French Reading and Listening Comprehension Course Level 1: For Beginners

Build a solid foundation in your reading and listening comprehension with this entertaining yet highly effective course

Now includes an interactive audio transcription, so you can click on any word and hear the audio from that instant.

This course is ideal for beginner students who want to unlock better and more independent ways to learn French on their own, like:

  • Reading the original version of your favorite French authors.
  • Listening to French news or podcasts without needing to pause and translate.
  • Watching French movies without needing English subtitles.

Through a system of guided stories, you’ll boost your vocabulary, tune your ears to understand French speakers (even when they talk fast), and learn how to focus on understanding the overall context, instead of getting stuck mid-sentence to analyze what’s going on.

Here’s how this course will help you:

  • The 45 different stories spread over 45 lessons will expose you to a wide range of French grammar structures. This will help you form better French sentences without the monotonous task of memorizing grammar rules.
  • You will be able to increase your vocabulary in French thanks to the thousands of French words and colloquial expressions used in descriptive sentences and casual conversations throughout the short stories/lessons.
  • Sharpen your reading comprehension hand-in-hand with your listening comprehension by seeing how the written word appears alongside how it is spoken.
  • The audio will not only train your ears to understand French as spoken by natives, it will also boost your French listening skills tremendously.
  • Practice speaking French the way native speakers do through the embedded audio in each lesson.
  • Avoid frustrations when listening to spoken French by selecting the appropriate speed for your level. You will have audio in both slow and normal speed — choose the one you are more comfortable with.
  • Practice your writing skills with the writing exercises after each lesson.
  • The quiz at the end of each lesson will help you ensure that you fully understand what you have read.
  • Develop your listening skills to the point that you can easily follow normal-speed French conversations.
  • Understand spoken and written French with ease and be able to properly process and summarize the information you have heard or read.
  • Learn 4,000+ new French words and expressions and use these properly in their correct context in everyday conversations.
  • Build better, more complicated French sentences through exposure to different French sentence structures.
  • Read French publications (books, newspapers, blogs, comics) fit for both beginner and intermediate level.

If you are currently studying beginner-level French or you have learned it before and wish to pick it up again, this course is for you.

This course will benefit you greatly if:

  • You are looking for an excellent course to supplement your French lessons.
  • You are a busy adult learner who is looking for an effective course that won’t clash with your busy schedule and multiple obligations.
  • You can only commit a little time each day to learn French.
  • You want to enhance your reading and listening skills in French.
  • You wish to study French independently at your own pace.
  • You want to be able to enjoy French movies, books, and other forms of entertainment.


French Reading and Listening Comprehension Course Level 1: For Beginners
A system of guided stories that will boost your vocabulary, tune your ears to understand French speakers (even when they talk fast), and will teach you how to focus on understanding the overall context, instead of getting stuck mid-sentence to analyze what’s going on.

French Reading and Listening Comprehension Course Level 1: For Beginners

(EUR 79.90 | CAD  99 | CHF 79.90  | GBP  64.90 | AUD 99)
Improve your French reading and listening comprehension today!


Inside French Reading and Listening Comprehension Course Level 1 for Beginners:

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.

45 reading and listening lessons for beginners
Thousands of new French words introduced through the stories
Vocabulary lists provided after each lesson
High-quality audio embedded into the lessons
Quizzes at the end of each lesson to check for understanding
Offline materials: Get the course in epub/PDF format and the audio files in MP3 format.

Here's what students say about French Reading and Listening Comprehension Course Level 1:


French Reading and Listening Comprehension Student

Incredible this course: French with stories for beginners, super recommend. 

I have benefited greatly, it is easy to understand.
The price is very cheap. And the level of education he provided me was great.
My choice was super right.

Anthony Osafo

French Reading and Listening Comprehension Student

The main selling point for this course is that it is organized into stories.

My background in french is beginner. This course would benefit beginners. It would be helpful if the main words of the stories are translated french first then english in brackets for example Salut (Hi) instead of translating them after a couple of sentences. This translation also applies to the titles of each section. The vocabulary recap at the end of each section is helpful.

Callum Adam

French Reading and Listening Comprehension Student

I found there to be a very helpful companion for learning French, whether you are just a complete beginner or have some experience.

 I have very little experience with learning French and these are a great tool to learn with. The story format helps with reading and learning new words (glossary included with each story) and an audio companion helps with pronunciation. I highly recommend these books as they cover such a wide range of situations, which will no doubt be useful in speaking French.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Simple Interactions

Here you’ll learn to:

  • Greet people and introduce yourself and your family members in French.
  • Talk about days and months.
  • Discuss the weather; know the parts of the house.

Story and Theme

Story 1: Le cours de langue (a story about greetings and introduction)

Story 2: Une année bien remplie (a story about days, months, seasons)

Story 3: Quel temps fait-il de l’autre côté du monde ? (a story about weather)

Story 4: L’anniversaire de Sophie (a story about different family members and relatives)

Story 5: Une belle maison familiale (a story about parts of the house)

Module 2: Navigate Common Scenarios

Here you’ll learn:

  • Talk about nature and recreation.
  • Navigate scenarios such as shopping and sight-seeing.

