Complete Beginner French: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Online Course for Beginner-Level French


A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Online Course for Beginner-Level French


Get the best possible start in learning French with this complete course for beginners. 

  • 40 short yet highly intensive lessons for beginners: Each lesson is broken down into grammar, vocabulary, and learning exercises.
  • Effective exercises guaranteed to build a strong foundation for your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Get feedback on your writing skills with essay exercises corrected by a native French speaker.
  • High-quality audio embedded into the lessons: The listening exercises voiced by a native French speaker will expose you to authentic French as it is spoken today. 
  • Work at your own pace: Access the lessons at your own convenience.
  • Proven tips and foolproof advice specific for beginners.
  • Extra in-depth writing exercises with corrections and helpful feedback.
  • Lifetime access: Once enrolled to the course, you will get a lifetime access to the course materials and all additional lessons added to this course in the future.
  • Get FREE e-books and audio: The e-book version of this course is also available for convenient learning anytime, anywhere.
  • Enroll risk-free: Get a 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • New! 100+ Speaking Practice Exercises: Practice your pronunciation and improve your speaking skills in French with 2-4 speaking exercises in every daily lesson.
  • New! Bonus material added: 8 French short stories to upgrade your reading comprehension in French.


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“What if you could learn enough French to express yourself in a simple yet clear manner that any native speaker would understand — without all the awkwardness?”

I’m Frederic Bibard, the founder of

Originally from Paris, France, I spent over a decade teaching French abroad and developing the most effective approaches and tools that fit the modern student -- whether you're interested in passing an exam or driven by personal goals.

Getting to talk with native French speakers may seem far away.

When you’re an early beginner, it’s always difficult making sense of what fast-paced native speakers say or even understand basic context from an article or short story, instantly, as you're reading it.

In anticipation, many students tend to think about ‘when’ this will happen. From the day they start learning.

Perhaps the biggest moment, by far, is that first milestone where you successfully use French.

For example, when you perfectly understand something you read, something you hear and, also have other people understand what you’re saying. Imagine that...

This can be something as simple as reading a restaurant menu and realize you know what each item is, even the specials, and then go on to order with the waiter in basic yet smooth French. (And you see him/her smile in awe of not having to switch into English).  

It could be navigating around small towns and villages on your next vacation to France and immediately recognize, “This is the way to the town center”, “That’s the way to the museum”, “Here's a local place to get lunch, and oh, parking is not allowed on this street”. 

All without any help from your phone or that dictionary you brought, just in case.

Or how about this... 

Remember always using your phone and Google every time you need to figure out pretty much anything on vacation?

Instead, while your friends fumble with their phones in search of Wi-Fi, you just scanned the street signs, asked a local for directions, got a smile and a compliment on the way, and just like that, you know where to go and how to get there. BAM!

And best of all, you did it using simple beginner French. 

Experiences like these indicate that you're mastering basic French.  

Even though these examples come from a simple and basic level of French, I know they can seem far away for a newly hatched Francophile soul.

It’s hard to not struggle after 30 seconds of basic greetings...

But in order to get there, and feel comfortable enough with real life French at a beginner level, you have to move on from the introduction part and onto a real learning method.

"What is the ‘introduction part’ of the language and should I take the next step towards learning French?"

Let me be clear about what I call the introduction part to real French. 

It's everything that happens when you first peek inside the world of French.

Often dabbling with language apps, YouTube videos, podcasts to and from work + every other learning style and method you’ve tried so far. (Like the guides and tips, I share here at Talk in French).

This period of introduction doesn’t necessarily end a few weeks after you start learning French. 

I’ve had multiple students who stayed 'intro-beginners' for several months, (some even longer). 

Let me also be clear about what it means to get serious with French.

You should get serious about learning French if you want to start seeing results in the real world within a few months rather than years.

The thing is, you can almost always find new materials to experiment with and more ‘quick hacks’ to try out.

Yes, some of the learning materials and apps you use right now can probably help in getting you to some sort of a beginner level, over time - assuming you combine them in all the right ways.

