L'ÉCOLE  FRANÇAISE CHICAGO  

french classes for adults

    1714 W. Belmont Avenue 

 Chicago, IL 60657   

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OUR NEXT SESSION: FALL 2019

September 23-November 23

(9-week session, $299 class materials and membership included)

Registration is now OPEN


CLASS LISTING  

All our classes are listed by CHRONOLOGICAL TIME ORDER: our Fall session will start on Monday, September 23  and end on Saturday, November 23 (before Thanksgiving weekend)

Our courses are also listed by COLOR CODES: BASIC classes (A) are in blue, INTERMEDIATE (B) classes in gray, ADVANCED (C) classes in red.



REGISTRATION POLICIES  

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Before signing up for a course, we invite you to read carefully our registration policies. Each class requires a minimum of 5 participants and is limited to 10 participants maximum. Therefore, we recommend our students to register early to save a seat in their class of choice! By signing up for a course, participants accept the above policy.


PENDING REGISTRATION

Since our classes are limited to 10 participants maximum, please note that registrations have to be fully completed to save a seat in your class of choice. In an effort to accommodate our communities,  ALL PENDING REGISTRATIONS WILL BE CANCELLED.


Upcoming events

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Thursday, September 19, 6-8pm

    Give French a try on us whether you take a class or not. FREE trial classes, FREE placement tests, FREE refreshments and snacks.

    NO SHOW POLICY: Please note that since this event is FREE and LIMITED, all enrolled people who won't be attending this event without notifications won't be permitted to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lef
    • 15
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    Saturday, September 21, 1-3pm

    Give French a try on us whether you take a class or not. FREE trial classes, FREE placement tests, FREE refreshments and snacks.

    NO SHOW POLICY: Please note that since this event is FREE and LIMITED, all enrolled people who won't be attending this event without notifications won't be permitted to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A2. Mondays, September 23-November 18  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this sixth level of French, we will focus on education, professions and employment. We will focus on talking about education and studies, applying for a job, taking a French interview or hiring a candidate, writing a resume in French using its standards and making comparisons.   We will review the present tense of irregular and –OIR verbs, the passé composé vs imparfait, directs/indirect/En and Y pronouns, and expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.)  « Il faut travailler pour vivre et non pas vivre pour travailler… » Proverbe

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
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    A2. Mondays, September 23-November 18 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence.  We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs. connaître, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir) and reflexive verbs as well as the passé composé, the imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, and the expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.).  You will expand your vocabulary (transportation, housing, shopping, studies, work, and cultural activities in Paris) while improving your pronunciation – and having fun! « Les meilleurs Américains meurent à Paris ! » O. Wilde

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • LEF
    • 2
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    B2. Mondays, September 23-November 18 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Come and explore the marvelous world of Francophone arts, painting and architecture, a treasure chest of emotions! In this nineteenth level, we will explore the most prolific French artists, the most popular museums and the most renowned architects of our times, studying at the same time the discours indirect présent et passé (reported speech)!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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    A1. Mondays, September 23-November 18 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this second level of French, we will focus on booking a flight, buying an airline ticket, purchasing items, following directions, expressing our preferences, ordering food and talking about the weather, seasons, leisure activities, money and international currencies. We will study the present tense of irregular verbs such aller, -IR verbs like partir, -RE verbs such as faire, the futur proche and idiomatic expressions with avoir. Welcome on board!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 8
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    A1. Mondays, September 23-November 18 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    You’ve studied French in the past but it’s been a while and you fear you’ve forgotten more than you remember?  Or you’ve taken the basic levels and you would like to consolidate what you’ve learned?  This class is designed for you.  We will review general concepts such as countries, professions, family, food, and the weather, while revisiting basic verb tenses and grammar.  You will find our refresher courses to be, well, refreshing!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    A2. Mondays, September 23-November 18 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this seventh level of French, we will focus on sports and health. Upon completion of this level, we will be able to register and join a gym, talk about our favorite sports, leisure activities, healthy lifestyles and food diet, make an appointment at the doctor’s or the dentist’s, and buy prescription drugs at a local pharmacy. We will review the imperative form, past tenses (passé composé vs imparfait), the future simple, En and Y pronouns, and the adverbs of frequency (souvent, toujours, jamais…). « J’ai décidé d’être heureux, c’est bon pour la santé. » Voltaire

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 10
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    A1. Tuesdays, September 24-November 19 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this first level of French, you will learn to introduce yourself and convey personal details such as nationality, profession, hobbies, numbers, likes and dislikes.  You will study basic grammar, the present tense of regular verbs in -ER, the irregular verbs avoir and être, interrogative forms, definite and indefinite articles, and of course, pronunciation! Your French journey begins here!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 7
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    A1. Tuesdays, September 24-November 19 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    You’ve studied French in the past but it’s been a while and you fear you’ve forgotten more than you remember?  Or you’ve taken the basic levels and you would like to consolidate what you’ve learned?  This class is designed for you.  We will review general concepts such as countries, professions, family, food, and the weather, while revisiting basic verb tenses and grammar.  You will find our refresher courses to be, well, refreshing!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
    Register

