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French for Beginners

We proudly present a one-of-a kind educational program for beginners that includes vocabulary, grammar, exercises, dialogue, and much more in the form of a theatrical performance! The plot of the play is simple. Valerie, our French tutor, gives one-on-one lessons to beginner students. Valerie has three rules for her students: 1. Complete the assigned lesson on the website and memorize new vocabulary on the flashcards before coming in for one-on-one studies. 2. You can talk about anything, as long as you employ grammar introduced in the lesson. 3. Don't be afraid to switch to English if you don’t know how to say something in French - but switch back to French as soon as you can! Follow our heroes from Act 1, with conversation mostly in English, to Act 30, where they speak mostly French! Together with Valerie's colorful students, you will learn the fundamentals of French grammar and expressions. Your vocabulary will expand rapidly and naturally, and your comprehension skills will improve dramatically. Enjoy the characters, their secrets, desires, and motivations to learn French! Follow the 3 Valerie’s rules and learn with our students, Michelle, Jack, and Kevin! Bon voyage!

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Learn French in 30 lessons: Lesson 25 - Blind date

Topics covered: Impersonal verbs and expressions Indefinite pronouns Quand même Bonjour chers amis du français ! Comment allez-vous depuis la semaine dernière ? Je suis très heureux d'être avec vous pour notre nouvel acte. Dans quelques minutes, nous allons écouter Madame Valérie, bien sûr, et Jacques. Avez-vous déjà étudié vos leçons de grammaire et fait les exercices sur notre site internet ? Doing this will make your listening easier and more enjoyable. Je crois que nous sommes prêts. Ne perdons pas une minute de plus. Voici Valérie et Jacques !

19mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #1

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Learn French in 30 lessons: Lesson 24 - À la vôtre !

Topics covered: Indirect object pronouns C’est vs il est/elle est and on À la vôtre / À vos souhaits / À la vôtre Bonjour à tous ! C’est moi Jean-Paul ! Bienvenue ! Je suis très heureux de vous présenter l’acte XXIV aujourd’hui. I hope you’re feeling uplifted today because we’re meeting Valérie and Michelle. You know there’s going to be a lot of talking! Avez-vous déjà étudié les leçons de grammaire et fait les exercices ? Oui ? Ne perdons pas plus de temps alors ! Allons-y !

20mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #2

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Learn French in 30 lessons: Lesson 23 - Bon voyage !

 Topics covered: Imparfait : formation Imparfait : uses N’importe quoi Bonjour à tous ! Bienvenue ! C’est moi Jean-Paul ! Je suis très heureux d'être avec vous pour ce nouvel acte. Aujourd’hui, nous allons avoir le plaisir d'être en compagnie de Valérie et de Kevin. Last time Valérie met with Kevin when he had just returned from his family vacation in Canada. Have you taken the time to study the grammar lesson and to do the exercises on our website ? Oui ? Je crois que nous sommes prêts alors ! Allons-y !

19mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #3

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Learn French in 30 lessons: Lesson 22 - Tacos fever

Topics covered: Depuis / Il y a...que / Ça fait...que Coordinating conjunctions Au lieu de Bonjour mes amis ! C’est moi Jean-Paul ! Comment allez-vous ? Vous êtes prêts pour un nouvel acte ? Aujourd’hui, nous allons écouter Valérie et Jacques. Last time we met Jacques, he had just returned from Paris. He seemed certain that there he had found a chef for his new restaurant. We’ll hear more about that today. Avez-vous déjà étudié vos leçons de grammaire ? Avez-vous fait vos exercices ? Eh bien, nous sommes prêts ! Allons-y !

20mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #4

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Learn French in 30 lessons: Lesson 21 - Ambassadress

Topics covered: Passé composé of pronominal verbs Past participle agreement : exception + more pronominal verbs Être à côté de la plaque Bonjour ! C’est moi Jean-Paul ! Je suis heureux de vous présenter l’acte XXI ! Aujourd’hui, nous allons écouter Valérie et Michelle. Est-ce que vous êtes prêts ? Avez-vous déjà étudié les leçons de grammaire ? I know for sure Michelle has, she’s also has done the exercises before coming to class. We all know she’ll have a lot to share with her favorite French teacher. Ne perdons pas une minute ! Let’s start!

22mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #5

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Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 20: Accents

Topics covered: Direct object pronouns Agreement of the past participle Les doigts dans le nez Bonjour chers amis ! C’est moi Jean-Paul. Je suis très content de présenter un nouvel épisode aujourd’hui ! It’s our 20th episode already. I hope you have taken the time to study the grammar lessons, to do the exercises and to learn the vocabulary for this new act of our play. I’m sure you have noticed that the dialogues are becoming complex so hopefully you can keep up and progress at the same pace as our three wonderful students. Today, we’ll catch up with Kevin. Je crois que nous sommes prêts ! Let’s welcome our favorite teacher Valérie and her student!

19mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #6

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Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 19: Sleepless in Paris

Topics covered: Passé composé with être More past participles for être D'ailleurs Bonjour les amis du français ! Comment allez-vous ? Je suis content d'être avec vous pour un nouvel épisode. Aujourd’hui, nous allons écouter Valérie et Jacques. Jacques just got back from France. I’m sure you’re looking forward to hearing his stories. We’ll also learn a lot of new things today. Avez-vous déjà étudié la leçon pour aujourd’hui ? I hope you did the exercises and consulted the flashcard as well. Bon...je crois que nous sommes prêts ! Allons-y !

19mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #7

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Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 18: Charity work

Topics covered: Passé composé with avoir Negation and placement of adverbs with passé composé C'est pas de la tarte Bonjour les amis ! C’est moi, oui, Jean-Paul ! Bienvenue au théâtre en français ! Today we’ll spend some time with Valérie and Michelle. Michelle is meeting with Valérie for the first time since her surgery. I hope you’re ready for some real entertainment...and some serious French lessons of course. By the way, have you studied already and have done the exercises? Oui ? Je crois que nous sommes prêts. Allons-y !

21mins

28 Nov 2012

Rank #8

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Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 17: ADN

Topics covered: -RE verbs (irregular) like suivre, vivre Comparative and superlative of adverbs A priori Bonjour et bienvenue ! Are you ready for Act XVII? Today, Valérie meets with Kevin again. Kevin is about to go to Canada for his annual family vacation. He’s looking forward to spending some time with his cousin Rex and maybe practice some French. Kevin has been studying really hard and making great progress. I hope you’re doing the same. Have you already looked up the lessons and have done the exercises? So...je crois que nous sommes prêts pour notre leçon ! Allons-y !

17mins

27 Nov 2012

Rank #9

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Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 16: Mission impossible?

Topics covered: Pronominal verbs Tôt, tard, en avance, en retard, à l’heure Il ne casse pas trois pattes à un canard Bienvenue les amis ! C’est moi Jean-Paul ! I’m happy to welcome you to Act XVI. Today, you’ll have the pleasure to listen to Valérie and Jacques. As you know Jacques is still pursuing his dream to open, not just a French restaurant but a restaurant geared to help couples who are on an awkward first date. I hope you have already looked up and studied the material for today and learned your verbs. Don’t forget to do the exercises as well. Well, I think we’re ready to listen in. Enjoy the show!

20mins

27 Nov 2012

Rank #10