But you could also end up dabbling for years and still not reach an A2 level.

Think about it like wanting to run 10 miles. You could keep practicing one mile sprints forever and then eventually one day claw and fight your way through a 10 mile run.

On the other hand, if you’d practiced 3 and 6 miles runs you’d get there much faster, easier and likely better off. 

French now? In 3 years? Maybe never?

Throughout my years of teaching French, I typically don't meet students who want to learn French until they’ve been in the introduction stage for a while.

Most often it happens when they hit the first obstacle on the road and realize that every day isn't a new chic phrase you can use right away.

They don’t advance as quickly anymore and things start to get confusing. 

New learning piles up and often you’re standing still and spend as much time going back to things you thought you nailed already. This is when French becomes overwhelming and two things usually happen:

  1. Some students seek out even more language hacks, and try to add more hot streaks on their language app. (Aka, the logic of doing more of the same thing and expecting the rest will work out eventually).

  2. Other students convince themselves it’s better if you live in France or decide it probably takes years of classes to get comfortable in basic conversations. 

The problem is your time is spent all over the place instead of dedicated learning.

And in terms of getting a beginner French you can use in real context it could easily take multiple months or years this way. 

Trying out different ways of learning French is certainly not uncommon and a lot of new French students feel this is the best way. 

The misunderstanding here is they think they need to combine every learning method possible to get anywhere. It’s either full-on immersion or full-on classes the next 2 years with tutoring in between. 

If you were to spend that much dedicated time it’s more likely a full journey all the way from where you are now and up to a higher advanced level. 

But you don’t need to aim at fluency from the get go.

Absolute zero to confident beginner.

You’re ready to move on from the introduction part of French if you feel something like this:

"Frédéric, I know a few words and phrases but I completely drop the ball when I hear native speakers talk, it’s so, so fast. On top of that all my French can probably be shown off in 30 seconds or less. I don’t know... I just want to feel confident enough that I can use simple French in real life. But I’m not sure how to get there?"


I don’t do tutoring or class teaching anymore but based on 12 years of helping students from one level to the next, I developed a program that completes your beginner ability and gives serious students a way to use real French and the foundation to develop the language further if you wish to do so.

And it doesn’t take several months or years.



An online course specifically designed to help you to a full beginners level where you know enough French to never feel stupid in any basic context.

Inside Complete Beginner French you'll get access to:

40 fine tuned lessons that focus on the exact French that gives you a simple but effective French.

Master each part of the language as a complete beginner student whether it’s complicated grammar or understanding fast-talking native speakers.    

Stop feeling confused and overwhelmed and instead follow a well structured plan to a clear and simple French understanding.

A personal training program where you get practical writing feedback directly from the course creator, (that's me!). This will help you develop a more confident French and see noticeable progress with each lesson.  

This is our hands-on training arena of daily writing exercises where you receive corrections and advice for each lesson. 

It’s designed to put your progress to the test in a fun way where you can make as many mistakes as you need throughout the course which will help you feel more comfortable with the whole structure of the language and save you a lot of situations where your mind “just go blank” when starting to speak.

Here's an example of how you can expect to get hands-on help. 

My proven learning method that I built over a decade of teaching French to ensure a system that eliminates the need for any additional learning materials.  

This system uses my experience from tutoring, class teaching, as an author of learning materials, and online courses to give proven advice for any beginner student.

"The writing exercises became the most useful and rewarding aspect..."

"There were several things that really impressed me about this course. First (and most important) is the practice actually writing essays in French, and having them corrected! I spent a huge amount of time on the writing exercises, and they became the most useful and rewarding aspect of this course. I cannot imagine how anyone finds the time to read and comment on these, but you have my heartfelt thanks."

