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French for Beginners

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Rank #139 in Education category

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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

132 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
23
17
9
13

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.
Cover image of French for Beginners

French for Beginners

Updated 14 days ago

Rank #139 in Education category

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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!

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 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
25 mins
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Rank #2: 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
25 mins
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Rank #3: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 5: Parlez-vous Restaurantien ?

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Topics covered:

  • Adjectives
  • Avoir and idiomatic expressions (part 2)
  • Qu’est-ce que c’est ?
  • C’est, ce n’est pas
  • Ce sont, ce ne sont pas

Bonjour les amis ! I’m glad to welcome you to Act V. Did you miss Jacques? We haven’t seen him in a few weeks. Today, we will catch up with him. Jacques has been busy with his restaurant project but it hasn’t prevented him from continuing his lessons with Valérie. He’s actually doing great! 

Valérie now gives the grammar lessons to her students to study before they meet. So during the class, they can focus more on speaking. We hope that you also find time to study the lessons every week on our website before enjoying the dialogues. Have you already looked at the flashcard and the lessons for today? Oui ? Let’s start then! Enjoy Act V.

Nov 26 2012
23 mins
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Rank #4: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 6: Calorie Count

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Topics covered:

  • Adverbs
  • -IR verbs in the present
  • Être en train de

Bonjour les amis and welcome to Act VI. Today, we meet with Michelle for the third time. Valérie has been continuing the lessons with her and, as it turns out, Michelle is very determined to learn French... and to move to France with her retired husband. 

As you know, Valérie meets with her students to practice what they have already learned at home. We hope you do the same, that is to study the material before you enjoy the dialogues. Our website has just the kind of tools you need to progress at the same pace as Michelle and Jacques: lessons, essays, quizzes, pronunciation guide and flashcard. Are you ready then? Enjoy Act VI

Nov 27 2012
26 mins
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Rank #5: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 7: To be or not to be… speaking French ?

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Topics covered:

  • RE verbs in the present
  • Possessive determiners
  • Tu te rends compte !
  • Tu ne te rends pas compte !

Bonjour les amis, c’est Jean-Paul ! Bienvenue ! Today, I introduce to you Act VII and a special treat: a new character! ... I mean, a new student! He is not new to Valérie, however. He has been studying with her as long as Jacques and Michelle have. Why haven’t we introduced him earlier, you might ask? Well, Kevin, that’s his name, is not particularly talkative. In fact, it’s been challenging for Valérie to make him talk during the first lessons. He now seems to be coming out of his shell, so I feel it’s the right time to introduce him to you, dear spectators. Contrary to our other students, Kevin has actually lived in France for a while as an exchange student and has quite a different opinion of France. You’ll find out more about that today. I hope you already consulted the lessons and the flashcard in preparation for today’s show. I know Kevin has. Vous êtes prêts ? Allons-y !

Nov 27 2012
20 mins
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Rank #6: 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
19 mins
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Rank #7: Learn French in 30 lessons - Lesson 16: Mission impossible?

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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!

Nov 27 2012
20 mins
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Rank #8: 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
19 mins
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Rank #9: 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
19 mins
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Rank #10: 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
21 mins
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