Basic French

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Learning French

French is widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful spoken languages, but its reputation for being difficult is equally well founded. Although learning French may seem daunting, the Web is full of useful resources to get you started.

Basic French

Whether you don’t understand a word of French or you’ve gotten rusty over the years, there are plenty of online resources designed to teach basic French.

Insights for Basic French

  • Alliance Française provides classes, lectures, films, performances and much more to French speakers everywhere. Visit the site to find out about classes and events in your area.
  • There are a vast number of computer programs available to teach yourself French. Top Ten Reviews has a yearly review of the products on the market, and ranks and reviews them point by point.

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Learning Conversational and Advanced French

After you’ve got the basics down you can start working on your fluency by learning conversational and advanced French.

Insights for Conversational and Advanced French

  • The best way to truly speak and understand a foreign language is total immersion. You'll greatly benefit from learning conversational and advanced French through interaction with French speakers on a day-to-day basis.

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Teaching French

No matter the age or proficiency of your students, this section provides materials and inspiration for teaching French.

Insights for Teaching French

  • Alliance Française can prepare you for the DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère), the examination that allows you to become an instructor in French as a Foreign Language. Check out their Paris location’s Web site and the page on the preparation program itself. The Alliance Française /French Institute in New York has more information on the exam.
  • The Web is full of French resources for students. Grammar, vocabulary and simple translation sites can be found in the “French for Beginners” section of this guide.

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