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Beginner French Course 1

A1-Beginner

Beginners of French will love this carefully crafted course. We start you off with the most basic but useful language such as introducing yourself, ask about prices and even finding a bakery. All lessons center around an authentic dialogue so that you will always learn French in context, not just words and phrases. The course moves gradually from absolute beginner to higher beginner always giving you plenty of repetition and review opportunities to help you succeed.

Hi, My Name is...

Today's lesson will give you so much French knowledge - how to say your name, how to ask someone theirs, a little bit about formalities; and later in the lesson, Amaury and Erica discuss the French cheek-kissing phenomenon and give some tips on when and how you do it....

Topics: introductions, name

What is this?

Being nosy isn't always bad...you learn faster when you're curious, for example. But what happens when the answer is not what we wanted to hear? Well, let's find out in today's lesson and along the way, learn how to ask "what is this?" in French....

Topics: colors, questions

How much is it?

Whether you are looking to buy some fresh légumes at the outdoor open market or you're more interested in going on a shopping binge down the Boulevard Haussmann, in today's lesson,  learn the French lingo to find out what's the damage....

Topics: shopping

How Is It Going?

There are several ways in French to greet your pals if you run into them at the local café or metro station. In today's lesson, we learn how to ask someone how it's going and also how to answer if someone asks you....

Topics: greetings

Where's the bathroom?

When you have to use the restroom, there's no time to waste on trying to find the language you need for directions or to have to interpret the answer. In today's lesson, you'll learn the French way to ask where the facilities are, as well as the directions to get there that they'll probably give you...

Topics: questions, directions

I don't know

Before you can enjoy your vacation, you have to get yourself to the airport. Usually everything goes fine, but what happens when the taxi is late and you have a flight to catch? In today's lesson, we listen in on a French couple who are pressed to get to the airport on time....

Topics: traveling, waiting

I am American

Confronted with French people who think you’re one of their peers, it might be good to clarify things from the start that you are not an expert French speaker (yet). In today's lesson, we learn how to say you're American and even which state is on your driver's license. You'll get some nationality v...

Topics: introductions, questions, nationalities

How old are you?

While it's not so nice to ask people their age, it doesn't hurt to know how it goes in case some administrative type asks you during those lovely red tape experiences you might encounter in France. In today's lesson, we not only learn how to talk about age, but also how to try to persuade someone in...

Topics: questions, age

Watch Out!

In today`s lesson you will learn all the vocabulary you need to teach your children how to pay attention when crossing the road in French!...

Topics: street, traffic

What?

Answering the phone is an important part of daily life. Sometimes, though, we have to suffer through bad connections and noisy crowds. Today's lesson will help you learn the French for getting through such situations....

Topics: communications, phones

Do you speak French?

When you're talking to someone outside the homeland, the first step is finding out which language you can both speak well enough to be able to communicate with as little hand signals and exaggerated facial gestures as possible.  In today's lesson, we travel to a Moroccan bazaar where we have a lesso...

Topics: language

Buying a Bus Ticket

Simple, yet extremely important the purchasing of bus tickets can often be a stressful occasion in a foreign country. Tune in to this FrenchPod lesson to not only learn how to buy tickets in French, but also to learn more about doing so in France....

Topics: bus, buying_things, tickets, travel

The Last Metro

Time and transportation are like two peas in a pod, if you learn one you should learn the other. In today’s podcast, we have a lesson on how to ask what time something is in French and also learn a mild expletive to use when you realize that you’ve missed the last metro....

Topics: time, transportation

Is It Far?

Going for a drink, or are you on the way to a nice French restaurant, or maybe even to the beach to surf all day...  you know you might want to make it but you don't want to walk up to the other end of the city.  In today's lesson we learn how to ask how far is heaven so that it doesn't become hell....

Topics: beach, distances

What Do You Do?

Whether you're a policeman or the thief he chases, we all have a profession. In today's lesson, we'll have a look at how to ask someone what their job is and also learn the word for joke....

Topics: jobs, professions

Are You Sure?

Going to the gym often involves remembering lots of things -socks, shoes, hairbrush, soap, and much much more. And where do you store all that stuff? We'll be exploring this essential gym topic in today's FrenchPod lesson....

Topics: location, sports

Hide and Seek

Learning to count is an important step when getting acquainted with any foreign language. French is no exception! Join us today and arm yourself with the tools to get you what you want in those lovely French boutiques!...

Topics: games, numbers

Help!

Whether you're lost, in trouble, or maybe both lost and in trouble, it's not a bad thing to know how to call for help in French, just in case. In today's lesson, we have a lesson on how to do that and we also learn how to gloat in French, too, because it doesn't hurt to know how to do that, either....

Topics: help, waste_of_time

I Have a Headache

Paint smells, elevator music, cheap wine… headaches can come from many places. In today’s lesson, learn the French words you need to make others aware of your symptoms so that they stop bothering you and maybe even offer you an aspirin....

Topics: health, medicine

La Boulangerie

Delicious bread and France...France and delicious bread. Who can think of one without thinking of the other? You must be prepared, therefore, to be able to talk to the baker if you want to get the most out of your French traveling experience. In today's lesson, we make a quick stop at the boulangeri...

Topics: greetings, food, measurements, polite_expressions

I'm a Vegetarian

France is probably not PETA’s favorite country – they don’t just eat your average pork and beef, they even eat frogs, snails, and horses, too. But there’s still a word in French to say ‘vegetarian’ and, in today’s lesson, you’ll learn it along with some other vocabulary that might come up when you'r...

Topics: food, vegetarian

I'm Tired

If you're someone who feels that learning how to talk about being tired in French is a newbie priority and one of the first things you want to know, then it's a good thing this lesson is in podcast form because it won't take much effort to listen to. You'll also learn how to say how many hours a nig...

Topics: time, feelings

Turn Down the Music

With today's lesson, you will discover an excuse to give when you don't understand French people who are speaking to you : The music is too loud, lower it! Also, at the end of the lesson JP and Amaury will make sure that comparatives in French have no secrets for you....

Topics: questions, music

Do You Have a Light?

Did you ever wish that you could approach some attractive person and say, “hey, baby, do you have a light?” Hey, everything sounds better in French, even if it’s not cool to smoke anymore. In today’s lesson, learn the language you’ll need to communicate with a nicotine-deprived person that might app...

Topics: questions

No More Battery

Running out of battery on your cell phone can provide much-needed escape from the reaches of a nagging girlfriend or demanding boss. But sometimes you're waiting for that one vitally important call, and you need every drop of that battery juice! Well, thanks to today's Frenchpod lesson, you'll never...

Topics: communications, phones