Learning French is fun!
If you could choose a foreign language to learn, why not pick one of the world's most beautiful and romantic languages spoken by 300 million, le français? At AFMSP, we have highly qualified instructors who teach French for all levels and ages. Come see for yourself how easy learning French can be. Sign up today for classes. It's never too late to rendre possible l'avenir!

Some adult classes take place at 227 Colfax Ave N, our new home with 57 free onsite parking.
Enjoy a 10 day tour of Alsace & Burgundy with Alliance Française!
Come with us to discover the history, architecture, vineyards, cuisine and countryside of Alsace and Burgundy from May 22 to the 31.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is perfect for those with an adventurous spirit who are looking to discover new areas of France.

Get ready for this unforgettable experience by taking our topics class French for travelers.

On a hâte de vivre ce périple avec vous!
Thank you to the    French American Heritage Foundation         CODOFIL  (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) for your support of this event!

  • $10 for AFMSP & French American Heritage Foundation members
  • $15 for general public
Theo's Choice
Monday, Jan 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
AFMSP - 113 N First Street
This acclaimed documentary explores education and French heritage in Louisiana and how globalization could save a language from disappearing. It follows Theo Brode and others in his community in their fight for identity in Louisiana and to save Cajun and Creole through education.

Meet the filmmaker, Thomas Cauvin, for a discussion after the screening.
Be My Walker Valentine
Art-Making by AFMSP
Thursday, Feb 14, 5 - 9 pm
Walker Art Center
Vivre d’amour et d’eau fraîche. Mourir d’amour. Filer le parfait amour. Amour, vous avez dit amour? Learn some key phrases en français and speak the language of love. Also, design your own poems or déclaration d’amour through some French classic novels from our library. More details.
Photo: Bobby Rogers, ©Walker Art Center.
French à la carte : Learn fast and effectively
Workshops are three hours long and only $60.
Click on the pictures below to register!
Saturday, Jan 26
Saturday, Feb 9
Saturday, Feb 23
Saturday, Mar 2
Kids classes start this Saturday
French is one of the most popular and widely spoken languages in the world.

Our youth classes immerse students in an enjoyable, rich and interactive French language and cultural program. Details online.
Our teachers strive to make the classes fun and stimulating.
Kids and teens will gain the confidence to speak French.

The classes will be held at
113 N First Street.
Madame Hargitt à la une!
Marie-Jeanne Delevaux-Hargitt, la merveilleuse enseignante du groupe des enfants
1. Depuis quand enseignes-tu à l'Alliance?
I have been teaching at the Alliance since 1983.
I left AFMSP in 1991 for 12 years to help found the Normandale French Immersion School in Edina. During this time, I also taught at the Alliance summer camps and built bridges.

In 2003, I returned to the Alliance and proposed to the director my expertise and best practices, in order to help secure and extend the development of a variety of classes for immersion students, homeschoolers and regular students from an early age.
2. Pourquoi as-tu choisi d'enseigner?
My mother was a fabulous teacher and my inspiration. Coming from Switzerland, a multilingual country, I knew in elementary school that everyone could learn a different language and travel.

My parents spoke German when they wanted to keep secrets from their 3 daughters and this strategy kindled my curiosity and my determination to learn and understand more than French!

My Swiss upbringing showed me that Switzerland was perfectly small and like my parents use to say, “ Le monde est beau, le monde est grand derrière les Alpes." I left!
3. Quelles sont tes passions?
One of my passions is people and how the mind works. I am fascinated by neuroscience research.

It is a continual delight to teach children who think freely and learn with fun and vivid curiosity, what a treat!

4. Quels sont tes défis pour 2019?
I am so excited about moving the Alliance to the “Centre Joly“ this year. We are going to make it “ très joli pour nos petits “ and help them be a part of this exciting new chapter  dans l’histoire de l’Alliance ! e !
Upcoming events
Saturday, Jan 19 / 5 - 7 pm
AFMSP - 113 N First Street
Un film pour les adolescents.
Lola Pater
Friday, Jan 25 / 6 - 8 pm
AFMSP - 113 N First Street
Free. $5 donations suggested.
Book Clubs
Les Navigateurs de la Littérature
TONIGHT, Wednesday, Jan 9 / 6 - 8 pm
Lectures faciles
Saturday, Jan 19 / 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Books are available  online  through Culturethèque, a free digital library exclusive to our members. You may also purchase them via  Albertine .
Apéritif en français
This Thursday, Jan 10 / 6 - 7:30 pm
At University Club of St. Paul
Tricot et conversation
Monday, Jan 28 / 6 - 8 pm
At Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro, Edina
kid's activities
Les Petits Penseurs
Saturday, Jan 26 / 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Kids between 4-8 are inviting to join us for a fun afternoon of French stories and discussion. This month's theme La Différence/Difference.
At AFMSP - 113 N First Street
Free for AF members; $5 for general public
À l'honneur
Anne-Sophie Jubin, our Educational Ambassador
Peux-tu expliquer ton rôle à l'Alliance?
I came back as the new Educational Ambassador.
I will be teaching classes and will also participate in the cultural events at AFMSP. For example, I am in charge of Les Djeunes , our teen club. 

