Do you sometimes wonder  if you’ll ever speak French fluently? Does it sometimes feel like you’ll never be able to pronounce French words correctly and master French grammar?

That’s perfectly normal, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

You don’t need the language learning gene to become fluent in French, you don’t need to live in France, you don’t even need to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon learning the conjugation of the verb “avoir” by heart.

French Together helps you learn French naturally so you can quickly have conversations in French, enjoy French culture and connect with locals on more than just a tourist level.

Here is what it means:

  • You learn by listening to real conversations and everyday French phrases
  • You learn French grammar in context the same way you learned the grammar of your native language.
  • You speak French with real people and learn from your mistakes.

Bonjour ! I’m Benjamin Houy
Benjamin Houy

I’m a Frenchman living in Berlin.

Five years ago, I had no idea of how to learn  language, and frankly I didn’t care that much.

All the people around me spoke French and most of them didn’t understand a word of English.

At that time, learning languages sounded like a boring process, all about grammar books and endless lessons….

So when I discovered learning could not only be fun but that speaking other languages could open up a whole new world full of great discoveries, exchanges and amazing experiences, everything changed.

Instead of focusing on repeating endless lists of words in the hope that it would finally stay in my memory, I decided to learn languages by doing everything I could in the languages I was learning.

I quickly became addicted to watching movies and series in English, and writing and speaking in English suddenly became a lot easier.

Not only did I make more progress in one year than I had made in the six previous years, but I had fun doing it.

Every new encounter with foreigners made my desire to learn languages and discover new cultures grow.

After an amazing experience teaching French in South Korea, I created French Together to help you learn French the way I learned English: using a proven method and lots of authentic French content.

 

Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you buy something after clicking on a link, I receive a commission. Thank you for your support.

101 Comments

  1. Nice

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  2. I’m so excited! I just discovered your website and this is what I’ve been looking for to learn French. I’m looking to take a trip to France within the next two years and I want to be prepared. Thank you for creating such a great site!

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  3. bonjour Benjamin, greetings from Bali, Indonesia. very happy to find your website. i’ve been learning French using youtube, internet and google translate as the courses i took didn’t work at all. I went to france last May with my children and thankfully i was able to practice and people were very helpful and understood what i said. Can you advise any forums where i can practice to speak ? via skype, maybe ???
    merci beacoup.

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  4. This is my second year learning French and I was wondering, is there any entertaining French t.v shows because everytime I look for some its always news or game shows.

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  5. Come across this- already been studying French for a few years and just want to say this is a great blog!

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  6. Thanks :). Let me know if there is anything you need help with.

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  7. I’ve been to France several times and hope to learn how to speak French fluently. It is very hard to learn. Thank you for your blog!

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  8. how can i get in-touch with you becoz i now some french

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  9. I’m so excited for this website! It’s a really awesome source. I understand grammar really well for the most part, except with articles! They really confuse me! Any suggestions?

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    • Hi Alyssa 🙂

      That’s a very vast topic, so I can’t answer you here. But that’s something I will write an article about in the following weeks/months.

      What’s your biggest problem with articles?

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    • Hi Alyssa 🙂

      That’s a very vast topic, so I can’t answer you here. But that’s something I will write an article about in the following weeks/months.

      What’s your biggest problem with articles?

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    • Hi Alyssa 🙂

      That’s a very vast topic, so I can’t answer you here. But that’s something I will write an article about in the following weeks/months.

      What’s your biggest problem with articles?

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    • Hi Alyssa 🙂

      That’s a very vast topic, so I can’t answer you here. But that’s something I will write an article about in the following weeks/months.

      What’s your biggest problem with articles?

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  10. Bonjour, from Ireland.
    I am struggling with future and present tense in French. I’ve always been interested in French but I fell there’s something missing. Something preventing me from reaching my full potential.

