- Learn French
How to learn French by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest that you start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in the everyday's life and that will be useful when traveling. A good exercise to improve your pronunciation is speaking it out loud, which you can do at any time of the day. This will get you used to the sounds of the language and once your vacation begins, in France, Canada, Switzerland or in one of the many African countries where it is used, it will seem very familiar and easy to understand.
Why speak French while traveling?Do you want to immerse yourself in a rich literature, learn the main ingredients of a refined cuisine and make the most of the dazzling cultural life of cities like Paris and Montreal? Start to learn French now with Loecsen and get into the wonderful French-speaking world!
A language of the world
French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with about 275 million speakers, 77 million of whom are native speakers. Indeed, apart consolidating relations with France - the fifth largest economy in the world and the second largest in Europe - this language opens the doors of countries on all continents since it is the official language in 29 countries and currently spoken in 8 other countries. Moreover, specialists project that in 2050 8% of the world's population will be francophone!
As one of the official and working language of the United Nations and the European Union, this language also plays an important role in diplomacy and international affairs.
A stunning culture
For centuries it was the language of several European monarchies, thus the language of culture and communication between different countries and kingdoms. This influence was remarkable in the philosophical, literary and sociological currents for several centuries. Actually, France itself has 15 Literature Nobel Prize winners, making it the country with the highest number of laureates in this category.
How to succeed in having a good pronunciation within a week to a month?Mastering this language is also a matter of correctly reproducing phonemes and intonation (the « melody »). Here are some instructions to introduce you to the pronunciation of the 20 to 21 consonants and 11 to 16 vowels of the French
The C: must be pronounced as / s / before E, I and Y and as / k / in front of the other letters;
The H: this letter is not pronounced, however, in some cases it can prevent the link (the French « liaison ») between words.
In general, C, D, G, P, R, S, T, X and Z are not pronounced, except in the case of « liaison ». AU: pronounced / o / in open syllables and / ɔ / in some cases as in "Paul".
Other rules, especially those about the pronunciation of vowels, should be learned as you immerse yourself in the language. One tool that can help you is Pronunciator.
As for intonation, one of the essential rules is that the accent of a word or phrase always bears on the last syllable or last word. To mark this difference, the penultimate syllable is weaker than the antepenultimate.
Another feature of French phonetics is that the link (« liaison ») between words is mandatory, except in some exceptions.
What are the best websites to progress quickly?
100% Autonomous Learning - Online Resources→ TV5 Monde
Level: beginner to advanced.
Services: this site presents videos, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and francophone culture, all classified by your language level of knowledge.
Our opinion : created by one of the world's largest television channels, this site is a great tool even for those who already have a good level of language.
→ Le plaisir d'apprendre
Level : beginner to advanced.
Services : grammar and vocabulary lessons, oral and written comprehension, exercises, civilization guides, etc.
Our opinion : organized and didactic, this site covers several subjects of everyday life by encouraging dynamic learning.
→ Bonjour de France
Level : beginner to advanced.
Services : several files classified by level of learning will teach you grammar and enrich your vocabulary. One advantage of this site is that he offers idiomatic expressions, preparation for the DELF and documents for teachers.
Our opinion : the topics are treated accurately and the examples are relevant. The site offers ideal conditions for an apprenticeship that goes from the beginning to the expertise.
Resources to go further→ Prononciateur FLE
Level: all levels
Services: analysis of the pronunciation online.
Our opinion: the site offers listening and pronunciation of letters, words and phrases. It will analyze your pronunciation to help you understand phonetic errors and correct them.
Studies abroadStaying abroad is the best way to progress quickly and to consolidate your knowledge. How to find your school and organize your stay? We suggest that you discover an organization that takes care of everything for you:
→ Alliance Française
Level: all levels
Services : apart courses and workshops of French language and culture, Alliance Française de Paris offers accommodation in families or in hotel residences. Groups of more than ten people also have at their disposal the program "Par ici Paris!", Which includes teaching, accommodation, outings and excursions.
Our opinion : a recognized French-speaking organization around the world, the Alliance Française is also responsible for the dissemination of Francophone values and culture.
+ 15 themes
Essentials, Conversation, Looking for someone, Time tracking, Parting, Bar, Restaurant, Taxi, Transportation, Hotel, Beach, Family, Feelings, Learning, Colours, Numbers, In case of trouble,
Translation / Essentials
|See you later||A plus tard|
|Excuse me!||S'il vous plaît|
|Thanks a lot||Merci beaucoup !|
|Thank you for your help||Merci pour votre aide|
|Don't mention it||Je vous en prie|
|How much is it?||Quel est le prix s'il vous plaît ?|
|I don't understand||Je ne comprends pas|
|I get it||J'ai compris|
|I don't know||Je ne sais pas|
|Excuse me, where are the toilets?||Où sont les toilettes s'il vous plaît ?|
|Happy New Year!||Bonne année !|
|Happy birthday!||Bon anniversaire !|
|Happy holiday!||Joyeuses fêtes !|