These workshops are a fun introduction to basic French pronunciation while learning about French culture and common French vocabulary on a specific theme. They can be conducted in French or English, based on the participants' preference, and are suitable for any age or level. They can make a great gift idea, or a unique event for a group of friends ! Held at French With Amey (Island Park Professional complex in downtown Springfield off Mill St.), but can be held at a different location on request.  You'll get directions when you register. Handouts provided. No required materials to purchase unless recommended by Amey to work on your skills beyond the class. Maximum 8 participants if held at French With Amey.  Fee structure:   
  •  1 person:   $30/hour     1.5 hrs:  $45      2 hrs:   $60
  •  2 people:   1 hr:   $18/person   1.5 hrs:   $20/person
  •  3+ attendees:  $15/person      (1 hour or 1.5hrs)
To schedule a workshop, send a message through the contact page with the workshop that interests you, and your preferred day and time.  

Travel

Planning Your Trip to France

Make your trip uniquely suited to your needs and interests. Suitable if you are traveling independently or as part of a packaged tour. Discuss and share itineraries, sightseeing, dining, packing, and unique souvenirs to bring back.

Paris

Let's talk just about Paris! Learn unique ways to catch the key attractions and lesser-known sites of the most-visited city in the world. There are so many parts to Paris, let's make your trip match what you want to do, not just what the guidebooks say!

Day & Weekend Trips from Paris

Learn about the many destinations within easy train distance from Paris to get a more full experience from your trip to France.

Le Transport

Learn about French trains, the métro in Paris, and the basic about buses throughout France. You'll be able to buy tickets and use public transportation with ease and confidence after this session !

Le Métro à Paris

If you just want to focus on the métro system in Paris, this focused session will work on how to correctly say the station names, getting tickets, and using the system.

Driving in France

If you're headed to the French countryside, you may prefer your own vehicle so you can get to those small villages. You don't have to drive on the other side of the road, and drivers are very forgiving. Let's talk about road signs, roundabouts, maps and GPS. You can be fun to drive around France relatively stress-free!

Culture

Restaurant Menu French

Common words traditionally found on French menus. Includes restaurant etiquette and descriptions of French regional dishes. Can be a potluck. Can include wine if held at different location.

Wine Label French

Read and pronounce any wine label with ease ! Covers traditional French wines and regions, and correct pronunciation for scary-looking French words.  Can be a potluck and/or wine tasting if held at different location.

Culinary French

Emphasis on French food words used in cooking. Can be organized as a potluck. Does not include actual cooking unless so desired by participants and held at different venue.

French for Antiquing

Learn about different styles of French furniture and historical time periods while practicing numbers, years, nationalities, colors and other adjectives to describe household items and furniture. A fun "Antiques Roadshow"-style setting!

French for Fashion

Common French words used in sewing, popular culture and the world of fashion, as well as cultural aspects and France's influence on fashion historically. Makes a great birthday treat for the right person!

Crossword Puzzle French

Ever wanted to really learn the correct pronunciation and meaning of those common French words typically used in crosswords ?

Language

Basic French for Conversation

Just a few phrases so you can get by at a café, boulangerie, market, grocery store, restaurant, hotel or tourist office. Should be arranged for at least 3 sessions for best success. A great alternative to taking a full-term class or if you're really pressed for time.

Targeted Practice

Having trouble in a different class or just need some practice on one topic or structure ? Just one session and Amey will help you better understand, use and hear that structure in context! Grab a friend, a few who are also struggling, or just get some help yourself. Here are some common sources of difficulty:
  • -ER verbs (when learning verbs is a completely new concept)
  • passé composé
  • imparfait
  • subjonctif
  • replacing pronouns (lui, leur, y, en, le, la, les,....)
  • relative pronouns (qui / que)
  • demonstratives (ce, celui, ça...)
  • possession  (mon, ma, mes, le mien...)
  • si clauses   (si + imparfait / conditionnel ; si + plus-que-parfait / passé du conditionnel)
Fee structure:   
  •  1 person:   $30/hour     1.5 hrs:  $45      2 hrs:   $60
  •  2 people:   1 hr:   $18/person   1.5 hrs:   $20/person
  •  3+ attendees:  $15/person      (1 hour or 1.5hrs)
To register or inquire, send a message through the contact page with the workshop that interests you, and your preferred day and time.  Any of the above workshops can be conducted in French or English, based on the participants' preference, and are suitable for any age or level. They make a great gift idea, or a unique event for a group of friends.  Workshops are held at French With Amey in downtown Springfield, or a different location on request. Directions when you register. Handouts are provided. No required materials to purchase unless recommended beamed to work on your skills beyond the class. Maximum 8 participants if held at French With Amey.