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    • Bonjour Francis

      It’s completely normal to feel that way :). And the best way to get past this feeling is to do everything you can in French. Read in French instead of English, watch French movies, find a French conversation partner. This will be exhausting at first, but you will quickly make progress.

      Concerning future and present tense. The main thing to be aware of is that present is often used in French ins situations where the future would be used in English. So you actually need the future tense way less in French than in English. What’s your biggest struggle with these tenses?

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  11. hi
    my native language is Persian. i have trouble with English fast speaking and i want to learn another European language
    my options are French and German. but i don’t know which one is easier for me.

    there are articles on the web that say which language is easier to learn for native English speakers but i can’t find any article about Persian native speakers.
    please help me

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  12. hyyy benjamin can you help me i dont

    I do not speak english very well what you advise me

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  13. bonjour
    I stumbed upon this blog by chance and found it very helpful.
    Ah nyung hah seyo!
    so glad you had a good time teaching french in Korea. wish I had been one of your students.
    Thanks for the great info.
    Gahm sa hamnidah~~

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  14. hello

    Can I learn French from you

    Sorry I English is not good

    Please forgive me

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  15. Should LE or LA be used in speaking French together with nouns and verbs,this is the only part I still struggle with sometimes.
    English is my first language,from birth,
    however, i am fluent, that is bilingual,
    since I was 10, in English and in French.
    That is I can read/write/speak/listen in both languages but continue to have difficulty,
    choosing the masculine or feminine conjucation of French words.
    S’il vous plait,aide moi,si t’es capable, merci.

    Comme example,
    Est ce que je dit?

    “T’es belle et tes cheveux sont vraiment,
    BEAU ou BELLE aussi ma chum de fille”

    ???????????????
    Do I use the masculine ( le )
    or
    Do I use the feminine ( la )
    ???????????????

    When my friend has a new haircut and i want to tell her that I think she is pretty and I like her nice new haircut.
    Merci,
    Thank you,
    Amie 🙂

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  16. Bonsoir tt le monde ;
    j’ai un niveau intermédiaire en français et je voudrais avancer encore plus, merci d’avance de m’aider Benjamin .
    (nouvelle membre français authentique 🙂 )

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  17. I heard your interview on Francais Authentique and thought your idea of reading in French made great sense. Do you know of a French news service app? I am on the beginner/intermediate level and Le Monde is too much for me. Thanks

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  18. Bill – try ‘News in Slow French’ – web site and podcasts. http://www.newsinslowfrench.com

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  19. bonjour je cherche des gens qui parlent français pour pratiqué cette langue.j’ai un niveau un peu moyen ..merci

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  20. qui veux pratiquer la langue avec moi

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  21. there aren’t any podcasts here to download… ? that’d be very useful

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  22. Thanks Benjamin – your site looks great. The thing I struggle with the most is that it’s difficult getting started so even though I know a lot of French, I still seem to stumble at the beginning of a conversation – opening a conversation in French is the most difficult for me…and it’s even worse when the other person speaks English as I then suddenly seem completely unable to speak French anymore!

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  23. Great website! French learners really need something like this! You are brilliant! My biggest problem: I have been studying French on and off for about 20 years, been to France beaucoup, took the DELF, etc. However, I have never been able to confidently understand French people when they speak, or to articulate myself well enough for more elevated conversations than what I want for lunch or how to get to the metro. After all my study and experience, I still feel like a beginner. I guess if the idioms could be learned more easily and listened to in context, that would be helpful. – Cheers!

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  24. Ok I struggle with the whole French grammar & the vocabularies too. It is awful. I am doing Masters 1 (taught in English) here in Paris + started taking French classes for B1 but I feel like I won’t be able to pass for B1 🙁

    The professor is so fast + remembering the rules is sooooooooooooooo hard. I learned french so far by talking to people during appointment. I can’t express or communicate well in French. It is more like I translate each words making it sound awful :/ I feel as if English is straight forward unlike French :3

    Sometimes it is easy to understand what someone means (in general) if they don’t speak fast. Sometimes I am lost :/

    I really don’t know what are my weaknesses & how exactly for both oral & ecrit and learning French is really important for me because I need to do Masters 2 studies in French :3

    p.s. my sister suggested me this website. She studies in lycée here, so yes her French is really good.

