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The Best Places to Learn French in Birmingham

What does a plumber from Montreal, a piano teacher from Paris, a French teacher from Brussels, a chef from Senegal, and a painter from Geneva, and a student at the University of Grenoble have in common? They’ll all speak French either as their mother tongue or their second language. Birmingham has a large number of places where you can learn French. Whether it’s in a language school, university, private lessons, etc., it needn’t cost a fortune to learn how to speak French in Birmingham.

The French Language

For many years, we thought that only children good learn a foreign language. It was thought that adults took longer and were less suited to learning new languages. This belief has since been proven wrong and adults can learn French and enjoy new experiences such as:

  • A trip to Quebec
  • Working in France
  • Skiing in Switzerland
  • Exploring Senegal

The French language is spoken in France, Andorra, Seychelles, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and a number of African countries. There are 37 French-speaking countries in the world and 274 million speakers of the language. French culture is also one of the most famous in the world. French is the official language of the UN, the International Olympic Committee, NATO, the World Trade Organisation, the African Union, the European Union, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, as well as the Council of Europe. Despite this, most people around the world study English rather than French. The French language is widely used both online and offline and the ninth largest language in the world and the world’s second language in international relations.

Learning French in Birmingham is Very Easy

When you learn a language, it’s important that you learn how to speak the language better or grasp the basics. Just like in other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian, French uses the Latin alphabet. French grammar has a lot of rules that were present in Latin such as the verbs agreeing with gender and quantity. Since a lot of English vocabulary originated from French, it can be easier to learn than other languages. Similarly, this can make it easier to pronounce than languages like Russian, Arabic, or Chinese, for example.

Why? When the Normans came to England, they brought their language with them. This meant that Norman French influenced the English language. This is why so many English words are from French.

Why Start Learning French in Birmingham?

Big multicultural cities like Birmingham are great places to learn about foreign languages and cultures. You can attend classes and learn to speak French without having to go to France. 

Speaking French is useful in large cities when tourists come to visit, for example. Similarly, getting private tutorials can help you consolidate your knowledge of French and get better results in French exams. Learning foreign languages is really important, especially for careers.

Students who’ve studied foreign languages have more employment opportunities. If you have a good level in French, either a B2 or C1 level in the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) will open a lot of doors. Night classes or intensive courses could be useful for those that don’t have time to study fulltime or during the day. Keep in mind that French is an official language of many countries around the world.

Going to classes and achieving an intermediate level in French is a good stepping stone before moving to Quebec, Switzerland, or Belgium, for example. Finally, there are a lot of jobs that require French:

  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • Teaching English as a foreign language in a French-speaking country
  • Journalist
  • Tourist guide

Studying French and brushing up on your French vocabulary is also a good way to learn more about French culture.

Private French Tutorials in Birmingham

There are plenty of French tutors in Birmingham. The average cost of French tutorials in Birmingham is £20 per hour. That said, there are as many different rates as there are French tutors. Rates can vary a lot. To get started, have a look at the tutor’s experience, qualifications, and approaches.

On Superprof, you can find tutors who are studying French at university, training to be French teachers, qualified French teachers, native French speakers, language teachers, retired teachers, etc. A French speaker can tutor the language as long as they have thought about:

  • Where the classes take place, travel costs, etc.
  • The content of the tutorials.
  • The level being taught.
  • Whether or not they’ll offer the first hour of tutoring for free.
  • Whether or not the students and tutors get along.

The most difficult thing is choosing the right tutor. You’ll have to try different things out.

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