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Whether you just want to learn a few French words and phrases, or you want to go further, we’ve got the answers to all your French language questions! We're talking great tools, great tips, audio lessons, and the inside word on how to speak French confidently and understand French quickly and effectively...

Right here you‘ll find tons of French language resources that will really help you learn French. From understanding how French grammar works, to a whole range of really helpful French words and phrases, these fantastic French lessons will make sure that you can get your point across when you're traveling in a French speaking country.

First of All, Who am I?

Bonjour, my name’s Marie-Claire Rivière, and I’m the host of Rocket French. I come from the beautiful country of France, which means French is my native language. That also means that I know just how hard it can be to learn a new language, because I’ve been there learning English. Together with my English speaking colleague, Paul, I want to help you to speak and understand French while cutting your learning time in half.

I’ve travelled the world over and have found that languages are a great way to meet people and discover new things. I really want to make your French learning experience rewarding and fun!

My goal, just like Rocket Languages’, is to help you reach your goal.

Why the Rocket Express Learning System®?

If you want to learn to express yourself a new language, and do it at express pace, then the Rocket Express Learning System is just what you need.

By combining three scientifically proven theories of learning, and taking advantage of advances in e-learning and technology, the team at Rocket Languages have a developed an effective way for you to speak and understand the language you've always loved, and retain it forever.

It begins with George A. Miller's idea of 'chunking', breaking down big difficult content into small easy parts.

Then there's Dr Stephen Krashen's theory that the best way to learn a language is in a low pressure environment with supportive native speakers who are prepared to give honest accurate feedback.

Finally, Neil Fleming found that there are four main ways that people learn:

  • Visually - they see it
  • Aurally - they hear it
  • Reading/Writing
  • Kinesthetically - they do it

When you combine these three complimentary theories with a team that is at the cutting edge of e-learning technology, you get a system that is guaranteed to have you speaking and understanding your new favorite language in no time at all.

How to Perfect Your French Pronunciation with Rocket Record

You can sound like you ARE a native French speaker when you use Rocket Record, the pronunciation tool from Rocket French!

Here’s the transcript from one of our Interactive Audio Lessons:

Paul
Salut Claire. Hi Claire.
Claire
Salut, Paul. Hi Paul.
 
Comment ça va ? How are you?
Paul
Bien merci, et toi ? Good thanks, and you?
Claire
Je vais très bien. I'm going very well.

IMPORTANT! To get full functionality with Rocket Record voice comparison you need to become a member by either purchasing or signing up for the trial. Once you have done this you can download the Rocket Languages App and get full functionality!

Paul Salut Claire. Hi Claire.
Claire Salut, Paul. Hi Paul.
  Comment ça va ? How are you?
Paul Bien merci, et toi ? Good thanks, and you?
Claire Je vais très bien. I'm going very well.

Note the blue triangle icons beside each French phrase. Just click the icon to access Rocket Record.

Rocket Record allows you to listen to the way native speakers say hundreds of French words and phrases. Then you can record yourself and accurately compare your speech with that of the native speaker.

It really is a fantastic way to learn French by increasing the amount of French words and phrases you know, and at the same time massively improving your pronunciation and accent. Rocket Record is great for your confidence!

Virtually every French word and phrase in these lessons uses our Rocket Record voice comparison technology to get your pronunciation sounding as close as possible to a native French speaker.

Try out Rocket Record in these pronunciation lessons!

How to Understand Spoken French with Testing

Most of our French lessons take advantage of Testing, our exclusive testing tool. Testing has three testing components, Hear It Say It!, Write It!, and Know It! Plus the multi-choice Quiz.

1. Hear it Say it!

Training your ear for French can be one of the things that French learners find the hardest to master. That’s why we came up with Hear It Say It!

Here’s how Hear lt Say It! works. A randomly selected audio track from within each lesson is played. After listening to the track you’re prompted to record yourself saying the word, compare the way you say it to the French speaker, and rate how well you understand what the speaker was saying. A very powerful tool to tune your ear to spoken French!

Have a go with Hear It Say It! Here

2. Write it!

It's one thing being able to pronounce French words correctly, it's quite another figuring out how those sounds turn into written words.

Write It! is the self-testing tool that lets you find out how well developed your French ear really is. Just listen to the native speaker saying a word or phrase, then try to write it correctly in the space provided. There's a special character keyboard available if you need it, so you can get it exactly right.

When you're done click reveal, and you get to see how well you did, and get a rating for that word or phrase.