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    • First of all, I recommend you not to learn rules. You’ll naturally assimilate rules if you get more exposure to the language.

      What you could do instead is spend lots of time everyday listening to the language. This is a frustrating process, because you won’t always understand everything and you’ll sometimes feel like you’re not making any progress, but you will.

      Since you’re in France, I also advise you to make French friends and try your best to only speak French. Again, this will be frustrating, but that’s the best and fastest way to learn the language.

      Do a little bit everyday, spend time hearing, reading and using the language and you’ll quickly make progress.

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      • Thank you for your advice 😀 and yes you are right, it is really frustrating at some point specially if there is some miscommunication. Sometimes I do find it awkward to speak in French with my French friends because I feel like I sound horrible :/

        Could you please suggest me some French comedy genre movies & TV shows?

        p.s. my sister says I have an awful French accent :$

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    • Bonjour !

      Here are a few tips:

      1) don’t try to memorise rules and try to get as much exposure to the language as you can instead. Your brain will naturally recognise patterns and learn rules.

      2) Go to Polyglotclub meetings in Paris. Lots of French people go there to practice English and that’s the ideal place to make French friends who will help you http://polyglotclub.com

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  25. While a lot of French is similar to English and that is helpful, the grammar is different and there are a lot of words that cannot even be guessed.

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  26. Hi, I just bought your ‘Everyday French Idioms’, and I found it quite useful. And I really liked the voice of the man who did the audio for the phrases/sentences. His voice is so amazing and mesmerizing. I am absolutely in love :-). Has he recorded any audiobooks or any other materials geared towards French language learners?

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  27. I’m so happy i stumbled on this site whilst I was learning French on duolingo and honestly, it’s taking me 2 years to get to the verbs bc I just don’t have the consistent time for it!

    The hardest part about French is hearing the whole sentence and taking forever to process it.

    Basically, the verbal part of French is impossible since no one around me speaks or even wants to learn how to speak French and I’m alone. At least I’m better at reading and writing in french!!

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  28. I’ve registered as being a beginner as I do not know what constitutes ‘intermediate’.
    I do have a grounding in French and have a reasonable vocabulary, I’m 71 now and started learning trying to learn French when I was 68. I could for instance have told you this in French.
    My problem is remembering words or more particularly verbs, also spelling, hopeless in English so French something of a challenge!
    My approach is to have imaginary conversations in French and when ever a word in French or English comes to mind I look it up in the dictionary.
    I’ve just (finally) memorised the poem ‘chanson d’automne’ having heard a line or two in the film ‘the longest day’.

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  29. Thank you for your tips & this site. It would have taken me a long time (if ever) to find some of the resources you recommend. And I look forward to your weekly message. I’m a native English speaker and wondering if you have any tips on how to learn to pronounce the french “r” ??-It seems impossible for me ! thanks again-

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  30. Hi 🙂
    I’m new learner in French.
    This blog really help me to learn french faster.
    But I have problem to pronouns french properly.
    Can you help me?

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  31. I am a beginner and have been using the Michel Thomas method which I have found to be very good, however I want to speak to people who are either French or learning French so that I can know that my pronunciation is correct and just to have the chance for face to face conversation.

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  32. I like French and need to improve my skills

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  33. bonjour je suis Lemi , i find speaking french difficult but can understand some french when spoken slowly. i am strong in understanding french while reading.

