"I can't believe my French hasn't gotten better, it's almost embarrassing."
Have you felt something like this?
I’m Frederic Bibard, the founder of TalkinFrench.com.
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.
Where is this coming from?
Even with all the language technology available for modern learners today, people still get stuck.
You’re no longer limited by the old ways of taking evening classes halfway across town or moving to France all summer to finally start speaking real French.
So why is it still so damn hard to get past the point where you can use French more spontaneously ㇐ without rehearsing every phrase or looking everything up online?
After teaching French to all kinds of students from different backgrounds and age groups, one of the toughest stages I see, still to this day, is the transition from the final beginner level to full intermediate skill.
Take a look at this situation from years ago...
A self-enforced learning plateau that make things worse
Back when I was tutoring, I’d often meet students who were about to enter one of the most exciting stages on their French journey.
I’m talking about the point where you stop always feeling shy and awkward about how you speak.
Where listening to native speakers isn’t a constant struggle just to keep up with what they’re saying.
It’s when you can watch French movies, read enough to find books useful, and have casual conversations that go beyond a basic greeting and a few rehearsed phrases.
That’s when you notice excitement from native speakers because what you’re saying isn’t a complete massacre of grammar and pronunciation -- (I know, but we try).
You’re certainly not flawless yet at this point, but it’s where you leave the final beginner stage behind for good and can manage a vacation to France without speaking much English.
What could be more exciting, right?!
At least that’s what I thought as a teacher back then, but the responses that met me were very different.
To my confusion, I was met with a lot of frustration.
These students just wanted to leave the beginner-phase behind entirely ㇐ but in their minds, they started to doubt it because they expected to already be mastering an intermediate level ㇐ even while still focusing on beginner methods and material.
I didn’t get it.
Some had even reached a point of frustration where they were taking ‘one last shot at French’.
Then I realized that most had been learning for several months, (even years), and now, didn’t find the same improvement compared to when they started.
It's a weird 'middle-stage'...
Not advancing beyond an A2 or B1 level can start feeling “embarrassing” when you think about how much time you spent.
As a teacher, I understand the frustration about not being able to speak at the level you expected to be at after 6 months, a year, 3 years... longer?
It can feel like a huge disappointment when you meet someone who speaks French, and no matter how much you want to start speaking and show off what you learned ㇐ it’s just not happening.
Even if you manage to spark enough confidence to force some French out, it just sounds clunky and nervous.
Like an off-key singer in a talent show.
Full-on cringey embarrassment.
This is where many intermediate learners get stuck for a very long time. Not knowing how to reach independent French without a 'beginner’s awkwardness'.
It’s human nature when we get to a point where things aren’t moving as fast as we'd like, in the direction we want; we think it’s not going to happen.
As frustrating as it can be, that kind of thinking becomes a comfort zone that keeps you from improving because you get locked into the status quo.
Most of the students I meet today still have the same major problems that those I met several years ago had.
They recycle the same approach and materials that worked fine in the early stages but now has them stuck at a learning plateau. All the while, secretly expecting to somehow magically break free one day.
Today, that’s often a cycle of language apps, free eBooks, flashcards, podcasts, YouTube lessons, etc. ㇐ even rusty old school-books with insanely outdated curriculum.
These can be great introductions or support vehicles for more structured learning but developing a confident French beyond the point where you're stuck means breaking free of what's keeping you there.
The antidote to being stuck with embarrassing French
There’s a good chance you’re someone who ‘should’ be at a confident intermediate level already, but isn’t, if you feel like this:
"Frédéric, I’ve actually been learning French for a while now. I feel like I know all the basics but I can’t figure out how to move on to the next thing. I've been trying to get to the next level for longer than I want to admit, and I’m just stuck somewhere in the middle ㇐ I don't know where. What should I do?"
I don’t do tutoring anymore but based on years of helping students from one level to the next, I developed a program that lets you put the beginner-phase behind for good ㇐ and take your French to intermediate mastery.
COMPLETE INTERMEDIATE FRENCH
A program specifically designed to help you break through this learning plateau where you may otherwise be stuck for…how long has it been now?
Inside Complete Intermediate French you'll get access to:
40 fine-tuned lessons that focus on the exact French that takes you all the way out of the beginner-phase.
Master each part of the language as a complete intermediate student whether it’s complicated grammar or understanding fast-talking native speakers.
Stop beating yourself up about what you ‘should’ know and regain the right motivation and focus with a structured plan that puts you back in control of improving your French without feeling embarrassed.
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 “goes blank” when thinking about what to say in French.
Here's an example of how you can expect to get hands-on help.
My proven learning method that I built from over a decade of teaching French: a system that breaks your learning plateau and eliminates the need for any additional learning materials.
