Dear French learner,
I notice something pretty frustrating every summer when I go back to visit my family in Paris.
As you know, millions of people visit France every year.
Most of them speak English but a few make the effort to speak French because they know it's the only way to fully enjoy French culture.
They ask for directions to the lovely apartment they rented in Montmartre, buy a few croissants and pains au chocolat at a local bakery, book a table at a restaurant or simply try to connect with locals.
Unfortunately, their attempts aren't always successful, and I hate to see the look on their faces when they realize French people can't understand a word they say or when the person they're talking to asks them to repeat.
They spent months learning vocabulary and verb conjugations they quickly forgot, did their best to understand the difference between masculine and feminine words and worked hard to improve their pronunciation.
They may even have spent thousands of dollars on expensive French classes and fancy apps.
All of this to end up switching to English because they're ashamed of their French!
This breaks my heart.
Luckily, I also see people who speak French with confidence after only a few months.
They can enter a bakery, order a croissant, crack a joke with the baker and leave with a smile on their face.
I spent years wondering why some people quickly speak French with confidence while others never seem to be able to go beyond a simple "bonjour".
And I finally found the answer.
But before I reveal it to you, let me tell you a little bit more about myself.
And my first English conversation was a disaster.
I had been studying English for more than 10 years like all French students.
And there I was, standing in front of a group of American tourists, struggling to keep up with what they were saying, ashamed and frustrated by my inability to say anything other than "yes".
My brain was frozen and my accent so bad most people could hardly tell whether I was speaking English or French.
That's when I decided that enough was enough. There had to be a better way!
This happened 7 years ago and I now speak French (my native language), English and German fluently.
I've also helped 2,997,264 people learn French at French Together which is now one of the most popular French learning websites in the world.
The irony is that people assume I've always been good at languages and that I'm one of those people who can pick up language after language without any effort.
The reality is that I just created a method anyone can use to quickly learn languages.
And I really mean anyone.
Current students include Americans retired in the South of France, college students who wanted to get better grades, busy professionals who wanted to speak French before going to France with their family and people who had been struggling for years before they discovered the French Together method.
Here is how they did it and how you can too!
The reason why so many French learners have a terrible pronunciation, struggle with grammar and feel overwhelmed is that they simply use the wrong method.
Avoid the three mistakes below and you'll be able to learn French faster, easily understand complicated grammar concepts and have a French accent you can be proud of!
Let's say you want to learn how to say "please" in French.
You open your phrasebook, French course or just search the answer in Google and discover that "s'il vous plait" is the correct way to say "please" in French. There is just one problem.
You just started learning French so you don't know how to pronounce it.
At this point, it's tempting to simply pronounce the word the way you think it's pronounced.
Unfortunately, that's a huge mistake because:
Which is why you should always listen to a native speaker pronouncing the words and phrases you want to learn before seeing how the word or phrase is written.
This way you hear the correct pronunciation before you have the time to guess it and end up with an accent people actually understand instead of a weird mix of French and English.
The three mistakes you just discovered show that the key to speaking French with confidence is to learn from authentic content, focus on listening before reading and naturally absorb grammar.
And the best way to do that is to learn with real-life conversations, the kind of conversations you would hear if you were sitting on the terrace of a café in Paris.
The 30-Day French course makes that easy.
"The best thing about 30-Day French for me, was just how accessible and enjoyable it made the process of learning the language. That's never happened to me before. From the capsule-sized lessons where I was able to listen, read and understand the concepts around the dialogues in as little as five minutes at a time, to the everyday scenarios that I could practice (e.g asking for directions at the train station, shopping), I found myself absorbing the vocabulary and the nuances of grammar from the course automatically, because it was easy to understand. One of the best parts of this course is the fact that you had the dialogues at 'normal speed' versus slowed down dialogues, so it meant that you could hear how the conversation would sound in 'real time' vs the 'slowed down' audio for your ears to 'listen more'. By day twenty of this course, I felt confident enough to speak (I had to travel to France), as well as understand simple everyday sentences/directions, which only enhanced my stay in France. In brief, I do recommend this course highly, because of the understanding and confidence that it gives you!"
J. Williams Robson - Nottingham
"There are so many online resources for learning French that it can be overwhelming to try and choose! I found I was spending too much time looking for the “best” course when I should have been spending that time learning. I found 30-Day French was just what I had been looking to find. It gives me a quick lesson I can easily fit into my day. I look forward to it, even after a long day at work. I can access it on my computer, tablet, and phone – so can easily complete or review a lesson when I have a few minutes to spare. The phrases are real and applicable. The speakers are real people, so do not have the computer voice glitches I hear in some other programs. And I love that I can listen to them in real time for comprehension and slowly for repetition. The notes are just right to me – enough to be helpful and interesting, but not so much that I get bogged down. Lastly, I like that there isn’t extraneous dialogue in English.I’m hoping for the next 30 days SOON!!"
Laura - Portland - United States
30-Day French is a beginner French course teaching you everything you need to know to speak French on your next trip to France with 30 lessons based on real-life conversations.
After using the course, you'll know exactly what to say to order a café like a local, book a table at a restaurant, chat with someone you just met or buy a train ticket.
You will completely avoid the embarrassment of not understanding what people say and will be able to engage in meaningful exchanges with locals.
All of this with lessons you can easily fit into your day and will look forward to, even after a long day at work.
The French speak very fast and understanding the stream of sentences they say isn't always easy.
That's why the conversations between Jérome, Elodie, and Stéphane (the 3 professional voice actors who worked on this course) were recorded at slow and normal speed.
This helps you train your ears, get used to the sounds of French and make sure you fully understand everything before listening to the conversation at normal conversational speed.
Each conversation comes with a full transcript as well as translations so you know exactly how to use each word and sentence you learn.
This includes literal translations to help you quickly understand how the French language works and discover the true meaning of some of the most common French idiomatic expressions.
Cultural explanations help you learn more about French culture so you don't simply speak French but also act French and avoid embarrassing mistakes.
Each lesson builds on what you have already learned, and slowly incorporates new elements, so you don't have to strain to memorize and learn effortlessly.
You learn grammar naturally by focusing on common patterns and similarities between the French and English language.
The clear grammar explanations help you easily understand complicated grammar concepts such as the difference between masculine and feminine words and the conjugation of irregular verbs.
"It is an excellent French course - very different than how we learn a language in the classroom. I wish I had known these lessons before moving to France. It took me FOREVER to figure out that you could switch 'on' and 'nous' when speaking. I had no idea what people were saying! Great work!"
Emily Bernstein - Providence - United States
"Before using 30-Day French, I had spent one year struggling with French grammar and couldn't speak French at all. After using 30-Day French for only 30 days, I feel that I better understand French grammar and feel more confident speaking. I particularly love the slow audio, because it helps my ears to listen more so that I can speak more and can honestly say that this course has saved me lot's of time and prevented many headaches. I would totally recommend this course. In fact, I passed it to my 13-year-old daughter Lili who finds your course is much simpler and easier to understand than her textbook. "
Lyn - Indonesia
"I've now finished 30 Day French and I think it's a huge difference in my French skills now compared to before. My French vocabulary has gotten a lot bigger and thanks to the audio - both normal speed & slow speed - my pronunciation has improved and I easier understand simple, common meanings in French just by listening. As I've already said in one of my previous e-mails, I've struggled a bit with French in school for a few years until I got in contact with you, Benjamin, and this course. It has truly helped me a lot. The course makes learning much less boring and tiring, I really appreciate the side notes in almost every chapter that either explains something from that chapter or helps you to remember some things a bit more easily. Yes, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who'd like to learn French, and I think that I will continue reading it myself now and then to repeat everything I learned since I do not live in a French speaking country or talk French regularly. "
Moa Berghall - Sweden
You have 60 days to go through the course totally risk-free.
That's more than the time it takes most students to finish the course!
If you don't feel confident enough to speak as well as understand simple everyday sentences or simply don't like the course, send an email to [email protected] within 60 days of your purchase to get a full refund. No questions asked!
This course was created with complete beginners in mind. But it's also a great choice if you've been learning French for a while and feel like you're not making much progress or if you learned French a long time ago and would like to refresh your knowledge.
When you buy 30-Day French, you get direct access to me and I'll happily help you get started with the course and answer any question you may have about the French language and culture.
Of course! Most students need roughly 30 days to go through the course but once you get the course, it's yours to use forever. You can finish it in 30 days, two months or even a year.
This course comes with a 60 day money-back guarantee. If you don't like it or changed your mind, contact me within 60 days of your purchase and I will give you your money back. No questions asked.