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French

Ooo la la! Is there any language that invokes such beautiful imagery and captivating emotion as French? From Parisian cinemas to Belgian breweries, from Bordeaux wine tasting to museums in Montreal, French is an incredibly prolific language that can take you to a wide variety of fascinating destinations all over the world.

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Building the basics.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes
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    Building the basics.

    Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes

    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Say Goodbye
    • Form Basic Sentences
    • Learn First Person Singular and Second Person Plural Stressed Pronouns
  • Do You Speak English?
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    Building the basics.

    Do You Speak English?

    • Ask Where Someone Is From
    • Ask Whether Someone Speaks a Language
    • Get Someone's Attention
    • Construct Negation
    • Form Some Verbs in First Person Singular, Second Person Singular, and Plural
    • Learn the Forms of the Definite Article
    • Use the Preposition De
  • Names and Introductions
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    Building the basics.

    Names and Introductions

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Become Familiar with Names
    • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
    • Respond to Introduction
    • Conjugate S'appeler in the First and Second Person Singular and Second Person
    • Use Possessive Adjectives
    • Use Stressed Pronouns
    • Use Être in the First and Third Person Singular and Second Person Plural
  • Getting Around
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Around

    • Ask for Directions
    • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
    • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
    • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You
    • Practice the Preposition De
    • Use Masculine and Feminine Words in French
    • Use the Verb Être in the First-Third Person Singular
    • Use the Verb Être in the Second-Third Person Plural
  • Shopping and Payment
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    Building the basics.

    Shopping and Payment

    • Ask for the Color of an Item in a Store
    • Ask for the Size of an Item in a Store
    • Count up to 99
    • Deal with Currency
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions in Stores
    • Conjugate the Verb Avoir
    • Conjugate the Verb Faire
    • Conjugate the Verb Pouvoir
    • Say "This" and "These" in French
  • Drinks and Dining
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    Building the basics.

    Drinks and Dining

    • Gain Insight for French Food Culture
    • Order Drinks and Meals
    • Order the Bill
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Know the Different Forms of "What" in French
    • Use the Verb Aller in the Near Future
    • Use Que and Qu'est-ce que in Questions
  • Numbers and Currency
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    Building the basics.

    Numbers and Currency

    • Ask for the Price of an Item
    • Deal with Numbers Until Ten and Larger Numbers
    • Discuss Payment Methods
    • Handle Currency with Ease
    • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare
    • Conjugate the Verb Payer and Accepter
    • Conjugate the Verb Vendre and Vouloir
    • Count Using Ordinal Numbers
    • Practice the Usage of Un and Une
    • Use the Plural Form Des
  • Getting Help
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Help

    • Accept or Decline Help
    • Ask for and Offer Help
    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services
    • Correctly Place the Object Pronoun Me in a Sentence
    • Use the Preposition À with Definite Articles Le and Les
  • What Does That Mean?
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    Building the basics.

    What Does That Mean?

    • Ask and Answer What a Word or Phrase Means or Says
    • Communicate your Ability to Understand
    • Request to Repeat or Slow Down
    • Form the Comparative
    • Use Qu'est-ce que and Qu'est-ce qui
  • Languages and Communication
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    Building the basics.

    Languages and Communication

    • Ask and Tell the Time
    • Ask What Something Is
    • Ask Whether Something is Right or Wrong
    • Talk About Major Holidays
    • Talk About the Date (Day, Month, Year)
    • Correctly Use Partitive Articles Du , De la , and Des
    • Understand and Use Il faut
    • Use a Variety of Question Words
    • Use Linking Words Alors , D'ailleurs , Peut-être

Expanding the essentials.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • People and Animals
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    Expanding the essentials.

    People and Animals

    • Address Family Members Using Kinship Words
    • Comment on Pets
    • Describe People and Animals Physically
    • Talk About Personality Types
    • Ask a Question: Intonation, Inversion, and Est-ce que
    • Use Adjectives in the Masculine and Feminine Form
    • Use Interrogative Pronouns Qui , Quoi , and Quand
    • Use Possessive Adjectives
    • Use Possessive Pronouns in the Singular Form
  • At Home
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At Home

    • Describe What Color Something Is
    • Refer to Furniture
    • Refer to General Places
    • Refer to Rooms and Locations in a House
    • Use Location and Relational Words
    • Correctly Position Adjectives
    • Understand Prepositional Phrases
    • Use Expressions with Avoir
    • Use the Imperative Form
  • Small Talk
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Small Talk

    • Accept an Invitation
    • Politely Decline an Invitation
    • Share Likes and Dislikes
    • Talk About Careers and Professions
    • Talk About Hobbies
    • Construct the Past Tense
    • Form the Near Future Tense
    • Know How to Use Savoir vs Connaître
    • Understand the Use of C'est
    • Use Some French Abbreviations
  • Dating
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Dating

