At Lingoda, our mission is to make language learning accessible to all, so we've got French lessons for beginners right through to advanced speakers. To facilitate this we employ friendly, native-level speakers that are based all around the world so you have access to lessons whenever you want to learn. They follow our lesson plans, crafted by language experts so that you can encounter real-world scenarios and get using your language skills straight away.
If you're completely new to French, our A1 course is right for you. Over the next 50 hours, you'll engage with native-level teachers in speaking, reading, writing and listening exercises. You'll receive personalized feedback on pronunciation, grammar and more. When you've completed this level you'll be able to understand familiar, everyday expressions, introduce yourself and others, ask personal questions and interact in conversations.
Have a look at Lingoda’s French Online Courses: Intensive French Courses, Immersive French Courses, French Private 1:1 Courses, French Conversation Courses, French Evening Classes for busy people, French Grammar Courses, French Reading Courses.
A1 Level French Overview
When you’ve completed the A1 level French course you will be able to confidently:
Use and recognize expressions and phrases to cover your fundamental needs - like ordering a beer
Introduce yourself, ask and answer questions and offer personal details - like where you live or how old you are
Interact with a French speaker, albeit at a slightly slower pace
Tracking Your Progress in the A1 French Course
The CEFR is an internationally recognized framework, it stands for Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It starts at A1 for complete beginners, moving up to C1 for advanced, or fluent, speakers. It helps break languages down at every level, so it's easy to find the course that matches your ability. Learning French for beginners can feel daunting, but you don't need to worry as our courses are designed to help you engage with the language in useful, accessible ways.
If you're a complete novice, our A1 course will be the right place for you to start. Or if you've tried to learn French before and you're worried you've forgotten the all-important basics it might be worth revisiting. Once you sign up as a Lingoda student, you'll have access to our CEFR test that will show you the correct level for you.
Our Method to help you master the basics of French
At Lingoda, we want you to feel confident using what you’ve learned on your French A1 course from the first lesson. Because of this, we have developed the Lingoda Method. We introduce you to real-world scenarios, where you're likely to need to speak French, or useful conversation topics that relate to your interests, careers and lives. Each activity, sentence and topic is carefully selected to help you continue your journey towards fluency.
Our French lessons for beginners will cover grammar and vocabulary too, so you can get to grips with these important features of the language.
Learn French At Your Own Pace
French lessons for beginners shouldn't feel like a race, but we also appreciate you having goals. The best thing about Lingoda is that you are in charge of your schedule. There's no need to sit down at the same time every week. You can choose the order you take the modules, and you get to book in whenever suits you.
If you need to revisit any classes you've got the option to do just that. Or if you're ready to commit to several classes a week, simply book and get learning. There are lessons available 24/7, morning, noon and night. Whenever you're ready to learn, there's a Lingoda class at your level.
Sample chapters in our French Beginners’ course
Here’s a preview of the different curriculum chapters you’ll encounter during your French A1 level courses. This is the curriculum we use for our small group classes, and our private one-on-one classes. If you choose to study a private class as well, you may be able to expand beyond these topics depending on your tutor.
Learn key phrases to introduce yourself, friends or business partners, ask people how they are and learn how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense.
In this chapter of French A1 classes you will be able to learn how to say where you are from, where you live, what languages you speak, as well as ask and tell people how you are doing. You will also learn how to talk about others and the different pronouns.
Introducing yourself to people is the first step when it comes to learning a language, and meeting strangers. This chapter will guide you through all the necessary vocabulary and grammatical rules you need for a beginner conversation in French.
Learn how to ask for drinks and snacks in a French café and understand prices and payments. Plus, practice typical questions that are common in a café setting.
In this chapter, you’ll learn the skills needed to impress your friends at a French bar or restaurant. After this lesson, you’ll be able to order your coffee exactly how you like it, ask for the prices and for the check.
You’ll also discover different ways to ask questions in French.
When visiting a country, everybody likes to go out and get something to drink or eat. Ordering in a cafe or restaurant is often one of the first things you do in a foreign language.
Learn how to talk about your activities and your daily routine in French.
In this chapter, you’ll learn to talk about the various activities that constitute your everyday life. After this lesson, you’ll be able to talk about your weekly schedule and daily routine. You’ll be able to talk about the frequency in which you do things and learn to use reflexive verbs.
