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Best French Language Courses

Updated on October 24, 2015
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I am Engish, learned Latin and Afrikaans at school and a smattering of other languages as needed. Different cultures and words fascinate me

Here are some French courses and dictionaries that I have chosen for you

If you don't want to sign up for French classes with pressure to do your homework and fixed lesson times, the most convenient way for you to study the French language is to buy a language course and follow it at your own speed, in the comfort of your own home, at whatever time fits in with your own time schedule.

Here is a selection of language courses and language software to help you to learn French. Two of the language courses are in depth, and the other one will just help you to learn the French basics, but, with the help of a French dictionary, this would probably be sufficient for you to get by on holiday, talking to the local people, finding your way around, and buying food and necessities.

 Jane Avril - Jardin de Paris by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Jane Avril - Jardin de Paris by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec | Source

Learning French

If you seriously want to learn French, you do need to devote a regular amount of time to it, and I would recommend at least an hour a day, or several hours a week, in order to give you time to build up your knowledge and linguistic skill. There are language courses which help you to learn the language fast, and even some which say you can learn it in ten days.

My own feeling is that, if you were to completely immerse yourself in the French language for a short but concentrated period, you would learn enough to get by at a superficial level, but really it takes longer than a few days to learn the language thoroughly.

Below are 2 French Language Courses, and videos of 2 Famous French songs

Check out the French language software on this page

Happy hunting in your quest to gain another language skill!

I'm showing youtwo different French courses here, but this page would be too long if I were to include even more language programs, so if you can't see the language courses you were looking for, you can just point and click on any of the items shown below and you will be transported to the Amazon.com website, where you can browse for the language course of your choice.

A Famous French Painting and, Below That, the Language Courses

Bar at the Folies Bergere

Édouard Manet

Buy This at Allposters.com

Say in French: Ooh la la!

Rosetta Stone French Language Course Levels 1 - 5. This is a very substantial and in-depth course, and when you've completed it, you will be able to converse an

Rosetta Stone  Learn French - Level 1-5 Set
Rosetta Stone Learn French - Level 1-5 Set

There is speech recognition,to put you on the right road, and you can interact with the student community and a one-to-one tutor. Topics include:

"Sample topics include:

The basics, such as age and family relations

Questions, greetings, introductions

Telling time, calendar terms, the weather

Directions, locations, dining out

Emotions, opinions, ideas

Political, media, business terms

Arranging home repairs

Planning to move abroad

Discussing the arts and tourism

Careers and conducting interviews

Problem-solving and commercial transactions"

 

Rosetta Stone French Language Course - Level 1: You will have online one-to-one training, games, and general interaction to help you to learn French

Learn French: Rosetta Stone French - Level 1
Learn French: Rosetta Stone French - Level 1

You will be able to learn basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping and much more.

 

Another Famous Painting by a French Artist

I love this Picture - My mother used to have a copy in her lounge

Water Lilies

Claude Monet

Buy This at Allposters.com

Stand-up Comedy and Two Famous French Songs on YouTube

Eddy Izzard Stand-up Comedy Routine - Learning French

Edith Piaff - La vie en rose with lyrics

Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg - Je T'aime,...Moi Non Plus

English/French, French/English Dictionary - You will find that a dictionary of some sort is necessary if you are serious about learning French as a second langu

Larousse Advanced French-English/English-French Dictionary
Larousse Advanced French-English/English-French Dictionary

An extensive dictionary with over 400,000 translations. Intended for the more advanced student with advanced language.

This is what I would choose - a well-known publication, and regularly revised and updated.

 

Spot the Deliberate Mistake!

Are you planning to brush up your French? - Let's see what you all say

Me, I was sent for a couple of weeks to the Belgian Congo (now Zaire) when I was ten, to learn French from a French-speaking Belgian family. Amazingly, I still remember what I learned there

Parlez-vous Francaise?

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Below are some links to more language courses

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One of my Zazzle Designs - This One is French

You Can Get this Egglantine the Eggcentric Egg Design on a Mug or various T-Shirt styles on Zazzle. Wording can be personalized, and you can put the same design on a button, a bumper sticker, or even a card

She's French, my dear!

A Humorous T-Shirt for French Language Students

by GloriousConfusion

Ou Est la Plume de ma Tante?

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Ibidii: It always helps if you have a reason to learn a language, doesn't it?

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      My first husband was first Gen American with a French Mother, GrandMother and Great Grandmother and on and on. His father and Grandfather were American. So our daughter learned French as a baby and kept up what she knew and took classes in HS and went to france in HS on a French club trip, In defence of knowing what they were saying about me, which I could tell after awhile were complaints and anger, I picked up a few words more than what I was taught by him and what I had to say to my daughter as a baby and toddler. I hear these lesson programs are very good.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @sharonbellis: Well, at least you learnt to start with

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I wish I was fluent in French and had paid more attention in school. French language instruction is mandatory in Canada so I can speak very basically but should be MUCH more fluent considering all the french classes I took!

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      Michelllle 

      5 years ago

      I have mixed feelings about Rosetta Stone. Nice lens.

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