Class Details

  • Beginner
  • 5 Students
  • 12+
  • 45 mins.

Class Objectives

  • Proper French pronunciation
  • Useful vocabulary and phrases
  • How to form basic French sentences
  • Conversation starters and dialogue examples
  • Tips to practice your conversational French

Requirements

  • A reliable internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop computer if you’re joining from home - The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for computer users

  • A tablet or smartphone if you’re on-the-go - The TakeLessons app (for Android or iPhone) is required for smartphone users

  • A built-in or external webcam

Description

Are you ready to start learning conversational French? These French conversation classes are perfect for beginners who want to step outside of their comfort zone and practice their speaking skills. An expert instructor will teach you basic French conversation tips, including proper pronunciation, how to form sentences, and how to start up a conversation.

You’ll also pick up a variety of essential vocabulary words and phrases that will take you one step closer to being able to have full conversations in this beautiful language. Here are some of the topics we’ll cover in this fun and interactive, group class. Join today to quickly expand your knowledge of French conversation for beginners!

French Pronunciation

One of the first topics you’ll cover when learning basic French conversation is proper pronunciation. Pronunciation in French is key because if you mispronounce a word, it can take on a whole new meaning! One example is the slight difference between the words “roue” and “rue.” The first word means “wheel” and the second means “street.”

Did you know that French has one extra vowel sound in addition to English vowels? In this class, you’ll learn about the difference between the “ou” and “u” sounds. As you practice your speaking skills, your instructor will catch and correct mistakes to help you improve your pronunciation.

French pronunciation is very different than English and can be challenging for new students, so your instructor will take the time to sound out and break down difficult words. The more you listen to proper French pronunciation, the more you’ll begin to see your own accent getting better and better.

Be prepared to listen to audio clips and repeat back what you heard, or read through a dialogue with your instructor’s guidance to master the diverse sounds in the French language. Exercises and activities like these will give you the confidence and experience you need to feel more comfortable conversing in French!

French Vocabulary and Common French Phrases

Once you have a solid understanding of French pronunciation, it will be much easier to start putting vocabulary words together to form common French phrases! To start off, your instructor will introduce you to important vocabulary for greetings, introductions, everyday expressions, and making small talk.

You’ll learn how to get to know someone, talk about yourself, discuss the weather, and invite people to activities. You’ll also learn how to express likes and dislikes, as well as how to accept or refuse an invitation. These are all essential topics for basic conversations in French.

Have a question about what a particular word or phrase means along the way? Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask your expert instructor in this supportive environment. After class, your teacher will also provide you with the class presentation and notes so you can continue to practice your skills.

Basic French Sentences

All of the vocabulary and phrases you’ve learned will help you form complete sentences in French - the building blocks of full conversations. Your instructor will provide you with a helpful formula to put together sentences that will prepare you to carry on a conversation with someone new. With a little memorization and a lot of practice, French sentence structure will become like second nature to you.

You’ll come to find that French sentence structure resembles English, but is not exactly the same. For example, similar to English, basic French sentences are structured subject-verb-object. But this formula can have some exceptions, such as sentences with implied subjects, which is a topic for more advanced French students.

In this class, there will be a chance to put all you’ve learned into practice with a fun exercise. Get ready to put together your own unique sentences as you ask and answer questions in French with your classmates! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to keep a conversation going. You may also get to translate a text and show off your speaking skills!

French Dialogue and Conversation Starters

If you truly want to master conversational French, you have to be willing to practice your skills at any chance you get! This is the best way to excel and become fluent faster. To prepare you for this journey, your instructor will share several French conversation starters, as well as dialogue examples for you to model.

She’ll also make sure that each student has the opportunity to read aloud and dialogue back and forth in these French conversation classes. Everyone will get a chance to respond to prompts in French, such as “How are you?”, “Where are you from?”, and “How old are you?”.

This fun exercise will help you think on your feet and get more comfortable being put “on the spot.” You’ll come to find that speaking is the best way to show you truly know all the information you’ve learned!

To reinforce all your newfound knowledge outside of class, your instructor will recommend a few valuable resources, such as where to find a language partner or French meetup group in your city. Listening to French music or watching French movies is another excellent way to improve your pronunciation and accent!

Each of these topics, from pronunciation to conversation starters, will help you improve your French speaking skills. But if you’ve already mastered one of these concepts, don’t let that stop you from attending this flexible and unique class!