DAVID WRIGHT // Talk in French Graduate

Course Curriculum

Week 1: Get started with the basics

Here you’ll learn:

  • How to greet people and introduce yourself and understand counting in French
  • French pronunciation rules
  • The verbs “avoir” and “être”

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 1 : Basics of Pronunciation and Greetings

Lesson 2: Pronunciation / Verb être (to be)

Lesson 3: Family Members and Jobs Vocabulary, Sounds Unique to the French Language, Verb Avoir

Lesson 4: Family and How to Count

Lesson 5: Conjugating verbs: 1st group (-er verbs)

Week 2: Building your first modern French sentences

Here you’ll learn:

  • How to start building short but accurate and useful French sentences.
  • The foundation of where to start and end correct sentences  

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 6 : Definite and Indefinite articles; Food and beverage

Lesson 7: Fruits and partitive articles

Lesson 8: Passé Composé (Compound Past Tense) and Time

Lesson 9: Perfect Tense with “être”

Lesson 10: Placement and Agreement of Adjectives

Week 3: Conversation movers

Here you’ll find out how to:

  • Start and keep a conversation going or 'reset' it by asking a new question.
  • Delve further into the basic parts of French conversation.  
  • Have a selection of words ready so you don't get caught 'blank'

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 11 : Professions and demonstrative adjectives

Lesson 12: Asking questions

Lesson 13: List of useful verbs

Lesson 14: Possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns

Lesson 15: Most useful verbs

Week 4: Tell the tale

Here you’ll learn:

  • How to re-tell and explain personal experiences and actions and share it without mixing up the tenses. 
  • How to describe people and situations

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 16 : Imperfect tense

Lesson 17: The Perfect Tense (Passé Composé) vs. The Imperfect Tense (Imparfait)

Lesson 18: Vocabulary Related to Cinema and the Movies

Lesson 19: Describing people

Lesson 20: 2nd group of verbs

Week 5: Expressing your mind

Here you’ll learn:

  • How to use "c'est" and "il y a" to explain 'in-the-moment’ situations    
  • To express how you feel and describe other peoples personalities

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 21: Irregular verbs with -ir endings

Lesson 22: Presentative Expressions (“c’est” et “il y a”)

Lesson 23: The irregular verb aller

Lesson 24: Expressing emotions

Lesson 25: Describing people's personalities

Week 6: Drawing comparisons

Here you’ll learn how to:

  • Express similarities and differences between people, things, and ideas.
  • Approach people with good manners and polite requests
  • Know exactly what to say when you go shopping

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 26 : Comparative and Superlative

Lesson 27: More irregular verbs with -ir endings 

Lesson 28: Making polite requests

Lesson 29: Shopping for food

Lesson 30: Shopping for clothes

Week 7: What the future holds...

Learn how to:

  • Use "à" and "de" to easily explain the relationship between words in your sentence. 
  • Talk about your upcoming plans, making travel arrangements, and anything you want to express about future events.

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 31: Simple future tense

Lesson 32: The Prepositions “à” and “de”

Lesson 33: Classroom Vocabulary

Lesson 34: Making Travel Arrangements – Préparer un Voyage

Lesson 35: More Vocabulary about Travel and Holidays

Week 8:  Tie it together

You'll learn:

  • How to disagree and use "negatives" to make opposing statements like the french version of "don't" and "not".
  • How to understand and use irregular verbs ending in "re"
  • How to use the verb "faire" to express what you're doing
  • How to get more fluid sentences with pronouns

Lesson and Topic

Lesson 36: Irregular Verbs That End with “–re” and Vocabulary About Nationalities

Lesson 37: Negative expressions

Lesson 38: Direct Object Pronouns and Nationalities Vocabulary Part 2 

Lesson 39: Hobbies and the verb faire

Lesson 40: Indirect Object Pronouns and Pets and Animals Vocabulary

Bonus Learning Tools

Speaking practice exercises: Different speaking exercises to help get the correct pronunciation, develop your charming French accent, and build your confidence for speaking in actual conversations.

Essay exercises: Essay writing feedback: A customized training arena for you to practice and get direct feedback from the course creator himself (that’s me).

Quizzes: Quizzes for every lesson to help you instantly explore and test what you learn along the way.

Short Stories in French: Short stories to practice your comprehension of context and explore French culture.

