Private French Lessons & French Tuition in Paris

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Immersion In Paris: A French Lesson At The Rodin Museum

Learning French outside the classroom is so much more motivating. Why not take advantage of being in Paris to improve your conversational skills? Perhaps a French lesson at the Rodin Museum in Paris?  Today, let me take you on a virtual French lesson in this small yet gorgeous museum, surrounded by a charming garden in central Paris, just a few minutes from Invalides. (more…)

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French Immersion in Paris: foodie related vocabulary and the top 4 food markets

 

Paris is a city that has a food market for everybody. Experience quintessential French food, as well as fragrant spices of a diverse cultural blend of countries. Paris counts more than 90 Food Markets. In this week’s blog, we share with you some useful expressions relating to all things food. We’ll share what we believe are the top 4 food markets to visit, and how much fun an immersive two-hour tour can be with a dedicated and experienced private French tutor in Paris.

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Learn French with Pastry and Chocolate Vocabulary

 

Are you a chocolate and pastry fanatic? If not, after visiting Paris, you are pretty much guaranteed to join the Pastry and Chocolate fan club! If you are soon travelling to France are you planning to enjoy delicious chocolates and pastries? Why not try out some French with our handy pastry and chocolate vocabulary.

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Paris 5 best bakeries and bread related French vocabulary .

In Paris where the official “pain” is definitely the Baguette, this iconic bread is part of most Parisians’ daily routine. Have you sampled some cheap baguettes in Paris yet?  When it comes to delicious, freshly baked bread, there is a wide range of other types of baguettes including slow-rise, gluten free. Not to mention the plethora of different types of Baguettes! You may be used to just asking in French for “une baguette” simply because it is the only one sort of bread that that you know in France. In today’s blog, I will share with you in useful French vocabulary and expressions related to the boulangerie (bakery). Also, at the same time I’ll share with you the 5 best boulangeries in Paris. Read more and enjoy!

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Stereotypes about Parisians

Ah, Paris….and Parisians ! Stereotypes about Parisians have feed the imagination of numerous writers and filmmakers. they have long used the French capital as fodder, with the glittering Eiffel Tower serving as a metaphor for all that is supposedly romantic, sophisticated and glorious. (more…)

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A French lesson in Saint- Germain-des-Près walking along the charming and narrow streets  can be a very effective way to practise your speaking skills.  learning French while visiting the galleries and hidden museums of St Germain with your private French tutor will benefit you immensely. (more…)

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A French lesson in Le Marais : a perfect setting for discovering Paris in immersion 

During a French lesson in Le Marais, you will walk through the narrow streets of the historical Marais and you will stumble upon centuries past. Spread over the 3rd and 4th districts, the narrow streets of historic heart of Paris are rich with a contrasting trendy and traditional population, while the wonderful patina of the 16th and 17th-century buildings is sharply enhanced by the designs and colors of as many boutiques. The 4e arrondissement, the Marais’s glitzier section, stretches between the Place des Vosges, one the city’s oldest and most romantic squares, and the provocatively multi-colored Pompidou Center, the sprawling modern art gallery towering over the centuries-old mansions of the area.

The rue des Rosiers is still a major centre of the Paris Jewish community where delis and bakeries sell kosher food and falafels. Our visit of the neighborhood include the wonderfully-restored Musée Cognaq-Jay, the Musée Carnavalet. During your French lesson in le Marais, you will discover the garden of the magnificent Hôtel de Sully . The northern half of Le Marais in the 3e arrondissement houses art galleries, trendy boutiques, and funky cafés and bars off the tourist track.

Improve your speaking skills in French while strolling in Paris

One of the best ways to discover Paris is on foot. Even better, let your French tutor show you around and teach you French at the same time.With our french lesson in Le Marais, you will discover Paris of the beaten tracks. A private French course is not necessarily held all the time in a classroom and in addition to one-to-one formal lessons, Paris can become your classroom. To practise your conversational skills and gain confidence while speaking French,  try a guided tour in French with French à La Carte  and discover Paris off the beaten tracks.

