The Beginners' Course - Step by step through the essentials

French, like any language, is largely governed by rules. Here's an example:

Nearly all French nouns ending in -ment are masculine.
Nearly all French nouns ending in -tion are feminine.

Learn this and you'll never hesitate again over:

le gouvernement
la solution
le développement
la présentation

The fastest way to master a language is by learning the rules. In the Beginners' class we'll take you step by step through all the essentials - providing you with a firm foundation for future progress.

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"The best learning package I have encountered in some 40 plus years of language study. The course is outstanding."

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The course is designed to be accessible for the absolute beginner, but even if you know quite a lot of French already, you'll find it an excellent refresher exercise. Each class lays out clearly stated objectives. Explanations are in English to begin with, then French gradually takes over. Listen now to an extract to get a feel for the style :

Listen now to an extract to get a feel for the style :

At the end of each lesson there are exercises to test your understanding and help re-inforce your progress:

Table of Contents

There are 36 lessons in the Beginners' Course, each will take around an hour to work through. At the end of each lessons there are exercises to test your progress.

1. Une dame et un petit garçon regardent tranquillement le paysage

Masculine and feminine nouns - how adjectives agree - the first group of verbs - verbs and prepositions

2. Bonjour, ça va? - Ça va bien, merci, et vous?

Qu'est-ce que c'est? - il y a

3. Elle est jeune mais elle est inconnue de vous. «Tu» ou «vous»?

When to use «tu» and when to use «vous»

4. Qui est-ce?

The verb «être» - qui? - comment? - negative sentences

5. C'est mon jour de chance

The verb «avoir» - liaisons between words - possessive adjectives (1) - «très» and «trop»

6. Lecture

The pronunciation of «r», «e», «-emme», «s», «x» and «-ent»

7. C'est aujourd'hui dimanche

The verbs «rester» and «se reposer» - «avoir faim» and «être fatigué»

8. Qu'est-ce que vous aimez faire?

The verb «faire» - the use of the infinitive - talking about quantities using «de la», «du», «de l'» and «des» - the days of the week

9. Le 3, oui, pourquoi pas?

The verbs «pouvoir», «vouloir» and «savoir» - counting to 20 - how to form adverbs that end in «-ment»

10. Quand le coeur va, tout va!

The verb «aller» - the conjunction «que» - «avoir besoin de» and «avoir envie de»

11. À l'hôpital

Il faut - «Allons!» and «Allez!» - «Si!» in response to a negative question - «me» and «moi»

12. Boire ou conduire, il faut choisir!

The second group of verbs - the passive form - adverbs that describe quantity

13. La prononciation

Different ways of pronouncing the letter «s»

14.Une partie de cartes endiablée

Describing the weather - possessive adjectives (2) - the verb «tomber»

15. Quel jour sommes-nous?

«Quel» and its different uses - assez - peu de, un peu de - comme

16. Mon cher Pierre

The verb «prendre» and its compounds - the direct object pronoun

17. Faites attention!

The imperative - expressions using «un moment»

18. Tout ça c'est du passé

Le passé composé

19. Le ciel sera clair

Le futur simple

20. Regardez le bateau qui passe sur la rivière!

The relative pronoun «qui»

21. Bonjour à toutes et à tous!

«Tous» and «toutes» - the future tense of the verb «aller» - «mieux» is the comparative of «bien» - the verb «recevoir» - some homonyms

22. Le service est compris

«Servir» and «servir à» - «chercher» and «chercher à» - the construction of the verb «demander» - vocabulary

23. Les élections

The adjective «tout»

24. Dans une guinguette au bord de l'eau

«Venir de» and «venir à» - the construction of the verb «dire»

25. Un, deux, trois, j'irai dans les bois...

Learning to count - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

26. Le temps passe, l'heure tourne

Telling the time - the verb «savoir»

27. Il ne faut pas perdre la boule

Using prepositions to situate objects - questions for finding the way - the verb «perdre»

28. Qu'est-ce que je vais faire?

Le futur immédiat - the verb «se demander»

29. L'animal que je préfère, c'est le chat

The relative pronoun «que»

30. Vous étiez en vacances à Lyon


31. Dans une agence de location immobilière

Describing the passage of time - vocabulary: «une location» and «une situation»

32. Vous vivez en Europe?

Towns, countries and continents - prepositions that go with geographical names - describing where you've come from

33. Quand la nuit est tombée, le voyageur s'est endormi

«Le passé composé» with the auxiliary «être» - the verbs «revenir» and «retourner»

34. Vous en voulez combien?

The pronoun «en» - the verb «peser»

35. Le plus beau pays du monde


36. Il est malin, René

Some homonyms - the ordinal numbers

Plus : La Guinguette - Audio Features

Audio Features from France for learners of French

When you take the Beginners' French Audio Course you'll also receive access to La Guinguette - Audio Features.

Regular listening to authentic sound recordings is excellent training for the quickfire speech of French native-speakers. And the audio features at La Guinguette offer a unique and entertaining way of getting the practice you need.

At La Guinguette you'll discover more than 230 articles to work with and enjoy, including :

  • Feature length reports (8-12 minutes) allowing you to explore a subject in depth.
  • Shorter interviews (3-5 minutes) provide manageable chunks to work with
  • Lessons in French picking up on key points that emerge from the features.
  • Optional slow versions of the reports

The features come with :

  • A full transcript in French
  • Full translation in English
  • Contextual notes to aid with comprehension

"La Guinguette is unique - it is wonderful to hear the language spoken at the same time as reading it. You offer a unique service that is the best approach to learning a language outside of a classroom that I have experienced."

Pat Browder, Durham, NC, USA

Sample now an extract to get a feel for the content.

120 French dictations
120 dictées de français
Exercises to hone your skills on

Dictation is the perfect excercise for acquiring precision in both spoken and written French.

And the first 50 purchasers of our Beginners' French Audio Course in  willl also receive as a free bonus "120 dictées de français".

Nine different native-speaking readers present the exercises. There are five different styles of text: idiomatic, phonetic, journalistic, literary and interview.

A first reading at normal speed allows you to get a feel for the overall text. Write or type what you hear during the dictation-speed reading. Revise your work with a final run through, before unveiling the original text for checking. Use the grammatical and cultural notes to learn from any mistakes.

Use the materials for dictation practice, of course. But be inventive too - the Literature section will give you a valuable introduction to contemporary and classic French writing, the Daily Life section will get you acquainted with idioms to use in your conversation.

Listen to a sample now. Roll your mouse over the illustration to reveal the answer.

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About the Author

Since 1994 Françoise Le Roux (PhD) has taught French as a foreign language to students at her school in Lyon, France. She studied Philosophy at Lyon University and the teaching of French as a Foreign Language at the Sorbonne. Her multimedia courses are in their 5th edition and have been followed by more than 6000 learners of French worldwide. She is also the co-editor of La Guinguette - Online News for learners of French.



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