    A1. Tuesdays, September 24-November 19 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fourth level of French, we will focus on moving around Paris, taking public transportation, booking a hotel room, renting a car or an apartment, making a description of our housing, giving or asking for time and talking about our past. We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs connaître /-RE verbs) and reflexive verbs such as se promener. We will study in depth the passé composé, prepositions and adverbs of location and time…Welcome to Paris ! « Tout commence à Paris. » Nancy Spain

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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     B2/C1. Tuesdays, September 24-November 19 / 6:00-7:40pm NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This course will guide you through understanding and discussing the latest world events, the news values and ethics of interpreting real-world issues. You will refine your oral comprehension skills through watching French news broadcasts, improve your reading skills by exploring the French press and master your written skills by writing your own articles.  We will review grammar on an as-needed basis, but the focus will remain on DISCUSSING the news. « La culture ne s’hérite pas, elle se conquiert. » A. Malraux

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!



    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
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    B1. Tuesdays, September 24-November 19 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this thirteenth level of French, we will focus on talking about friendship and love relationships, entertainment, hobbies and leisure activities. We will review all the French tenses (from present to subjunctive), adjectives (préfixes et suffixes), regular and irregular adverbs (-ment), le gérondif (en allant), les pronoms ce qui, ce que, ce dont… …). « Aimer ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la même direction » A. De Saint-Exupéry

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
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    B1/B2. Tuesdays, September 24-November 19 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this class you will review and become more comfortable with the basic past tenses as well as the subjonctif présent et passé, the conditionnel présent et passé, the gérondif, and the pronoms relatifs composés.  You will also discover current French words and phrases that you never learned before! Never feel rusty again ! « La mémoire fait toute la profondeur de l’homme. » C. Péguy

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    B1/B2.  Wednesdays, September 25-November 20 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    You have completed intermediate levels and now you wish to apply your knowledge through lively conversation before moving onto more advanced levels?  In this relaxed yet structured setting, we will discuss timely topics, reviewing grammatical structures selected by the class. You will be encouraged to lose your inhibitions and voice your opinions, en français!« L’essentiel n’est pas de parler fort, mais de parler juste ! » W. Shakespeare

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 5
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    A1. Wednesdays, September 25-November 20 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this second level of French, we will focus on booking a flight, buying an airline ticket, purchasing items, following directions, expressing our preferences, ordering food and talking about the weather, seasons, leisure activities, money and international currencies. We will study the present tense of irregular verbs such aller, -IR verbs like partir, -RE verbs such as faire, the futur proche and idiomatic expressions with avoir. Welcome on board!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    A1. Wednesdays, September 25-November 20 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this first level of French, you will learn to introduce yourself and convey personal details such as nationality, profession, hobbies, numbers, likes and dislikes.  You will study basic grammar, the present tense of regular verbs in -ER, the irregular verbs avoir and être, interrogative forms, definite and indefinite articles, and of course, pronunciation! Your French journey begins here!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • LéF
    • 1
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    B1/B2. Wednesdays, September 25-November 20 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Have you ever wondered: “Why can’t I understand French people, French TV or French movies? Why do French people speak so fast?” Just because written and spoken French are two different languages. In this course, we will analyze the technical aspects of real spoken French: les sons muets et prononcés, les sons nasaux, les liaisons et les enchaînements syllabiques, le “e” muet, exploring slang, regional and French speaking accents at the same time. From authentic materials (dialogues, movies, interviews and songs), we will develop strategies and techniques to improve pronunciation, comprehension, and fluidity of speech.  We will be able to enunciate better and speak with more fluency the language of…. love!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    B1. Wednesdays, September 25-November 20 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this ninth level of French, we will focus on describing one’s house or apartment, household chores and housework, paying bills and taxes, talking about properties, personal belongings, animals and home activities. We will also explore French « savoir-vivre » and good manners while reviewing the conditionnel présent and  pronoun structures (le/lui/en/y)… « La politesse coûte peu et achète tout ! » Montaigne


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
    Register

    B1. Wednesdays, September 25-November 20 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Feeling like it’s time for a review?  In this class you will go beyond the basics and cover the passé composé vs imparfait, the futur simple, the conditionnel présent, and the pronouns y and en.  You will also work on your pronunciation and increase your vocabulary while discussing sports, health and medicine, cosmetics and the beauty industry.  « Un esprit sain dans un corps sain » Rabelais

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    A1. Thursdays, September 26-November 21 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fourth level of French, we will focus on moving around Paris, taking public transportation, booking a hotel room, renting a car or an apartment, making a description of our housing, giving or asking for time and talking about our past. We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs connaître /-RE verbs) and reflexive verbs such as se promener. We will study in depth the passé composé, prepositions and adverbs of location and time…Welcome to Paris ! « Tout commence à Paris. » Nancy Spain

