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About Nicola R.

I am bilingual in French and English. I received my bachelor's degree in French from Columbia University, where I graduated summa cum laude, and my master's degree from the Université Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle. Since graduation I have taught French (and arts classes/workshops in French) at various bilingual schools and organizations around New York City and Boston. I also work as a professional translator between French and English, and a filmmaker specializing in bilingual media.

I love teaching students of all levels, whether at my home in Brooklyn, a nearby café or a location of your choice. À très bientôt j'espère!

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  • Speaks French, English
  • Awarded Senior French Prize from Columbia University
  • Teaching since 2010

Reviews (19)

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Cipriana C. Jun 13, 2019
French · In home

We've only had one lesson but Nicola is smart and great at explaining as she goes. I'm an adult and love her teaching style, and I could also see her being great with kids!

Taylor Jan 21, 2019
French · Online

Things are off to a great start with Nicola. My daughter is looking forward to her second session.

Matt L. Jul 27, 2018
French ·

Nicola is a great teacher. Very knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and dedicated. I highly recommend!

Nia Jul 13, 2018
French · Online

Nicola is such a kind and patient teacher. She really makes sure that you understand the lesson. I'm really glad I took her class.

Katherine Jul 12, 2018
French · In home

Nicola is a terrific teacher. She takes the time to find out what your specific goals and needs are and then structures the instruction around that. She's upbeat and creative--fun to learn from.

Linda T. Sep 27, 2017
French · In home

I had a great first session! I am confident that, with her help, I will be able to accomplish my goal; to finish the book written in French.

Jennifer K. Aug 14, 2017
French · In home

I reached out to Nicola because my daughter felt that she needed help building a foundation for her French. Nicola has been working with my daughter on grammar, reading comprehension, conversation, and much more. My daughter finds Nicola’s lesson engaging and effective. It was initially our summer project but we will continue during school year. I highly recommend Nicola!

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Nia Aug 12, 2017
French · In studio

Nicola is a great teacher. She's very encouraging and passionate when she teaches. Her teaching method is unique and effective which makes it interesing for me to learn French with her. During our lessons, Nicola always makes sure that I understand the topic by allowing me to ask questions at anytime. I really love taking her class.

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Andrew Aug 12, 2017
French · In home

It was an excellent first lesson, with a good, adjusted to the student's level pace.

Vanessa Aug 10, 2017
French · In home

Nicola approaches each lesson very thoughtfully and creatively, catering to my preferences and learning style. I appreciate the flexibility in her teaching style and that we're not just limited to a series of lessons in a book. It's been fun to learn with her!

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Holly Jul 11, 2017
French · In studio

Nicola is an excellent instructor! Our classes were not only fun and engaging, but offered hands-on practice in really practical topics and vocabulary. She brings the wisdom and knowledge of having spent time in day-to-day situations and offers that in her lessons. It makes classes not only interesting but incredibly useful. I appreciated that classes focused heavily on speaking and listening while also learning new vocabulary and reviewing grammar and tenses. Plus, not only is Nicola an excellent teacher, she's also an all-around kind, fun person to get to know and be around.

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Talidy Jun 15, 2017

I've taken french classes with Nicola in a classroom and some private ones, which was amazing. She made me feel very confortable and was very patient. I've lived in france before and was very impressed with her accent. I would definetely recomend her!

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Colton Jun 15, 2017
French · In home

Nicola is an excellent teacher. Previous French classes only improved my reading and writing skills, but with Nicola not only did those skills improve, but I feel more confident listening and verbally responding to native speakers. She is willing to design her lesson plans around each students goals and does not just base each lesson around general handouts and worksheets. Can’t recommend her enough.

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Vivian Jun 13, 2017
French · In studio

Nicola is an amazing teacher. I've taken French classes and some private lessons with Nicola and I've always come out learning new French vocabulary, verbs, slang and etc. Her passion and enthusiasm makes the lesson so interesting. What got me excited was that she taught me French by using the BD (Bande Dessinee) aka French comics. I highly recommend Nicola!!

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Kelsey Jun 8, 2017
French · In studio

Nicola is a wonderful french teacher, and it was a pleasure taking classes with her. I took french throughout school, and I wanted to relearn and practice after I had been away from the language for a while. In our lessons, Nicola thoroughly reviewed concepts I knew to get me up to speed, and taught me new words, grammar, etc. She went at my pace, often checking in with me to review what we had just been over to make sure I understood. Nicola suggested a variety of interesting supplemental material in different formats (books, videos, etc.) that were fun to review outside of class. She is a very kind and dynamic person, and it was a pleasure getting to know her in general.

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Andreia Jun 7, 2017
French ·

Nicola is a delightful teacher. I've had the privilege of having her in a classroom set and in one-on-one and she was so knowledgeable and patient and sweet. She knows how to intertwine our personal interests with her lessons plans and that helps the lessons to be better absorbed. I loved reading French books with her.

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Lara Jun 6, 2017
French · In studio

After a long hiatus from studying French in high school, Nicola was the perfect person to guide me back into the subject. She was enthusiastic, positive and put me entirely at ease - she was able to identify ways to challenge and motivate me in equal measure and made each lesson a pure pleasure!

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Sarah Jun 6, 2017
French · In studio

Nicola is obviously very passionate about the language and I had fun with her reading French graphic novels and chatting about our lives and current events en francais. I would recommend her to beginners and those like myself, who studied French/lived in France but need a refresher and a conversation partner.

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Marc Jun 6, 2017

I am a native language French speaker, growing up speaking only French.
I recently took a course in a classroom setting,
luckily enough with Nicola as the instructor.
I was and am impressed with Nicola's knowledge, pronounciation, patience,
enthusiasm and overall upbeat approach.
By having one on one conversation
Nicola has helped me rekindle my native
knowledge to the point of confidence
and willingness to speak and even write.
I recommed Nicola to anyone who seriously
wants to learn and enjoy French.
Marc, 6/6/17


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