French Phrases, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation, & Listening Resources

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French I
1. Basic Phrases
2. Pronunciation
3. Alphabet
4. Nouns, Articles & Demonstratives
5. Useful Words
6. Subject Pronouns
7. To Be & to Have
8. Question Words
9. Cardinal & Ordinal Numbers
10. Days of the Week
11. Months of the Year
12. Seasons
13. Directions
14. Color & Shapes
15. Weather
16. Time
17. Family & Animals
18. To Know People & Facts
19. Formation of Plural Nouns
20. Possessive Adjectives


French II
21. To Do or Make
22. Work and School
23. Prepositions and Contractions
24. Countries and Nationalities
25. Negative Sentences
26. To / In and From places
27. To Come and to Go
28. Conjugating Regular Verbs
29. Pronominal (Reflexive) Verbs
30. Irregularities in Regular Verbs
31. Present Perfect (Passé Composé)
32. Irregular Past Participles
33. Etre Verbs
34. Food and Meals
35. Fruits, Vegetables, Meats
36. To Take, Eat or Drink
37. Quantities
38. Commands
39. More Negatives
40. Holiday Phrases
French National Anthem
Canadian National Anthem
Belgian National Anthem
Swiss National Anthem


French III
41. Imperfect Tense
42. Places
43. Transportation
44. To Want, to Be Able to, to Have to
45. House and Yard
46. Furniture and Appliances
47. Comparative and Superlative
48. Irregular Forms
49. Clothing
50. To Wear
51. Future Tenses
52. Preceding and Plural Adjectives
53. Adjectives: Feminine
54. Adjectives: Plurals
55. More Adjectives
56. Problem Verbs
57. C'est/Il est + Adjective + à/de + Infinitive
58. Sports and Games
59. Nature
60. To Live


French IV
61. Object Pronouns
62. Parts of the Body
63. Asking Questions
64. Interrogative Pronouns
65. Forms of Lequel
66. Relative Pronouns
67. Demonstrative Pronouns
68. To Read, to Laugh, to Say
69. Disjunctive Pronouns
70. Y and En
71. To See, to Believe, to Write
72. Animals
73. Plaire and Manquer
74. Pluperfect (Past Perfect)
75. Indefinite Pronouns
76. Subjunctive Mood
77. Falloir and Valoir
78. Adverbs
79. Workshop / Hobbies
80. False Cognates
Déjeuner du matin
Le corbeau et le renard

French V
81. Colloquial Expressions
82. Conjunctions / Connecting Words
83. Forms of Tout
84. Babies / Children
85. Primary / Secondary School
86. Passive Voice
87. Depuis, il y a, and pendant in past contexts
88. Post Office / Bank
89. To Receive
90.  Verbs followed by à or de before infinitives or nouns
91. Adjectives followed by à or de
92. To Follow
93. Faire Causative
94. Direct / Indirect Discourse
95. Computers and Internet
96. Ne Explétif
97. Conditional Tenses
98. Parts of a Car / Gas Station
99. To Drive
100. Travelling / Airport


French VI
101. Camping
102. Special Uses of Devoir
103. Cosmetics / Toiletries
104. Medicine and Hospital
105. Present participle
106. Abbreviations / Slang
107. Past Infinitive
108. In the Ocean
109. To Die
110. In Space
111. Possessive Pronouns
112. Simple Past
113. Make-Believe / Fantasy
114. Religion
115. Music and Art
116. Acquérir and Résoudre
117. Past Subjunctive
118. Translating Phrasal Verbs
119. Other Translation Difficulties
120. Quebecois French


French VII
Filling out Forms

Asking for clarification / help
Food / Eating
On the Phone
Going Shopping
Going to the Doctor
Going to the Dentist / Eye Doctor
At the Hair Salon
Opening a Bank Account
Post Office
Renting an Apartment
Cooking / Kitchen Utensils
Christmas Vocabulary
School / Education
Zodiac Signs
Marriage / Civil Unions
English used in French
Regions of France
Major Cities of France
Writing Letters


Informal French & Slang
Informal Ways of Speaking
Fillers in Speech
Recognizing French Slang Words
Common Expressions
Common Verbs
The verb foutre
Common Adjectives
Common Intensifiers / Adverbs
Health & Body
Emotions & Personality
Weather & Time
Talking & Chatting
Eating & Drinking
People & Animals
Places & Vehicles
Work & Money
Love & Dating
Fashion & Shopping
Entertainment & Technology
Baby Talk
Proper Names


Useful information

Recordings of mp3s were done by a native speaker of French from Haute-Savoie. Feel free to download them for your own personal use or in other non-commercial educational settings. I encourage French teachers to use them in classes too! If you use Mozilla Firefox, I highly recommend the DownThemAll add-on to make downloading much faster and easier.

For the vocabulary lists, I am making audio flashcards [French to English and English to French] with a flash mp3 player in each "card" so you can listen to the pronunciation of the words as you study. The flashcards will open in a new window and you simply click => to go on to the next set of flashcards or to continue on to the exercises.

The exercises can be matching, multiple choice or fill in the blank and they will also open in a new window.

After certain sections, the Real French icon will direct you to accompanying audio files to help you improve your comprehension of spoken French with the French Listening Resources mp3s and exercises.

I am slowly changing over the pronunciation guides to standard International Phonetic Alphabet symbols, but Internet Explorer has some spacing issues with the symbols. I recommend using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to view this site.

There are many more countries and regions around the world that speak French instead of just France, Quebec, Belgium and Switzerland, but those are the only dialects that appear on this site for now so that is why only those four flags are shown at the top of the page.



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Book Recommendations. Language textbooks are rather expensive and generally only include the formal, written language. You will need more exposure to the real spoken language if you want to become fluent.

Le Français Familier et Argotique: Spoken French Foreigners Should Understand by Pierre-Maurice Richard

Insider's French: Beyond the Dictionary by Eleanor Levieux & Michel Levieux

Tune Up Your French by Natalie Schorr

Upgrade Your French by Margaret Jubb

1,001 Pitfalls in French by Annie Heminway, James H. Gre & Daniel D. Olivier

French in Action by Pierre J. Capretz, et al.

The Ultimate French Review & Practice by David M Stillman & Ronni L. Gordon

Exploring the French Language by R. Anthony Lodge, et al.

101 French Idioms by Jean-Marie Cassagne & Luc Nisset

101 French Proverbs by Jean-Marie Cassagne

Mastering French Vocabulary by Wolfgang Fischer

Better Reading French by Annie Heminway

Teach Yourself French Language, Life & Culture by Celia Dixie

Ultimate French by Living Language

French Fun: The Real Spoken Language of Quebec by Steve Timmins

Street French 1 by David Burke

Street French 2 by David Burke

Street French 3 by David Burke

Street French Slang Dictionary & Thesaurus by David Burke

Colloquial French by C.W.E. Kirk-Greene

Streetwise French (with Audio CD) by Isabelle Rodrigues &Ted Neather

Streetwise French Dictionary/Thesaurus by Ian Pickup

Merde ! by Genevieve & Michael Heath

Merde Encore ! by Genevieve & Michael Heath

Hide this French Book by Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller


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