Meriem Bahri

Meriem B.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details

French

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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!

***Important note***
I will have very little availability from May 9 to June 26, 2019 due to a job that will take me far from home.

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

1- Are you interested in teaching total 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 more (100% conversation).
=> For kids: 45 to 60 min, depending how young and how are their focus capabilities.


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

=> I'm very flexible and I perfectly understand that your schedule can vary from week to week (and I hope you'll understand mine can too sometimes). We can choose together a first time slot to begin and then play it by ear.
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About

Meriem delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

***Important note***
I will have very little availability from May 9 to June 26, 2019 due to a job that will take me far from home.
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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. Through my work, I occasionally translate documents or help opera singers with their pronunciation & understanding of French lyrics.
I've also been teaching French privately 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 or in my neighborhood (Andersonville in Chicago).

Merci et à bientôt!

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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
Chicago Bagpiper

French Translator
Dec 2018 - Dec 2018
Alliance Française

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

Photos & Videos

From my last trip in Paris!

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19 Reviews

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Lisa Damore Apr 11, 2019
French · Online

Very sweet and patient. Makes learning fun!

Mark Mar 17, 2019
French · Online

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!

Olga Mar 5, 2019
French · Online

Merci, Meriem!

Kim S. Jan 28, 2019
French · Online

SHES THE BEST!!!!!

Meg Jan 21, 2019
French · Online

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!

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Stephanie Jan 17, 2019
French · Online

Sonya Jan 9, 2019
French · Online

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!

Dawn Jan 8, 2019
French · In studio

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!

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Christopher Dec 10, 2018
French · Online

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!

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Shane Nov 24, 2018
French · Online

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.

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RobN Jul 28, 2018
French · Online

Great lessons, awesome teacher Will continue learning from Meriem!

Rachel Jul 28, 2018
French · Online

Truly second to none!!!

Kevin Jul 28, 2018
French · In home

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!

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Marilyn Jul 28, 2018
French · Online

J'ai très bien appris. Awesome teacher, I would definitely recommend her!

Rachel Jul 28, 2018
French · Online

Truly second to none!!!

Marilyn Jul 28, 2018
French · In home

J'ai très bien appris.
Awesome teacher, I would definitely recommend her!

Kevin Jul 28, 2018
French · In home

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!

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Julie Jul 28, 2018
French · In home

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.

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Brandon Jul 27, 2018
French · In studio

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!

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