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Learn French in NYC :: Williamsburg

$325 for each 20-hour class

Our French classes are 20 hours each. Our Williamsburg classrooms are two blocks from the Graham Avenue L train stop.

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Williamsburg

Level 1

More about Level 1

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with French or for those who took a little bit of French in high school. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain verb conjugations, vocab learning tips, etc.

If you can struggle through saying things in French like: I am American, I study French, I like football, or I have a dog, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material.

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm
January 27 - February 26, 2015
Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 28 - April 1, 2015
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
February 17 - April 21, 2015

Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is for those who have studied French before, even if it's been a while. Level 2 is right for you if you can say a few things about yourself in French, even if only at a basic level in the present tense with a limited vocabulary. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases such as:

I live in Brooklyn. 
My friend does not live in Brooklyn. (Or “my brother does not live in Brooklyn” or “my sister does not live in Brooklyn” if you don’t know the word for friend.)
I am American.
I speak English.

2) Are you familiar with the idea of verb conjugation? Does the following make sense to you? Parler means “to speak.” To turn it into “I speak/you speak/he speaks/etc” you take off the “er” and replace it with these endings.

Je Parle Nous Parlons
Tu Parles Vous Parlez
Il/Elle/On Parle Ils/Elles Parlent

Do you get that être is an irregular verb and would not be conjugated in the same way?

3) Do you get that nouns have a gender and that there is a difference between “a” vs “the.”

As an example, for masculine nouns:

un livre = a book
le livre = the book

For feminine nouns:

une table = a table
la table = the table

In general, if you are fairly comfortable with the above concepts, then you would be able to keep up with a Level 2 class. Level 2 is taught primarily in French with the first or second class designed to help you adjust to French being used in the classroom exclusively. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 3 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Bridge to French Level 2 $40

Not quite ready for Level 2 but want to avoid restarting with Level 1?

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Not quite ready for Level 2, but want to avoid restarting with Level 1? Take this two and a half hour workshop, where we'll review and help you solidify all the material from Level 1. This is perfect for those who want a little more time reviewing all of the concepts from Level 1 if you were learning them for the first time or for those who definitely don't need to start from the beginning, but need a refresher of all the basics before restarting your French learning career with Level 2.

January 15, 2015
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Level 2 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00pm
January 26 - March 2, 2015
* Skips Feb 16
Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 29 - April 2, 2015
Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
February 18 - April 22, 2015

Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are starting to feel comfortable speaking in the present tense, as well as for those who have basic knowledge of how the main past tense works (j'ai mangé, j’ai finí, etc.). Here is a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in French in the present tense such as:

I speak French.
He listens to the radio.
We go to the beach every weekend.
David and Victoria Beckham live in Paris.

2) Do you get that, for most verbs, you use avoir (j’ai, tu as, il a, etc.) with a past participle* to form the main past tense (le passé composé).

*Examples of past participles:
Acheter = acheté (j'ai acheté, for example)
Manger = mangé (il a mangé, for example)
Parler = parlé (tu as parlé, for example)
Voir = vu (On a vu, for example)
Dire = dit (Ils ont dit, for example)

Knowing how the above works, you would be able to form phrases like:

I bought a car last week.
He ate a sandwich yesterday.
We saw a friend at the bar last night.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 3 class. Level 3 will help you solidify the passé compose and introduce the imparfait (je marchais, il parlait, etc.) and plus-que-parfait (tu avais nettoyé, j’avais mange, etc.) tenses, with the goal of enabling students to speak comfortably about events that already happened.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Bridge to French Level 3 $40

Not quite ready for Level 3? Take this two and a half hour workshop, were we'll review and help you solidify all the material from Levels 1 and 2.

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Not quite ready for Level 3? Take this two and a half hour workshop, where we'll review and help you solidify all the material from Levels 1 and 2. This is perfect for those who want a little more time reviewing all of the concepts from Level 2 if you were learning them for the first time or for those who need a refresher of all the basics before restarting your French learning career with Level 3.