Before beginning to cover any material, your instructor will be sure to get to know each student’s background. She will then cater the lesson plan to meet those students’ needs. So no matter where you’re at in your progress, you’re welcome to join in and practice your conversation skills!

Teachers

To provide the greatest availability of start dates we have assigned multiple teachers to this class. All teachers will cover the same class material however their teaching styles may vary.
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Mikayla S.
As a current resident of France and with my studies focused on teaching French as a second language, I am more than capable of helping you learn a language that I have loved for years. I've been teaching French for 2 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of French culture and language! Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to conjugate like a pro! I also specialize in French phonetics so that you will be able to pronounce everything correctly. I also have the following tools available for your lessons: worksheets, textbooks, videos and more.
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Walker P.
I love language: I speak English, French, Japanese, and some Spanish and German. France is where I first started tutoring, when a new friend and I - Akira - taught each other our native languages using French to explain things. That led me to move to Kyoto where I studied and worked on organic farms for a year, and was lucky enough to befriend 3 awesome Frenchies and become even more fluent. In America, at DePaul University, I received a BA in English and French; I worked for the Writing Center and helped my peers edit (and sometimes start over) 1000s of formal essays, held round table discussions with foreign exchange students, and led one-on-one conversations with people looking to improve their English. When I was in France I worked at a day-care/farm combo and took care of young children while we nurtured the animals. So whether you're 5 and need help with your shapes, 17 with lit-analysis essays, or 55 and want to begin learning a language for the first time, I've got your back! Currently I work as a private tutor of Japanese, English, and French. I also lead a number of workshops and social events focusing on shamanism in and around Chicago.
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Sini L.
Born and raised in France, I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in French Literature and my Master's degree in Library sciences / Education. For three years I worked as a certified teacher-librarian in middle schools as well as in high schools. Now that I live in the US, I pursue my passion for teaching through private tutoring. I have many students of all ages and levels learning French with me currently and I hope to see you in class soon!
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Natalie A.
Bonjour! As a language lover, I have enjoyed learning various languages and am thus able to anticipate the language questions that you may have. In my four years of teaching French, I've enjoyed using authentic resources like songs and news articles to help my students interact with the language in real contexts. I obtained my B.A. in French and Chinese and M.A. in French Linguistics from the University of Florida, and am currently a doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching PhD at the University of Arizona, where I also teach French. My passion and research interests are language teaching and language learning, so I enjoy creating materials for lessons, homework, and extra practice in order to help you learn to communicate most effectively in French and connect with French and Francophone cultures!
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Yaelle B.
Bonjour! I was born and raised in a small town in West of France where the speciality is... a handkerchief! I have since lived in Belgium, Norway, Israel, Romania and now Texas following my husband who is a scientist. In every country, I taught French to several students and developed great tutoring skills from it. Beside teaching and science, my passion in life is cooking! I will be more than happy to share French recipes with you so you can feel and taste some of the French culture.
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Junia M.
Would you like to learn French while having fun? Without the stress of learning a new language? I possess the necessary competence to assist you improve your vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing in a fun environment. My name is Junia and I'm highly motivated and enthusiastic with outstanding teaching experience. I hold an Advanced National Tutor Certificate, proficient in a plethora of teaching expertise, possess an excellent communication and lateral thinking skills as well as a clear diction and highly confident demeanor.
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Hajar T.
I speak 4 languages, and French is my native language. I have been giving French lessons for 3 years, and my students’ reading, speaking, listening and writing abilities have significantly improved. I like to make my lessons challenging but also fun, because I believe that the human brain acquires languages easily when it is positively stimulated.

Reviews

3 Reviews
Yaelle makes me feel really comfortable whenever we meet. At first, I was kind of embarrassed to try and speak in another language, but she was able to get me to do it. When she corrected me, she was really nice about it. I think I've made a lot of progress with her; she's a really good teacher!
Angela
Sep 25, 2017
She is a excellent teacher, friendly and very professional. I feel very comfortable during the lessons, because she makes learning easier. Her methodology is simple and clear. I'm very happy!
Janaina
Sep 26, 2017
I love working with Yaelle! She makes class fun and really pushes you to have confidence in speaking the language. You get full immersion with her, so you truly feel ready to join the French culture. I've learned to better read French, as well as understand the language. I highly recommend class with Yaelle.
Maria H.
Nov 20, 2017