Basic French Phrases, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation, & Listening Resources

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Index of French Lessons

French I
Basic French Phrases
Nouns, Articles & Demonstratives
Useful Words
Subject Pronouns
To Be & to Have
Question Words
Cardinal & Ordinal Numbers
Days of the Week
Months of the Year
Seasons & Directions
Color & Shapes
Family & Animals
To Know People & Facts
Possessive Adjectives


French II
To Do or Make
Work and School
Prepositions and Contractions
Countries and Nationalities
Negative Sentences
To / In and From places
To Come and to Go
Conjugating Regular Verbs
Pronominal (Reflexive) Verbs
Irregularities in Regular Verbs
Present Perfect (Passé Composé)
Irregular Past Participles
Etre Verbs
Food and Meals
Fruits, Vegetables, Meats
To Take, Eat or Drink
More Negatives
Holiday Phrases
French National Anthem
Canadian National Anthem
Belgian National Anthem
Swiss National Anthem


French III
Imperfect Tense
To Want, to Be Able to, to Have to
House and Yard
Furniture and Appliances
Comparative and Superlative
Irregular Forms
To Wear
Future Tenses
Preceding and Plural Adjectives
Adjectives: Feminine
Adjectives: Plurals
More Adjectives
Problem Verbs
C'est/Il est + Adjective + à/de + Infinitive
Sports and Games
To Live


French IV
Object Pronouns
Parts of the Body
Asking Questions
Interrogative Pronouns
Forms of Lequel
Relative Pronouns
Demonstrative Pronouns
To Read, to Laugh, to Say
Disjunctive Pronouns
Y and En
To See, to Believe, to Write
Plaire and Manquer
Pluperfect (Past Perfect)
Indefinite Pronouns
Subjunctive Mood
Falloir and Valoir
Workshop / Hobbies
False Cognates
Déjeuner du matin
Le corbeau et le renard


French V
Colloquial Expressions
Conjunctions / Connecting Words
Forms of Tout
Babies / Children
Primary / Secondary School
Passive Voice
Depuis, il y a, and pendant in past contexts
Post Office / Bank
To Receive
Verbs followed by à or de before infinitives or nouns
Adjectives followed by à or de
To Follow
Faire Causative
Direct / Indirect Discourse
Computers and Internet
Ne Explétif
Conditional Tenses
Parts of a Car / Gas Station
To Drive
Travelling / Airport


French VI
Special Uses of Devoir
Cosmetics / Toiletries
Medicine and Hospital
Present participle
Abbreviations / Slang
Past Infinitive
In the Ocean
To Die
In Space
Possessive Pronouns
Simple Past
Make-Believe / Fantasy
Music and Art
Acquérir and Résoudre
Past Subjunctive
Translating Phrasal Verbs
Other Translation Difficulties
Quebecois French

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French VII
Tricky Translations
Filling out Forms

Asking for clarification / help


French Phonetics
Pronunciation Overview
Listening Exercises
Repetition Exercises

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Food / Eating
On the Phone
Going Shopping
Going to the Doctor
Going to the Dentist / Eye Doctor
At the Hair Salon
Opening a Bank Account
Post Office
Renting an Apartment
Cooking / Kitchen Utensils
Christmas Vocabulary
School / Education
Zodiac Signs
Marriage / Civil Unions
English used in French
Regions of France
Major Cities of France
Writing Letters


A new e-book combining informal French, slang, listening exercises, and realia photos is now available!

Informal French & Slang
Informal Ways of Speaking
Fillers in Speech
Recognizing French Slang Words
Common Expressions
Common Verbs
The verb foutre
Common Adjectives
Common Intensifiers / Adverbs
Health & Body
Emotions & Personality
Weather & Time
Talking & Chatting
Eating & Drinking
People & Animals
Places & Vehicles
Work & Money
Love & Dating
Fashion & Shopping
Entertainment & Technology
Baby Talk
Proper Names


Listen to French
French Listening Resources

French Realia
France Realia


Useful information

For the vocabulary lists, I am making audio flashcards [French to English and English to French] with a flash mp3 player in each "card" so you can listen to the pronunciation of the words as you study. The flashcards will open in a new window and you simply click => to go on to the next set of flashcards or to continue on to the exercises.

The exercises can be matching, multiple choice or fill in the blank and they will also open in a new window.

After certain sections, the Real French icon will direct you to accompanying audio files to help you improve your comprehension of spoken French with the French Listening Resources mp3s and exercises.

I am slowly changing over the pronunciation guides to standard International Phonetic Alphabet symbols, but Internet Explorer has some spacing issues with the symbols. I recommend using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to view this site.

There are many more countries and regions around the world that speak French instead of just France, Quebec, Belgium and Switzerland, but those are the only dialects that appear on this site for now so that is why only those four flags are shown at the top of the page.

Recommendations. Language textbooks are rather expensive and generally only include the formal, written language. You will need more exposure to the real spoken language if you want to become fluent.

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