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In the last chapter, we shared ideas and resources with you about French for kids. In this chapter we are going to talk about French for business. Whether you are interested in working with nonprofits to or with business organizations, you can learn how to speak professional French with our step-by-step guidelines.
In order to have the level of French required to do business in French, you can already conduct everyday conversations in the language. Now you need to increase your vocabulary in order to understand the nuances of negotiations and deal-making. If you still haven’t reached conversational level yet, make sure to look at our chapters on top French blogs, French podcasts, French YouTube channels, and French learning apps.
Check out your local community college for intermediate and business French courses. If there is an Institut Français or an Alliance Française where you live, you may be able to find courses to match your level of French so that you’ll be able to do business in French successfully.
If you have the time and resources, there are also business French and professional French programs directly in France where you could stay in France for for a more intensive and cultural experience. france-language.com is one example. They allow you to choose from business, hospitality, medical, legal and diplomatic specialities. You could choose to improve your French for business in settings such as Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, Biarritz and Martinique.
sprachcaffe.com also offers French for business in France. You can choose your destination, type of course, the duration of your stay and type of accommodations you would like.
Another example is cactuslanguagetraining.com which has industry specific training. There are many places to choose from, such as London, other parts of the UK, or worldwide locations. At Cactus Language, the business French courses can even take place at your home or office. you choose when and how often you take your classes and you can have dedicated course content.
You may find these methods of learning French for business quite expensive.
Online sources to learn business French tend to be cheaper. You may consider bonjourdefrance.com which offers a variety of free exercises for you to boost your business French.
At EstudiodeFrances.com you can find a number of resources under Français des affaires. You can benefit from examples of professional dialogues, problem-solution examples, and telephone etiquette.
LePointduFle.net is a site with a rich set of suggestions for where you can improve your business French. It also has links to legal French.
Another option is fluentu.com, which allows you to choose from specific fields such as aviation, engineering, finance, hospitality, logistics, medicine, oil and gas, sales, and technology, in order to help you learn French for the business sector that meets your professional needs. Fluentu has two levels of service, basic and plus. With both levels you can use the app on your smartphone, look up word and access video and audio. With plus, you also have access to unlimited flashcards and quizzes, spaced repetition and the chance to create your own flashcards.
In our Rype collection of French YouTube channels, we mentioned French with Vincent. His collection is vast and he has a dedicated selection of French for business videos that will also help you conduct business in French.
Lingua Training also has some video dialogues of business French examples that you can use go guide as you work to improve your French for business.
Rype also offers you a chance to learn business French. You’ll be able to improve your terminology and the subtleties of working professionally in French. Rype’s vetted professional French teachers can help answer your questions that relate to the real-world issues you face as you conduct business in French and with French-speakers.
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