This guide was written for French Beginners that don’t know where to start learning the French language.
French is one of the leading languages of Europe and the world. Because French is an official language of many of the world’s organizations such as the United Nations, Nato, UNESCO, the International Red Cross Association, and numerous other international committees and organizations.
After English, French is the most learned second language in Europe and around the globe.
The most important thing you need to have before you start learning French. You need to have a reason to Learn French. To keep you properly motivated towards your goal of becoming fluent in French. Motivation to learn will be your biggest challenge to determine if you’ll be successful or not. So focus on a reason to keep your interest and motivation for the long haul.
Familiarizes Yourself with the French Alphabet And French Numbers
Learning to read the French Alphabet should be the first stop for French beginners. You should be easily able to understand the French Alphabet because it has the exact same letters and style of writing as English. Where they differ though is in pronunciation. French Numbers are the same way. Further information about both the French Alphabet and French Numbers linked below
French Vocabulary and French Phrases
Logical next step for French beginners after learning the French Alphabet would be to start developing your French vocabulary with French words and phrases. I put together two posts of French vocabulary and one post of French phrases for French beginners to start building their knowledge of French Words and Phrases.
The French grammar rules you must follow and understand to properly speak the French language. French sentence structure is pretty straightforward and follows a Subject-Verb-Object pattern. French nouns have genders: Masculine and Feminine which can greatly change the meaning of the word. French Verb Conjugation refers to the five possible inflexions of a verb: Person, Number, Mood, Tense, and Voice. French Adjectives usually follow the noun or pronoun they modify. More information about French grammar can be found below.
Consider Using a Language Learning Program
If you are really serious about learning French and want to maximize your time then you should consider using a French language course to further aid you in your quest to learn French. There are several great programs out there that deliver a great language learning experience. The advantages of a language learning program are the organization and having a next step already lined up.
Most break down the lessons into 30-minute intervals that can fit into any type of schedule. Flexible to retry a lesson to make sure you understand what you are learning and give you confidence in succeeding. Examples of great French language programs can be found below.
French Grammar Rules: Sentence Structure
French word order is similar to English with a Subject + Verb + Object format.
French Grammar Rules: Nouns and Pronouns
French Nouns have a Gender: Masculine and/or Feminine
• Gender of the Noun can change the meaning of the word.
• Some words are always feminine regardless of who they are referring to.
• A Hyphen is sometimes used at the beginning of a sentence when there is no link to the verb, or used between the verb and pronoun.
French Grammar Rules: Verbs
Each Mood as at least 2 tenses. Past and Present.
• Mood describes the speaker’s feeling towards the action of the verb.
• Indicative Mood is the most commonly used mood and has eight possible tenses.
• French Verb Conjugation refers to the five possible inflexions of a verb: Person, Number, Mood, Tense, and Voice.
French Grammar Rules: Adjectives•
French Adjectives usually follow the noun or pronoun they modify
• Adjectives usually follow the noun they describe. If the noun is plural, the adjective takes a plural form, and if the noun is feminine, we put the feminine form, usually by adding an e or by doubling the final consonant and adding e.
Learning French grammar rules can be considered the cornerstone of the language and will take some time to learn but creates a sturdy foundation to help you completely learn French in no time. Take the time to let these points soak in, then build on them as you continue your French studies. Good luck, and have fun learning French.
Learn French Swear Words and Profanity
I was a little hesitant to write this article because some people might be offended and such. but actually, it was one of the most requested things I receive in my email. It comes as no surprise really since I’m sure most of us would admit that we always seek out the profanity when learning a new language.
Learning French swear words for a variety of reasons. Most people tend to swear when they are stressed or angry. If you have a relative that knows a second language then get upset and start talking in their other language? People also tend to swear when they are hurt in some way. Studies have shown that swearing does have pain reducing element.
Remember there are a time and place for using theses French Swear Words. So only use these French Swear words when it’s appropriate.
Your French vocabulary should begin with words you could use in your daily life and should be familiar with already. Below are some useful French vocabulary and expressions for Continents, Weather, Anatomy, Home/Rooms, Vehicles, and Countries from around the world.
Depending on where you live. You are taught a little differently when it comes to continents, if you’re an American like me, you were taught 7 continents. In parts of Europe, some are taught 5-6 continents instead. Either merging Europe and Asia as Eurasia and combining North and South America as one continent.
French Vocabulary Words for ContinentsFrench Vocabulary Words for Weather
Learning French Vocabulary is very crucial because its structure is based on our daily interactions with other people. The more French Vocabulary you learn the closer you come to completely understanding the French language.
French Vocabulary Words for AnatomyFrench Vocabulary Words for Countries
French Vocabulary Words for Homes/RoomsFrench Vocabulary Words for Vehicles