Learn French in Washington, D.C.

$285 for each 20-hour class

Our French classes are 20 hours each. We hold our DC classes in classrooms that we rent by the hour at locations near Dupont Circle and Thomas Circle. See below for the location of each specific class.

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Classes

*Our regular classes are 20 hours. Most meet once a week for 2 hours for ten weeks.

*Weekend intensives are all-day classes on Saturday and Sunday for two weekends.

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 Washington, D.C.

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
October 22 - January 14
* Skips Nov 26, Dec 24 and 31

Location: Dupont Circle (Florida Ave & Decatur Pl)

Class Full!

Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
November 10 - January 26
* Skips Dec 29 and Jan 19

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm
December 11 - February 26
* Skips Dec 25 and Jan 1

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

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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Level 2 Group Classes
in Washington, D.C.

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm
October 21 - January 13
* Skips Nov 11, Dec 23 and 30

Location: Dupont Circle (Florida Ave & Decatur Pl)

Class Full!

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
November 12 - February 4
* Skips Nov 26, Dec 24 and 31

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
December 8 - March 2
* Skips Dec 29, Jan 19 and Feb 16

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

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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Level 3 Group Classes
in Washington, D.C.

Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
October 20 - December 22

Location: Dupont Circle (Florida Ave & Decatur Pl)

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
November 12 - February 4
* Skips Nov 26, Dec 24 and 31

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm
December 11 - February 26
* Skips Dec 25 and Jan 1

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

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 Washington, D.C.

Saturdays 11:00am-1:30pm
November 15 - January 24
* Skips Nov 29, Dec 27 and Jan 3

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
December 10 - February 25
* Skips Dec 24 and Dec 31

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

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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Level 5 Group Classes
in Washington, D.C.

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
December 10 - February 25
* Skips Dec 24 and Dec 31

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

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 Group Classes
in Washington, D.C.

Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
October 20 - December 22

Location: Thomas Circle (14th St. NW and Massachusetts Ave.)

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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