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French for Beginners

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Rank #194 in Language Learning category

Comedy
Education
Language Learning
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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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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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It’s so unique!

By Angela nice - Jul 18 2019
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Easy to remember! I don’t get the criticisms... thanks for the great work!

Website and flash cards?

By bunnieofsnow - Apr 12 2017
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Like everyone else, it would be nice to know what the website is and where to find the flash cards.

iTunes Ratings

210 Ratings
Average Ratings
122
35
22
15
16

It’s so unique!

By Angela nice - Jul 18 2019
Read more
Easy to remember! I don’t get the criticisms... thanks for the great work!

Website and flash cards?

By bunnieofsnow - Apr 12 2017
Read more
Like everyone else, it would be nice to know what the website is and where to find the flash cards.
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French for Beginners

Latest release on Nov 29, 2012

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 5 days ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

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!

Rank #1: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 1: Does Roast Beef mean “I’m ready to settle down?”

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Topics covered: 

  • Un and une
  • Tu and vous
  • Personal pronouns
  • Être in the present
  • Ah bon !

Bienvenue ! Welcome to the Language Theater! Come in, come in! Take your seat and get ready for a unique experience. My name is Jean-Paul and I will take you through this masterful play. 

I hope you will enjoy the performance and learn to understand and even speak French by the end of the play. Oh, and by the way, it’s a long play... from one act to the next, you will learn the language, discover nuances of French culture, and experience the thrill of a theatrical performance in the language you are learning. Oui, oui ! We start with just a few words of French in act I, but by the end of our play, most of the acts will be performed in French! Oh, what a thrill it is to enjoy a play in French! 

Now, a few words about the format of the show, or “course” if you will ... A French teacher, Valérie, gives one-on-one lessons. The students who come for the lessons have very little knowledge of French, almost none. From the first lesson to the last, they will learn to the extent that each one of them will be able to understand and speak French well. You are cordially invited to enjoy the Language Theater and learn French with our students. 

Well, let’s begin Act I. Valérie, our French teacher, is waiting for her student Jack. This is the first time Valérie and Jack meet in person.

Nov 26 2012

18mins

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Rank #2: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 2: Backward Investors

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Topics covered: 

  • Basic verb negation
  • Indefinite articles
  • Avoir in the present
  • Avoir and idiomatic expressions
  • Il y a

Welcome to the Language Theater! Bienvenue! Do you remember my name? That’s right, je m’appelle Jean-Paul. I hope you really enjoyed Act I and are ready for Act II. Are you ready? Oh, one more thing: review the flashcard before listening to the play. These new words will be used in the play and you should memorize them. They will also be used in our coming acts. 

Well, let’s begin! Today Valérie, our French teacher, is having another lesson with Jacques. Let’s see how much he remembers from his first lesson! Enjoy the show!

Nov 26 2012

24mins

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Rank #3: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 3: Old Dream

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Topics covered:

  • Introduction to French verbs
  • -ER verbs in the present
  • Definite articles
  • Voilà and Voici

Bonjour ! I’m glad to welcome you today to Act III of our play. I am sure you, like all of Valérie's students, must have reviewed the flashcard, studied the lessons on our website and even did grammar exercises before you listened to the play. Très bien ! We’re ready to start! 

Today Valérie meets with a student you haven’t met yet. Her name is Michelle. She is at the same level as Jacques and she has a boisterous personality as well! Michelle’s motivation to learn French? We’ll discover it today. Well, let’s meet Michelle! Enjoy the show! Prêts ?

Nov 26 2012

25mins

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Rank #4: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 4: Low-fat croissants

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Topics covered:

  • Prepositions with aller
  • Aller in the present
  • Ça va

Bonjour ! C’est moi Jean-Paul, your host for Act IV. Oui, Act IV already! We hope that following Jacques and Michelle in their endeavor to learn French is helping you to learn as well. Before you listen to the play, take time to familiarize yourself with the flashcard. Shall we begin? 

Valérie, our French teacher, is meeting with Michelle today for another lesson. As it turns out, Michelle is a really serious student with a specific goal, or dream... Who are we to say? Let’s hope she continues to learn for our great pleasure. Vous êtes prêts ? Enjoy Act IV.

Nov 26 2012

25mins

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Rank #5: Learn French in 30 lessons: Lesson 23 - Bon voyage !

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 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 !

Nov 28 2012

19mins

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Rank #6: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 19: Sleepless in Paris

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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 !

Nov 28 2012

19mins

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Rank #7: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 20: Accents

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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!

Nov 28 2012

19mins

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Rank #8: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 18: Charity work

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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 !

Nov 28 2012

21mins

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Rank #9: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 15: The nose job

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Topics covered:

  • Savoir vs Connaître
  • Tout
  • Par contre / En revanche

Bonjour et bienvenue ! Today, we’ll be enjoying the company of our French teacher Valérie and of her diligent student Michelle. I am confident that you feel encouraged to see students on our show like Michelle and others, with different backgrounds and with different purposes, tackling the French language with success. Have you already studied for today’s episode and have done the exercises? So I think you are ready. Enjoy Act XV!

Nov 27 2012

20mins

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Rank #10: Learn French in 30 lessons: Lesson 22 - Tacos fever

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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 !

Nov 28 2012

20mins

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