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FrenchBBC Languages-French
A definitive site for learning about French Language and culture
  • BBCi-French steps
    An on-line beginners course, covering essential topics from booking train ticket to ordering a meal in a restaurant. It's made up of 24 short units (each of which you can do in about 20 minutes) with self-explanatory titles: Taking a taxi; Talking about the weather etc. Either follow the units in sequence from beginning to end or just dip into them to refresh your memory on a particular topic or situation.

  • French Experience Online
    is a series of multimedia activities for beginners. It builds on the absolute basics of Talk French, but can be used on its own to learn and practice the language. It's based on clips from the 20-part TV series.

  • Quick Fix 
    Essential holiday phrases

  • Le Français Cool  
    Want to show some street cred? 
    Here is our essential guide to young French people's slang. 

The following web site is about much more than just French grammar. It is also about the epic love story of Tex and Tammy, two star-struck armadillos, and Bette, the sex kitten bent over ....
French Tex's French Grammar
A pedagogical reference grammar that combines explanations with surreal dialogues and cartoon images. Originally built for students at the University of Texas at Austin as a user-friendly guide to French grammar, this web site may be profitably used by any learner of French, provided he or she possess a sense of humor. 
Tex's French Grammar is arranged like many other traditional reference grammars with the parts of speech (nouns, verbs, etc.) used to categorize specific grammar items (gender of nouns, irregular verbs). Individual grammar items are carefully explained in English, then exemplified in a dialogue, and finally tested in self-correcting, fill-in-the-blank exercises which are drawn from a database.

To facilitate reference and learning, all grammar items are thoroughly cross-linked. Important grammatical terminology is defined in an introductory page for every part of speech. For example, the definition of infinitive, conjugation, and paradigm can all be found in the Introduction to Verbs page. Also included are several other pedagogical tools: verb conjugator, a verb tutor, and an on-line French dictionary.
FrenchFrancais Interactive
Most suitable for an intensive revision from scratch-vocabulary, sound files, grammar, interviews, video clips and transcripts. A more than impressive site from the University of Texas at Austin. Almost "high-tech"! And it's worthwhile being patient while the videos are loading! Tex's French Grammar is integrated.
FrenchTennesseeBob's Famous French Links
A just amazing, overwhelming site. A MUST for French learners and teachers!
FrenchFrench Grammar Central
This site contains tons of French exercises and links to French learning sites with nearly 580 links, providing ample material for courses on an advanced college level, and would be particularly good for those studying for exit exams, where a thorough knowledge of structure is required. It also contains grammar guidance, with thousands of verb conjugations, research and hundreds of activities.
FrenchAlmost a "classic" on the Web
French for beginners in 9 lessons, with a few audio files (.wav). 
A good starting point for newcomers to French grammar. Grammar points are simply explained in short units. This is the course maintained by Jacques Léon.  
the website for teachers and learners of French run by teacher Catherine Murphy. Zut! provides a comprehensive set of interactive activities for French, featuring more than 400 exercises, over 100 of which have audio samples of native French speakers. It is an easily navigated resource, well adapted for younger learners, organized for each year of study and includes reading, writing and listening exercises.
Zut! will start charging people for login as from the 9th of March 2003.
However (- and that's nice !), it will remain free between 4.00pm and 9.00am (local time) so that users can access without having to log in.
FrenchFrench pronunciation
not a complete guide, but provides a grounding in most of the main points.

or listen just to the French alphabet : Ecoutez l'alphabet
FrenchAnd do NOT miss this site, we simply love :
French Pronunciation - Why bother
French  French Tongue Twisters with rough translations
Start slowly ! ;-) 
FrenchPhrase books which found our interest
FrenchTests and Quizzes
  • Are you a complete beginner, quite fluent or somewhere in between?
    A BBC Test which gives you an approximate indication of your knowledge - it is not an exact assessment tool. Answer one question at a time. Choose the correct answer and you'll get a more challenging question. Choose a wrong one and you'll get your final score plus a guide to those parts of their site that will be most useful for you.
  • Test your proficiency level in French
    proficiency tests are not dependent on particular class content, course materials, or language software programs. Instead, a proficiency test is intended to measure your command of a language regardless of your background in that language.
  • Test your current knowledge of French
    Elementary French, Niveau 1 et 2 du Conseil de l'Europe
    Survival and Threshold levels
    If you take the time to answer a sufficient number of tests, you will be given your total score, your level based on the specifications of the Council of Europe ( that is the "Survival and Threshold" levels or the first two volumes of the most common textbooks of French as a foreign language published in France ).
FrenchOur preferred ones! Do not miss them ! :-)))
FrenchFrench Riviera French 
Essential Phrases for the Aspiring Poseur ! The Film Scouts language course .
A must see ! Not only useful in Cannes!
and ...

... go to "The Film Scouts Language Laboratory". Especially the Shrink Language Workshop , the Special Therapeutic Program for Cannes Festival Participants. It's worthwhile! Really!! 
It could give you a deeper understanding of your neighbor's ... English.

French How to be Obnoxious in French
An Australian's special approach to the French and their language. Perhaps not always "politiquement correct" ("linguistically" neither), but we loved it! See also the other links of his Table of Contents. Worthwhile! Really! ;-)
  • LES JEUX linguistiques d'Orthonet
    Ils  vous permetent de vérifier vos connaissances de la langue écrite et vous apprennent à éviter ses pièges, développe votre vigilance orthographique et lexicale.
    Des JEUX, dont chacun est un exercice d’orthographe, de syntaxe ou de vocabulaire ; faciles (A), plus difficiles (B et C), énigmatiques (X). La série B 01 à 05 (accord des participes) est un recyclage par une méthode simple. Vérification des connaissances, comblement des lacunes, exercice de vigilance.
the place for people who are craZy about Frenchies!

So what? It is French too! Even when the origins are English!
Isn't it? And it's a funny site ... !


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