  • Find out about the history of Paris across the centuries, and at the same time, Parisian culture. The itineraries we offer will reveal the multifaceted nature of Paris.
  • Practice your language skills: vocabulary, understanding, speaking, accuracy. While strolling through Paris with your tutor, you will be corrected and encouraged: the best way to improve your level of French.

Feedback from Students

Anna Lucia Aidar, Work supervisor, Brazil:
Vanessa Bellendir was the best part of my trip while I was in Paris. Staying in Paris is already great, but having you as a private French teacher and a guide through places that any tourist would never go to was terrific. I really had so much fun with our classes that I did not see my month passing by this summer. After going to Paris so many times, now I really can say that I know the city from a “Parisian” point of view. So, I really hope to be able to take your walking classes very soon again. Thank you for that great summer! (July 2015)

 

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French “à la carte” offers customized one to one French lessons to meet your needs, your learning style and your scedule.  If you are interested in learning more about French culture and traditions while improving your language skills,  call or contact us here to organise private French lessons in Paris with a French tutor in Paris. – See more at: http://www.private-frenchlessons-paris.com/blog/discover-parisian-culture/1329-cliches-about-the-french-right-or-false/#sthash.ASopiZRe.dpuf
French “à la carte” offers customized one to one French lessons to meet your needs, your learning style and your scedule.  If you are interested in learning more about French culture and traditions while improving your language skills,  call or contact us here to organise private French lessons in Paris with a French tutor in Paris. – See more at: http://www.private-frenchlessons-paris.com/blog/discover-parisian-culture/1329-cliches-about-the-french-right-or-false/#sthash.ASopiZRe.dpuf

Why everything is closed in Paris in August ?

Paris in August is a ghost town. The Parisians have left and the tourists have taken the city over. On the first day of August, Paris starts to empty out as everyone takes a month off for les grandes vacances.

Passing in front of several family-owned shops you will find signs in the stores’ windows such as “en Vacances…Retour en Septembre, etc.” Paris in August can be a real struggle for tourists. Nothing serious is possible before September and la rentrée. One must know this and plan accordingly.

Many restaurants have stacked their chairs and put down the blinds. Except in the highly touristic places, bistros are closed, museums change their hours, and the best-laid plans can be foiled. Although it can be slightly annoying to find your local boulangerie closed, it’s nice to discover another side of Paris, less congested. Stroll in the desert streets of Paris on a sunny morning or have an early morning walk in Le Jardin du Luxembourg and you will be totally won over. Take a walk at night in a pittoresque parisian area far from the crowd, and enjoy the fact that you won’t be disturbed by the noisy atmosphere of cars, pollution, …  Of course, it’s not as if Paris is completely abandoned by Parisians but you will make this experience unique as long as you decide to escape from the touristic spots and accept the fact your expectations in terms of service might not be entirely satisfied.

Learn more about French culture while improving your French

French “à la carte” offers customized one to one French lessons to meet your needs, your learning style and your scedule.  If you are interested in learning more about French culture and traditions while improving your language skills,  call or contact us here to organise private French lessons in Paris with a French tutor in Paris.

French “à la carte” offers customized one to one French lessons to meet your needs, your learning style and your scedule.  If you are interested in learning more about French culture and traditions while improving your language skills,  call or contact us here to organise private French lessons in Paris with a French tutor in Paris. – See more at: http://www.private-frenchlessons-paris.com/blog/discover-parisian-culture/1329-cliches-about-the-french-right-or-false/#sthash.ASopiZRe.dpuf
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Where to picnic in Paris ?

Where to picnic in Paris ? If you’re in Paris in spring or summer, you’ll pretty quickly realize that as soon as the sun starts to glimmer, Parisians grind into picnic gear.  Whether on the grass or with a view of the water, there are picnic spots for all tastes in Paris.