    • Inquire About Somebody's Habits
    • Offer to Buy Somebody a Drink
    • Start a Conversation
    • Use Terms of Endearment
    • Practice the Direct Object Pronoun Te
    • Understand the Position of Adverbs in French
    • Use Some Reciprocal Verbs
  • Eating and Cooking
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Eating and Cooking

    • Express That You Do Not Like Something
    • Refer to Food Preparation Processes
    • Say You Like Certain Foods
    • Talk About the Ingredients of a Dish
    • Use Food Vocabulary and Measurements
    • Construct the Imperative Form
    • Form the Negation Pas de
    • Learn the Construction Faire + Infinitive
    • Use the Direct Object Pronoun Me
    • Use the Partitive Articles Du , De la , Des
  • Weather and Landscape
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Weather and Landscape

    • Offer to Do Something
    • Talk About the Land
    • Talk About the Seasons
    • Talk About the Weather
    • Use Proper Measurement for Temperature
    • Construct the Near Future
    • Understand Indirect Object Pronouns
    • Use the Pronoun Y
    • Use Il fait and Il y a with Weather Expressions
  • Shopping
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Shopping

    • Express Quantities
    • Express Your Needs and Wants
    • Inquire About Store Hours
    • Name Different Types of Stores
    • Form the Expression Avoir besoin de
    • Start Using the Future Tense
    • Use Some Reflexive Verbs
  • Banking and Post Office
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Banking and Post Office

    • Invite Someone to Join You for an Activity
    • Name a Few Shops and Businesses
    • Use Basic Banking and Financial Terms
    • Use the Post Office
    • Express Necessity or Obligation with Devoir
    • Use the Verb Aller with the Preposition À
    • Use Quelque
  • Leisure Activities
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Leisure Activities

    • Make Plans for an Activity
    • Remind Someone to Bring Something
    • Suggest Going Somewhere
    • Understand the Imperative in the Negative Form
    • Use the Conditional
    • Use the Future
  • Sightseeing
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Sightseeing

    • Ask About and Discuss a Famous Person
    • Ask to See Famous or Local Places
    • Offer to Do Something
    • State an Idea
    • Learn Another Use of Bien
    • Use the Imperfect with Aller
    • Use Devoir in the Conditional Tense as "Should"

Broadening boundaries.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Culture, Literature, and Art
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Culture, Literature, and Art

    • Ask About an Art Event
    • Say If You Are Familiar with Someone or Something
    • Talk About Famous Local Authors
    • Talk About Local Music
    • Use the Recent Past with Venir de
    • Use the Passé Composé with Avoir
    • Use the Passé Composé with Être
  • History
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    Broadening boundaries.

    History

    • Ask About Wars or Other Important Events
    • Discuss French Political Life Nowadays
    • Talk About Local Historical Figures
    • Learn About the Historical Present
    • Use Adverbs of Time to Describe the Order of Events
    • Use Connective Words
    • Use the Passé Composé with Être and Avoir
  • At the Hospital
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    Broadening boundaries.

    At the Hospital

    • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
    • Name a Kind of Medicine
    • Name Body Parts
    • Respond to Medical Questions
    • Construct the Future Tense
    • Learn and Use En as a Pronoun
    • Review the Phrase Avoir mal à
    • Use Reflexive Verbs in the Passé Composé
    • Use Reflexive Verbs to Describe an Accident
  • Express Thoughts and Feelings
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Express Thoughts and Feelings

    • Describe or Explain Your Emotions
    • Express Feelings
    • Offer Sympathy
    • Understand French Slang le Verlan
    • Use Colloquial Negation Pas
    • Use Some Interjections
    • Use En avoir + Expressions of Irritation
  • Higher Learning
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Higher Learning

    • Ask What School Somebody Attended
    • Discuss the Different Universities in France
    • Express Pride
    • Inquire About Field of Study
    • Conjugate Verbs Ending in IER
    • Use Irregular Superlative Forms with Adjectives
  • Name Origins
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Name Origins

    • Ask About the Origin of a Name
    • Comment on Someone's Name
    • Describe the Nature of a Guest's Visit
    • Identify Your Relationship with Someone
    • Use Various Expressions to Introduce Someone
    • Combine Direct and Indirect Pronouns
    • Conjugate the Verb Voir in the Present Tense
    • Construct the Imperfect Tense in French
    • Use Direct Object Pronouns
    • Use French Expressions as Question Tags
  • Dietary Restrictions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Dietary Restrictions

