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Improve your French fluency and comprehension with stories

Improve your listening, speaking, and understanding by simply reading stories.
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7,085 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2017
English
Free
Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
Description

So you’ve completed an introductory or even intermediate French course, now what? Sure you know a few words and phrases, but you are a far cry from being able to competently use your skills in conversation. Now comes the daunting task of climbing the ever imposing mount fluency, and the hardest question to ask is simply where to start. It is easy to get ahold of French newspapers and books, but you know that you aren’t ready for that unaided. Maybe you have even tried and ended up giving up because you it was too much too soon. You’re standing at a cross roads, and maybe, just maybe this course can help.

This course is there for those of you who have taken some French before, and want to improve your skills. It is for those of you who are ready for their first story, or have seen a few, but would like some help getting to the next level. I’m not going to assume that you can just read a text and instantly understand what is going on. If you did, you wouldn’t need this course, so we are going to take it nice and slow. Here, the story has been broken down into small easy to digest sections, about 4 minutes long, so you don’t get overwhelmed. And then through this course you are not simply going to have the story read to you and then be expected to nod your head and move on. So within each piece of the narrative, you will learn from a number of different steps that you will take.

First you will get a set of vocabulary words, not a ton of them and only the ones that pertain to the section of the story you are about to read.

Then you will read the story the first time. Of course you aren’t alone, and there will also accompanying audio to follow along with. Here each sentence that of the story that is given will have its English translation on screen as well. So if there is a word that wasn’t in the vocabulary that you didn’t know, it will be right there for you, or if a particular sentence is hard for you to understand, you can easily find its English counterpart.

In the next section you will be aided further, because it won’t be assumed that just the English translation is enough for you. Here many of the sentences that may have tripped you up are explained in detail so you can start to understand French even when it doesn’t translate directly into English.

For the final section you are going to see the same section again, and this time you will have already seen all of it, and even gone in depth with some of the trickier sentences that appeared. This final repetition should give you confidence in knowing that here is an entire section of a story all in French and you understand every word of it.

And as you have gotten this far, I have one final note on the story itself that you will be reading. It is a French fairy tale. It was originally written in French and then translated into English. I hope that by now you are at least a little excited at the prospect of being able to work your way through your own French story. Take a look at the previews, as the entire first section is free so you can get a feel for what is in store for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is not aimed at the beginner
  • This is for intermediate students who are want to read their first real story
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What Will I Learn?
read and understand French more clearly
analyze sentences that they have read
not only know different vocabulary words but be able to more comfortably use them
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Requirements
  • You should be familiar with basic French vocabulary and grammar.
Curriculum For This Course
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Let's jump into it
1 Lecture 04:29
Introduction
04:29
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 1
6 Lectures 25:49
Essential Vocab
00:29

First Reading (with subtitles)
04:03

Some Confusing Sentences
06:13

More Confusing Sentences
07:27

The Final Few Confusing Sentences
04:19

Second Reading
03:18
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 2
4 Lectures 18:26
Essential Vocab
00:22

First Reading (with subtitles)
03:53

Confusing Sentences
10:59

Second Reading
03:12
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 3
4 Lectures 23:22
Essential Vocab
00:36

First Reading (with subtitles)
04:22

Confusing Sentences
14:42

Second Reading
03:42
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 4
4 Lectures 20:02
Essential Vocab
00:32

First Reading (with subtitles)
03:54

Confusing Sentences
12:21

Second Reading
03:15
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 5
4 Lectures 19:27
Essential Vocab
00:21

First Reading (with subtitles)
04:11

Confusing Sentences
11:28

Second Reading
03:27
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 6
4 Lectures 14:28
Essential Vocab
00:10

First Reading (with subtitles)
03:22

Confusing Sentences
07:57

Second Reading
02:59
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 7
4 Lectures 12:46
Essential Vocab
00:15

First Reading (with subtitles)
03:40

Confusing Sentences
05:26

Second Reading
03:25
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 8
4 Lectures 19:47
Essential Vocab
00:21

First Reading (with subtitles)
03:59

Confusing Sentences
12:00

Second Reading
03:27
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The Beauty with the Golden Hair: Section 9
4 Lectures 13:49
Essential Vocab
00:15

First Reading (with subtitles)
03:43

Confusing Sentences
06:16

Second Reading
03:35
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
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I am an excited Udemy instructor, looking to share with those wanting to learn. I am a blossoming multipotentialite and polyglot. I have had what amounts to almost a decade of formal training in French, up through and including the top tiers of University study and also including a year abroad in beautiful Grenoble, France.

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