Choose Between Two Options
- $59 for four 60-minute French classes ($120 value)
- $99 for eight 60-minute French classes ($240 value)
Classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
French and English: Language Bridging the Atlantic
Even if you’ve never studied French, you may be more familiar with the language than you’d think. Read on to walk into your first class with confidence.
“How beautiful that language is! How expressive it seems to be! How full of grace it is! …And, oh, I am always deceived—I always think I am going to understand it,” said Mark Twain when forced to follow a speech in French by legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt. The legendarily worldly writer might be forgiven for momentarily believing himself fluent: since the Norman conquest of 1066, English has adopted roughly 7,500 French words and expressions. French influences may be found throughout our everyday conversation, obviously in such phrases as “déjà vu” and “hors d’oeuvres,” and more camouflaged in words such as “blonde,” “potpourri,” and “camouflage.” France granted us both “fiancée” and “divorce,” and inspired the noun-adjective format of such paired words as “surgeon general”—and even the essentially American “Whopper Deluxe.” Learning French might surprise English-speakers by giving them a greater understanding of their own native vocabulary, and opens potential communications channels with 115 million indigenous speakers across Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada.
Though familiar phrases and borrowed words abound between the two languages, first-time students are more likely to be struck by the dissimilarities. French is colored with many nuances nonexistent in English: the word “you” varies by relationship whether formal (voux) or familiar (tu), pronunciation can change by context and phrasing, and every noun has a gender that affects conjugation. These tools are capable of marvelous acts of expression, and an understanding of French grants firsthand access to some of the world’s greatest authors, including Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Samuel Beckett, and Albert Camus.