An Intro to Learning French Through Stories & Conversation

Have fun learning some basic French through the story, "The Gingerbread Man."
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  • Lectures 42
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Have you considered learning French, or do you want to brush up on your French? "An Intro to Learning French Through Stories and Conversation" will introduce you to the basic linguistic tools to take the next step on your French journey. This course teaches French primarily through the story "Le petit bonhomme de pain d'épices" (The Gingerbread Man) and conversation, which is how our brains naturally learn languages. It is designed for beginners or for those who want to freshen up their French.

If you want to learn how to actually use the language without having to memorize a bunch of grammar, then this course is for you.

For each section of the story I have included:

  • The important vocabulary (presented in chunks for better understanding of the language structures)
  • Quizlet and Memrise vocabulary activities (for various ways of practicing and playing with the vocabulary)
  • The story in French and English in the present tense.
  • Conversation questions with example answers (to make personal connections to the text and to practice with a partner)
  • Textivate activites (to work more with the chapter summary text)
  • A quiz (to check for comprehension of the story)

After completing this course you will be able to understand and use some basic high-frequency French which will open doors to French conversation, travel, culture, and true joie de vivre.

Enroll now for free to take the first step on your French learning journey!

What are the requirements?

  • Students do not need any prior knowledge of French to take this course. It is appropriate for complete beginners.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a deep understanding of the beginning French story "Le petit bonhomme de pain d'épices" (The Gingerbread Man).
  • Understand and use basic high-frequency French.
  • Have simple conversations in French.
  • Be able to express some basic desires, needs, and wants in French.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is perfect for complete beginners or for anyone who would like to brush up some of the basics.
  • This course emphasizes how to actually USE the language, NOT how to talk about the language.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Bienvenue ! (Welcome!)
Bonjour ! A short Introduction to the Instructor
Section 2: Les Introductions (The Introductions)
Greetings Intro
Les Introductions 1: My name is...
Je m'appelle Funny Bear Chanson (My Name is Funny Bear Song)
Les Introductions 2: How are you doing?
Les Introductions: Quizlet et Memrise
Section 3: Le Super 6! (The Super 6!)
Super Six Intro
Le Super 6! Vidéo
Le Super Six! Quizlet et Memrise
Le Super Six! Notes
1 page
Section 4: Le week-end (The weekend)
Le week-end Intro
Qu'est-ce que tu as fait ce week-end? (What did you do this weekend?) Vidéo
What did you do this weekend? Quizlet et Memrise
Qu'est-ce que tu vas faire ce week-end? (What are you going to do this weekend?)
What are you going to do this weekend? Quizlet et Memrise
Section 5: Le petit bonhomme de pain d'épices, Première Partie (First Part)
Le vocabulaire: Première Partie (The Vocabulairy: First Part)
Le vocabulaire important: Première Partie
1 page
Le vocabulaire important: Première Partie Flash Cards
52 pages
Questions Personnelles: Première Partie (Personal Questions: First Part)
L'histoire: Première Partie en français (The Story: First Part in French)
L'histoire: Première Partie en anglais (The Story: First Part in English)
10 questions

Choose "Oui" (Yes) if the statement is correct.

Choose "Non" (No) if the statement is not correct.

Merci ! (Thank you!) & Feedback is Highly Appreciated
Section 6: Le petit bonhomme de pain d'épices, Deuxième Partie (Second Part)
Le vocabulaire: Deuxième Partie (The Vocabulairy: Second Part)
Le vocabulaire important: Deuxième Partie
1 page
Le vocabulaire important: Deuxième Partie Flash Cards
36 pages
Questions Personnelles: Deuxième Partie (Personal Questions: Second Part)
L'histoire: Deuxième Partie en français (The Story: Second Part in French)
L'histoire: Deuxième Partie en anglais (The Story: Second Part in English)
10 questions

Choose "Oui" (Yes) if the statement is correct.

Choose "Non" (No) if the statement is not correct.

Section 7: Une chanson: Que dit le rendard? (A song: What does the fox say?)
Une chanson: Que dit le renard? (A song: What does the fox say?)
2 pages
Section 8: Le petit bonhomme de pain d'épices, Troisième Partie (Third Part)
Le vocabulaire: Troisième Partie (The Vocabulairy: Third Part)
Le vocabulaire important: Troisième Partie
1 page
Le vocabulaire important: Troisième Partie Flash Cards
48 pages
Questions Personnelles: Troisième Partie (Personal Questions: Third Part)
L'histoire: Troisième Partie en français (The Story: Third Part in French)
L'histoire: Troisième Partie en anglais (The Story: Third Part in English)
10 questions

Choose "Oui" (Yes) if the statement is correct.

Choose "Non" (No) if the statement is not correct.

Section 9: Bonus: Textivate Activities, Story in French and English, and Presentations
Textivate Activities Links
1 page
The Gingerbread Man in French and English
3 pages
The Gingerbread Man Presentation
52 pages
The Gingerbread Man Questions Personnelles Presentation
21 pages
Section 10: Bonus Offer and Félicitations (Congratulations) !
Félicitations ! (Congratulations!)
Bonus Lecture: Thank you and $10 Coupon For Next Course

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Instructor Biography

Bryan Whitney, French Teacher, Tutor, Entrepreneur

I am first and foremost a husband and father. The reason I teach is so that I can provide for my lovely wife Brandi, my stepson Hunter, my daughter Felicity and my goofy, yet lovable dog Archer.

I am also very passionate about learning and teaching. I am a public high school (Sentinel High School, Missoula, Montana) and online French teacher and tutor, and have taught adult classes for the Alliance Française de Missoula as well as our yearly summer camp for kids ages 8-16. I have lived in France and continue to travel to France and other French-speaking countries on a regular basis. I have a bachelor's degree in French, a BFA in Art (Graphic Design emphasis), and a Master's in Education (Curriculum and Instruction). I love helping others expand their horizons as I learn and grow along with them. The horizon's the limit!

My teaching interests include: French, Art, educational travel, language acquisition, comprehensible input, Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling, arts integration, active learning, Hapkido, educational technology, children's books, constructivist and alternative learning, and creative thinking.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if I can help you to learn more as we go on this learning adventure together!

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