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Did you know that there is an interesting and historic bond between South African and France that goes back several centuries?
Many Capetonians, and indeed South Africans, are descendants of a mass migration of French Huguenots who arrived in the Cape soon after the Dutch settlers in the 17th century and made a significant contribution to the South Africa we know today!
One of the best examples of French influence in South Africa must be the magnificent corner of the Cape called Franschhoek. At the time of their arrival, French settlers were reportedly astonished at the fertile grape-growing region which turned this quaint corner of the country into a place of French culture, cuisine and expert winemaking.
Anyone who wanted to learn French in or around Cape Town, would certainly get much more than a sense of the language if they chose to take up French lessons in Franschhoek.
There are so many advantages to learning a second language today, but the decision to learn French is one that you would never regret.
As technology and ease-of-travel are making the world smaller and smaller, it has become increasingly necessary to upskill our language knowledge.
While English is certainly regarded as an international language, so is French and this is one of the reasons why so many people are opting for French lessons.
Did you know that French is widely-spoken outside of France and is actually an official language in many African countries? In fact, French is an official language in 29 independent nations!
Apart from France, if you are planning to visit, work or go on holiday to any of these nations, then you have a good reason to learn French, some of these countries include: Canada, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Gabon, Rwanda, Belgium, Congo, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea and so many others.
Besides the practical skill of being able to speak, write and understand a second language, it certainly looks good on your curriculum vitae. So if you, like so many other South Africans, have your sights set on an international career, you should consider French lessons. And if you are in Cape Town, the options to learn French are endless.
The need to understand a second language like French has become of such global importance that many parents are electing for their children to learn French from a young age.
In Cape Town this is especially possible because of the Cape Town French School where bilingual education that is 70% French and 30% English is offered.
There is also the possibility to learn French at school, even as a matric subject, as part of your general syllabus if you attend schools like Abbot’s College and others.
The option to learn French during a child’s school-going years has become so important for some parents that they are also seeking out online French lessons as an extra-curricular subject for their children through places like the Alliance Française network of schools.
Private French lessons are also increasingly popular and easy to find. At Superprof, you can actually search for private tutors by location. This geographical convenience is worth a lot to parents who are already spending too much time in the car!
If, however, face-to-face teaching is not critical to you, Superprof also has the option of signing up for online French lessons, where you could learn French with a tutor from just about anywhere in the world. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a webcam.
Whether you are in Cape Town or taking up French lessons anywhere else in South Africa, there are a few things to consider before you sign to learn French with a private tutor. While it may seem obvious, there are private online French tutors available for beginners, intermediate and advanced French students. Because of this, the price of French lessons can vary greatly depending on both the qualifications and experience of your French tutor.
French lessons for Your Holiday
If you are planning a holiday to France or one of the many other French-speaking countries and simply want to learn French for conversational purposes, then beginner French lessons would suit you. Tutors who offer beginner French lessons could be high school teachers or advanced French language university students who are looking to earn extra income – many of these are listed on Superprof!
Extra French for University Students
If, however, you are an advanced French language student and need help with your 17th century French literature, obviously beginner French lessons are not for you. Make sure you find the right tutor for not only your current ability, but also for your ultimate French-speaking goals.
French Lessons for Business Executives
You may be fortunate enough to be working for an international organisation that has seconded you as an employee to a French-speaking country. If this is the case, not only will you need conversational French, but your French lesson will need to include business terminology and of course an understanding of how to communicate in written French too!
One of the great advantages of using a Superprof tutor is that in many instances, your first French lesson is actually offered as an introductory trial! This means that you can discuss your goals and objectives in depth before committing to your French lessons.
You should also use this as an opportunity to see whether or not you and your French tutor are a good personality fit or not.
Remember that pronunciation is one of the most difficult parts of mastering the language and if you are going to feel self-conscious during your French lessons, because you don’t feel comfortable with your tutor, it will hinder your progress!
Regardless of the level you intend to achieve, or the ability that you are currently at, if you have decided to learn French, it should not only be educational, but it should be fun! Bonne chance!
In Cape Town, the average cost of private French courses is R189.
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With Superprof, you can learn French online with a private tutor. Connect with native French speakers on Superprof to improve your French language skills faster and to perfect your accent.
Many of the private tutors on Superprof give French classes via Skype and most of them offer their first lessons free!
To find the available online classes, just enter your subject criteria into the search engine and select the webcam filter to see the available teachers who are currently offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Skype offer many benefits. You can plan your classes to fit around your schedule and online lessons are often less expensive as the tutor does not need to travel.
From a sample of 12 ratings, pupils scored their French teachers an average of 5,0 out of five.
In case of a problem with your course, a customer relationship manager from the Superprof team will be on hand to find a solution (via telephone or mail all week).
Learning to speak French has a number of benefits. The ability to communicate in another language will open up many doors for you in terms of travel and culture. Other benefits of learning French include increased mental flexibility and improved cognitive skills.
On Superprof, we have a number of highly skilled French teachers available to give private lessons.
A French teacher can help you work on many things:
You can decide with your teacher what you wish to achieve from your private French classes.
All French lessons with a qualified private teacher offer you the occasion to learn the French language more efficiently.