Quels sont tes défis pour 2019?
Professionally, I want to keep learning how to be a successful teacher! I am also still a student and I plan to receive my master's in the upcoming months. Personally, I am planning to discover more about Minnesota, so if you have any advice, feel free to send me an email!

Quel est le mot qui te qualifie le plus?
That's a tough question! I would say, "motivated"! 
Albertine Prix Jeunesse 2019
The Prix Albertine Jeunesse, a reader's choice award, invites children between 3 and 11 years of age to choose their favorite book from a selection of works of Francophone youth literature that are available in English translation. The prize seeks to reinforce the practice and love of reading among children.

All books from the prize selection are available at Albertine in both languages. The theme for this year's selection is "heroes and heroines", and offers different books for each age category: 3-6 years, 7-9 years, and 10-11 years.

You can vote between May 1 and May 15, 2019 on the Albertine website or in person at the bookstore. Details online.
As a member of Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul, you can enjoy a wide range of benefits all year round. For example, email us to get the code to receive 20 % off on all salon services at Camille Albane and on Minnesota Opera tickets throughout the 2019 season.
We are looking one volunteer for our monthly book club, Les Navigateurs de la littérature. Do you like French books? Are you available the second Wednesday of every month to led this book club? Please email us before Jan 25.
Autour des villes jumelles
Performances of Music by French Composers Jan 12 & 13
The Minnesota Sinfonia orchestra will be joined by extraordinary violin soloist Ilya Kaler for two concerts only, January 12 at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, and January 13 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. Free admission. Details here .

Paris Combo at Dakota Jazz - Jan 15 & 16
A French ensemble known for their dynamic, genre-bending brand of jazz and pop, giving a jazzy twist on the chanson tradition, Paris Combo is an irresistible affair loaded with attitude and charm.  Buy your tickets.

Root Down at Groveland Gallery - through Jan 19
Amy Rice’s artwork presents wildlife at its fullest. Her affection for the outdoors manifests itself in vibrant reds, yellows, purples, blues and greens – from rolling fields of flowers ready to be gathered to isolated flora depicted stem, root, and all. Free entrance. Details here .

Cyrano de Bergerac - in theaters on Jan 23
From award-winning director, stage and cinema actor Denis Podalydès, this classic tale of hijinx comes to cinemas nationwide from the renowned Comédie-Française stage. Opera buffa, tragedy, romantic drama, symbolist poetry, slapstick comedy… all genres are called upon to give life to this staging of one of the most emblematic texts of the French repertoire! Get your tickets.
Les petites annonces
Seeking French Instructor
Hamline University is looking for an instructor to teach a French class (Monday, Wednesday, Fridat from 1:50 to 2:50 pm) and their lab (Tuesday from 8 to 9:30 am). If interested, please email Maria J. Leal, Chair of the modern language department.

Seeking summer nanny
A Saint Paul family is looking for a French-speaking nanny for their children, ages 5, 6, and 8. The kids attend L'Etoile Du Nord French Immersion School and need care Monday through Friday this summer. Email Abby if interested.

Seeking a bilingual guide
A company is looking for a bilingual guide to welcome its customers on package tours. For further information, read the post on Les Français d'Amérique du Nord on Facebook.

Seeking a room
A 67 years old Brazilian woman is looking for a room and bathroom in Saint Paul until March or April. The room must be near 7th Street and Otto in Saint Paul. Please call Joya at 612 442-0168.

Seeking French Instructor
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of St. Thomas is looking for an instructor to teach a beginning-level French class during spring semester. The instructor needs to have a MA in French or an equivalent degree. Please email Ashley for more information.

Seeking new interns at AFMSP
AFMSP is still looking for new interns for the first half of 2019! Join our team as an Event Planning, Communications or Graphic Design Intern to expand your knowledge of francophone cultures, work in a multilingual non-profit environment. Send cover letters and CVs to internrecruitment@afmsp.org .

Seeking French teacher
De La Salle High School is looking for a French teacher, starting in January 2019 through the end of May. The position would be for three classes in the mornings, teaching students in French 1, 2 & 3. Please email Mary McLaren for more information.

Seeking an intermediate French instructor
Augsburg University seeks an intermediate French instructor for Spring 2019. Please email a cover letter to Michael Kidd , Chair of Languages.

Paris apartment rental
Sandy and Philippe have a sweet furnished apartment to rent for a week, a month or longer in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Ideal for one guest or a couple. Interested? Email them .
Merci beaucoup à nos sponsors!
Restons en contact!
bonjour@afmsp.org - 612 332 0436