Being able to talk about your daily routine and your activities will allow you to share information with other people and find common points and interests!
Learn to describe your hobbies in French, to say what you like and how much you like it using “bien”, “beaucoup” or even “pas du tout”!
During this chapter, you’ll learn all the vocabulary to discuss your free time activities. You will be able to tell everyone about how well you sing under the shower (or not)! You’ll also be able to say if you enjoy something and talk about your preferences. What will it be: French wine or smelly cheese?
Learning how to say what you like and what you dislike is essential in any language. It will help you make friends or even go on your first date with a French person!
Learn to talk about various means of transportation in French using the correct preposition, ask for directions or ask for information at a train station!
During this chapter, you’ll learn how to talk about means of transportation and use à and en accordingly. You will also be able to talk about which transportation you prefer and justify why. With the little help of the expression pour, you will be able to tell us about the purpose of your travels : discover the world, practice foreign languages, the world is your oyster!
Asking for directions or being able to ask for travel infos and buying a train ticket are all things that will be very useful when visiting a French speaking country! All the content that you will learn in this unit will also be reusable in other contexts!
Try 4 lessons from our French Beginner’s classes
Our A1 French language courses are ideal for all kinds of students. If you are looking to pick up a new language or want to get an A1 French language certificate, Lingoda will be able to help you out. Sign up for our free trial period to join four group classes and try out some of our A1 French lessons. This is a great way to see what a beginner French course looks like at Lingoda.
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Frequently asked questions
The beauty of Lingoda is that you can learn wherever and whenever suits you. All you need to get started is a computer and an internet connection. All our lessons take place on Zoom, which is free to download.
The course material is provided by us, and you’ll have access to your worksheets on the student platform. If you’re feeling eager you can check these out ahead of your lesson. You’ll also find annotated PDFs from your teachers, blogs and more to help you.
How quickly you make your way through the course depends on the work and time you’re willing to put in. The best way to see real results is to commit to making your lessons a habit. Like every level of our CEFR-aligned syllabus, French A1 has 50 lessons. If you take five lessons per week, you’ll be ready for level 2 in just ten weeks. Or you can tackle the classes at a slower pace of one lesson per week and spread your learning out over twelve months.
You may be thinking about a French for beginners course because you need to be fluent, fast! In which case, you might want to consider our Sprint or Super Sprint option. Here you’ll commit to a certain number of classes per month. If you’re successful in completing your Sprint, you can earn up to 100% cashback. If that doesn’t encourage your learning we don’t know what will! Just make sure you’re committed in your classes, ask questions and engage. Taking control of your learning will help you learn quickly.
When you sign up for a class, you’ll be learning with up to five students. We like to limit the group sizes so that everyone gets tailored feedback, the chance to practice speaking and ask any questions that might arise.
If you’re a beginner, learning in a group might sound intimidating – but don’t worry! Everyone taking the course will be at the same level as you. You’re bound to make mistakes, but that’s how we learn. You also get the chance to learn from the mistakes of others, listening as the teacher corrects them too.
We have lessons that suit every level at Lingoda. So, if you’re starting at the beginning with A1 level French, you can continue to learn up to B2 level, which is considered Upper-Intermediate. At each stage the knowledge gets slightly more in depth, still covering speaking, reading, writing and listening and learning in small groups, to make sure you continue to get tailored feedback.
If you’re not sure of your level, or you’re new to the CEFR classification system, we’ve got a simple test that makes it easy for you to find out where you sit. Generally speaking, at French A1 level you’re a beginner that’s looking to get started. If you’re not sure, just take the free test and it’ll soon be easy to pick the right level for you.
Here at Lingoda we offer you a lot more than just an app. We’re a completely remote language learning school that offers you complete flexibility. All our teachers are native-level speakers, and follow our learning plan that has been crafted by language experts with specific goals in mind.
You’ll find the course material relevant, the teachers friendly, and you’ll receive tailored feedback. The more you practice speaking and listening in groups, the faster you’ll see growth in your understanding.
Yes you will! As you progress through each CEFR level you’ll receive a certificate to track your progress. CEFR is an internationally recognized standard, so employers and educational establishments will acknowledge the achievement. You can even add your certificates to LinkedIn or mention them on your CV.