Weekly recaps: Recap exercises that sum up what you learned in each module and prepare to build on top.

Through these 8 modules you'll learn:

  • Correct sentence structure so you can focus more on your accent and what the other person is saying.
  • How to break the listening code and understand native speakers in slow paced conversations.
  • To express yourself in a clear simple French without feeling awkward about how you sound or speaking incorrectly.
  • To fully grasp beginner grammar that supports basic everyday conversations and writing so you won’t always have to struggle through the right structure.
  • How to keep focus and motivation with actionable techniques aimed at using beginner French as soon as possbile. 
  • Context-based vocabulary that you can apply to real everyday conversation.

8 weeks of lessons to master a real-life practical beginner French:

  • Total of 40 lessons
  • Each daily lesson can be completed in 1 hour
  • A free ebook version for when you can’t get online
  • Downloadable audio files to learn on the go
  • High-quality audio embedded in each lesson
  • Easy-to-follow illustrations of sample conversations
  • Learning tips and language hacks specific to beginner-level learners
  • A structured learning plan that's easy to follow
  • A final test similar to the DELF certificate A1

Do I have to finish the whole course in 8 weeks?

The course is constructed in a way that you should have at least 1 hour a week to get something out of it, (I recommend up to 3 hours for very good results). This way you’ll complete the entire level in about 8-12 weeks.

But don’t worry if you need to take a break or something is keeping you from finishing the lessons within the ideal timeframe.

You get lifetime access so you can always move through the course at a pace that suits you best and return to lessons whenever you feel, and most students have been able to finish the entire course within 3 months.

As an extra bonus and to make sure this program is still valid long after you sign up ㇐ you’ll have access to all future updates I make to keep this course a top French learning product ㇐ at no additional charge.

The last time I launched an update was in February (2021) ㇐ it focused on daily speaking exercises. Before that, I rolled out another update in October (2020), that restructured the entire course based on feedback from previous students, to make it even better.

I plan to keep developing the different areas even further in the future so this is not a course that gets lost in time.

This course is not for you if:

  • You’re not serious about becoming a full beginner-level French speaker
  • You want to spend less than 1 hour a week or just dabble 10 minutes on Duolingo every day
  • You don’t want an online program to help you master basic French
  • You prefer extensive 1:1 tutoring
  • You want to keep using material that reinforces an introduction level

This course is for you if:

  • You’re tired of confusing French
  • You want to get a useful beginner level French by putting aside a minimum of 1 hour for practice each week
  • You want a comprehensive online course you can follow independently
  • You want to take advantage of practical exercises after each lesson and get personal feedback directly from me, to level up your French
  • You are committed to following a structured learning method
  • You want to master an important foundation for learning French


Why wouldn’t I just...


Buy a book?
You can. I have published a few books and audiobooks on learning French myself that are featured here on Talk in French, and I know there are other great books out there for learning by yourself.

But it takes a good amount of time and self-discipline to read through each step of a language book and apply the method presented. 

Plus when you need to keep up with the rest of your life ㇐ a job, your family, daily tasks, and some kind of social life ㇐ it’s gonna take much longer and a lot of self-discipline to evaluate your progress without anyone there to guide or help you.  

Get a tutor?

Tutoring can be great. I used to help students as a tutor and would often see good and fast results. Especially once you find what specific parts of French you struggle with, it’s certainly one of the most effective ways to learn.

But it will easily cost you around $20-$40 per hour which means moving through an entire beginners level can ramp up quickly.

Use free YouTube video or language learning apps?

Yes, there's certainly a lot of free material out there that's very helpful. I offer some of it on my YouTube channel and blog as well.

The drawback is that if you're ready to move on from the 'introduction phase' it’s up to yourself to sort through everything that’s out there and organize a structure with appropriate lessons that are right for you.

You’ll likely have to combine several different approaches and material and be your own judge about when it’s time to increase difficulty to keep moving forward ㇐ and figure out how to test it.

Here's what students say about Complete Beginner French:

"It allows me what I did not have before..."

