Learn French from 0: start to speak, read and understand
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Learning step by step French words today: translate to French, how to speak French, learn French online, French grammar
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Created by Alain de Raymond
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 15 Articles
  • 15 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Start to speak, write and read French!
  • Use a vocabulary of over 300 French words
  • Use the verbs in the present, including to be
  • Spell your name in French
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Ask questions
  • Use the plural
  • Write capitals when appropriate
  • Talk about countries and nationalities
  • Discuss jobs
  • Go to the supermarket and ask explanations
  • Apply politeness
  • Book a hotel by phone
  • Use the negative
  • Use the imperative
  • Use the possessive
  • Aks and give directions
  • Teach yourself the language
  • Go to a hotel
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  • No knowledge is needed
  • Material: pen and paper, laptop, PC or tablet because of small letters, printer could be useful but not needed
  • Lots of motivation!

Learn French - this is the place to start learning French online!

This is your opportunity! In this course, we start from zero. Indeed, zero. No previous knowledge needed. No expensive study books. We build on our way to learn French, step by step. Learn at your own pace to translate French, you can review the videos and redo the exercises any time, as much as you want! Learn French online!

What can you expect?

Learning French is difficult. Yes. So no unnecessary, 10-minute long French grammar lessons with all the rules. Only what you need to know. Tips where you can find more French language. Over 300 French words to use in your everyday life. An interactive quiz at the end of each section, also about the French vocabulary. Culture to understand French better.

For who is this course?

You don't understand French, or barely. And you want to know how to speak French. And it's taught for you. Ready to enrol?

The level is French A1 to French A2.

I guarantee:

  • Full, free lifetime access
  • All future extra lectures and upgrades are always included for free
  • Unconditional Udemy 30 day money-back guarantee

Looking forward to your feedback!


Who is the target audience?
  • Students with more knowledge but willing to restart from 0
  • NOT for advanced students who need not to be 'refreshed'
  • Students with little or no French knowledge
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Curriculum For This Course
49 Lectures
Introduction: French course
1 Lecture 01:37

An introduction to the course: I have a Master's degree, obtained in French and was educated in French as well. The course is for beginners with little or no knowledge of French. The course is divided into different sections, content first and then vocabulary, exercises, tip of the section and a quiz. For the lecture, only a pen and a paper are necessary.

Preview 01:37
Pronunciation, to be, meeting
10 Lectures 23:45

The first lecture gives an overview of the difficult sounds in French, for native English speakers, for example the R. The importance of those sounds is stressed. Next, the accents in French are discussed and the alphabet is read, the students are encouraged to spell out their own name and the pronunciation is practiced with a few examples.

Preview 06:28

In 1 minute, the grammar rules of the Article in French are given. Un and une and le and la, and the differences between them. Some tips are as well given to find out which is masculine and which noun is feminine.

Preview 01:01

The pronouns in French are given: je, tu , il, elle, on, nous, vous, ils and elles. Some specific aspects are explained and the conjugation of the verb to be is given as well.

Preview 02:19

Dialogue in which two friends meet. One is a French language teacher, who brings along two of his students. They exchange some phrases - essential to learn and leave each other.

Preview 01:24

A short lesson on how to introduce yourself in French. Going from the initial opening: bonjour, je m'appelle X to the ravi de faire votre connaissance at the end. The vocabulary of the dialogue is given so students will be able to understand the second reading of the dialogue.

Preview 05:51

The same dialogue is read, which should be much easier thanks to the previous lesson explaining how to meet persons and with the vocabulary.

Preview 01:24

The whole vocabulary of this section is given. A dictation is given as well, so students know how all the words are pronounced. The focus is on introducing oneself or other persons in this section.

Preview 01:45

A short exercise where students have to translate some sentences with the vocabulary given in the previous lecture.

Preview 00:22

The correction on the exercises on to be and the dialogue.

Preview 00:13

Listening is key in any language, as well in French. A good part of our day we can spend by listening to the language we want to learn, for example by listening to the radio. The sentence for the first question of the quiz is as well given.

Preview 02:57

A first quiz on to be, how to introduce yourself and the dialogue.

The first quiz
11 questions
Questions, countries and jobs
12 Lectures 36:02

How do you ask questions in French? The three ways are explained, with the difficult questions with inversion explained from A to Z. Some interrogative words are added as well, so students will be able to ask questions whenever they want!


How the plural is formed in French. Usually, one just adds the -s at the end of the word but there are some exceptions. Grammar of 1 minute.

The plural: -s, 1-minute grammar

When do you write capitals in French? Simple: mostly like in English. However, there's some exceptions: the first form of the verb to be, months, days of the week and languages, which can be pretty difficult for an English speaker.

Capitals & countries: part 1

Countries - how do you use them? It's important to know your own, and students will be able to find theirs via the attachment. The rules for the gender are explained, as well as how to say 'in a particular country'. How to say where you come from and your nationality are as well added to the lecture.

Capitals & countries: part 2

A dialogue is read to teach the students how to interact when they're at a shop and at the counter. Ways of payment are described shortly, and the politeness form is touched upon again.

Dialogue: at the shop

All the vocabulary of the dialogue is explained plus some useful words. The vocabulary is mainly vocabulary used in a shop, with ingredients.

Vocabulary dialogue

Here's the same dialogue again so the students can better understand what was said in the dialogue.

Dialogue again

Some basic sentences how to ask for someone's employment. An extensive reply scheme is given, even when the students are studying and if they are unemployed. Some professions are also given.


The whole vocabulary is detailed for this section, questions, countries and jobs. There's an audio file to do a dictation and a pdf to print, with only the English translation so students can practice their writing.