Test your writing skills with Write It! here:

3. Know it!

Now, all the training in the world won’t help you if someone is talking to you in French and your mind freezes when it’s your turn to speak! That’s why we developed Know It! The self-testing tool that really puts you on the spot!

Know It! pulls randomly selected English words and phrases out of each lesson and prompts you to record yourself saying the French translation, compare yourself to the French speaker, and then rate how well you did! You really need to know your stuff for this one but the benefits are huge in maximizing how quickly you can come up with the right thing to say when someone is speaking French to you!

For a real challenge try out Know It!:

Test out your French skills with Testing in these lessons:

Learn French Words

Now you know how to use Rocket Record and Testing you can start learning French with some basic French lessons.

These French word lessons from Rocket French will help you to learn tons of basic French words and improve your French pronunciation. We’ve also included some useful vocabulary lists to help you learn French for real-world situations!

Try these popular lessons:

Learn French Phrases

Once you’ve built up your vocabulary by learning some basic French words, it’s time to move on to learning key French phrases with some more of our French lessons

Are you planning on traveling to a French speaking country on vacation or business? Or perhaps you need to speak French closer to home... Whatever the reason you can learn simple French phrases for with these French lessons from Rocket French.

Learn French Grammar

Our French grammar lessons make learning French grammar rules a breeze. Whether you’re a French language beginner or honing your advanced skills we can help you master the basics and the finer points in no time.

It‘s true that most folks learning to speak a foreign language don‘t look forward to the grammar rules, but the better you understand how the language works, the more you can read and write about!

What comes next?

When you're ready to take your French learning to the next level Rocket French has just the right course for you:

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I undertook to learn French on my own, beginning with the Pimsleur method. I found this to be of great help to me, having the type of ear that easily hears language and its nuances. However, the Pimsleur method is limited, both in its exposure to grammar and verb forms and in its exposure to vocabulary. In searching for another self-taught method to continue my learning of French, I found and purchased Rocket French.

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This is a message from a (very!) satisfied Rocket French customer.

My dilemma revealed itself in early January, as the date was set for early that following July, when our campus would welcome 300 conventioneers, among whom would be about 20 from Quebec, Canada, alumni of our course work who speak primarily in French. Over a number of years, these Quebecois had taken their courses in French from our institute in satellite classes away from the main campus here in Texas.

But this year we were honoring the pioneers among them who had kept French-speaking student numbers strong and growing, over the years.

I had studied in a one-year course for foreign students years ago. With no previous studies in French, I went in 1959-60 as a free student, with no affiliations, to the University of Bordeaux, Faculty of Letters, and had success from this immersion style of learning French. But, my level of fluency had disappeared over the years. Knowing that I could revive some of my comfort in speaking French, I went online and subscribed to Rocket French that arrived faithfully each week from January 20th through June 2nd of this year and I had hopes that that would give me ample time to get comfortable with that beautiful language once again.

My initial plan was to awaken one-hour early each morning to study the given lessons; I started off strong, but found that I only worked with the lessons an average of two times a week. Yet, that proved to be enough to get my tongue back into the groove of speaking French. Surprisingly, the Rocket French lessons validated that I remembered most of the vocabulary. The biggest help to me was in listening and speaking, which became easier as my confidence returned with each passing week.

By the end of the lessons, I was ready for the convention! To my amazement, I worked overtime translating for our staff at the times they made various presentations to our very special French-Canadian guests; during informal times outside of structured hours when I could visit and chat with all of these delightful folks; and during social times when I found every excuse to be with them.

At the end of our six convention days together, three of the group stayed on for an intensive six health & wellness retreat, where three to four times each day I would join them for the table discussion segments built in to their learning time. I actually lost my voice due to speaking so much and so often, but the end result was that the total experience for the French-speakers and certainly for me, was enhanced by the language we shared.

I would not have had the success that I did were it not for having taken the course work offered by Rocket French! My writing and speaking skills were renewed and polished, and reading and writing now comes more easily to me, too.

It was a real advantage to me, now at the age of 67, to have had a previous foundation in the French language, but without the thorough review I experienced with the Rocket French lessons, I might never have let on that I knew French, at all.

I've archived all of the lessons to review at any time, certainly before heading to Quebec at the invitation of these enthusiastic students of all ages! And, if I plan things right, I may just take a return trip to France one day, with a special visit to relive my own early student days in Bordeaux. Thanks to Rocket French, I can do it all!


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