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  34. Hi…well am very good at reading french but speaking it is the problem..i need help

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  35. salam alaikom
    me too, i want to learn french. i can read, understand but i can’t speak that well like i speak arabic, it seems to me hard to talk french fluently
    so if you have a way that you can help me with it, i will be grateful
    thank you

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  36. It’s understanding normal French conversation , in shops or friends , radio etc. It too quick for me and whilst I pick up words I can’t get the whole gist

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  37. I find understanding spoke french the mosg difficuly. My spoken french is slow

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  38. i find it hard to speak and read

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  39. I am a student from the U.S who i going to be studying abroad in Grenoble in two months. The most difficult thing for me is listening and understanding french and speaking it. I can read it well and understand but that is as far as I am going and I have been learning for two years! :/

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  40. I’m a beginner and plan to visit Paris in October

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  41. I struggle with understanding the spoken French, it is just like sounds and not words

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  42. Bonjour à tous! J’aime beaucoup du jardinage! J’ai déménagé à Montréal l’année dernière et c’est très difficile de comprendre le français parlé 😔

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  43. i struggle the most with understanding when to use certain words i hear french people use all the time. and pronunciation

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  44. Hello, I am looking forward to learning French together with everyone else. I intend to travel to France and would love to be able to speak with everyone as much as possible.

    Kind regards,
    David Johnson

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  45. Bonjour à tous!

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  46. speaking the French language and engage in daily conversations

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  47. What I struggle with the most is trying to remember everything at once and figuring out the grammar structures and trying to get it to make sense. Plus, reading French aloud is difficult because I have no clue how to pronounce the words.

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  48. Just joined in today and I can already feel like I’ll learn a lot from reading about your infectious passion for learning.

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  49. Privet, Spacibo I am a Russian Speaker and i am wanting to learn French, i have took some French before

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  50. I struggle with forming structured questions, except really easy ones. I hope to move to France in about a years time and wAnt to be able to converse with people In a real way.

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  51. Bonjour…This Leakena from Cambodia

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  52. I joined the MBA programme a month ago. As one foreign language is compulsory to choose here among Spanish , french, Chinese and German, I opted french but frankly speaking the college lectures are way too boring. So i have joined your website. I think this will help me better.

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  53. I am born in the UK but with both French parents. I am bilingual, but the problem for me is that I didn’t go to French school as a child and learn French grammar correctly. Instead just talked as I heard French, with little correction. I went to a normal UK English school and learnt French like the rest of the kids when I was 12. As a consequence, the damage had already been done. I didn’t know how to use vous because I addressed all my family with tu. So I would start using vous, then end up going straight into tu. Luckily people are quite cool about tu, but I still have to be careful. Also I still get masculine and feminine mixed up. Hopeless! I am now going to be teaching French in evening classes which is really helping me with my grammar, as I am having to do research first, which is great. That is how I found you Ben. What a breath of fresh air you are, teaching the french that matters and the culture, so important. This never gets taught. Well done Ben, Caroline Chenier

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  54. Bonjour, Benjamin! Je te remercie pour tes explications des particularités linguistiques françaises, elles sont vraiment très utiles pour moi (ainsi que pour les autres, j’espère). Si tu as besoin d’aide dans ton apprentissage de la langue russe, je crois que je pourrais t’aider car la langue russe est ma langue maternelle.

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  55. My biggest problem is finding ways to use French as I learn it. I’ll try your idea of reading it and watching french language programs. That can be a good start.

    Still, having someone else to talk to would be awesome as I progress in Duolingo.

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  56. Hi I started learning French in the middle of May this year and have been struggling with it ever since. I tend to struggle with listening and speaking and remembering vocabulary. I can read and write O.K. to a certain extent but that’s about it… So, I’m really glad I found your website and I’m open for some advice. 🙂

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    • Bonjour Hannah !

      Often the best way to improve your speaking and listening skills is simply to speak more and listen more. We have a saying in France that says that it’s by forging that one become a blacksmith and it’s true for learning French too.

      So my advice to you would be to regularly listen to French material you can at least partially understand (it’s important to understand a bit otherwise you get bored and don’t learn) and to find someone to practice with. Here a few websites for that:

      https://frenchtogether.com/french-conversation-practice/

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