This volume contains chapters 1 – 24. I have looked high and low for language courses similar to the famous Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg. For French, this is it! This series begins with very simple French and takes students all the way to the history of France… in French! This is the best French reading course I have been able to find. Don’t want to order a physical copy? Scroll down to find a free downloadable PDF version.
Volume 3 picks the story up in chapter 39 and continues until the end of the book in chapter 50. This volume focuses mainly on French history. By the end of this series, studnets will understand all of the major points of French grammar and will possess a powerful French vocabulary. From this point forward, students can simply focus on reading and speaking the beautiful French language! Don’t want to order a physical copy? Scroll down to find a free downloadable PDF version.
Almost as soon as you begin learning, I recommend listening to the New Testament in French. Don’t worry about understanding. Understanding will come. Listen to get used to the sounds of French. This is a fantastic, and free way to listen to French for hours. This version even includes video with the audio: https://live.bible.is/bible/FRAPDF/MAT/1
This is a non-dramatized reading of the New Testament in French. https://live.bible.is/bible/FRALSN/MAT/1
This is a dramatized reading of the New Testament in Spanish. There are different voices for each character. Unfortunately, there is some strange music playing in the background throughout the recording… and, quite often, the music does not match the mood of the story. Here is the link: https://live.bible.is/bible/FRNTLS/MAT/1
I read as much as I can in French. But, reading can only go so far. To speak the language, you are going to need something to imitate. This is one of the best recordings I have found to imitate as I continue to learn this beautiful language. Check your local library first. They may have French courses you can borrow (and imitate) for free.
I’ve been listening to the Coffee Break series for years. Italian, Spanish, French, German and more. This is a really impressive, professionally developed and recorded product. Their work is impressive. I would simply start with the free podcasts and level up to a paid subscription only if you decide you really want to master the language.
DuoLingo has changed quite a bit over the years. I am no longer as eager to recommend it as I once was. I still use it, but only sporadically. Like so many things online it has been “improved” and the improvements have made it cumbersome. That’s just my opinion, of course. After all, millions of people all over the world use it every day. This is a great, free way to practice French pronunciation (and the pronunciations of many other languages as well).
French Resource PDF