This course teaches you the basics of the French language.
It is meant for persons with little or no knowledge of French. This course is video based and taught by Julie, a bilingual speaker who is a native and experienced French teacher.
- over 2.5 hours of content including videos, quizzes and printable documents such as vocabulary sheets
- progressive & comprehensive learning conducted in English
- additional notes within the videos for a better understanding
- exclusive bloopers for your enjoyment
- next levels are in the making
Absolute beginners as well as people getting started with the French language will learn a lot with this easy-to-follow French course. It will also be very beneficial for people planning a short trip to France or to any other French-speaking country.
Learning French with Julie is fun, pleasant and effective. Julie has taught thousands of students of all ages in private and group settings, and has received extremely positive feedback from them.
Topics covered in this introductory course are the French letters, French numbers, conjugation basics, asking and giving directions, introducing yourself (asking and telling your age, nationality, profession, etc), genders (feminine and masculine), quantity (singular and plural), pronunciation (accents, stressing, tips), giving the time in French and more !
One of the many perks of this course are the short videos in between sections that put to use the vocabulary and rules covered in the previous lessons. This way you can put yourself in real-life situations and test your understanding of native speakers. Not to worry, the short movies are always played twice and come with subtitles the second time !
Last but not least, we have included bloopers at the very end of this course for you to laugh with us. Learning French is no easy task, one must put time and effort to learn and eventually master the language, but you MUST keep in mind that it has to remain a FUN experience. Enjoying learning is the key to staying motivated and progressing efficiently.
Ready ? C'est parti !
- French is the largest donor of foreign words in English with about 30% of common vocabulary.
- French is spoken as a native language in almost 30 countries on 5 continents.
- French is one of the most common native language in the world, with 220 million native speakers worldwide.
- French is the second most frequently used language on the internet.
- Last but not least, French is ranked the 2nd most influential language in the world.
- The French alphabet has the same 26 letters as the English alphabet, but of course most are pronounced differently.
- Some letters have the exact same pronunciation as in English : F, L, M, N, O
- The English “ee” letters (B, C, D, P, T, V) become “ay” in French. Bee become Bay, Cee becomes Cay, etc.
- The letter “E” in French is pronounced “Eh”, and the letter “I” is pronounced “ee”.
- The letter G and J can be a little confusing as well :
- G, pronounced “Gee” in English, is pronounced “Jay” in French.
- J, pronounced “Jay” in English, is pronounced “Gee” in French.
- The French Q and U can be difficult to pronounce, but no worries, we will explain how to get there !
- The letter R is pretty tricky to pronounce, and often students just wonder how to say it. Try to follow our instructions and practice daily and you'll get it.
There are four French accents for vowels (A, E, I, O, U) and one accent for a consonant (C).
- The accent aigu ´ (acute accent) can only be used on the letter “e”.
- The accent grave ` (grave accent) can be found on the letters “a”, “e”, and “u”.
- The accent circonflexe ˆ (circumflex) can be on the letters “a”, “e”, “i”, “o” and “u”.
- The accent tréma ¨ (dieresis) can be on the letters “e”, “i”, and “u”.
- The cédille ¸ (cedilla) is found only on the letter “c”.
Stressing in French : Unlike in English, their is not much stressing to worry about when speaking French. The one main rule you have to remember if for the general intonation of your sentences : Intonation refers to the pitch of someone's voice. Basically your intonation goes down for normal sentences and it goes up for questions.
- Motivation and a positive mind set
- NO experience required as the course covers everything from the very basics
- A decent internet connexion and computer to enjoy the videos and movies in HD with no lagging
- A printer if you wish to print out the convenient A5 size summary and vocabulary sheets that come with the lessons
- Acquire basic French language skills
- Be able to ask & answer simple questions
- Introduce yourself and make your own sentences !
- Build a strong foundation before moving on to more advanced levels
About French Toast
We are a French Language School launched in 2010. We have taught thousands of students and counting. We have a team of passionate, efficient and dedicated native teachers.
Bonjour ! I am a trained native French teacher with over 10 years of experience.
I have a FLE (French as a Foreign Language) Degree and I have been teaching children and adult from many different walks of life in various countries. I currently work for French Toast and together we are bringing you this fun, comprehensive & unique French language course.
My greatest challenge & pride has been to work with autistic children in England & Wales. and the same way I have learnt a lot from this experience, I want to keep on teaching French which is to me a wonderful way to connect with others as well as a truly rewarding experience !