French for Beginners : Level 1

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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 !

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Before we start
Benefits of learning a foreign language
A brief introduction about how useful and rewarding learning a foreign language can be, but also what you need to know or/and do before embarking on this long but wonderful journey."Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication. Reasons for learning a new language can be practical, aspirational, intellectual or simply sentimental. Whatever your reasons, having a clear idea of why you're learning a language can help to motivate you in your studies.Being fluent in a second language offers numerous opportunities, and learning a second language is not only exciting but offers practical, intellectual and aspirational benefits.Whatever your age, being bilingual or even trilingual will help you in life massively, especially in today's global society.Are you ready ?C’est parti ! "(Let's go)
Why is French so popular ?
Discover why French is such a popular and loved language despite its complicated grammar and conjugation ! Here are some of the facts from the video :
  1. French is the largest donor of foreign words in English with about 30% of common vocabulary.
  2. French is spoken as a native language in almost 30 countries on 5 continents.
  3. French is one of the most common native language in the world, with 220 million native speakers worldwide.
  4. French is the second most frequently used language on the internet.
  5. Last but not least, French is ranked the 2nd most influential language in the world.
How much do you know about France ?
Test yourself and find out how "French" you are.This quiz includes fun and interesting facts about France, its culture and people.
Pronunciation basics
Letters
A simple video about the French alphabet and its pronunciation.
  • 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 :
  1. G, pronounced “Gee” in English, is pronounced “Jay” in French.
  2. 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.
Accents & Stressing
One of the things French has and English has not are accents. Accents are use with certain letters only and often affects the way they are pronounced.
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.
General rules
In this video we are going to talk about some of the important aspects of French pronunciation. It may look difficult at first, but you don’t have to worry too much : this lesson is only meant to introduce these rules to you, and the more you learn, listen to and speak French, the more natural these rules will become.Silent letters : in French, the letters B, C, F, K, L, Q, and R are usually pronounced at the end of a word. The other French consonants are usually silent at the end of a word, with some exceptions which are mostly words borrowed from other languages. Silent E & Dropped E (Elision) : in spoken French, the letter E may sometimes be silent or even disappear. Liaison : a liaison is the pronunciation of a word’s final consonant when it immediately precedes a following vowel sound.Double consonants : they change the sound of the letter E to É.The letter H is usually silent in French.
Numbers
Finally ! After the mind wrecking but inevitable videos about grammar, here is your first “real” lesson : the numbers.Check out our detailed explanation and master the French numbers in no time. You will see that it is a piece of cake... for most.You will come to realise that French people have funny ways to say 70 (soixante-dix = 60 + 10), 80 (quatre-vingts = 4 x 20) and 90 (quatre-vingt-dix = 4 x 20 + 10).
Letters & Numbers
Greetings & Introductions
Much more than Bonjour !
Although foreigners know that the basic greeting in French is “bonjour”, there is much more her to be told !Formal vs Informal : Even though French shares a lot with English, there are a few main differences. One of these differences is the fact that in French, the is a formal and informal way to address someone, and this will show as well in the way you greet the person.Faire la bise or serrer la main ? If you know the person or are being introduced, you're also expected to either faire la bise (kiss cheeks) or serrer la main (shake hands). When arriving at work, this means you should go around the room and individually greet each person.
Требования
  • 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
Что Вы изучите?
  • 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
Лекторы
French Toast
French Toast
Learn French with native French Teachers

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. 

About Julie 

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

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