Basics for Beginners

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Basics for Beginners


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Basics for Beginners is a digital self-study program created for those flirting with learning the most beautiful language on Earth (we're biased). Designed for complete beginners, it is also an excellent way for intermediate learners to experience Carrie Anne’s method for the first time. An excellent prep class for the French is Beautiful Monthly Membership, it includes online audio, written and video materials. Begin your French Journey with Carrie Anne using her best-selling beginners program, Basics for Beginners.

Kindly enjoy testimonials from students who have experienced Carrie Anne’s coaching style below : 

Carrie Anne is extremely genuine. Her work and class content is thoughtful, engaging and tasteful. I’ve grown to expect nothing but the best from her.

- Bonnie, New York

French is Beautiful has re-inspired my love of French! And more importantly, Carrie Anne's teaching approach equips students not only with the knowledge we need but the confidence to begin speaking again! I couldn't be more thankful for all I have learned and know I will continue to learn!

- Elizabeth, Chicago

After six years of taking French lessons, I still did not feel comfortable speaking the language. I came across Carrie Anne's daily pronunciation emails, and after a few days, I knew that her program was exactly what I was missing. My ability to speak French has improved dramatically! The French teach French in a methodical way that isn't really practical for making everyday conversation, while Carrie Anne's approach works from day one. If you want to learn the language, French is Beautiful is the way to do it.

- Jordan, New York

Learning French should not be a chore and it isn't with Carrie Anne. She has taught me to slow down and enjoy my journey with the French language.  

- Sarah, Chicago

Carrie Anne makes learning and brushing up on French enjoyable. I started the Comprehensive course in early August and studied when I had time throughout the week. I found the way she created the material to be enjoyable and so helpful to making me feel confident in my ability to speak French. I would truly recommend this to anyone looking to connect and enhance their French speaking skills!

- Katie, Chicago

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- Rebecca, UK

If Paris is a moveable feast, then Carrie Anne is the Michelin starred chef of French teachers. I have been lucky enough to spend the past three months studying with Carrie Anne. It is such a breakthrough to listen to Radio France or watch a movie in French and begin to know what is being said. It is a dream come true to order in a restaurant or be understood when asking a question while traveling in France. This framework provides an amazing foundation I can build upon and continue moving forward in my French Journey. And thanks to Carrie Anne, I have come to see that it is a journey. As an adult learner I am coming to terms with the challenges of incorporating the class into my daily life and it has become the thing I do for me that breathes beauty into my day. Merci mille fois Carrie Anne !

- Pat, Maryland

Topics include: How to learn French efficiently, French manners & mentality, greetings & farewells, pronunciation, questions, first verbs, the gender of French nouns, basic travel French, adjectives and vocabulary building tricks. 


1 hour of video instruction total

2 hours of audio instruction total

14 page Course Workbook (in PDF form)


Basics for Beginners is for all Francophiles flirting with the idea of learning le français. It efficiently guides you through your first French steps, while gently lighting up the journey ahead. If you are in the early stages of your French Journey, or if you are an intermediate student (DELF A2-B1) intrigued by Carrie Anne's coaching style and would like to experience it firsthand at a low-cost investment, this course was made with you in mind. It also serves as a prep course for Université 1 and Comprehensive.


This program is not for anyone who has successfully taken the B1 DELF exam (or beyond). Also not for anyone looking for a long-term course with an online community and personalized feedback - check out Université 1, Comprehensive and / or private coaching with Carrie Anne if that is what you are looking for.


This course comes with the one hour recording of a past live coaching call with Carrie Anne, plus the Vowel Drills bonus lesson (for example, the vowel sounds found in 'tu' and ‘de').

The following lessons are taught and discussed in each week's video, audio recording and accompanying Course Workbook chapter. The videos outline each week's vocabulary, pronunciation and/or grammar discussion and their accompanying audio recordings contain pronunciation and memorization exercises.

The Course Workbook contains lesson notes, grammar explanations, audio recording transcripts and written exercises:


How to pronounce the 6 French R's

Definite Articles: 'the, a, an, one'

Indefinite Articles: 'some'

1st video + audio


The most commonly used French verbs in the present tense

French Personal Pronouns: I, you (informal and formal), he / she / one, we, you guys, they

How to make a sentence negative

2nd video + audio


French Manners

Practical French Vocabulary

Useful French Expressions

3rd video + audio


Vocabulary Building Tricks and Tips

Gender Rules of French Nouns

True Cognates: words that are the same in French and English

Adjectives (including 'this / these / those')

French Accent Marks

4th video + audio


Access: Lifetime

Duration: Divided into 4 sections, it is recommended to be completed over 4 weeks, but designed to be used at your own pace.

Teaching style: Self-study 

Content delivery: All four lessons will be delivered together following your purchase.

Commitment time: 3 hours per week recommended

Level: Complete beginner - A2 DELF

Maximum students per class: No limit

Audio: 4 instructional audios, 1 coaching call audio and 1 bonus pronunciation drill audio

Video: 4 videos outlining each week’s vocabulary, pronunciation and / or grammar discussion

Course Workbook: 14-pages containing lesson notes, grammar explanations, audio recording transcripts and written exercises


As a fluent non-native speaker who spent years in the classroom learning French grammar and later studying French literature at U.C. Berkeley and La Sorbonne, as well as classical piano at L'École Normale de la Musique in Paris before obtaining real-world fluency, she knows precisely which aspects of the French language are perceived to be the most difficult. Carrie Anne focuses on those aspects in order to coach you to feeling fluent and expressing your full personality in French as quickly as possible. 


- How long does the course run?  Divided into 4 sections, it is recommended to be completed over 4 weeks, but designed to be used at your own pace.

- How much time do I need to set aside for the course? We suggest setting aside 3 hours per week in order to complete it over 4 weeks.

- Is there homework? Oui.

- Will I be graded? Yes. You will have the opportunity to grade your work immediately and learn from any incorrect answers using the answer key provided in your Course Workbook. 

- Will I receive personalized feedback on my work and progress? No. You will have the opportunity to grade your work using the provided answer key. For personalized pronunciation feedback as well as feedback on written exercises, please consider a private coaching session with Carrie Anne.

- Do I need to be online at certain times in order to participate? No.

- Will I have access to all of the course's content at once? Yes.

- Do I need to already know French to participate? If so, how much? None whatsoever. That said, if you already do know some French and would like to review the basics as a preliminary step before registering for our Comprehensive course, this course was made for that.

- When will I be able to watch a French movie without subtitles/read a French book or French magazine? Bonne question. Starting today! The best way to learn quickly is to begin at your ideal destination, with your imagined goal, using films, books and blogs whose subjects inspire you (not beginner’s materials). However, in order to comprehend most of what is being said in a French film without subtitles, or written in French without a dictionary handy, you will need to successfully complete Basics for Beginners, Université 1 or Comprehensive, Université 2 and, of course, make an effort to have French in your daily life using our free weekly French Weekend emails, par exemple

- What if I don't love it? As this course is delivered in-full upon purchase, and completely digitally, returns and/or refunds are not available. We encourage you to enjoy all of the available free content on this site, including our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud accounts for more free content, to determine if Carrie Anne’s method and coaching style are right for you before making your purchase. The Université 1 & 2 programs come with a first lesson trial offer.

Photo taken by Abby Ingwersen in the Marais.

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