French in Washington, D.C
French is widely spoken in the USA. With more than 2 million speakers in the whole country, it is the fourth most-spoken language and Washington DC is no exception. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, there are more than 7,000 French speakers in the National Capital Region. Learning this fascinating language, then, can help you not only connect with this international community but also take advantage of great business opportunities locally and abroad.
Why Study French in Washington DC
For Work: The trade relationship between America and France has increased exponentially in the last few years, reaching $139 billion in revenue in 2017 according to Eurostat. Also, the bilateral investments between these two countries amount at least $268 billion, an impressive number that does not seem to be about to decrease. It is only natural, then, that those who seek to advance in their careers consider studying French. If you are interested in getting to know more about business opportunities for French speakers, you can visit the French American Chamber of Commerce on Reservoir Road. This organization has the objective of providing opportunities to the DC community and grow the network of its members. You may find it interesting to attend some of the events it hosts, aimed at connecting French and American businesspeople. If you are interested in working in France, you will be glad to know that the institution provides visa sponsorship services for Americans who want to travel to France. Another program you can take advantage of is Business France, organized by the French Embassy in Washington with the goal of supporting the international development of the French economy. You can find commercial partners in your target markets, so polish your French skills and pay them a visit!
For Culture: Those who want to delve into the French culture can attend the events that the Alliance Française organizes events every Friday. Its members get together on Wyoming Avenue to watch French films, discuss French books and to practice the language in a genuine French salon. The French Festival on Linnean Avenue l is another great occasion to indulge your inner Francophile. Every year, they celebrate Bastille Day and feature French decorative arts collections. Most of the guests wear Napoleon hats, enjoy baroque dances and music and speak as much French as possible. Taking lessons with Language Trainers will help you make the most out of this fantastic event! Cinema-lovers will also be happy to know that the French Cinematheque, a showcase of French Cinema, holds screenings every 3rd Wednesday at the Avalon Theatre Project on Connecticut Avenue. If you are more interested in French music, you can watch the amazing Opera Lafayette, an instrumental ensemble that since 1999 has been performing eighteenth-century French operatic works. This group presents in major theaters in the city, trying to make opera accessible to the general public and young audiences.
For Social and Food: Those who love socializing while speaking the language may join one of the more than 10 MeetUp Groups, the most popular of them being the French Meetup and Afternoon French Conversation in Metropolitan DC. With more than 4,200 members, it focuses on enhancing the French learning experience while having a glass of wine or juice every Thursday. Tasting culinary delights of French origin with friends is also possible in Washington DC. This city has a great variety of cafés and restaurants that offer French-inspired dishes and drinks. You can visit the Bourbon Coffee on L Street to have some croissants, or Le Diplomate, on 14th Street, to sample a salade niçoise for lunch. After taking some French lessons with Language Trainers, you won’t have to ask the waiter to translate the name of the dishes for you. Bon Appétit!
Where to Learn French in and around Washington DC
Studying French with Language Trainers is easy and convenient. You just have to send us a message and we will design a course tailored to your needs and abilities. Your instructor can meet you at home or at your office: you decide! If you prefer meeting at a public place, there is no problem: you can take your lessons at DC Public Library on K Street, at Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar on I Street, or La Colombe Coffee Roasters on Blagden Alley.
If you are not in downtown DC and you are interested in learning French, contact us. We have tutors available to start teaching in Alexandria, Arlington, Baltimore, Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church, Rockville and Bowie.
What are you waiting for? Let’s go, allons-y! Take one of our free online French level tests to test your abilities and then send us an inquiry to get started right away!
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1-on-1 General French Course in Washington, D.C
Our general one-on-one courses in Washington, D.C 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 Washington, D.C
Our French courses in Washington, D.C 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.
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French Courses in Washington, D.C (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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