Emmanuel Nado

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela 


“A different language is a different vision of life”

Frederico Fellini


I am originally from Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa. I lived in Lille where I studied photojournalism and broadcast communication.

These quotes mean a lot to me because I am a strong believer in international education and firmly believe in the power of language to change the world and help people find common ground. I have retired now from public school teaching, but my passion for teaching French and  broadcast radio remain some of the most fulfilling things I love to do.  I believe that people who speak more than one language perform better educationally and the acquired language skills translate into opportunities in the business world and in private life. It is exciting to see French learners of diverse nationality, age, profession and cultural background thriving at the Alliance Française of San Francisco. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or an advanced speaker, French is a beautiful living language and it is a lot of fun. Over the years I have been a member of the teaching team at the Alliance Française of Santa Clara and the San Jose International Language Institute. Beside my work as an educator, I produce and host a world radio program here in San Francisco for KALW radio. In my spare time I like to go for a promenade in various cities of the bay or go for a drive faraway from the cities. The Bay A rea has many awesome places with beautiful landscapes, the air is clean, so much to do and see.   I am an avid reader of mystery, science fiction, all that deals with arts and literature.


Have great fun learning!


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What our students say:
"Emmanuel does a great job keeping everyone engaged and keeping the class moving along." "I enjoy the class and look forward to it!" - Anne
 "I enjoyed our class with Emmanuel very much. He's a patient and engaging teacher, and encourages good conversation." - John
"Emmanuel has a wonderful style and temperament. It is a joy to learn French from him. I like the combination of tasks in the class - the short stories, the vocabulary, quoi de neuf and discussion. I feel lucky to have landed in his class." - J.S. 
"I like to take the class online. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but for me it does. I am coming from East Bay and not driving is a plus for me. The class quality  is the same. The students participate in class and the teacher is really good." - An anonymous student
"Emmanuel is great keeping the class and conversation moving, and coming up with different ways to be part of the class. It’s been so great to learn something new, in a group, in the supportive environment Emmanuel creates, and all during a global pandemic!." - Anne
"Emmanuel does a great job connecting with the class, staying flexible and keeping things interesting.." - Anne
"Emmanuel has led his class with professionalism and ability, taking into account the abilities and time constraints of each student. He is always prepared for the class and provides relevant material." Judy
"Dear Emmanuel, 1000 thanks for all your teachings during the last 5 years". Anonymous 

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