French Self-Taught

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(4.8 stars; 17 reviews)

Part of a Librivox initiative to develop a free language-learning resource. This book is old, but the basics haven't changed too much. All the French content is spoken by native French speakers.

The book includes sections on vocabulary, nouns, adjectives, verbs and phrases, and will still prove useful. Some of the phrases are dated but hilarious. If you need a flannel petticoat, or to chastise your washerwoman, this book is definitely for you! (Summary by Ruth Golding)

French read by Michaël Cadilhac, Nadine Eckert-Boulet and ani poirier.
English read by Ruth Golding. (3 hr 0 min)


01 - French Alphabet and Pronunciation 6:45 Read by Michaël Cadilhac
02 - Vocabulary Part 1 Nouns 24:38 Read by Michaël Cadilhac
03 - Vocabulary Part 2 Adjectives and Verbs 13:14 Read by Michaël Cadilhac
04 - Vocabulary Part 3 Adverbs and Conjunctions 6:48 Read by Ruth Golding
05 - Declensions 12:06 Read by Ruth Golding
06 - Verbs Part 1 Avoir and Etre 11:52 Read by Ruth Golding
07 - Verbs Part 2 Regular Verbs 22:40 Read by Ruth Golding
08 - Easy Expression Part 1 26:24 Read by Ruth Golding
09 - Easy Expression Part 2 27:15 Read by Ruth Golding
10 - Easy Expression Part 3 29:10 Read by Ruth Golding


A favorite language course

(5 stars)

Although these lessons are derived from an older text, they provide a no-nonsense overview of French vocabulary, grammar, and phrases. Whereas some vocabulary and formalities evoke a genteel fin de siècle French (and lack the dynamic slang of contemporary speech), the constructions are sturdy. They provide an excellent way to brush up on one's school French. The readers are pleasant to listen to; they did an excellent job.

Great Recording

(4 stars)

Clear pronunciations and good supplement to other French language learning materials. Old fashioned but very useful.

(4.5 stars)

Excellent book. I love the way the words are clearly pronounced!!!


(5 stars)

Great self taught study !