French Language Tutorial 2nd edition is now available! The updated edition of FLT includes more vocabulary, sample sentences, and cultural information as well as newly recorded (and free) mp3s. The PDF e-book is available for immediate download for $14.95 USD. A paperback coil-bound book can be printed on demand and shipped world-wide by Lulu.com for $29.95 USD + shipping. You will receive the e-book for free with purchase of the paperback. Please visit the Store for more information.
Informal French & Slang
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.
Transparent offers many language programs, including the Before You Know It Deluxe flashcard program, Everywhere Audio, and Premium and Complete Editions.
Rocket French is a course for beginners that includes 31 interactive audio lessons, 45 grammar lessons, vocabulary and verb software games, as well as a members only forum. There is also a 60 day guarantee in addition to a free sample course that you can download. The full course is available as a download or as a 25 CD pack.
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.