French Resources

I began studying French in 2020. 

As I have studied French, I have discovered many useful tips and tricks.  Here, I share them with you.  I hope they help you as much as they have helped me. 

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Everyone hates grammar.  Language courses often claim you can, and should, skip grammar. 

I do not recommend you skip grammar.  Instead, I recommend you learn it.  Get it over with.  Rip the band-aid off.

For grammar, I highly recommend Madrigal’s Magic Key to French, by Margarita Madrigal.  The book is fantastic.  In one volume, you will learn all the grammar you need to learn.  Since this book covers all of the important topics for French grammar, I would count this book as two years of high school French.

If you are ready to start right away, and if you do not feel like spending nearly $200 on a used book, you can find a free digital copy here on Internet Archive.

Some time ago, I took students through the book.  Those classes are available here:

There are also tests for each chapter.  Students simply take the test at the end of each chapter and this site will grade the test immediately.




Right away, start listening to French.  Do not worry if you cannot understand.  You are getting the sound of the language into your head.

If you want to learn French during your daily commute, you might enjoy the podcast Coffee Break French.  This podcast is great for those just starting out, and also for those who are further down the road.  The podcast is free. 

Of course, you could always sign up for the premium podcast, but I find there is more than enough in the free podcast series.  You can even practice writing to other French learners on their Facebook page:


In class, my students and I are reading through Le Français par la Métode Nature

As of 2024, we are about 32 chapters into the book.  There are 50 chapters.  We will keep going until we finish.  All of the previous chapters are on my site.  You are welcome to watch them anytime.  The chapters are here:

Look for Modern Langauges: French. 

Scroll past the Magic Key to French until you find the Le Français par la Métode Nature classes.  The classes are available 24/7.

I enjoy reading the Bible in French.  You can both read and listen free here:

If you are looking for more to read, check out your local library. 

The library in my town has a rather small French library.  I find kids books especially helpful.  You may be surprised what your library has.  If they do not have what you are looking for, talk to the librarian.  Often, libraries share books using the Interlibrary loan system



I enjoy watching the livestream videos on Chatterbug.  I recommend the streamers Amandine and Laurena.  

The Chatterbug livestreams are a collection of videos on entertaining topics.  Taught by enthusiastic native speakers at all levels, it almost feels easy to level up in French.  There are videos for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students.

For conversational French, I recommend ExtraExtra is a show for French learners.  The story follows four friends in France.  One friend attepmts to learn French.  The show is a little flirty at times, but it is mild.  I recommend it for high school students and beyond.

Though my students roll their eyes at me, I highly recommend Peppa Pig in French.  Peppa Pig is a popular show that follows Peppa and her family through daily life.  The benefit to the series is students learn all kinds of daily vocabulary in context.  Here is the official French channel:

As you advance, start watching Tin Tin in French, and Asterix in French.  This YouTube teacher takes you through these comic books line by line… in French!

Finally, there is an old series for French learners called French in Action.  This series starts off quite easy but becomes difficult rather quickly.  It is highly repetitive, which is a good thing when you are learning a language.


The Quick Version

If you are in a hurry, I recommend two things.  Read Madrigal’s Magic Key to French.  You can also take the classes on my site.  My site includes tests.

There are forty-five chapters in the book.  Reading one chapter a week, a student could be done in a year.  In my opinion, this book covers all of high school French one and two.  An ambitious student could finish the book in a summer.

After reading Madrigal’s Magic Key to French, I would start binge watching Peppa Pig and the livestream videos on Chatterbug

I suspect an ambitious student could be proficient (not fluent) in French in eighteen months.

By the way, these two steps would easily count as French one and two.  Since it is so comprehensive, I suspect the Madrigal’s Magic Key to French alone counts as two years of high school French. 

Below, you will find the series I am reading through with my students.  I have been leaning French with my students as we read together.  Feel free to watch the previous classes, or join us in the live class.  

Explore the Heart of France

Captivating Vistas & Cultural Landmarks Await

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of French landscapes and cultural heritage, a visual journey like no other.

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.  

This volume contains chapters 24 – 38.  Le Français par la Méthode Nature is the story of a typical French family in the 1950’s.  Their story and their adventures continue in Volume 2.  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:

This is a non-dramatized reading of the New Testament in French.

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:

If would like to read in French and English at the same time, you may find this side by side French/English Bible helpful.

Don’t want to order Le Francais par la Methode Nature?  Simply download for free below. 

French Resource PDF

French Resource PDF