French for Beginners

Free Online French Lessons and Tips for Beginning French Students

Learn French with hundreds of pages written for anyone with little or no French knowledge. Whether you're just beginning to learn French or picking it up again after a long absence, you'll find everything you need on these pages.

Below are French lessons categorized by type (grammar, vocab, pronunciation). If you don't know where/how to start learning French, try the checklist or subscribe to my 20-week French for Beginners email course.

They include the same lessons organized in a logical study order so that you can start at the beginning and work your way up.

If you're taking a trip to France or another French-speaking country, you might be interested in my special 6-week email course on Travel French.

Not sure of your level? Try my French proficiency test.

Free French Lessons and Beginner's Resources

The links below include some additional resources to help you learn French, both on- and off-line.Here are all kinds of lessons, tips, and tools to help you learn French.

Guided French Lessons

French study checklist
Start learning French basics and work your way up

Beginning French e-course
Learn French in 20 weeks

Travel French e-course
A six-week course on greetings, transportation, food, and other practical vocabulary

Intro to French e-course
A basic introduction to the French language in one week

Categorized French Lessons

Learn the French alphabet all at once or a letter at a time

The unspoken language of French gestures!

Everything you need to know about French grammar

Work on your comprehension

Common mistakes made by beginners

Introduction to French pronunciation, with sound files

Lists of essential French vocabulary

French Practice

Overcoming speaking anxiety

Don't be too nervous to speak

French practice quizzes

Fun and games to practice what you've learned

Tips and Tools

Independent study

Tips to help you succeed

Offline tools
Dictionary, grammar book, tapes/CDs

Proficiency test
See how you've improved

Key problem areas in French homework, papers, and translations

Typing Accents
Learn how to type French accents on any computer

Verb conjugator
Find conjugations for any verb

Verb deconjugator
Find the verb for any conjugation

French Info

French in English
How the French language has affected English

What is French?
How many speakers? Where? Facts + figures about French

What's the best way to learn French?
Choose the right method for you