This system uses my experience from tutoring, class teaching, authoring books, and online courses to give proven advice for breaking the learning plateau as an intermediate 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
Learn how to:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 1 : The infinitive mood
Lesson 2: The indirect speech and food vocabulary
Lesson 3: Introduction to mood, tense, and aspect
Lesson 4: Order of double object pronoun
Lesson 5: Placement of Object Pronouns In Negative, Interrogative, and Imperative Sentences
Learn how to:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 6 : Present Participle/Gerund
Lesson 7: Irregular verb -oir
Lesson 8: Preposition Par, Pour, and En
Lesson 9: Present conditional
Lesson 10: Indirect Speech – Balancing of Tense
Learn how to:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 11 : Disjunctive pronouns
Lesson 12: Expressions with avoir
Lesson 13: Simple Past vs. Compound Past and Vocabulary Related to Routine
Lesson 14: The pluperfect
Lesson 15: Past conditional
Here you’ll learn:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 16 : Other prepositions
Lesson 17: Other prepositions Part 2
Lesson 18: The three forms of "if" in French
Lesson 19: Verbs with Prepositions de and à
Lesson 20: Talking About the Quantity
Here you’ll learn:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 21: Demonstrative Pronouns
Lesson 22: More Expressions about Conditional Form
Lesson 23: How to express cause and vocabulary about religions
Lesson 24: Coordinating Conjunctions
Lesson 25: Expressions to Say Sorry in French
Here you’ll learn how to:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 26 : Adverbs and well-wishes
Lesson 27: Terms to express consequence
Lesson 28: How to express opposition
Lesson 29: Expressing Objectives and Vocabulary About Flowers
Lesson 30: Expressing Likes and Dislikes
Learn how to:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 31: Placement of Adverbs and Vocabulary Related to Trees
Lesson 32: Conditional and Other Tenses
Lesson 33: At the Train Station and At the Bank
Lesson 34: More Practice and Vocabulary About Sports
Lesson 35: “Savoir” and “Connaître” and Vocabulary Related to Work
What's in store for you:
Lesson and Topic
Lesson 36: Relative pronoun
Lesson 37: The Many Uses of “Faire” and Vocabulary about Children
Lesson 38: Compound Relative Pronouns and Vocabulary About Birds
Lesson 39: The Historical Past Tense (Part 1)
Lesson 40: The Historical Past Tense (Part 2)
Speaking practice exercises: Different speaking exercises to help you 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 learn:
8 weeks of lessons to master intermediate French:
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 5 hours for the absolute best results). This way you’ll complete the entire level in about 8 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:
This course is for you if:
WHY JOIN THIS ONLINE COURSE?
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 own 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 intermediate level, ramps up quickly.
Use free YouTube videos 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 page and blog as well.
The drawback is that once you know enough basic French it’s up to yourself to sort through everything that’s out there and organize a structure with appropriate lessons that are right for your current level.
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 Intermediate French:
"Your course managed to keep me going..."
"My story with French is a search with a lot of frustration and some joy. But your course has managed to keep me going and this has to do with the system of the graded essays and the way you structure your lessons and the useful listening material. Your course for my taste is not overloaded. This is a great accomplishment!"
ERNESTINE LÖWENSTEIN // Talk in French intermediate graduate
"Getting targeted feedback and corrections makes all the difference..."
“I’m loving it. Getting targeted feedback and corrections makes all the difference compared with other online platforms. As they get harder I’m spacing out the lessons to give me a chance to revise what I’ve learned. I’d like to think my pronunciation was improving too but won’t know that until I get to France”
ELIZABETH // Talk in French Intermediate Graduate
"I had a real problem interpreting the spoken word..."
"Although I could read French and was able to translate most articles I had a real problem interpreting the spoken word which in turn inhibited me from starting a conversation. The ability to listen to conversations at various speeds helped me to attune my ear better and also helped me realize that I didn't have to translate every single word to get the gist of what was being said."
JOHN // Talk in French Intermediate Student
"It has been like having my own personal tutor..."
"It has been like having my own personal tutor – one that not only corrects errors, but provides encouragement throughout the process. I also appreciate having the opportunity to email you questions about items that are not clear to me, or where I’m having difficulty understanding."
ALAN BUIST // Talk in French Intermediate Graduate
"I have already experienced an improvement in the level of my French comprehension..."
"I have already experienced an improvement in the level of my French comprehension. In particular my understanding of when to use which past tense has really improved.
I appreciate being able to go back over previous lessons and refresh some of the knowledge I have picked up.
Spoken examples in each module are useful, as understanding spoken French was always an area I found difficult. I also participate in online French class and now feel quite comfortable describing past events to the teacher and other students."
JOHN CARR // Talk in French Intermediate Student
"With the lessons I could confidently make travel arrangements..."
"With the lessons learned I could confidently make travel arrangements and order meals in French if I was going to French countries including the French speaking Canadian province of New Brunswick."
D. // Talk in French Intermediate Student
Zero-Risk, 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
There are absolutely zero risks in enrolling. If you find these online courses do not meet your expectations, you can request a refund within 30 days. No questions asked.
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.
I can help you beat the learning plateau but you have to want out of there yourself.
So what are you waiting for? Enroll now and start improving your French today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you follow the basic requirement most students finish a complete course within 3 months. If you decide to follow the most effective plan I designed, (5 hours a week), you'll complete the course within 8 weeks.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org