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Introductory lessons

Introduction · Introduction
History, extent of the language, advice on studying French
Alphabet · L'alphabet
Grammar · Letters and examples, final consonants, dental consonants, b and p, aspirated vs. non-aspirated h, diacritics (accents)
Vocabulary · Punctuation
Greetings · Les salutations
Vocabulary · Greetings, good-byes, How are you?, names
Formal speech · Le discours formel
Grammar · Vous vs. tu
Vocabulary · Courtesy, titles, asking for one's name
Numbers · Les nombres
Vocabulary · Cardinal numbers, mathematics, How much?, ordinal numbers
Dates · Les dates
Vocabulary · Days, months, seasons, age
Telling time · L'heure
Vocabulary · Time, time of day
Review · Exercises · Test

Level one lessons

People and things · Les gens et les choses
Grammar · Gender of nouns, definite and indefinite articles, liaison
Vocabulary · People, expressions
To be · Être
Grammar · Subject pronouns, introduction to verbs, être, de , à
Vocabulary · Places, expressing agreement, jobs , nationalities , countries
Description · La description
Grammar · Adjectives, demonstrative adjectives
Vocabulary · Adverbs expressing degree, common adjectives, colors
Family · La famille
Grammar · Avoir, possession, possessive adjectives , questions
Vocabulary · Immediate family, extended family , numbers
Recreation · Récréation
Grammar · -er verbs, le, la, and les, lui and leur
Vocabulary · Places, sports, games, instruments
The house · La maison
Grammar · Habiter, faire, me, te, nous, and vous
Vocabulary · Streets and houses, housework, rooms and furniture
Weather · Le temps
Grammar · Negation, aller, à
Vocabulary · Common weather, rain and snow
Travel · Les voyages
Grammar · -ir verbs, prendre, de , possessive adjectives
Vocabulary · Traveling, directions
Art · L'art
Grammar · Regular -re verbs, beau, nouveau, and vieux
Vocabulary · Museums, music, plays
Science · La science
Grammar · Questions, conjunctions, lui and leur
Vocabulary · Science, astronomy, scientists , elements
Review · Exercises · Test

Level two lessons

School · L'école
Grammar · Passé composé of regular verbs, lire, écrire
Vocabulary · School, school subjects
Culture · La culture
Grammar · Regular verbs review, croire & voir
Vocabulary · Life, religions, holidays, celebrations
Shopping · Faire des courses
Grammar · exer Verbs (acheter), -yer Verbs (payer), object pronoun review, irregular past participles
Vocabulary · Shopping, clothing, shoes
Going out · Sortir
Grammar · Sortir, partir, -enir verbs (venir), -éxer verbs
Vocabulary · Leisure activities, places to go, movies
Transportation · Le transport
Grammar · -uire verbs (conduire), -rir verbs (ouvrir), y, passé composé with être
Vocabulary · Local travel, methods of transportation
Everyday life · Le quotidien
Grammar · Devoir, falloir, reflexive verbs
Vocabulary · Employment, waking up, preparing for work, driving to work, sleep
Rural life · La vie rurale
Grammar · Suivre, vivre, naître, passé composé with reflexive verbs
Vocabulary · Pets, farm animals
Food and drink · La nourriture
Grammar · Manger, boire, partitive article, en, mettre
Vocabulary · Meat, dairy products, drinks, desserts
Dining · Dîner
Grammar · -cer verbs, servir, vouloir, pouvoir
Vocabulary · Meals, silverware, dining at a restaurant
Communication · La communication
Grammar · Dire, -aître verbs, connaître & savoir, envoyer, recevoir
Vocabulary · Mail, calling others, computers
Review · Exercises · Test

Level three lessons

Vacations · Les vacances
Grammar · Geographic prepositions, perfect tenses, simple future of regular verbs
Vocabulary · Travel, international travel, nationalities
Work · Le travail
Grammar · Irregular past participles review, conjugated verb + infinitive review
Vocabulary · Companies, blue-collar, white-collar, service, government, the office, office supplies
Health · La santé
Grammar · Simple future of irregular verbs, adverbs, commands
Vocabulary · Visiting the doctor, emergencies, medicine, the dentist, health-care
Money · L'argent
Grammar · Personal pronouns review, present conditional, pronouns with commands
Vocabulary · Forms of money, payment, handling money, going to a bank
Youth · Jeunesse
Grammar · Imparfait, possessive pronouns, stem-changing verbs review
Vocabulary · Games and toys, French children's poems, songs, and stories
Adolescence · L'adolescence
Grammar · Imparfait vs. passé composé, pronominal verbs review, plus-que-parfait
Vocabulary · Pop culture, mass media, part-time jobs
Historical France · L'histoire
Grammar · Passé simple of regular verbs, interrogative pronouns
Vocabulary · Farming and peasant life, noble life, the king, the rennaissance, the reformation
Revolutionary France · Révolution
Grammar · Passé simple of irregular verbs, relative pronouns (qui, que, dont)
Vocabulary · Enlightenment, French Revolution, Democracy, Napoleonic Era, post-Napoleon France, Industrial Revolution
Modern France · La France moderne
Grammar · Past conditional, comparative & superlative, asking questions review
Vocabulary · The 20th century, 20th century advancements and changes
Current events · L'actualité
Grammar · Future perfect, demonstrative pronouns, If...
Vocabulary · News, the European Union, social problems, government, politics
Review · Exercises · Test

Level four lessons


Slavery under Napoleon · L'esclavage sous Napoléon
Lecture guidée · L'esclavage sous Napoléon
Algerian War of Independence · Guerre d'indépendance algérienne
Lecture guidée · Guerre d'indépendance algérienne

Les lumières et le mouvement réaliste

Candide (or Optimism) · Candide, (ou l'Optimisme)
Lecture guidée · Extrait de Candide, (ou l'Optimisme) de Voltaire
Dreams of a Solitary Walker · Rêveries du promeneur solitaire
Lecture guidée · Extrait des Rêveries du promeneur solitaire, de Rousseau
Boule de Suif
Lecture guidée · Extrait de Boule de Suif, par Guy de Maupassant

La poésie française

The Flowers of Evil · Les Fleurs du Mal
Lecture guidée · Poèmes extraits des Fleurs du Mal de Baudelaire
Tomorrow at Dawn · Demain, dès l'aube
Lecture guidée · Poème de Victor Hugo


Agreement of past participles with avoir · Accord du participe passé avec avoir
Review · Exercises · Test