Vocabulary section 3

Exercises for the whole of this section. Translations are given for countries, jobs, money, capitals and questions. The vocabulary learnt in the previous section is as well in between the exercises.


The correction of the exercises above is given with explanation if necessary.

Exercises: correction

For the tip of the section, we elaborate a bit on the French language, how it's regulated, and a summary of what was learnt during the section is given. For the tip: it's about dictionaries, google translate and how to use wikipedia for translation. The sentence for the quiz is given.


Some questions on countries, jobs, money, capitals and questions. The whole section is subjected to easy and less easy questions.

A second quiz
11 questions
Verbs, to the hotel
11 Lectures 28:39

In this lecture, we see how regular verbs are conjugated in French. The verbs are divided according to their endings: RE IR and ER. Some rules for exceptions are as well highlighted.

Regular verbs

A new expression in French, and a very pleasant one to say how you're down: to have a cockroach. It's used as a motivation to start the next lecture.

1 minute of grammar? Or a little motivation...

A short overview of 6 irregular verbs is given, together with their conjugations. They are very frequently used, so they need to be studied. The reflexive verbs are used as well, so the conjugation of the reflexive pronoun is given.

Irregular verbs and 'reflexivity'

the politeness of the French language is explained. Different than in English, politeness is very highly appreciated. It doesn't exist in English, so that is why it is explained here.


A text to increase the reading capacities of the students. The text is about a conversation over the phone, someone is booking a hotel, and the receptionist is registering their stay at the hotel.

Text: Hello Hotel?

The vocabulary of the text of the hotel is reviewed, together with some antonyms. The vocabulary focuses on hotel matters, to book.

Vocabulary Hello hotel?

The text is given again, to prepare for the exercises which are below the text, to check whether the students have understood the text. The questions are in French.

Text with audio: Hello Hotel?

The vocabulary of the whole section is given, as usual. An audio file is included as well as a PDF, leaving the French words blank so that the students can practice their writing skills.

Vocabulary section 4

Exercises on the hotel, as well as some rehearsal of the previous sections. The verbs are as well tested.


The solutions of the exercises on the hotel, the rehearsals and the verbs in the present are given.

Exercises: correction

For the tip of the section, two tips are given: to switch the keyboard to a French keyboard, and to watch French movies. Especially how to watch French movies is explained: which ones, with or without subtitles,...

Tip of the section

The quiz tests the ability of the students to process all the information of the section. Their knowledge on verbs, politeness, and booking a hotel is tested.

Quiz section 4
10 questions
Find my hotel, not here
13 Lectures 34:53

The negative is quite more challenging than in English. It is usually separated by the 'ne' word and than a negative word, who both take place before and just after the conjugated verb. They can also stand alone. An exercise is given as well.

The negative: more than non

The imperative is used as in English, but it uses the tense of the 2nd person. It can as well use the 1st tense of the plural, as in let's and a verb. The exceptions are given as well.

1 minute of grammar: the imperative

A road description to a specific place is asked an given in this dialogue. An accurate way to describe directions in French, and how to ask for directions.

Where's the hotel: dialogue

The vocabulary related to the dialogue 'where's the hotel' is given. The vocabulary relates to direction, so for example take the first one on the left, are translated.

Related vocabulary: where's the hotel

The dialogue is read again, so students can fully understand what is said/written.

Where's the hotel: dialogue again

The possessive in French is more challenging than in English. Although the easiest way is to use à or de, there's much more difficulties. The possessive depends on the subject noun, unlike in English. It takes the gender and single or plural from the subject noun, both for the adjective and the pronoun.

The possessive: my and mine

The persons we're following on their way to the hotel finally arrived at the hotel. They follow up on their reservation and ask for information about their payment. The clerk gives them the information, as well as some information about the room they booked.

Dialogue: entering the hotel

The vocabulary, related to stays in hotel and discussions with hotel staff, is explained, including a technical incident.

Vocabulary: entering the hotel

The dialogue is repeated so students can fully understand all the terms and words. They will also pick up new details they didn't hear before.

Dialogue: entering the hotel again

Vocabulary on the negative, the imperative, the possessive and the content of the dialogues.


Exercises on the negative, the imperative, the possessive and the content of the dialogues.


Solutions on the exercises on the negative, the imperative, the possessive and the content of the dialogues.

Exercises: solutions

The tip of the section resumes what was learnt in the section, and inspires the students to be creative by creating pictures with vocabulary.

Tip: be creative!

A quiz is presented to the students so they can test their skills on the negative, the imperative, the possessive and the vocabulary learnt through the dialogues: directions and at the hotel.

Quiz section 5
12 questions
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2 Lectures 02:22

The students will understand what the plan is with the rest of the course. Another PDF is included for further study, feedback is always welcome and reviews even more.

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About the Instructor
Alain de Raymond
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Hi! I'm Alain.

Curiously, when I was a teenager, many language teachers told me I wasn't so good at languages. My Dutch was poor. My English teacher even advised me to follow extra courses.

I discovered I loved languages when I went to Germany in 2010. I had some basic German skills but started to speak in German from day one. What I got in return was amazing: friendship, love, respect and a good level of German. Since then, I'm passionate about languages.

Now I'm proud to be able to express myself in French, Dutch, English, German, Maltese and Spanish. I also have some Portuguese notions. And I'm always busy learning new languages and taught some of my languages via tutoring.

I also have a life besides languages. I love economics, politics and all the processes that shape our society. I worked in communications a few years and hold 3 degrees: in Journalism, EU Studies and Management.