French in Chicago
Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the U.S., with an estimated population of 12 million in 2020. On the surface, Chicago might not strike you as a hub of French culture, but did you know the city’s story started with the arrival of French explorers in the 17th century? They named the area after “Checagou,” a translation of the Native American word for garlic, shikaakwa. And that’s not all — Chicago’s first permanent resident was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Today, French influence in the city is still visible in the cultural, social and business spheres. Learning this fascinating language, then, will allow you to enjoy themed festivals and events organized throughout the city, make new friends with similar interests, and even look for a new, international job. Contact us today to get started with French!
Why Study French in Chicago
Learn French for Culture: If you are interested in French-themed cultural events, you can follow the website called French in Chicago, which lists events and publishes articles that can be of interest to the French-speaking community living in the city. Their site is written completely in French, so it’s a great opportunity to test the language skills you learn with us at Language Trainers! Bastille Day is also taken very seriously, with the Alliance Française of Chicago overseeing the event’s organization. And if you are a cinephile, you can attend the Annual Chicago French Film Festival. Established in 2010, this festival screens classic and contemporary films of French origin in their original language, so forget about English subtitles and enjoy the movie using your new language skills. As you can see, language classes in Chicago will open up many cultural opportunities for you to enjoy!
Learn French for Social and Food: If you are looking to make new friends who love the French language and culture, you can join the Chicago French Language Culture group. Practice your French with friendly people in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. After the meetings, you can take your new friends to sample some delicious French dishes. Chicago honors its French-language heritage and among its treasures is its cuisine. For example, you can find the Chicago French Market on Clinton Street, the only year-round, indoor market in the city. There are more than 30 vendors to choose from to get your fresh, organic ingredients to prepare traditional dishes as if you were in France! The Windy City is also filled with French restaurants which you can sample during the annual Passport to France event, hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago. In 2017, it had over 1,000 Francophiles gather for tempting cuisine and live entertainment!
Learn French for Work: French courses in Chicago will also open professional doors to those who are looking for a new, international job. Many French companies, like Veolia, Dassault Systemes, Lafarge, Orange, JCDecaux, and AXA, have their U.S. headquarters located in Chicago, because Illinois’s financial market ranks as number 1 in the US. And if you would like to connect with French entrepreneurs, you can attend some of the events hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago on North Michigan Avenue. Founded in 1978, this is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a thriving economic relationship between the United States and France and to welcome and support French businesses and entrepreneurs in Chicago. Make the most out of these opportunities and impress the attendees with your French!
Where to Learn French in and around Chicago
Our French lessons at Language Trainers are structured so you are in total control of their time and location. Our native instructors can go to your home or office, or you can meet in a public place, such as the Harold Washington Library Center on State Street, Toni Patisserie & Cafe on Washington Street or Meli Cafe on Dearborn Street.
Or if you live outside the city center, our tutors are available for lessons in areas such as Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Peoria, Elgin and Naperville.
What are you waiting for? Let’s go, allons-y! Test your current French level with our free French Level Test so we can design the best language package that suits your abilities and needs.
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1-on-1 General French Course in Chicago
Our general one-on-one courses in Chicago will help students improve their French level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our French classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
1-on-1 Business French Course in Chicago
Our French courses in Chicago are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone French and email skills, as well as a level of survival French, granting them the ability to work in a country where French is the native tongue.
2-to-1 and Small Group
French Courses in Chicago (closed group)
Our French courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One French Course or In-Company Small Group French Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster French Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.
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Some of our Language Teachers in Chicago
An English-French bilingual born and raised in France, Linda has extensive experience teaching the two languages to learners of all ages and skill levels, in both France and the United States. She holds a Master's in English, as well as a French teaching certification. She has special experience preparing students for language examinations.
Anna is a native speaker of both Polish and German, and has over seven years of experience teaching both languages. She currently holds a Master's degree in German Literature and History. She is also a regular participant in conferences related to German language and culture.
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