Since the sun and warm weather are not with us  yet you will have to be patient !
Here is our selection so you can enjoy a relaxing time with your friends…

Do choose the right location

Here’s the lowdown on some of great places to picnic:

-The Champ-de-Mars, 7ème: the unrestricted view of the Eiffel Tower and the elegant buildings surrounding it attract tourists and Parisians alike. It is an ideal place for the young and cosmopolitan to picnic. 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 7th district. Metro: Ecole Militaire/RER: Champ-de-Mars.
Another great idea in the 7th district: the Avenue de Breteuil has lawns which are ideal for a picnic. Avenue de Breteuil (7th). Metro: Saint-François Xavier or Duroc.

Buttes Chaumont, 19ème (Plus: largest park in Paris with trees, waterfalls & a lake. Minus: hilly and thus lots of potential for spillage & bottle rolling).

La Seine (Plus: picture postcard setting. Minus: loud tourists on boats, the occasional wandering bum.)

Canal St Martin, 10ème (Plus: Trendy hotspot, great people-watching, plentiful surrounding bars for après-picnic festivities. Minus: very little grass, quiet or room to spread a blanket/d

Bois de Vicennes (Plus: huge and green with lots of trees, 2,458 acres to be precise – that’s 3 times bigger than Central Park & 4 times bigger than Hyde Park. Minus: Far away from the center of it all (in Parisian terms) and beaucoup de getting-lost opportunities).

Bois de Boulogne (Plus: same as above, although a little bit smaller with its (still very) respectable 2,090 acres. Minus, doubles up as Paris’s red light district at night!)

Are you interested by the places where to picnic in Paris ?

French “à la carte” offers you the opportunity to organize a picnic in one of your favorite Parisian spot while improving your conversational French. If you whish to practise your French, one of our private French teacher in Paris can set up a tailored lesson.

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Paris celebrates Oscar Wilde at Le Petit Palais until January 2017

Paris celebrates Oscar wilde at Le Petit Palais until January 2017 with a first major exhibition on his life and work co-curated by his grandson. Wilde, who spoke fluent French, was an ardent Francophile who regularly visited the city, eventually dying there in 1900, having been hounded out of England after his conviction for homosexuality. His tomb, in Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery, is now a place of pilgrimage.

Oscar Wilde’s tomb at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris

At Père Lachaise cemetery, admirers have covered the sculpted sphinx which adorns Oscar Wilde’s tomb of with traces of lipstick.

The author of “The Picture of Dorian Grey” wrote mainly essays, plays and poetry. Mrs Helen Carew, a friend of Robert Ross, his universal legatee, made an anonymous donation of 2,000 pounds for the controversial young sculptor Jacob Epstein to create a piece of work to decorate Wilde’s tomb. The project was completed in 1914. The burial place was then classified as a historic monument.

The work has suffered all kinds of damage and graffiti. Since 1999, graffiti has been replaced by a different, much more serious kind of damage: lipstick left by tourists kissing the monument.
It is the Irish who came to the monument’s rescue by funding a radical restoration. A glass barrier was installed to prevent the lipstick left by fans’ kisses from causing further damage.

Improve your French while visiting cemetery of Père Lachaise

French à La Carte offers you the opportunity to visit one of the most ancient parisian cemetery.  While practicing your conversational skill with one of our expert French teacher, you will discover the famous figures of the world of art, politics , science and the tens of thousands of anonymous people who are buried in the cemetery.

One of the best ways to discover Paris is on foot. Even better, let your French tutor show you around and teach you French at the same time.

If you’d like to immerse yourself in Parisian life, in addition to our one-to-one private lessons, French à la Carte also offers themed tours.

  • Find out about the history of Paris across the centuries, and at the same time, Parisian culture. The itineraries we offer will reveal the multifaceted nature of Paris.
  • Practice your language skills: vocabulary, understanding, speaking, accuracy. While strolling through Paris with your tutor, you will be corrected and encouraged: the best way to improve your level of French.

For further information, please contact us on our website.

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