3 Minute French - Free taster course | Lessons for beginners

Learn to speak French you can use in everyday real-world situations - all in just 3-minute chunks!
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99,876 students
3 Minute French - Free taster course | Lessons for beginners
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (6,601 ratings)
99,901 students
Speak French confidently and comfortably in everyday situations
Understand what's being said back to you
Be more than just an average tourist when travelling to French speaking countries
Go from complete beginner to building your own sentences after the very first lesson
Build a solid base vocabulary of words and phrases you can use straight away in the real world
Understand and use grammatical and linguistic features of the French language with ease
Understand the structure of the French language
Get to grips with French pronunciation

Requirements

  • The good thing about this course is that it is taught under the assumption that you know no French and nothing about languages
  • Everything is explained clearly and thoroughly without the use of confusing terminology
Description

Now, obviously you can't learn French in just three minutes, but you can learn it in three-minute chunks.

When you learn something new, what tends to happen is that you start out with lots of enthusiasm and motivation. When you're full of motivation, you can easily sit learning for hours and hours on the first day or two. However, normally, this motivation dwindles very quickly and then most people give up.

With 3 Minute French, the method makes you stop learning after just a few minutes. By forcing yourself to stop whilst you're still enthusiastic, you will keep your motivation levels high and you will want to continue for longer.

Short bursts of studying every day are much more beneficial for language learning than long, drawn out lessons once or twice a week. You'll find that you will maintain your enthusiasm for learning meaning your daily 3-minute lessons will easily become a habit, and you'll remember everything much better.

In each 3 Minute French lesson, you'll learn a few words that you can put together to build sentences. As you progress through the lessons, you'll learn more and more words and be able to make longer and more complex sentences, and when we get to trickier grammatical structures, they are tackled in a simple step-by-step way.

I developed the 3 Minute Languages method over fifteen years, testing it and tweaking it with my own students to make sure it was as good as it could be. As well as the short lessons, another unique part of this method is the order you'll learn things in.

Traditional language courses start out by giving you a long list of pronunciation rules, starting with the letter 'a' and going through the whole alphabet. I know when I started to learn languages, this put me off immediately, because I was being bombarded with strange information before I had learnt a single word of French. In the 3 Minute French courses, we get used to the pronunciation rules gradually with each word we learn.

Additionally, the words and phrases you learn at the start of traditional language courses are not always very useful. I remember learning how to say things like:

- I have a sister who is twelve years old

- I have two dogs and a cat

- My favourite sport is tennis

These sentences weren't very useful when I first went to France, so I didn't really get the opportunity to speak. What I did for the 3 Minute Languages courses is change what you learn first. I chose the most useful words and I give them to you in the very first lesson, so that you'll be able to say things that you'll actually use the first time you travel abroad.

So, that's how the 3 Minute French courses work. You can start out knowing nothing, and you'll be speaking French from the very first lesson.

Have a go with the free course, and if you enjoy that, you can move on to the full course to continue to learn more of the language.

Happy learning :-)

Kieran

Who this course is for:
  • You really want to learn to speak French in a very simple and very quick way
  • You are going to spend a holiday/vacation in France or another French speaking country
  • You have failed to learn French in the past, but really want to give it one more go
  • You have no experience with French, but you would like to learn fast
  • You have always wanted to learn a new language, but you are very busy and can never find the time
Course content
5 sections • 27 lectures • 1h 10m total length
  • Introduction
    04:48
  • Lesson 1a
    03:16
  • Lesson 1b
    03:11
  • Lesson 1c
    03:22
  • Lesson 1d
    03:23
  • Quizlet cards for lesson 1
    01:38
  • Lesson 1 | Vocabulary recap
    7 questions
  • Lesson 1 | Let's practise writing
    25 questions
  • Lesson 1 | Let's practise reading
    10 questions
  • Lesson 2a
    03:18
  • Lesson 2b
    03:08
  • Lesson 2c
    03:20
  • Lesson 2d
    03:14
  • Lesson 2e
    04:57
  • PDF version of "Let's Practise" | Lesson 2
    00:20
  • Quizlet cards for lesson 2
    00:12
  • Lesson 2 | Vocabulary recap
    5 questions
  • Lesson 2 | Let's practise writing
    10 questions
  • Lesson 2 | Let's practise reading
    10 questions
  • Lesson 3a
    03:02
  • Lesson 3b
    03:17
  • Lesson 3c
    04:05
  • Lesson 3d
    03:19
  • Lesson 3e
    03:17
  • Lesson 3f
    03:15
  • Lesson 3g
    03:22
  • PDF version of "Let's Practise" | Lesson 3
    00:04
  • Quizlet cards for lesson 3
    00:12
  • Lesson 3 | Vocabulary recap
    7 questions
  • Lesson 3 | Let's practise writing
    10 questions
  • Lesson 3 | Let's practise reading
    10 questions
  • Ready for the next course?
    01:46
  • The Happy Linguist - Hints and tips for learning French
    01:30
  • Vocabulary Expansion Sheets - Where are they?
    01:00
  • Thank you et merci :-)
    04:10
  • Some useful articles
    00:26

Instructor
3 Minute Languages, 258,000+ students
Kieran Ball
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 36,967 Reviews
  • 259,308 Students
  • 59 Courses

Hello, bonjour, hola, hallo, ciao and olá! 

I’m Kieran and I’m a language tutor based in the UK, and I also  create online courses and write books to make language learning accessible to all.

My books and online courses are based on the methodology I developed  for teaching languages, which I've been using in all my classes for many  years. The methodology will get you speaking quickly, without the  struggle normally associated with language learning.

I’ll not bore you with my life story or intricate details of the  history of the methodology; I know you probably just want to start  learning now, so I’ll let you get on with it.

I have created three series of language courses available in French,  Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. They're called: '3 Minute  Languages', 'Building Structures' and 'Quick Guides'.


3 Minute Languages

The 3 Minute Languages courses are perfect for the complete beginner.  They will get you speaking a language from scratch, assuming you know  absolutely nothing. You will be amazed at how quickly you’re able to put  sentences together. And you will memorise new words and phrases easily  without even trying.


Building Structures

The Building Structures courses are a revolutionary way to look at  foreign language acquisition; you will learn how any language can be  broken down into around fifteen structures. Each course focuses on a  different structure, and you will learn how to form it, make it negative  and turn it into a question. Each structure gives you a huge amount to  say, and once you’ve learnt all fifteen structures, you will know  everything about the language. All you have to do is fill in the gaps  with words to form a sentence. These courses are for students who are  slightly familiar with the language, and what to boost their progress.


Quick Guides

The Quick Guides are grammar guides. I recommend these for students  who have already been learning the language, and would like to  accelerate your learning. The Quick Guides are perfect for anybody who  wants an in-depth look at a specific grammar point within the language.


I've also created one extra course focusing on English grammar for speakers of other languages: Fly Through English - Verb Tenses

And I'm in the process of creating a series of maths courses. Currently, you can get 3 Minute Maths - Fractions and 3 Minute Maths - Percentages


I hope you enjoy, and "Happy Learning" :-)

 

Kieran