Ch 1: Basic French Vocabulary

About This Chapter

The Basic French Vocabulary chapter of this Basic French: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master basic French vocabulary. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of basic French vocabulary.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering basic French vocabulary material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn basic French vocabulary. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the definitions and uses of basic vocabulary words for conversational French
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning French (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about basic French vocabulary
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra French learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Basic French Vocabulary chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the basic French vocabulary chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any basic French vocabulary question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a basic French vocabulary unit of a standard basic French course. Topics covered include:

  • French practices for telling the time
  • Words for expressing emotions
  • House vocabulary words in French
  • The months of the year and days of the week
  • Parts of the body
  • French words to describe articles of clothing
  • Common school supply vocabulary
  • Descriptive vocabulary words in French
  • Titles of family members
  • Vocab and phrases related to sports
  • Shopping words and food vocabulary in French
  • A review of colors and animals
  • Names of professions
  • Description of car parts
  • French words to describe personality traits
  • Time and frequency adverbs

30 Lessons in Chapter 1: Basic French Vocabulary
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Telling Time in French

1. Telling Time in French

One of the most crucial things that you can learn to do in a new language is how to tell time. After all, it's useful for everything from setting meetings to planning a date. This lesson teaches you how to tell the time in French.

What Are the Months in French?

2. What Are the Months in French?

In order to answer many common French questions, you'll need to know how to say the months of the year. Getting to know the French calendar is important for going to school, working, reserving a table and making travel plans.

How to Count to 10 in French

3. How to Count to 10 in French

Bienvenue! In this lesson you will begin to learn how to say and use French numbers. We will practice counting from zero to ten, while also working on pronunciation.

Days of the Week in French

4. Days of the Week in French

Learn the days of the week in French, starting with lundi (Monday) and ending with dimanche (Sunday). Learn the historical roots of the French words to help you remember them and then practice with a short quiz at the end.

French Descriptive Words

5. French Descriptive Words

We use descriptive words all the time. They are used to describe people, objects and even feelings. Descriptive words help add details to a narration and give a better view of a situation when you exchange opinions.

Personality Traits in French

6. Personality Traits in French

This lesson will cover basic adjectives for describing people's personalities and natural tendencies. We'll also explore different forms of these personality trait adjectives, and then you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Emotions in French

7. Emotions in French

In this lesson, you will explore the ways that you can convey your emotions in French. Learn about the different forms these words can take. You will notice that most words have two forms, while some only have one.

Family Members in French

8. Family Members in French

This lesson will teach you new vocabulary that will assist you to describe your family in French. You will be able to apply these new words to build your own family tree and label each family member correctly.

Sports in French

9. Sports in French

Can you guess which sports are most popular in France? In this lesson, you will learn the names of sports in French. You will also learn how to talk about teams, games, and championships.

Animal Names in French

10. Animal Names in French

If you want to be able to read anything from French literature to children's stories, you're going to need to learn some animal names. This lesson introduces many of the most common animals in French.

Colors in French

11. Colors in French

What's your favorite color? How do you say white lie, a red flag, or a blue moon in French? In this lesson, you'll learn the names for colors in French and a few colorful expressions as well.

Body Parts in French

12. Body Parts in French

In this lesson, you will learn the French words for body parts, including terms for the head and face as well as body parts such as legs and hands. You will also learn how to say that a body part hurts and ask someone if a body part hurts.

Clothes in French

13. Clothes in French

This lesson discusses French vocabulary relating to clothes and when to wear them, covering some colloquial idioms as well as basic terms. Vocabulary for both informal and formal attire is covered.

School Supplies in French

14. School Supplies in French

Around the world, most students use pens, pencils, and notebooks. Teachers often write on boards or use electronic equipment in the classroom. In this vocabulary lesson, you will learn the French names of basic schools supplies for students and teachers.

French Food Words

15. French Food Words

French food is famous around the world. In this lesson, you'll learn some basic food vocabulary. We'll look at fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, dairy products, eggs, bread, and baked goods.

French Adverbs of Frequency & Time

16. French Adverbs of Frequency & Time

Though not always necessary, adverbs of time and frequency allow you to add information about 'when' something occurs. In this lesson, we will introduce you to French adverbs of frequency and time, including adverbs for the past, present and future.

Parts of the House in French

17. Parts of the House in French

If you ever want to really get to know the French, then chances are you'll need to be able to find your way around a French house. This lesson introduces the major rooms of a French residence.

Parts of a Car in French

18. Parts of a Car in French

Do you love cars? Have you ever had to describe a problem to a mechanic? In this lesson, you will learn the French terms for different types of cars as well as the names of car parts.

French Shopping Vocabulary

19. French Shopping Vocabulary

When you think of visiting a foreign country, is buying gifts for yourself and for loved ones on your list? Check out this lesson and you'll learn the basics of navigating French stores and boutiques.

Professions in French

20. Professions in French

In this lesson, you will learn the French names of many common professions. You will also learn to say what your profession is and to ask others what they do for a living.

Difference Between Bon & Bien

21. Difference Between Bon & Bien

This lesson discusses the French adjective 'bon' and the adverb 'bien' and some examples of how they are commonly used. It will discuss common idioms as well as the uses of 'bon' and 'bien' in everyday conversation.

French Christmas Words

22. French Christmas Words

Santa Claus is the world's most appreciated delivery man. But the French don't call him 'Santa,' and other Christmas words are much different in French. In this lesson, we'll explore French Christmas vocab you'll need during the holidays.

French Filler Words

23. French Filler Words

In this lesson, we will be learning about some of the most common filler words in French and their meanings. We will also go over some sample sentences using these filler words in order to show how they are used.

French Holiday Vocabulary

24. French Holiday Vocabulary

Whether it be at the mountains or on the beach, going on a holiday in France is one of the best ways to make a Frenchie happy--and probably make them stop complaining. Let's go over the basics to achieve this.

French Medical Terms

25. French Medical Terms

This lesson will provide you with the necessary vocabulary pertaining to French medical terms. You will learn general medical terms connected to injuries, the hospital, the medical exam, as well as the healing process.

French Transportation Vocabulary

26. French Transportation Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will learn some key terms related to transportation in French, discuss some of the more common modes of transport, and go over some useful vocabulary to help you get around more easily in French.

Money in French

27. Money in French

Being in France is nice, but if you don't know how to talk about or handle money, you might quickly find things quite difficult! In this lesson, we'll go over the basics of money vocabulary and expressions in French.

Ordinal Numbers in French

28. Ordinal Numbers in French

In this lesson, we'll learn about ordinal numbers, like first, second, third, and so on. We will look at situations where they are used, the regular pattern to form them and exceptions, their abbreviations, and how to use these numbers.

How to Count to 100 in French

29. How to Count to 100 in French

Knowing the numbers to 100 will allow you to understand phone numbers, dates, times, and prices in France. As you will see, learning the numbers in French is a bit like doing math, but it's very simple math.

French Halloween Vocabulary

30. French Halloween Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will learn some French vocabulary related to Halloween, including basic terms for costumes and decorations and phrases like 'trick or treat,' to help you celebrate this spooky holiday in true French fashion.

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