One of the most essential things to do when learning French is to practice conjugating verbs. This is another useful video lesson from Vincent who you can subscribe to here. The video structure is basically showing some video footage of a person doing something or taking an action and then it’s a mix of just the simple verb in the infinitive form or it’s conjugated with a subject & verb. Each video is overlaid with the text in French and he pronounces how to say it with pauses so you can repeat after that. Quite useful. If you want more, you can also use this video to practice verb conjugations.
When you start learning French, often times simple practice and repetition can help you understand how to conjugate verbs properly. It can help make it easier to spot when words or phrases feel right or wrong and that can be helpful for your writing or speaking. This video is pretty basic in that it just has a long series of images and a verb conjugated phrase that you can repeat afterwards. If you’re just starting out with French you might like this video also. You can subscribe to their other videos here.
If you’re practicing French in France then you might be asked about politics, especially recent presidential elections. This series ‘A la une’ or Learning French from the News, uses news clips in French and provides both translations and key vocabulary to help you learn from current events. The nice benefit of this approach to learning is that you will have ready vocabulary for use in every day conversations about current events. You may also be interested in learning supermarket French. You can subscribe to their other videos here.
This is a great video covering how to use the negative verb form in French ‘ne’ + verb + ‘pas’. The lesson is quite detailed and explains some of the different ways that people actually use the forms in spoken, daily life, as well as what is ‘traditionally correct’ for the written form. Leaning how to use negatives is an important part when learning with French early on so don’t put it off. You can subscribe to their videos here. You may also be interested in some common phrases to start speaking as well.
If you’re looking to learn French as a beginner then you may be interested in trying out the FSI method, which is a fairly old set of learning materials but quite standard as it was developed originally for people going into the foreign services (I think). This lesson follows along another student as they learn on their own. Subscribe to their videos here. You may also be interested in the 1.0 FSI video.
I personally find this way of learning to be rather interesting as it uses a very old, and kind of humorous now, TV show to teach you French. The show is called “French in Action” or “Francês em Ação”. Each episode starts off pretty slow and uses basic vocabulary and phrases. The idea is that by using simple plots and dialogue, you’ll be able to pick up more of the language naturally rather than by intense studying. It’s probably not for everyone but just watching the old videos can cause a big of nostalgia. If you want something more modern you can try some dialogue examples and practice video. Subscribe to their other videos on youtube here.
Here’s a useful video for teaching the basics of colors and shapes in French for kids video. The best way for a child to learn French is to get exposure to the language as early as possible. In fact they say that direct interactions in the target language with a real person early in life can actually change the baby’s ability to hear and respond to different tones of a second language, making it easier for them to acquire it later in life. You may also like this other related video to teach kids French colors and shapes. You can subscribe to this user’s other videos here.
This is a really solid video for French beginners as it starts out assuming very little information about the language and uses mostly English to introduce the concepts before getting too far into the lesson. It covers some basic phrases to get you going, using a familiar setting like a bar or ordering at a café. It then covers the French alphabet and basic verb use – go here for more on French verb conjugation. You can subscribe to their videos here.
Here’s a fun video lesson for beginners from Léana & Jakub as he starts out learning French from the very beginning and she teaches him how. They start out with some common French phrases that will get you talking from the very beginning. You can subscribe to their videos here.
This is a video of a student learning and practicing for the FSI (foreign service institute) to learn French, more specifically lesson 1.1. Many of the phrases are quite basic and good for beginners to practice along with the student by repeating the vocabulary after them. Subscribe to their other videos here.