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Second Edition
March 18, 2006

The current version of this book can be found at

Table of Contents
I. Lessons
A. Introductory Lessons
0.01 Introduction
0.02 The Alphabet
0.04 Greetings
0.05 Formal Speech
0.06 How are you?
0.07 Dates
0.08Telling Time
0.00 Review

B. Level One Lessons
1.01Basic Grammar
1.02 Description
1.03 Family
1.04 Animals
1.05 The House
1.06 Weather
1.07 Recreation
1.08 Travel
1.09 Art
1.10 Science

C. Level Two Lessons
2.01 School
2.02 Culture
2.03 Shopping
2.04 Going out
2.05 Transportation
2.06 Everyday Life
2.07 Rural Life
2.08 Food and Drink
2.09 Dining
2.10 Communication

D.Level Three Lessons
3.02 Work
3.03 Health
3.04 Money
3.05 Youth
3.06 Adolescence
3.07 Ancient History
3.08 Revolution!
3.09 Modern France

3.10 Current Events

II. Grammar
01. Adjectives
02. Adverbs
03. Gender
04. Negation
05. Prepositions
06. Pronouns
07. Sentences
08. Tenses
09. Verbs

III. Appendices
01. Dates, Time, and Numbers
02. French authors
03.Hints and Common Errors
04. French History
05. Nations of the World
06. Phrasebook
07. Slang
08. Typing Characters
09. Web Resources

IV. GNU Free Documentation License


French Introductory Lessons
Bonjour! - Introductory French
Welcome to the course dedicated to teaching you the best and most beautiful language in the world!
01 Leçon 01 : L'introduction
Lesson 01 :Introduction
02 Leçon 02 : L'alphabet
Lesson 02 : The Alphabet
03 Leçon 03 : Les accents
Lesson 03 : Accent Marks
04 Leçon 03 : Les salutations
Lesson 03 : Greetings
Leçon 05 : Le discours
Lesson 05 : Formal Speech
06 Leçon 06 : Ça va?
Lesson 06 : How are you?
07 Leçon 07 : Les dates
Lesson 07 : Dates
08 Leçon 08 : L'heure
Lesson 08 : Telling Time

0.01 • IntroductionAbout French
French is a Romance language, descended from Latin and closely related to Portuguese, Spanish,
Italian, and Romanian. It is the native tongue of over 77 million people and has an additional 68 million
non-native speakers. In medieval times and until the 19th century, it was often the language used in
diplomacy, culture, administration, royal courts across Europe and also in trade,thus appropriately
becoming the lingua franca of its time.
In modern terms, it is still significantly used as a diplomatic language, being an official language of the
United Nations, the Olympic Games, and the European Union. It is spoken in France, Belgium,
Switzerland, Luxemburg, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Haiti, the Ivory Coast, Madagascar, the Congo,
Algeria, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso,Togo, Gabon, the Seychelles, Burundi, Chad, Rwanda, Djibouti,
Cameroon, Mauritius, and Canada (mostly in the province of Québec, where it is the primary language,
but it is also used in other parts of the country - notably New Brunswick, which is the only bilingual
province. All consumer product packages in Canada are required by law to have both English and
French labels).
French-speaking peoplehave made incursions upon the British Isles many times in the past, most
noticeably in the Norman Invasion of 1066. For this reason, although English is a Germanic language,
at least a third of the English lexicon is derived from French.

Advice on Studying French
French tends to have a bad reputation amongst English speakers as hard to learn. While it is true that it
poses certaindifficulties to native English-speakers, it may be noted that English is also considered to
be 'difficult', and yet we learnt it without the benefit of already knowing a language.
Learning any new language requires some commitment, generally long-term. Remember that, like any
skill, it requires a certain amount of effort. And if you do not practice your French regularly, it is highly
likely that you...
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