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    B1. Thursdays,  September 26-November 21 / 6:00-7:40pm


    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this twelth level of French, we will focus on employment, economy and finances and talk about personal achievements, regrets and hypothetical statements. We will review the following tenses : passé, conditionnel présent and passé, le plus-que-parfait and hypothèses (Si j’avais su…), possessive and demonstrative pronouns (le mien, celui-ci…). « Plaie d’argent n’est pas mortelle. » Proverbe

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
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    B1. Thursdays, September 26-November 21 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fast-paced course you will review past and future tenses, the conditionnel présent/passé, the subjonctif, the passif, and the pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où, dont).  We will also discuss topics of interest such as new technologies, the internet, social media, and the traditional media (television, radio and the press). « Le vrai pouvoir, c’est la connaissance. » F. Bacon

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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    A2. Thursdays, September 26-November 21  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fifth level of French, we will focus on cultural activities in Paris: at the tourist office, at the museum, at the opera, in a concert hall, at a stadium, at the restaurant, at a fashion show, in a retail store… We will be able to invite someone, accept or refuse an invitation, make a reservation at the restaurant, attend cultural or sports events, go shopping, and talk about past events. We will review the present tense of the verbs pouvoir, vouloir, devoir, comparisons, introduction to imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, interrogative and demonstrative pronouns, verbs of communication, cultural activities and events in Paris such as arts, architecture, cinema and theatre, food and gastronomy, music, fashion, shopping and clothes, sports, and French celebrations« Paris est une fête.» E. Hemingway

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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    B1. Thursdays, September 26-November 21 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this tenth level of French, we will focus on one of the most challenging concepts in French grammar, le subjonctif présent and the vocabulary of new technologies! We will express our opinions about current events. One of the most difficult modes in French conjugation will become your best ally! Le subjonctif sera votre meilleur ami!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • LéF
    • 1
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    C2. Fridays, September 27-November 22 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Kewei naît en 1950 dans une famille de paysans au pied de l'Himalaya, dans la vaste campagne chinoise. Au marché de Ya'an, sur les sentes ombragées du Sichuan, aux champs et même à l'école, Kewei, en dépit des suppliques de sa mère, dessine du matin au soir. La collectivisation des terres bat son plein et la famine décime bientôt le village. Repéré par un Garde Rouge, Kewei échappe au travail agricole et à la rééducation permanente. Sa vie bascule. Il part étudier aux Beaux-Arts de Pékin, laissant derrière lui sa mère, sa toute jeune épouse, leur fils et un village dont les traditions ancestrales sont en train de disparaître sous les coups de boutoir de la Révolution. Dans la grande ville, Kewei côtoie les maîtres de la nouvelle Chine, obtient la carte du Parti. Devenu peintre du régime, son ascension ne connaît plus de limite. Mais l'Histoire va bientôt le rattraper.

    Book: “Maîtres et esclaves” (2018) – Paul Greveillac  

    Éd. Gallimard – ISBN 13: 978-2072797248

    Please note that each participant will have to order their own books.

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 


    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 4
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    A2. Fridays, September 27-November 22 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence. We will focus on means of communication, social events, the media, new technologies and CONVERSATION! Upon completion of this level, we will be able to talk further about our social lives, explore the greatest inventions of our times, make a detailed description of an object, ask information about computers and smart phones! We will review all basic levels (from 1 to 7) : the present and past tenses (passé composé vs imparfait), the imperative form, the future simple, and les pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où, dont).  « Toute technologie avancée est magique ! » Arthur C. Clark

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
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    B1. Fridays, September 27-November 22 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Feeling like it’s time for a review?  In this class you will go beyond the basics and cover the passé composé vs imparfait, the futur simple, the conditionnel présent, and the pronouns y and en.  You will also work on your pronunciation and increase your vocabulary while discussing sports, health and medicine, cosmetics and the beauty industry.  « Un esprit sain dans un corps sain » Rabelais

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 1
    Register

     B2/C1. Saturdays, September 28-November 23 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This course will guide you through understanding and discussing the latest world events, the news values and ethics of interpreting real-world issues. You will refine your oral comprehension skills through watching French news broadcasts, improve your reading skills by exploring the French press and master your written skills by writing your own articles.  We will review grammar on an as-needed basis, but the focus will remain on DISCUSSING the news. « La culture ne s’hérite pas, elle se conquiert. » A. Malraux

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!



    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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    A1. Saturdays, September 28-November 23 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this second level of French, we will focus on booking a flight, buying an airline ticket, purchasing items, following directions, expressing our preferences, ordering food and talking about the weather, seasons, leisure activities, money and international currencies. We will study the present tense of irregular verbs such aller, -IR verbs like partir, -RE verbs such as faire, the futur proche and idiomatic expressions with avoir. Welcome on board!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 7
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