makes lessons fun!

Posted Jun 3, 2019
Whitney
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Posted May 11, 2019
Lisa Damore
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Very sweet and patient. Makes learning fun!

Posted Apr 11, 2019
Mark
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I'm glad that I found Meriem for French lessons. She's a native French speaker, a great teacher, well-prepared for each lesson, is fun to work with, and she's an all-around nice person. Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Olga
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Merci, Meriem!

Posted Mar 5, 2019
Kim S.
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SHES THE BEST!!!!!

Posted Jan 28, 2019
Meg
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I have been taking French lessons with Meriem for about a month now and have really been enjoying it! Meriem is friendly and patient and comes prepared to every lesson with what we'll be learning that day. She has recommendations of how to continue practicing while we're not having a lesson and has some great ways to learn some tricky things to remember. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jan 21, 2019
Stephanie
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Posted Jan 17, 2019
Sonya
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Meriem is a wonderful teacher! She is very good at evaluated what level you are and your specific needs. She's patient and helpful and really uses every minute of the lesson!

Posted Jan 9, 2019
Dawn
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Meriem is an absolutely excellent teacher. I am truly impressed with her high level of organization, thorough approach, and dedication to teaching. Honestly, she could probably publish her own text book! She will encourage you to "go for it" and make mistakes, while always paying great attention to detail. I also appreciate that her lessons take a very practical approach, often focusing on what working adults would likely require in a French-speaking environment. She also happens to be a kind, cultured, and wonderful human being. Cannot recommend her highly enough!

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Christopher
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Meriem is the best French teacher that I have had since I studied French in college over 30 years ago. The knowledge and enthusiasm that she displays during class has truly made me want to reach a higher level of fluency in French and I always look forward to each lesson with her. I recommend Meriem to anyone wanting to improve their current level of French. She is awesome!

Posted Dec 10, 2018
Shane
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Meriem is wonderful! Her lessons are well planned, her explanations are very helpful, and she does a great job creating a positive, encouraging environment to learn. To me, French feels very intimidating, so I truly appreciate the work she does to help me build my skill level and confidence.

Posted Nov 24, 2018
RobN
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Great lessons, awesome teacher Will continue learning from Meriem!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Rachel
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Truly second to none!!!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Kevin
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I had a couple of sessions with Meriem during the transition between my French 1 and 2 classes. We went over rudimentary things that I didn't get in class and now everything makes so much sense. Good pronunciation is definitely the key and Meriem knows how to lead you there. I also really enjoyed the examples she gave based on songs lyrics. That's a great method!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Marilyn
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J'ai très bien appris. Awesome teacher, I would definitely recommend her!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Rachel
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Truly second to none!!!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Marilyn
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J'ai très bien appris.
Awesome teacher, I would definitely recommend her!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Kevin
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I had a couple of sessions with Meriem during the transition between my French 1 and 2 classes. We went over rudimentary things that I didn't get in class and now everything makes so much sense. Good pronunciation is definitely the key and Meriem knows how to lead you there.
I also really enjoyed the examples she gave based on songs lyrics. That's a great method!

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Julie
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I took French lessons a few decades ago and since then I've been practicing from time to time. I can understand quite easily but when I have to talk, I'm not sure about the grammar I use. Meriem helped me reviewing some basic principles that I've forgotten and provided good examples that I think I will not forget this time.

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Brandon
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Meriem Bahri is a pleasure to work with. Her demeanor is delightful, fun and caring. As a teacher, she is articulate and her lesson plans are well constructed and paced appropriately. I surprised myself with how fast I was able to put sentences together under her guidance. I'd highly recommend her for French lessons!

Posted Jul 27, 2018

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Experience

French Teacher
Aug 2018 - Present

Takelessons

French Touristic Guide in Chicago
Jul 2018 - Present

Lokafy

French Touristic Guide in Chicago
Jul 2018 - Present

Chicago Private Tours

French Tutor
May 2018 - Present

Self-Employed

French Translator
Dec 2018 - Dec 2018

Alliance Française

French Translator
Dec 2018 - Dec 2018

Chicago Bagpiper

French Speaker/Lecturer
Apr 2018 - Apr 2018

Alliance Française

French Speaker
Jan 2017 - Jan 2017

Abby Street Studios

French Translator
Dec 2016 - Jan 2017

Lyric Opera of Chicago

French/English public relation assistant
Jan 2013 - Jan 2016

Deer and Doe

Assistant French Teacher
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

Laboratory Schools of Chicago

Education

PhD in Science
Sep 2006 - Nov 2010

Université de Lille

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

French

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Tunisian (Arabic dialect)

Limited Proficiency

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