"I decided that I wanted to take the next step and enroll in the intermediate French course. I have greatly enjoyed this course so far. It allows me what I did not have before, which is to have my work checked, to have a teacher willing to explain and give feedback, and to receive simple, concise, but challenging grammar lessons."

PRISCILLA LAASE  // Talk in French Beginner Graduate

"It’s all helping to boost my self-esteem. Thank you!"

"I studied French at school (a LONG time ago!) and could ‘get by’ when going on holiday to France. However, a few years ago we bought a property in France so my French HAD to improve.

I’ve taken lots of courses but this one is VERY easy to access to practice things I’ve already been introduced to.

The things that really impress me though are a) the relevancy to modern-day events and b) the very quick and personal feedback I receive. It’s all helping to boost my self-esteem. Thank you!"

LOU O'BRIEN  // Talk in French Beginner Graduate

"Now I have the opportunity to make mistakes and have them corrected."

"Now I have the opportunity to make mistakes and have them corrected. The exercises are returned very promptly before I have a chance to forget the problems I had in writing them, which is much appreciated.

I had been teaching myself French and reached the point where I had to make a decision; find a course that suited me or give up. I'm happy I found Frederic and his courses, they are exactly what I need. Once I've completed the Complete Beginner Course, I intend to continue to the Intermediate and hopefully advanced levels."

ANGELA DOUGLASS // Talk in French Beginner Graduate

"Before the course, my listing comprehension was below average. Now, it has improved greatly."

The most useful parts of the course are the listening exercises and writing exercises. I believe my listing comprehension has greatly increased, and the writing exercises guide me into creating grammatically correct French.

Before the course, my listing comprehension was below average. Now, it has improved greatly. Before the course, I did almost no writing, as I was using Babel, which does not require writing. Now, I write short essays as I complete each section of the course.

LAWRENCE JONES // Talk in French Beginner Graduate

"I have a sense of building up the knowledge and advancing step by step."

I felt passionate about French when I started learning. I grabbed whatever I could learn from. It was fun at the beginning but soon I felt I was lost, drowning in so many materials and information. I realized I didn't have the proper grammatical knowledge and direction. I did not know where to start.

This is why I took the course. And I am glad I did. The course provides me the solid knowledge and just enough amount of practice. I like the quick feedback from the teacher on essay quizzes. It motivates me a lot when I receive personalized feedback. We still need that human touch, I guess.

I have a sense of building up the knowledge and advancing step by step. I especially like recording tools where I can verify my pronunciation. 

SUMIE GOTO // Talk in French Beginner Graduate

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the course take to complete if I follow the schedule?

You'll hit the ground running and start speaking from day 1 with the speaking exercises inside the course. If you follow the basic requirement most students finish a complete course within 3 months by spending up to 30 minutes a day. If you decide to follow the most ambitious plan I designed, (5 hours a week), you'll complete the course within 8 weeks.


What happens if I need to take a break or have some days/weeks where I can't study?

No problem, I realize something can happen in life where you won't be able to study as much as you'd like, so I offer lifetime access to any course you join. This includes access to any updates that I add in the future after you join.

Will I get any help from a teacher throughout the course?

Yes, I’ll personally correct your in-course writing assignments and give you feedback on everything from how you put your sentences together to your choice of words and grammar.

There's also a comment section inside each course where you can ask me about each lesson and you can always email me about any topic related to the French culture and language at:

What if I regret joining a course?

I offer a 30-day money back guarantee. That means if it's completely different from what you expected or you don't see any progress at all -- you have a chance to quit. I'll refund you at any time in the first 30 days.

What if I find out I joined at the wrong level?

It doesn't happen often but if you find the level you joined is either too easy or too difficult I will happily let you switch to another level, (up or down), at no extra cost.

This is about you getting the best results so I don't want you to struggle through a level that isn't right for you. (This is also covered by the 30-day guarantee).

Any other questions you wonder about?

Don't hesitate to contact the course creator, (which conveniently is me), if you have any questions about a course you're looking at. You can write me on this email address:


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