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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?”

Being able to talk with native French speakers may seem far away

When you’re a beginner, it’s difficult to make sense of what fast-paced native speakers are saying.

Just kidding. It’s downright impossible!

Even getting the basic context from written French (that you can go through at your own pace) is tough.

In all this confusion, many students spend a lot of time thinking, “When will I get it?”
From the day you start learning, the thing you anticipate the most is getting to that first milestone where you successfully used French. Without choking and without switching into English to apologize for how bad your French is.
And we’re not even talking about the super-advanced stuff here. Like discussing a piece of art in the Louvre, exchanging philosophical thoughts about life, or debating politics.

While doing any of those things, purely in French, would be quite amazing, this is not what you try to conquer at the beginning stages.

Imagine this instead…

You’ve been preparing for a trip to France, and to get yourself ready, you’ve been casually texting longer and longer exchanges in French with a few penpals.

Some are french-speaking friends, but you’ve also had a much easier time texting with people on Hellotalk, Italki, and Tandem.

You notice that you’re getting into a much broader range of topics now, and you don’t feel stuck in the places where the conversation normally dies out and you feel out of words.

You even notice that they correct fewer and fewer mistakes and the basics seem to be going smoothly nearly every time now.

Finally, it’s time for your trip. You get to France and on your first day of exploring, you notice something funny.

You realize that you’ve been exploring all day without pulling up Google Translate a hundred times.

You even asked someone for directions and a few simple recommendations on a place to eat lunch.

After finding the restaurant they recommended (which by the way was a fun little experience, walking down a few alleyways that you easily found based on their directions) you’re greeted by the hostess who finds a table for you.

Everything so far is simple and basic French.

As you’re browsing the menu, you’re instantly able to read what each item is. By the time the waiter comes over, you confidently order without you (or your waiter) switching into English at any point.

Of course, your accent isn’t perfect but you notice a smile in awe from the waiter for not having to switch out of French.

This is when you start to feel a pleasant warmth growing inside you that’s almost a childlike anticipation of what’s to come.

Who would have thought you could get this much interaction from basic French?!...

How do you feel about this scenario?

I know this can seem intimidating and far-reaching for a newly hatched Francophile soul, but all of these things can be achieved with beginner-level French — long before you have to worry about any advanced parts of the language.

And this is a powerful base to have because you can experience small yet meaningful interactions that build your confidence.

But to get there, you need to move past the “introduction phase” and onto a real learning method.

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

What I call the introduction phase of French, is everything that happens the first time you peek inside the Francophone world.

It’s only logical that you start exploring and learning in a number of different ways during this phase.
Often this will consist of things like dabbling with various language apps, watching streams of YouTube videos, and listening to podcasts.

All of these are great options for an introduction to the language or for keeping a basic level of knowledge fresh.
The problem is that, for most students, this period of introduction doesn’t necessarily end a few weeks after you start learning French.

I’ve had many students who stayed in the introduction phase for several months, and some much longer.
If you’ve just started, it’s fine to stay in this phase for a while. But if you know that this has been your situation for too long, you should consider the next step.

The next step towards learning French, and what I also offer to help you with here, does not involve any of the above methods – except as extracurricular activity or because you simply love the extra support.

No problem with that!

But once you enter into a method where you can get real-world results within a few months rather than years, your primary focus needs to switch away from the introductory material.

You can almost always find new materials to experiment with and more “quick hacks” to try out.
But what I’ve seen throughout years of teaching French is that relying on these things alone prevents you from moving past the introduction phase and onto the fun and longer exchanges in French.

Think about it like wanting to do a 10-mile race.

You could keep practicing one-mile runs and sprints for months, and then come race day, you’ll fight your way through a 10-mile run that is way harder than you thought it would be. You might not even finish it.

On the other hand, if you’d practiced 3 and 6 miles runs in that same time, you’d get there much faster, much easier, and likely feeling way more inspired to do it again.

French now? In 3 years? Maybe never?

I typically don't meet students trying to learn French until they’ve been in the introduction phase 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 spending a lot of time going back to things you thought you had down already. This is when French becomes overwhelming.

Usually, two things 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 different results).

2. Other students convince themselves this could only work if they lived in France and decide it will probably take years of classes to get comfortable in basic conversations.

