LOCALIZATION. GLOBALIZATION. INTERNATIONALIZATION.

It’s dangerous to assume that everyone knows and will conform to US business practices.

The French-speaking world is a complex organism with subtle, yet distinct differences from the US and its European neighbors. ‘Western’ culture is in no way a homogenous entity; blindly applying the management styles, marketing strategies, sales techniques, and HR practices (the list goes on!) that work so well for you in the US will likely get you in trouble abroad.

In a globalized market, it’s imperative that you actively adapt your business practices to meet the specific expectations of your intended markets.


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Services

Simple translation isn’t enough. It must be paired with a fully-realized, contextualized understanding of your specific market and client base in order to be effective. After all, you wouldn’t cater to someone from New York City in the same way as a rural audience from the South West, for example. Why treat your international markets any differently?

We offer full-service localization services to maximize your impact and profits:

  • Contextualized Translation with a focus on native tone, register, and style
  • Copy Writing for focused content that doesn’t exist in your translated material
  • Project Management for: expanding into new markets, new products, new clients
  • Communication Audit to discern how your management style reflects the hierarchical expectations of your locale
  • HR Coaching for understanding how expectations relating to CVs, cover letters, and interviews vary
  • SEO Optimization
  • UX Front-End Frameworking
  • Write Copy that meets the expectations

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You deserve a localization, globalization, and internationalization process that respects the unique identity of your business and products; your brand will still stay true to itself while adapting culture, management, sales, and communication styles to Francophone counterparts.

We adapt our services to reflect the intersection of your brand, your international market, and the culture of the specific regions and industries in which you work.

Why ‘TMF’

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Like a thumbprint, no two clients are the same.

Your French-speaking clientsemployeesmanagerspartners, and offices do not share one single cultural identity. They’re French, Belgian, Swiss, Luxembourgish, African, or Canadian. They’re individuals with different personalities and backgrounds. 


You deserve a localization, globalization, and internationalization process that appreciates this diversity and crafts a custom plan which will adapt your company’s culture, management, sales, and communication styles to Francophone counterparts in order to ensure smooth integration and efficient workflow despite the cultural variances that can often create conflict or hinder success in international environments.

Private Lessons

Communication is one of the defining characteristics of the human experience.

When we tell someone a story or ask for directions, we’re not just using simple words; body language, inflection, timing, gestures, and cultural references are seamlessly intertwined to send a cohesive message.

Because communication is so layered, we teach everything in tandem. You will learn vocabulary, grammar, and verbs each lesson through exercises that strengthen reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Classic ‘classroom’ French doesn’t work because it uses stale, out-of-date textbooks which fail to contextualize information and present it in a dynamic way. So, we create our own teaching materials from current French resources like the news, movies, YouTube, Facebook posts, and novels.

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Grammar

Verb tenses
Punctuation
Spoken vs. Written
Formal vs. Informal

Pronunciation

Spoken French
Speech patterns
Prosody
Intonation

Culture

Etiquette
Ordering food
Meeting people
Getting a job

Communication

Body language
Slang
French handwriting
Age-appropriate

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About Us

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Bradley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago in French, linguistics, and anthropology; a certificate from the Université de Paris III La Sorbonne Nouvelle in French Linguistics from; and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Professional French Master’s Program with a focus on intercultural business and international marketing.

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Emilee is a long-time speaker of French since 2008.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapaign where she also received her Master’s degree in European Union Studies. Emilee studied phonetics and second language acquisition at La Sorbonne in Paris while simultaneously working for a non-profit organization as an interpreter.

Blog

For us, the goal of successful language learning is to create a realistic persona of who you would be and how you would talk if you grew up speaking French.

The Teach Me Français blog series is your key to a fully immersive language-learning experience without having to leave home. No French student should be ‘penalized’ because they can’t spend time abroad.

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Our posts will expose you to a myriad of techniques and resources to build up a strong understanding of the language from a cultural aspect. From learning kids nursery rhymes and mnemonic devices to understanding how French CVs work, we’ll go through it all together.

Happy Clients

Check out what people are saying about Teach Me Français!

Bradley patiently taught us a tailored set of key phases and words for our French travels. His approach was fun and helpful; we felt comfortable getting around and ordering food!

Nate & Sarah

Thank you so much! I got an A in my test this week thanks to our tutoring sessions. I found the lessons to be very helpful. I have also noticed significant improvement in my spoken French!

Rhea S.

Contact

All first-time clients receive a free 30-minute consultation!