    • Ask if Someone Wants to Taste a Food
    • Ask Whether a Dish Contains Certain Ingredients
    • Give Compliments on Food
    • Talk About Hunger and Food Cravings
    • Talk About One's Dietary Habits
    • Construct the Subjunctive
    • Place and Learn Adverbs
    • Use the Partitive Articles Du , De la , Des
  • Physical Descriptions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Physical Descriptions

    • Add Humor to a Situation
    • Describe Someone's Appearance
    • Express Uncertainty
    • Use Color and Furniture Vocabulary
    • Learn Another Way to Say "Yes" in French
    • Review the Position of French Adjectives
    • Use the Imperative
    • Use the Imperfect
  • Getting Ready for the Party
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Getting Ready for the Party

    • Compliment Someone on Their Clothing or Appearance
    • Express That One Event is Dependent on Another
    • Say You Have to Verify Something
    • Talk About Personal Care and Grooming
    • Form the Imperative with Reflexive Verbs
    • Learn the Near Future
    • Practice the Imperfect
    • Use the Present Subjunctive
    • Use Time Prepositions
  • Sports and Fitness
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sports and Fitness

    • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
    • Discuss Sport and Exercise Habits
    • Invite Someone to Join a Group
    • Form the Present Subjunctive with Être
    • Use Expressions of Time and Adverbs of Frequency
    • Use the Present to Talk About Future Events
    • Use Jouer à and Faire de with Sports Activities

Continuing with confidence.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Going Through Customs
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Going Through Customs

    • Interact with Airport Employees
    • Present and Request Identification
    • Respond to Security Questions and Commands
    • Learn a New Way to Say "Please"
    • Make Various Negative Sentences in French
    • Talk in the Past with the Passé Composé and the Imperfect
    • Use Possessive Adjectives
  • At the Hotel
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Hotel

    • Check Into and Out of a Hotel
    • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
    • Express Future Desires
    • Offer Help
    • Speak Formal French
    • Use Neutral On
    • Use the Negations Ne...rien , Ne...aucun , Ne...personne , and Ne...jamais
    • Use Être in the Passé Composé
  • Renting a Home
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Renting a Home

    • Accentuate the Positive Aspects of a Living Space
    • Discuss Features of Homes or Apartments
    • Inquire About Possible Homes
    • Outline Steps to Take Before Moving In
    • Conjugate the Verb Être in the Conditional
    • Learn About Negative Infinitives
    • Use Difficile/Facile à Versus Difficile/Facile de
  • Utilities and Appliances
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Utilities and Appliances

    • Ask for a Technician or Repairman
    • Describe a Problem with a Utility or Appliance
    • Discuss Setting up Utilities
    • Establish a Time Frame for Services
    • Give Contact and Billing Information
    • Understand the Usage of Ce vs Ça
    • Use Adverbs of Time and Temporal Words
    • Use Plural Possessive Adjectives
  • Choosing a School
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Choosing a School

    • Discuss Schooling Options
    • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
    • Mention Hearsay
    • Talk About Features of Schools
    • Place and Use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns
    • Understand the Difference Between Penser à and Penser de
    • Use the Indefinite Subject Pronoun On
    • Use the Reflexive Verb Se demander
  • Emergency Situations
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Emergency Situations

    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Express Fear and Urgency
    • Request and Offer Emergency Aid
    • Request and Provide an Address or a Location
    • Learn Expressions of Time and Speed
    • Use the Imperative Mood
    • Use Qu'est-ce qui and Qu'est-ce que
  • Household Chores
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Household Chores

    • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
    • Ask Someone to Do a Chore
    • Be Sarcastic in French
    • Express Annoyance or Anger
    • Give an Excuse
    • Conjugate Stem-Changing Verbs
    • Place Adverbs in a Sentence
    • Use the Imperative Mood with Être
    • Use Faire with Household Chores
  • At the Beauty Salon
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Beauty Salon

    • Discuss Beauty Salon Services
    • Make and Ask About Appointments
    • Request and Discuss Hairstyles
    • Differentiate Between Aller chez and Aller à la/au
    • Learn Different Ways to Say "Only"
    • Use Inversion to Ask a Question
    • Use Faire + Infinitive with a Passive Meaning
  • Making Plans
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Making Plans

    • Discuss Certain Obligations
    • Discuss When Events Occur
    • Remind Someone of an Event
    • Talk About a Person's Availability
    • Conjugate Se Rappeler in the Imperative Form
    • Use Temporal Adverbs
    • Use the Suffixes Ci and with Demonstrative Adjectives
  • At the Movies
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Movies

    • Ask for an Opinion
    • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
    • Discuss a Movie or Acting
    • Give a Contrary Opinion
    • Construct Hypothetical Sentences with If-Clauses
    • Form the Imperfect Tense
    • Use Superlatives Followed by the Subjunctive
    • Use the Adverbial Pronoun En