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3 Minute French - Course 1 | Language lessons for beginners

via Skillshare


Bonjour et bienvenue :-)
(Hello and welcome)

There is nothing more thrilling than being able to speak to the locals in their own language when you visit a foreign country. Well, now you can experience that amazing feeling too!

My name is Kieran Ball and I’ve been teaching foreign languages in my hometown for over fifteen years. I love languages, I love learning and I love teaching. I also love chocolate, but this isn’t really the place to discuss my chocoholism!

I created 3 Minute French as a way to make learning French easier than ever before and accessible to anybody, especially people who have tried and failed in the past. My course is perfect for the complete beginner as I break down the French language into tiny chunks that I show you how to build back together again in a logical, simple to understand way. You can go from knowing no French at all to putting together your own sentences in just a few minutes.


As the name suggests, each lesson in this course lasts just three minutes (more or less!). In each lesson, you learn a tiny chunk of French that you can use to build sentences. As you work through the course, you learn more and more little chunks and your sentences will gradually get longer and longer.

The chunks that you learn in the first lessons are carried through to the last lessons. This means you don’t have to worry about trying to remember everything; you will get so much opportunity for practice that you will find the words and phrases just sink into your brain.

The lessons in this course are focused, practical and effective, and you will build language skills that you can use straight away in real-world situations. You will be able to speak French comfortably and with confidence whenever you’re in a French speaking country.


When you begin learning something new, you tend to start off with lots of excitement and motivation. You might spend a few hours on the first day learning, but then the next day, you can only manage one hour, and then that goes down to half an hour, and then you get bored and you give up. Well, the reason behind the very short lessons is that it helps you to stay motivated and it also enhances the learning process.

By keeping your learning to short chunks, you will find three wonderful things start to happen:

1. You will maintain enthusiasm

If you want to learn anything, you have to maintain enthusiasm or else you won’t continue. If you limit your study time to just three minutes, you’ll keep French fresh and exciting and you’ll be eager to learn. If you spend hours studying, very quickly you’ll get bored with French and it’ll turn into a chore.

2. You will study more consistently

It’s much better to study for just three minutes once a day than to study for three hours once a week. A spare three minutes is relatively easy to find even in the most hectic of schedules. If you make sure you complete at least one three-minute study session every day, it’ll quickly become a habit that you’ll do without thinking. It’s much easier to fit in a daily three-minute habit than a weekly one-hour habit. By doing this, you’ll become a much more consistent learner, and consistency is the key to success.

3. You will remember things better

This is my favourite reason as to why you should limit your study to just three-minute chunks. If you study something for just three minutes every day, you’ll trick your brain into memorising the information more quickly than if it were to see the information for hours each day. It’ll think, “I see this information every day so it must be important, but I don’t see it for very long, so I’d better hold onto it and make it into a memory fast!” You’ll be amazed at how much more easily things tend to stay in your brain if you limit yourself to just three minutes a day.

So, that’s why I keep the lessons to just three minutes.


I can’t quite believe it, but over 190,000 people in more than 200 countries have now used 3 Minute Languages to learn to speak a foreign language. It still amazes me when I get an email from somebody on the other side of the world telling me how much they have enjoyed learning French with me. Apart from the thrill it gives me to find out people are listening to my voice in places like Mongolia, Peru and even Fiji, it also confirms to me that the 3 Minute Languages courses work well.

So, if you want a course that teaches you to speak French you can use in everyday situations using a simple and fun method, then sign up to 3 Minute French today.

Merci :-)



Once you have completed this course, if you would like to learn more French using the same method, you can find courses 2 to 7 on SkillShare too. Here are the links:

3 Minute French – Course 1

3 Minute French – Course 2

3 Minute French – Course 3

3 Minute French – Course 4

3 Minute French – Course 5

3 Minute French – Course 6

3 Minute French – Course 7

Additionally, I have a series of French courses called “Building Structures”. These courses use the same method found in the 3 Minute French courses, but they focus on building fluency by looking at the different structures of the French language. I recommend starting these courses once you’ve completed up to 3 Minute French – Course 3, and then you can work through both series simultaneously. Here are the links for the Building Structures in French courses on SkillShare:

Building Structures in French – Structure 1

Building Structures in French – Structure 2

Building Structures in French – Structure 3

Building Structures in French – Structure 4


Finally, if you want to explore the French language even further, I have some French grammar courses available. I’ve used the same method in these courses as I have in the other courses, so hopefully you’ll find them fun and interesting

French Grammar – Quick Guide – Verbs 1

Success in French Grammar – The Past Tense (aka the present perfect)


If you would like to learn a different language, I have the same courses above available in Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch. Just head to my SkillShare profile page to find them all:

Happy learning – Bon apprentissage


  • How does the course work?
  • Introduction to the course
  • Lesson 1a
  • Lesson 1b
  • Lesson 1c
  • Lesson 1d
  • Lesson 2a
  • Lesson 2b
  • Lesson 2c
  • Lesson 2d
  • Lesson 2e
  • French Lesson 3a
  • Lesson 3b
  • Lesson 3c
  • Lesson 3d
  • Lesson 3e
  • Lesson 3f
  • Lesson 3g
  • Lesson 4a
  • Lesson 4b
  • Lesson 4c
  • Lesson 4d
  • Lesson 4e
  • Lesson 4f
  • Lesson 4g
  • Lesson 5a
  • Lesson 5b
  • Lesson 5c
  • Lesson 5d
  • Lesson 5e
  • Lesson 5f
  • Lesson 5g
  • Lesson 5h
  • Lesson 5i
  • Lesson 6a
  • Lesson 6b
  • Lesson 6c
  • Lesson 6d
  • Lesson 6e
  • Lesson 6f
  • Lesson 6g
  • Lesson 7a
  • Lesson 7b
  • Lesson 7c
  • Lesson 7d
  • Lesson 7e
  • Lesson 7f
  • Lesson 7g
  • Lesson 7h
  • Lesson 8a
  • Lesson 8b
  • Lesson 8c
  • Lesson 8d
  • Lesson 8e
  • Lesson 8f
  • Lesson 8g
  • Lesson 8h
  • Lesson 8i
  • Lesson 8j
  • Lesson 8k
  • Lesson 9a
  • Lesson 9b
  • Lesson 9c
  • Lesson 9d
  • Lesson 9e
  • Lesson 9f
  • French Au Restaurant a La Salade
  • French Au Restaurant b Les Légumes
  • French Au Restaurant c Le Poisson et Les Fruits de Mer
  • French Au Restaurant d La Viande
  • French Au Restaurant e Les Autres Choses
  • French Au Restaurant f Les Condiments
  • French Au Restaurant g La Cuisine Francaise
  • French Au Restaurant h Les Desserts
  • French Au Restaurant i Les Fruits
  • French Au Restaurant j Les Boissons
  • French Au Restaurant k Les Couverts
  • French Les Nombres a 0 50
  • French Les Nombres b 51 100
  • French Les Nombres c 101 1000
  • The Happy Linguist
  • Vocabulary Expansion Sheets

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