The Paris Mayor’s Office has added a “Learning French” page to their Website with tips on who can take classes and where. Staying in Paris awhile? Check your with your local mayor’s office (each arrondissement has one) for information on municipal classes. No restrictions on nationality or residence status. You must be over 18.
Paris Mayor’s office suggestions for Learning French (Français Langue Étrangère) Via their link (“Contact here”) on the Learning French page, send an email to them with your questions. Classes are held between September and into June, Tuesday mornings or Thursday evenings.
Are you a resident of Paris? Follow this Learning French link for more details. Use Google Translate, however, if your French is top notch :-)
If you are over 18, any nationality, any profession, you can take a municipal course at the mayor’s office in each arrondissement.
Hints for reading “Consult the list of municipal classes (in French)”. The current brochure is available in English, Arabe, Spanish and Chinese. Click on your language. In French Sign up period is: “Période d’inscription”. In the link “Calendrier d’inscription” are the current class/semester dates.
The French as a foreign language (F.L.E.) classes are tailored to non-French speakers with various needs in five levels. Classes are also available for the Diplôme d’études en langue française (D.E.L.F.), a qualification of the Ministry for Education.
Once your course is determined, the cost depends on the length (annual or half-year classes) and the number of hours per week.
Options to enroll
1. Use their link “Contact here” to send them an email
2. Fill out a registration form at your local mayor’s office
3. Fill out a registration form at the reception area of Paris City Hall (4th arrondissement)
Other courses suggested on their site with links:
Université René Descartes
Conversation Exchange – French/English
Anglo-Info – list of schools and language exchange opportunities
MeetUp – type in keywords: language, Paris, exchange
Franglish – Paris: 7 minutes in English/7 minutes in French at Paris bars and pubs
InterNations – Business networking for Expats
FUSAC– The multilingual, multicultural marketplace – FUSAC is now only available on line.
“Created in 1988 FUSAC (originally titled France USA Contacts) is a free magazine containing classified ads and advertisements for the English-speaking community (Americans, Brits, Canadians, Irish, Australians, New Zealanders, and many other nationalities who speak English as a second language.) of Paris and the surrounding area.” It is no longer available in Paris Anglo locations (restaurants, bookstores).
Want to learn phrases in French and English? Check out the sample puzzles of Speak Easy. For example, La Marseillaise – match the French and English equivalents.
Speed Speaking in French/English
Franglish is a French/English language exchange event taking place four to five times per week in some of the best venues across Paris.
It is a one-to-one conversation event. People participate in at least 5 sessions of 15 minutes each (one native French speaker and one native English speaker). During one session, French is spoken half the time and English the other half.
After each session participants switch tables and meet a new language partner. It is very easy for people to learn a language and meet locals in a friendly atmosphere.
Over 30 people attend each event and it’s a good mix of ages, and their French/English doesn’t have to be perfect. A lot of people come who speak very little French/English. A bilingual organizer is there to guide and help people during the events.
English speakers like the concept, and most of them come back to our events. If you are interested, contact us, and we will be very happy to tell you more about Franglish.
We invite you to come to one of our events. More details are available on our Franglish Website.
French language and study abroad
Claire Brossard is available to give French lessons to American women or speak with them. She lives in Neuilly sur Seine. Contact her at:
06 83 85 54 61 (cell) 0146 40 02 51 (home)
The Web site “eHow” contains a page for “ How to Learn Key French Phrases” They list the top five on the home page. When you click on one, it takes you to the video page. Below the video screen is the entire selection of common French phrases that Expert Village has produced. These videos include for food, asking questions, restaurants, emergencies, entertainment, weather, months of the year, etc.
101 French Idioms
According to their website:
“Paris Version à la Française is a learning center
Our week language and culture course is aimed at Francophiles who already have a basic knowledge of French.
Linguistic program If you want to improve your French while visiting Paris, you want to speak it.
Our method is based on lively approach to French language with your active participation.
We offer varied and friendly lessons which will help you speak French.
Cultural program Coming back to Paris, you want to know the real Paris of Parisians and not the touristy Paris.
Our cultural program is based on discovering new districts and areas and getting to know Parisians.
We offer different walks and visits every day.
Visit their website for a “Typical day”
French word a day
Kristin Espinasse has a daily website for those who would like to learn a French word a day.
Centre International d’Antibes/ATOLL
Centre International d’Antibes/ATOLL is a group of French language schools in France that offer French courses for all ages, levels and interests.
This translation service offers a range of language services, including a free online English-French, German-French translation tool; French language paraphrasing tool; and a collection of English-French useful phrases.
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