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Free French I and French II Courses

I've been taking the French I course offered by Carnegie Melon University concurrently with studying here on duolingo. I've really felt like the two together have helped me tremendously because duolingo offers the vocabulary that I need to know and the Carnegie course offers more in depth explanations about things like grammar, French (and Quebec) culture. I haven't taken French II yet, but both courses are completely and 100% free and have some great stuff to offer.

Here is the link to the course offerings website. All you have to do is open the link, scroll down, and click Elementary French I to get started :)


July 9, 2015



Woah! That's one hell of a list. I think I'm gonna spend my whole Sunday going through it! Merci! :)


If you find any problems with a website link, please let me know with a comment on the blog. I try to keep things current but websites disappear all the time. This month I'm adding "concept tests" to the blog, and since you're at level 14, you may want to check out that category.


That's an awesome list!


Thanks. French was my first language, and it took me a lot of time and effort. With what I learned, I compiled German websites:


and Italian websites:


and maybe Spanish in the future....



I have a special affection for Carnegie Mellon University because that is the teaching home of Luis von Ahn. He teaches in the Computer Science Department and I don't think he is involved in this particular course. However, as many of you will recognize, he is co-founder and CEO of Duolingo. I'm sure we would all agree that he is a genius! This morning I looked him up on Wikipedia. Here is the link where you can read about him and his many impressive endeavors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_von_Ahn


Wow, that is really cool! I had no idea about the connection. I really appreciate individuals and schools who contribute so much toward educating people (especially for free!).


And the other co-founder of duolingo, Severin Hacker, was a PhD student there.


Indeed, Luis von and Severin Hacker have contributed a lot to academia as well as to society of around 400 million language enthusiasts. Luis is really great professor and entrepreneur. His another company 'ReCaptcha' (you must have seen while filling any form, or logging in) was great contribution to internet crowd-sourcing. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/ReCAPTCHA You can watch complete talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ht4qiDRZE8 PS : I'm proud that I share Carnegie Mellon University as research intern in ECE.


His TED talk on ReCaptchas is actually how I discovered duo :)


Yes Indeed ! He launched Duolingo on the same day in ending of talk. Incredible and Inspiring !


Thank you for the link.


Thanks! I'll have to look into this!


Thanks for this info. I just finished my Italian tree, and starting on French. I think this will be a big help!


Thanks for this; it looks great! I really like duolingo but I don't feel like it has the rigor that I need to really grasp the language.


It's helped me a lot because it provides really good explanations about why the french language works the way it does. I really can't recommend it enough :)


Wonderful website and espically the videos, I can learn more from videos and talk well because, the French words are similar in pronounciation, Aren't they?


They are, I found the videos and the listening exercises to be really helpful as far picking out words and how they should sound in a sentence.


But, Where is the Mellon university?? I have never heard anything about it before?


It's in Pittsburgh, PA. I hadn't heard of it until I started researching open courses offered by universities. They have some of the best free courses available that I've found.


Carnegie Mellon is one of the top Engineering schools in the United States. Like the Colorado School of Mines, you know what your career will be when you apply there.


Elles sont géniales ! La section des sons m'a aidé beaucoup. Merci!


Thank you VERY much for this. The post written by Robbie Clark above could have been written by me, word for word, so I really appreciate your post and the link. Cheers :)


I'm glad you like! The course combined with duo have been great for me and I'm really happy that I had a place to share that resource with other avid learners :)


C'est très très très fantastique! Merci beau coup, mademoiselle! :D


I'll try it out. Thanks for the tip.


This is a topic that almost brings tears to my eyes! Thanks to everyone in this topic thread for the links, starting with 1848emilyb's original post, and all the useful comments underneath it. The best thing about Duolingo is indeed its helpful and enthusiastic community of brilliant learners! Cheers to all! Merci beaucoup!


This is awesome! Are you from Pittsburgh?


I am not from Pittsburgh :)


Awesome! Merci!


I will definitely be checking this out. Looks like a wonderful resource. Thanks so much!


YES! I am so glad someone else is using this CMU course. I think it is awesome. The other website Speechling. r/French recommended them and I have been using the app for a couple of months. They have the sentences and the native pronunciation like Glosskia, but you get a coach who turns around feedback on how you are speaking, and fixes your mistakes. www.Speechling.com


These courses made a huge difference in my listening comprehension.

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