A beautiful, rich language
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Learn French with our qualified, hand-picked French tutors and you will start gaining confidence. Before long you will turn your school French into a world of opportunity. There is no learning method more effective than one-to-one and small group tuition for language learning.
We have French teachers from Paris, Cannes, North Africa, Lyon, Morocco, Bordeaux, Brittany – all have a teaching qualification, excellent English and plenty of experience. We have some non-native teachers too, and they all have one thing in common – fluent French and a desire to teach it.
French remains one of the most popular languages in the world, spoken by more than 220 million people across the globe. French is one of the official languages in many countries as well as France, including Canada, Belgium and Senegal.
If you are already fluent in speaking English, learning French is fairly easy due to the sheer number of words derived from the French vocabulary. For example, did you know that approximately 3 out of every 10 English words are thought to have French origins? These include ‘souvenir’, ‘bouquet’ and ‘omelette’ – words you all know well!
We offer tuition at all levels. Whether you are a beginner, a bit rusty or half-way fluent and want to enjoy French conversation, or you want to improve your knowledge with an advanced course. Choose a time and place that suits you.
Let’s start with something practical – if you learn French, it will be a great move for your career. France is currently the world’s fifth-largest economy, and French is spoken in Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and parts of Africa too.
Speaking both English and French is a real asset in the business world.
France is home to some of the world’s top universities. The challenge of studying in France – in French – in an unfamiliar environment will make you stand out when you begin applying for jobs later.
French cinema is highly regarded – the Palme d’Or, one of the film industry’s most prestigious awards, is handed out at the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France every year. French Films usually have lower budgets than the action movies of the American film industry. They make up for this by being deeper, more thoughtful and reflective.
If you want to appreciate French-language films, there’s no substitute for hearing the actors deliver their lines in their own tongue. And there is no better way to fully appreciate the humour either.
France has made a great contribution to the arts. French literature boasts literature greats such as Molière, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Jules Verne. In the visual arts, too, France has produced revolutionary painters, such as Cézanne, Monet and Manet.
While you can appreciate great paintings without understanding a word of French, learning the language will give you a deeper understanding of the cultural context in which these great artists operated.
Reaching a level that allows you to read in French will enable you to experience some of the world’s greatest works of literature in the original. Something with which reading in translation can never compare.
France also has a great tradition of popular music, producing singers such as Edith Piaf, the subject of the film “La Vie en Rose”. or the recently deceased rocker Johnny Hallyday.
These two examples come from the past, but France still produces a large number of highly original musicians. Enigmatic dance duo Daft Punk, one of the most influential acts in the world of electronic music of the past two decades, hail from France. There are many other French artists on the electronic music and rock music scenes.
Although the language element to their output is minimal, their music still demonstrates how France remains a fertile breeding ground for musical creativity and experimentation.
There can be no talk of French culture without mentioning French cuisine. And the French love for la gastronomie cannot be separated from the language.
Once you have learned a little French, you will discover how the simple act of preparing and consuming food has been elevated to the status of another form of art.
It is no coincidence that many of the words in English we use to talk about culinary matters, for example, “cuisine”, “chef”, “café” and even “restaurant”, all come from French.
There’s probably no better way of understanding a people than learning the language they speak.
Once you begin to immerse yourself in French, you will find yourself immersed in the French world. For monolingual English speakers who have grown up with a very Anglocentric world view, this can come as an eye-opener.
Learning French will allow you to see the world from the perspective of the French-speaking peoples, through the lens of the French-language media. This is an enlightening experience for most of us.
France is our nearest neighbour – a simple journey by boat, train or plane. It is the world’s most visited country, attracting over 80 million tourists every year.
In the main tourist areas, many people can communicate in English, but once you start to explore parts of the country that are less used to seeing foreigners, English ls not so universal. This does make visiting France a lot of fun!
When buying train tickets or asking for directions, you cannot rely on people being able to speak English. Speaking French will help you enormously and the locals will appreciate it if you try to speak their language.
French is a worldwide language and is particularly common in Belgium and Switzerland, as well as Quebec in Canada. It is also one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa. If you can speak both English and French, you will be able to communicate with people throughout most of that continent.
French has over 110 million native speakers, and a further 190 million people speak it as a second language. Apparently, by 2025, French will be spoken by over 500 million people, overtaking even English in popularity by some measures.
So in many significant parts of the world, French is, and will always be, more useful than English.
Some consider French a moderately difficult language to learn. Some aspects of grammar are a bit tricky and some of the pronunciation needs practice. However, much of the vocabulary is very similar to English.
Having mastered French, learning other Romance languages, such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or even Romanian, will suddenly become easier. These languages are all very closely related.
Since the Norman Conquest of 1066, English and French history – and the English and French languages – have been inextricably intertwined. So much so that around a third of all English vocabulary comes from French.
If you’re an English speaker, learning French will teach you about the origins of many English words. And how they came to have their current meaning. In short, by learning French, you’ll also discover a lot about English that you never even suspected before.
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Hanna is an awesome teacher with great communication skills. I’m looking forward to continuing my lessons with her.
ALEX – Learning French