Complete Intermediate French: The Complete Step-by-Step Course for Intermediate-Level French

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The Complete Step-by-Step Course for Intermediate-Level French

  • 40 short yet highly intensive lessons for intermediate level: Each lesson is broken down into grammar, vocabulary, and learning exercises.
  • Effective exercises guaranteed to develop 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 are voiced by a native French speaker to train your ears to the sound of authentic French as it is spoken today. 
  • Proven tips and foolproof advice specifically for intermediate level learners: address common problems faced by intermediate learners, from a motivation lag to reaching a plateau, and more.
  • Extra in-depth writing exercises with corrections and helpful feedback.
  • FREE (2) e-books and downloadable audio: Get the e-book version of the courses and download the audio for convenient learning anytime, anywhere. 
  • Enroll risk-free and 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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"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

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.

  • Many felt that their French should already be much better than it was.
  • They knew how to start a conversation but quickly found it hard to keep it going for as long as they wanted.
  • They felt awkward about their accent and how wrong they would sound to a native speaker. 

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.



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

Course Curriculum

Week 9: The ins and outs of constructing a flowing sentence

Learn how to:

  • Understand right 'tense' and 'mood'-form and arrange 'pronouns' so you get better flowing sentences instead of being locked into short restricted explanations.
  • Develop dialog and explain situations in third person to level up your conversations by sounding better to the native ear.

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

Week 10: Sentences that make you more French

Learn how to:

  • Expand into more advanced sentences while still keeping your structure clear and simple 

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

Week 11: Discuss past events more fluidly

Learn how to:

  • Express your thoughts with more precision and discover more ways to talk about 'the past' in French.

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

Week 12: Sentence framing

Here you’ll learn:

  • Use different kinds of prepositions that will help you frame your sentences better. 
  • Use the three conditionals in French to talk about what may happen in present and future and be able to discuss quantity. 

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

Week 13: Get sophisticated

Here you’ll learn:

  • Refer to people you're talking about in non-clumsy manner 
  • Express a positive, negative or neutral link to your expressions.
  • Weave extremely useful conversation connectors in your sentences 

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

Week 14: Enter real conversations part 1

Here you’ll learn how to:

  • Express yourself more clearly and grow your conversation skills to longer and more varied discussions.

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

Week 15: Enter real conversations part 2 

Learn how to:

  • Distinguish between "savoir and "connaître” to express the right use of "to know"
  • Get the word order right on adverbs
  • Use correct phrasing for subjective opinions/feelings vs objective condition

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

Week 16: Add flair to your French

What's in store for you:

  • Learn the "historical past tense" which will improve your writing and open up your reading level
  • Link elements in your sentence correctly when you express an idea to avoid confusion
  • Dive into French literary works

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)

Bonus Learning Tools

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:

  • An accelerated 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 easily understand native speakers in normal-speed conversations.
  • To express yourself in a clear real-spoken-French without feeling awkward about how you speak or sound.
  • To fully grasp intermediate grammar at a level that helps untangle everyday speech and writing so you won’t always have to stop up and analyze.
  • A more spontaneous way of talking to native French speakers with confidence.
  • How to regain control and motivation with actionable techniques that keep you from slipping into the comfort zone you’re stuck in now.
  • How to understand complex written French in a clear and detailed manner.
  • Context-based vocabulary that you can apply to real everyday conversations.
  • How to develop the tools that will help you stay motivated until you eventually reach fluency.

8 weeks of lessons to master intermediate 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 intermediate-level learners
  • A structured learning plan for each day
  • A final test similar to the DELF certificate A2 or B1

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:

  • You’re not serious about moving past your learning plateau and out of the beginner-phase
  • You want to spend less than 1 hour each week and instead dabble 10 minutes on Duolingo every day
  • You don’t want to make an effort to push yourself out of your comfort zone
  • You prefer extensive 1:1 tutoring
  • You want to keep using material that reinforces a beginner level

This course is for you if:

  • You’re tired of remaining at a basic French level
  • You want to be confident at 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 intermediate level of 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 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 be 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 people say."

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

"I have only been learning for two months on Frédéric's “Talk in French” but I have learned more in that time than I did in 18 plus months on freebie sites on the internet."

I have only been learning for two months on Frédéric's “Talk in French” but I have learned more in that time than I did in 18 plus months on freebie sites on the internet.
I found out that I really needed the discipline that the course gives and not just going hither and thither from one thing to another on the other sites getting mixed up and not getting anywhere.

I’m in the intermediate stage, and when I’ve finished this course, I’m going on to finish with the advanced. I wish I had done it sooner.

BARBARA MULCAHY // Talk in French Intermediate Graduate

"My French friends have said how much my French has improved recently, which is a great compliment!"

As I live and work in France, I need to speak French every day and want to be able to have longer and more varied conversations with people.

This course is helping me build my vocabulary and also my confidence in starting conversations, like being able to enter in conversations midway, which can be quite challenging at times. My French friends have said how much my French has improved recently, which is a great compliment!

AMANDA PATTISON // Talk in French Intermediate Graduate

"The dictation exercises are useful and not intimidating."

"I feel that the organization of the course is excellent, and the material range is broad. I have enjoyed the dictation exercises and find them useful and not intimidating.

It has been helpful to have both fast and slow playback speeds and excellent sound quality and articulation within the lessons. Overall highly recommend it."

LISA // Talk in French Intermediate Graduate

"I am glad I decided to take the plunge with Talk in French!"

"I have lived in France for 3 years now and have tried many different courses. 

I wasn't sure about joining the course as I previously spent money on courses that turned out worse than I had hoped, but I am glad I decided to take the plunge with Talk in French!

As I live in France, I have to practice speaking in the shops, which can be daunting, but I am finding more confident with my speaking, and I can understand more than I did before starting this course."

ALISON // Talk In French Intermediate Graduate

"TIF is the shoreline that keeps me on course to a foreseeable goal."

"I already purchased two grammar review texts from other sites that had well-edited exercises. That said, those exercises are no replacement for the confidence and help provided by Frédéric's prompt corrections and feedback for the essay lessons in each of the course modules.

This essay option to exchange (in writing) with a native French speaker and skilled teacher makes all the difference.

On top of that, all the supplementary material (audio and self-correcting dictées, vocabulary building, etc.) lets you dive deep into the French language.

Much like learning a musical instrument, a second language is (thankfully!) a forever project. But TIF is the shoreline that keeps me on course to a foreseeable goal—to segue into major works of French literature avec un dictionnaire, bien sûr, mais sans un dictionnaire bilingue français-anglais!"

M. // Talk In French Intermediate Graduate

"This is not an anonymous impersonal language course!"

"I’m only in my third week of the course and enjoying it.

It did take me a while to get the hang of how to answer some of the questions. And getting my brain into gear about fundamentals like the correct conjugation of verbs.

Overall, I think the course is good, and I'm so impressed by Frederic’s daily personal involvement and comments. This is not an anonymous or impersonal language course!"

ANNE D // Talk In French Intermediate Graduate

"I have been learning French for quite a few years, and have found the Complete French Program very useful."

"The Complete French Program is an excellent way to learn and review French. The program is comprehensive in the levels of French covered and meets the requirements of DELF.

Progress through the course is constantly tested and reinforced, which serves to enhance student comprehension. Furthermore, the student’s knowledge and skill get tested through translations and texts. All reviewed by Frédéric.

This is valuable feedback that helps indicate specific areas of French that you should go over once more before moving on. I have been learning French for quite a few years, and have found the Complete French Program very useful."

PETER MEIKLEJOHN // Talk In French Intermediate Graduate

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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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