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French for Friends
French for Friends

French for Friends

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Introduction: You can become fluent with a beautiful French accent! Providing a gentle, personalized, boutique approach to education. I take the time to understand your level, goals, and custom tailor a curriculum for your success! My custom lessons and native cultural understanding will help you succeed. I have helped hundreds of students reach their goals for over 15 years. Focus is on correct pronunciation and materials are provided! I am here to guide you - whether you are learning French for the first time, you want to improve your accent, or you are preparing for an exam. • Beginner | French for Travel • Intermediate | Conversation • Advanced | Literature AP French | the French language BAC | French citizenship Test (TCF) I am a native French speaker from France and third generation teacher. I graduated from UC Davis, worked as a classroom teacher, and founded "Up Grade Tutoring with Marie" and "French for Friends”. • 5.0 stars on Yelp & Thumbtack ! • Thumbtack TOP PRO ! • UC Davis • Native French teacher, no accents in French or English • 10 years of classroom experience, including AP courses • Background check verified • Available in-person and anywhere with internet! All ages and levels welcome AP | COLLEGE | IB | HOMESCHOOL | HONORS | K-12 | PRIVATE LESSONS | SAT I am happy to provide a free phone consultation if you leave your number and a few good times to call. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Serves Ojai, CA

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16 years in business

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Heather W.

French Lessons

Studying with Marie has improved my french at a good pace with plenty of improvement. She has helped to create a foundation for my studies and created a smooth path for me to follow as a student. She is always up for questions and gives plenty of ideas as to how I can improve my french outside of the lessons.
French for Friends's reply
Thank you for the incredible enthusiasm you bring to our sessions. I look forward to our French conversations, guided dialogue practice, and grammar reviews. It is wonderful to see you practicing and reviewing between sessions. Thank you again for your dedication to mastering the language. « À bientôt »
May 10, 2020
Tatyana k.

I am at an intermediate level of French and needed a teacher with flexible program. I started with Marie a few month ago and I already can see my French improving! Marie prepares well for lessons to ensure steady and continuous progress. There is a good balance between grammar, conversation, and other activities! Also, Skype set up is very convenient! I really enjoy learning French with Marie and I would recommend her to anyone who would like to start study French language or to improve their current level!
French for Friends's reply
Thank you! I look forward to continuing intermediate / advanced French with both of you this week. À bientôt !
Jan 6, 2020
Taylor H.

Marie was an amazing teacher, very personable. I purchased the diamond plan, and it was the perfect amount of lessons for me to learn conversational french. I was able to go to Paris and converse with the locals. Thank you Marie! I will defenitely be recommending you!
Dec 18, 2019
Chris C.

I set out to learn French this year. Thinking to myself "How hard can this be?", I began trying to learn on my own with some online software. After several months, I had made little progress in being able to converse in French and was becoming frustrated with the experience. Thankfully I found Marie! We began lessons via Skype and in just a few hours, I made more gains than I did in all of the time I spent on my own. It has been invaluable to learn pronunciation from a real human who is fluent in the language and doesn't have an accent in either French or English. She can pick out the subtleties of your mispronunciations and provide instant feedback which is just not possible for a computer. I'm not enrolled in any formal class, so Marie has had to structure my lessons herself and provide course materials. She leads you through exercises to introduce you to new vocabulary and concepts, and then challenges you to apply these concepts through some activities. If you are struggling with a word, phase, or even just a specific sound; she'll mix up the approach. She'll over emphasize the correct sound in a way which makes you laugh and helps you to retain the information. She has also been a great resource of ways for me to practice in between out lessons. She knows the language, enjoys teaching it to others, and clearly takes pride in her work! Based on my experience, I'm confident in Marie's teaching abilities and would trust in any subject area she is confident in offering tutoring. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Chris
French for Friends's reply
Merci beaucoup, Chris! It was wonderful working with you.
Dec 18, 2019
Mia G.

Learning French with Marie is awesome! Marie has been tutoring for three years now. I’ve been going to a french school for 10 years and Marie definitely helped me succeed in French!
Mar 6, 2020
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