Story and Theme

Story 6: Un dimanche dans la nature (a story about nature)

Story 7: Refaire sa garde-robe (a story about clothing and different kinds of apparel)

Story 8: Un après-midi de shopping (a story about shopping)

Story 9: Un week-end à Paris (a story about sight-seeing)

Story 10: Qu'est-ce que tu fais ce week-end ? (a story about recreation)

Module 3: Enter Conversations

Here you’ll find out how to:

  • Describe your daily routine and describe people.
  • Talk about food, drinks, and professions.

Story and Theme

Story 11 : Une journée avec Martin (a story about daily routine)

Story 12: La photo de classe de Lisa (a story about a classroom and describing people)

Story 13: Un dîner chez les Marchais (a story about food and drinks)

Story 14: Le comité de quartier (a story about professions)

Story 15: Edward prend le train jusqu'à Paris (a story about the train station)

Module 4: Express Yourself

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to talk about feelings and emotions.
  • How to dine in a restaurant in France and enjoy your holidays.

Story and theme

Story 16 : A story about Feelings and Emotions

Story 17: A story about Sports

Story 18: A story about City and Buildings

Story 19: A story about Travel and Holidays

Story 20: A story about Dining in a Restaurant

Module 5: More Useful Scenarios

Here you’ll learn:

  • What to say at a doctor's visit or when shopping for furniture.
  • How to discuss movies and cinema.
  • How to book hotel accommodation.

Story and Theme

Story 21: A story about Getting Sick and Going to the Hospital

Story 22: A story about Time

Story 23: A story about Furniture-shopping

Story 24: A story about Entertainment and the Cinema

Story 25: A story about Hotel and Accommodation

Module 6: From the Office to the Festival

Here you’ll learn:

  • How to make a phone call in French.
  • Vocabulary related to the office and learning.

Story and Theme

Story 26: A story about Working at the Office

Story 27: A story about Making a Phone Call

Story 28: A story about Going to a Festival

Story 29: A story about Online Learning

Story 30: A story about Friendship and Romance

Module 7: Directions and Plans

Here you’ll learn:

  • Ask for directions and talk about different modes of transportation.
  • Talk about your hopes, dreams, and plans.

Story and Theme

Story 31: Grand ménage dans l'appartement (a story about house chores)

Story 32: Pas facile de se repérer dans la ville ! (a story about finding your way around a city)

Story 33: Une journée dans les transports (a story about transportation)

Story 34:  Sophie et Marc parlent de l'avenir (a story about hopes and dreams and making plans for the future)

Story 35:  Marie prend soin de son corps (a story about parts of the body)

Module 8: Bank Transactions and Polite Conversations

You'll learn:

  • How to make transactions at the bank.
  • How to describe physical appearance.
  • How to order from a French menu.

Story and Theme

Story 36: Et cette fille, tu penses qu'elle est jolie ? (a story about describing physical appearance)

Story 37: La visite au zoo (a story about pets and animals)

Story 38: Salut ! Comment tu vas ? (a story about politeness in conversations)

Story 39: La banque (a story about transactions at the bank)

Story 40: Préparer le menu de la cafétéria (a story about meals and dishes)

Module 9: More In-Depth Dialogues

Here you’ll learn to:

  • Describe different amounts.
  • Report a crime.
  • Talk about hobbies and art.

Story and Theme

Story 41: Une visite au commissariat... (a story about crime and justice)

Story 42: Qu'est-ce que je peux faire de mon temps libre ? (a story about hobbies and pastimes)

Story 43: Un long voyage en voiture (a story about cars and driving)

Story 44: Une visite au centre culturel en fauteuil roulant... (a story about art)

Story 45: La préparation du gâteau d'anniversaire (a story about amounts)

Bonus Learning Tools

Essay exercises: Practice your writing skills and test your reading comprehension in French by summarizing what you learned in the story using your own words.

What's NEW?

Now includes an interactive audio transcription, so you can click on any word and hear the audio from that instant.

  • You can listen to the audio and follow along with the texts easily, quickly rewind, and pause exactly where you want.
  • Every word is highlighted in real-time and timestamped automatically.
  • Simply click on a word to hear the audio from that instant.

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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 the modern student — 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

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Frederic BIBARD

This French Reading and Listening Course uses the most effective methods gleaned from years of actual hands-on teaching.

Combining highly entertaining stories with useful learning tools, you will be able to improve your comprehension skills immensely.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the course?

Most students finish the course in 10 to 15 hours

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

There's 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 your money 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:

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French Reading and Listening Comprehension Course Level 1: For Beginners

A system of guided stories, that will boost your vocabulary, tune your ears to understand French speakers (even when they talk fast), and will teach you how to focus on understanding the overall context, instead of getting stuck mid-sentence to analyze what’s going on.

USD 79.90

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Here's what students say about French Reading and Listening Comprehension Course Level 1:

Giulia Fabiano

French Reading and Listening Comprehension Student

I studied French at University and I really needed something that could make me up to speed and give me the tools to start again to study this language.

I thought this course could have been a good starting point and it actually was.
The course really helped me to improve my listening skills and reading. I would definitely recommend it.

Bruna Huaman

French Reading and Listening Comprehension Student

Excellent choice for who love to learn through daily dialogues, and the best of all is that you do not need to appeal the dictionary all the time.


French Reading and Listening Comprehension Student

I’ve had French friends for a long while and studied it once when I was younger.

 I’m also a fan of good stories. The way this course hits the basics allowing me to relearn French is a plus. Its layout design is easy to digest and appealing. And the mixture of English and French helps crutch my way in to having light hearted conversations with my friends from France in their language.

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