The misunderstanding here is thinking you need to combine every learning method possible to get anywhere. It’s either full-on immersion or full-on classes – for the next two years plus tutoring in between.

As a result, you keep switching around language hacks or get stuck feeling overwhelmed.

You’re ready to move on from the introduction phase 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 more than 12 years of helping students from one level to the next, I developed a program that teaches a completely confident beginner-level French, which you can use after only a few months.

With this, you’ll also have the foundation to develop the language further if you wish to do so.
It doesn’t have to take several months or years.


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

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

(EUR 179 | CAD 249 | GBP 169 | AUD 289 | CHF 179)

 Limited seats are available this month!


Inside Complete Beginner French:

Lifetime access

If you enroll in this course now, you'll also be given lifetime access to the course materials, bonus items, and anything else that might be added to this course as it develops in the future.

self-paced French course. Choose when you learn, where you learn and what you learn

Here's what students say about Complete Beginner French:


Talk in French Beginner Graduate

"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."


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!"


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."

Course Curriculum

Module 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)

Module 2: Building Your First Modern French Sentences

Here you’ll learn:

  • How to construct short, accurate, and useful French 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

Module 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 basic vocabulary 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

Module 4: Tell the Tale

Here you’ll learn:

  • How to talk about personal experiences and actions 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

Module 5: Speaking 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” and “il y a”)

Lesson 23: The Irregular Verb “Aller”

Lesson 24: Expressing Emotions

Lesson 25: Describing People's Personalities

Module 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

Module 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, 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

Module 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 make 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 Pet and Animal 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 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 it.


Take advantage of these free bonuses now and get the best value for your money!

Bonus 1
Listening Practice
French Listening Boost Course
(value USD 15)
Bonus 2
Bonus Mockup - Reading and Listening
French Reading Boost Course: Short Stories
(value USD 39)
FREE French Essay Checking Service (value USD 150)

Did I mention that you'll save 204 USD?

Here's a quick price breakdown:

  • Complete Beginner Course: USD 179
  • French Listening Boost Course USD 15.00 FREE
  • French Reading Boost Course: Short Stories: USD 39.00 FREE
  • Essay Checking Service: USD 150.00 FREE

Total value: USD 383 Total price: USD 179 


(EUR 179 | CAD 249 | GBP 169 | AUD 289 | CHF 179)

 Limited seats are available this month!

Bonjour ! 

Welcome to Talk in French!

"One of the things that struck me when I was teaching French is the limited range of resources that fully meet the needs of the busy, modern learner. Since then, I have made it my life’s work to remedy this, one French book and one French course at a time.

Drawing on my long years of teaching, I have selected the most effective approach and tools that will resonate best with modern students ㇐ young and old alike.

This course is one of the results of my careful analysis and fine-tuning of the learning methods I have used over the years.

Learning French is a daunting task, but in this course you will discover how easy, enjoyable, and convenient learning French can be."

Frédéric Bibard - Founder Of Talk In French

Frederic BIBARD
Frederic BIBARD


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 going to 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 beginner level can ramp up the cost 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 you to sort through everything that’s out there and organize a structure with 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 the difficulty to keep moving forward ㇐ and figure out how to test your progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the course?

Most students finish the course in 40 hours.

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?

Either Frédéric or a certified French teacher will give you personal feedback in the essay writing exercises.

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 change my mind after joining a course?

I offer a 60-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 60 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 60-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 to me at this email address:

Take advantage of these free bonuses now and save USD 204!

Bonus 1
Listening Practice
French Listening Boost Course
(value USD 15)
Bonus 2
Bonus Mockup - Reading and Listening
French Reading Boost Course: Short Stories (value USD 39)
FREE French Essay Checking Service
(value USD 150)

Here's a quick price breakdown:

  • Complete Beginner Course: USD 179
  • French Listening Boost Course: USD15.00 FREE
  • French Reading Boost Course: Short Stories: USD 39.00 FREE
  • Essay Checking Service: USD 150.00 FREE

Total value: USD 383

Total Price: USD 179

(EUR 179 | CAD 249 | GBP 169 | AUD 289 | CHF 179)

 Limited seats are available this month!

Enroll now and save USD 204!

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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.


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.


Talk in French Beginner Graduate

"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."


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