January 13, 2015
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Level 3 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 29 - April 2, 2015

Level 4

More about Level 4

Level 4 students are fairly comfortable putting together sentences in the present and the main past tenses and are starting to understand how the conditional (il voyagerait, for example) and future (il voyagera, for example) tenses work. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 4 is right for you:

You should understand the following phrases:

J’ai vu Annie pour la première fois quand j’avais 2 ans. 
Il marchait dans la rue quand, tout à coup, il a croisé un ami.
J'avais déjà mangé quand elle est arrivé.
Je voyagerais (as “would travel”) à Paris si j'avais (as “I had”) l’argent.
Je voudrais (for “would like” vs veux as “I want”) un croissant, s’il vous plaît.

2) Do you know the difference between je lui parle and je le parle?

3) Are you familiar with the "y" in J'y suis allé as being there?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 4 class. In Level 4, you will start to understand some of the more complex relationships between verb tenses (je voudrais, il travaillerait, etc.) and understand the difference between the futur simple and the futur proche (tu mangeras vs. tu vas manger). Level 4 also provides an intro to the harder verb tenses like the subjunctive (il faut que je fasse).

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 4 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Saturdays 12:30 - 3:00pm
January 24 - March 21, 2015
* Skips Feb 14

Level 5

More about Level 5

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 5 is right for you:

1) You can conjugate many common verbs in the present tense, the main past tenses, the conditional and the future tense. For example, you can use the verb “parler” to say, “I speak, I spoke, I was speaking, I had spoken, I would speak, and I will speak.”

2) You are starting to get comfortable using the subjunctive in the present tense.

In English, the conjugation of “to do” is:
I do
You do
He does

But notice how it becomes, "His parents require he do his homework…"

In French, the conjugation is
Je fais
Tu fais
Il fait

But notice how it’s, "Ses parents exigent qu’il fasse ses devoirs…"

You should be fairly comfortable with the subjunctive, but will solidify when and how to use it in Level 5.

Level 5 will help you get comfortable with phrases like the following:

Tu peux lire ce que tu veux comme livre.
Le livre dont je parle s’appelle
The Great Gastby.
Je pense que le maire est honnête… Vs. Je ne pense pas que le maire soit honnête…
J’aurais nettoyé mon appartement si j’avais été certain que tu viendrais.

Level 5 focuses on solidifying major grammar points and is meant to gear you up for Advanced Conversation Practice. If you are already feeling pretty solid with all this grammar, you should sign up for Advanced Conversation Practice.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Advanced Conversation Practice

More about Advanced Conversation Practice

Advanced Conversation Practice is for students who have completed Level 5 at Fluent City or the equivalent elsewhere. Each 20-hour session is designed to be taken multiple times by any one student.*

Advanced students might need a quick grammar refresher here and there, but are comfortable speaking French, even if they are still making a lot of mistakes and still need to refine the details. Mini grammar reviews based on the group's specific weaknesses are part of each 2-hour session and increasing listening skills is also a major component of Advanced Conversation Practice class with the goal in mind of moving towards being able to comfortably have conversations with native French speakers. In class discussions may center around: recent movie releases, foreign films and classic cinema; trends in fashion; food and wine; French musicians/bands as well as the local music scene; current events and news stories both in France and also around the globe; human rights issues; travel and cultural exploration; contemporary and classical literature; online dating and more.

*Most students do about 60 hours of Advanced Conversation Practice (three 20-hour sessions) before moving to Expert French.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

 

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Advanced Conversation Practice
in Williamsburg

Saturdays 12:30 - 3:00pm
January 24 - March 21, 2015
* Skips Feb 14

Expert

More about Expert

Expert French is for students who need a weekly refresher to keep actively speaking fluent or near-fluent French and maintain the level they have already achieved at some point in their life. This class allows you to practice French in a guided conversation with a teacher offering corrections, insight into cultural slang, and creative conversational topics that allow you to learn new vocabulary. In class discussions may center around: recent movie releases, foreign films and classic cinema; trends in fashion; food and wine; French musicians/bands as well as the local music scene; current events and news stories both in France and also around the globe; human rights issues; travel and cultural exploration; contemporary and classical literature; online dating and more. The conversation topics will largely depend on the interests of the students in the class. Students signing up for Expert French should feel comfortable having fairly robust conversations with native speakers.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

 

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There are no open classes for this level at the moment. We'll be adding one soon!

Don't see the level you are looking for or a class that works for your schedule? Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter at the top of this page and we'll notify you when we add new classes!

How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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