French in Edinburgh
Edinburgh, a fast-growing city of over a half a million people, has been a natural location for foreign consulates as far back as when Scotland was an independent kingdom. One of those, and the most well-known, is the French consulate, due to the countries’ diplomatic relationship spanning over a millennium in what was known as the Auld Alliance. Thanks to this long-lasting accord, French influence can be found throughout the city. Today, approximately 300 million people worldwide are French speakers, and more than 5,000 of them live in Edinburgh, according to the French Consulate. So, taking French lessons in Edinburgh will give you the chance to connect with this community while exploring some of the themed events and festivals that take place in the city each year. Contact us at Language Trainers and let’s get started today!
Why Study French in Edinburgh
For Work: Learning French in the city will broaden your professional horizons. If you are looking for a new job, you will be glad to know that many major companies in the city, like Sykes, Amazon and Adobe, are always looking to hire French speakers. Signing up for our French classes in Edinburgh would be a great way to stand out when compared to other monolingual candidates! You can also contact the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce on George Street, an institution that, as of 2018, organises trade missions to Paris with the aim of helping Scottish companies to tap into business opportunities in France. You will have the chance to network and explore the export potential in France for your organisation, so take advantage of this opportunity and impress French entrepreneurs with your language skills!
For Culture and Studies: Another significant cultural stage in the city includes the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland. Founded in 1895, this institution organises cultural meetings, which include talks, films, discussions, visits, wine-tastings, social or sporting events and soirées. If you love cinema, you can attend the Edinburgh International Festival. Every year, it features classic and contemporary films of French origin, which are screened in their original language. Forget about English subtitles after taking some lessons with us at Language Trainers! And if you would like to pursue higher education to keep on learning more about this fascinating language (and its culture!), you will be glad to know that the University of Edinburgh has an available programme called MA French. This programme will enable you to study a major European language as well as the literature, artistic developments and theories of learning and teaching associated with it. You will need an intermediate level of French to enrol in this course, so get in touch with us as soon as possible and we will help you prepare!
For Social: And if you would like to socialise with other people who have a similar interest in French, you can join the Edimbourg Francais: Edinburgh's French Conversation Group. Its members welcome people interested in France and the French language. Every Friday, they get together for conversation and drinks in a pub! They also organise parties, game nights and cinema outings from time to time, so joining this group is the perfect opportunity to make new friends while practising your French and having a great time! And you can take your new friends to one of the many French restaurants in the city, such as Chez Jules on Hanover Street and L’Escargot Blanc and L’Escargot Bleu on Broughton Street. You will be able to order traditional dishes in those restaurants, such as le confit de canard and languedoc using the French pronunciation you acquired in your lessons with us!
Where to Learn French in and around Edinburgh
Taking up French with Language Trainers is very easy. We can arrange for one of our native French teachers to go to your home or office, or you can meet at a public place if you prefer. Some options are the Central Library on George IV Bridge, Levels Cafe and Lounge on Holyrood Rd or Lowdon Coffee on George St.
Are you ready to start learning French? Let’s go, allons-y! If you are not an absolute beginner, please take our free online French Level Test so we can assess your current ability and then offer you a language package to suit your needs.
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1-on-1 General French Course in Edinburgh
Our general one-on-one courses in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh
Our French courses in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh (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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