French Basics and Essential Info - What you need to know about French
- French for Beginners
- Beginning Grammar
- Beginning Pronunciation
- Beginning Vocabulary
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Introduction to French
If you've ever wondered where French came from and how it fits in with other languages, here is some basic information.
What is French? Facts and Figures About the French Language
How many French speakers are there? Where is French spoken? In which international organizations is French an official language? Read this introduction to some facts and figures about the French language.
Learn some essential French words and phrases, including yes, no, I don't speak French, and do you speak English?
Most Common French Words
What are the most common French words?
What Is the Best Way to Learn French?
Students always ask, "what's the best way to learn French?" Unfortunately, the best way to learn French may not be the affordable way to learn French or the practical way to learn French. Read this article to learn about the best way to learn French as well as the runners-up.
Learn French basics in 7 days
Learn the basics of French in 7 days.
French learning checklist
Start learning French on your own, beginning with the easiest and most basic vocabulary and grammar and working your way up.
Travel French Newsletter
Taking a trip to France or another francophone country? My six-week Travel French newsletter is just what you need - learn survival travel French, from making reservations and eating at restaurants to getting around and dealing with emergencies.
Learn the French alphabet: you can listen to the whole alphabet at once or one letter at a time.
Why is French the language of ballet?
A quick look at why so many ballet terms are French.