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Your Beginner French Self-Study Checklist

Your Beginner French Self-Study Checklist

This checklist will help you to learn French by providing a logical study order for beginner lessons. The references to months and weeks don't have to mean anything as the lessons are self-paced. You may spend as much or as little time mastering the material given for each week as you like - two or ten or twenty hours on each lesson, depending on your needs and abilities. Each week of lessons builds on the preceding weeks, so before moving on to the next week, be sure that you:

  • Recognize and can use the new vocabulary
  • Can pronounce the new letter(s) fairly accurately
  • Understand the grammar points
  • Can conjugate the verbs

You may find it helpful to print the checklist so that you can keep track of your progress. Also, try taking my French proficiency test before you start and again at the end to see how much you learn.

Month 1

In the first month, you'll start learning French basics and work your way up.

The following topic abbreviations are used:

  • Gr - Grammar
  • Pr - Pronunciation
  • Vb - Verb
  • Vo - Vocabulary

Week 1

Vo Greetings
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vo Introductions
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr French nouns
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Definite article
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb French verbs​
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​
Vb Present
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Alphabet
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 2

Vo Essential French vocabulary
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vo Politeness
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Subject pronouns
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Tu vs vous
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb -ER verbs
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​
Pr Introduction to vowels
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr A
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr I
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr O
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 3

Vo Numbers
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vo Time
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Il y a
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr C'est and il est
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Avoir, Être, Faire
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr E
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 4

Vo Calendar
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vo Dates
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Indefinite article
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb -IR verbs
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr U
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Month 2

Week 5

Vo Weather
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Adjectives
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Aller
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr H
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Accents
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 6

Vo Family
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Questions
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb -RE verbs
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr M and N
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​
Pr Nasal vowels
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 7

Vo Food
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vo Restaurant
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Partitive article
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Venir
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr B
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr F
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr P
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Z
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 8

Vo Shopping
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Negatives
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Reflexive verbs
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr D
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Pr L
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Month 3

Week 9

Vo Clothes
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vo Body
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Possessive de
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Passé composé
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr C
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr G
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr X
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 10

Vo Colors
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Possessive adjectives
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Stem-changing verbs
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr S
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr T
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 11

Vo Home and Furniture
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Tout
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Imparfait
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr J
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 12

Vo School
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Prepositions
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Savoir vs connaître
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr V
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr W
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Month 4

Week 13

Vo Personality
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Demonstrative adjectives
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Passé composé vs imparfait
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr K
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Q
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 14

Vo Mood
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Direct object
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Partir, sortir, dormir
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Y
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 15

Vo Professions
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Indirect object
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Imperative
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr R
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 16

Vo Hobby, sports, games
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Y and en
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Dire, écrire, lire
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​
Vb Future
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Pronunciation review
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​​

Month 5

Week 17

Vo Quantities
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Comparatives and Superlatives
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Vouloir, Pouvoir, Devoir
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Liaisons
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 18

Vo Languages + Nationalities
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Possessive pronouns
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Conditional
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Elision / E muet
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 19

Vo On the Phone
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Adverbs
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Si clauses
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Contractions
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 20

Vo Love language
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Capitalization
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Subjunctive
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Rhythm
Review: ___ 1Done: ___ Notes:​

Month 6

Week 21

Vo Physical descriptions
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Double object pronouns
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Pluperfect
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Enchaînement
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:

Week 22

Gr Conjunctions
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Mood
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Silent letters
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 23

Vo Plus
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Stressed pronouns
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Infinitive
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Pr Tonic accent
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:​

Week 24

Vo French vocabulary in English
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Gr Relative Pronouns
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes:
Vb Voice
Review: ___ Done: ___ Notes: