“Hey! How’s it going?”
“Not bad. It’s just…”
“Well, I’ve been studying French online because I have dreams of going abroad, but I’m still not advancing as quickly as I want to. I’ve been using the most effective French tools and learning French with videos, but I think I need more conversation practice. I’m not comfortable with native speakers.”
“I’ve got just the thing!”
“Check out some French dialogue examples!”
Why Use Dialogue Examples to Study French?
French dialogues are an excellent tool to improve your French skills or even learn French from scratch. At their most basic, French dialogues demonstrate how the language is used in specific, common and realistic situations.
Plus, dialogues that come with audio components (we’ll cover several later in this post) also help you hear authentic French pronunciation. This alone is extremely beneficial for French learners: having a great French accent is half the battle to expressing yourself in a conversation.
But the goodies don’t stop there. French dialogues also put grammatical constructions in context, teach new and topical vocabulary and let us see conversational conventions in controlled settings. It’s like training wheels before you get out into the real world to converse with native French speakers.
How to Study Dialogue Examples
To get the most out of French dialogues, I suggest a three-step study program:
- Step one: just listen. Don’t worry about the words or expressions or even grammatical constructions that are unfamiliar to you. Basically, during this first listen, just try to get the gist of the dialogue.
- Step two: listen again, but this time, mark down the words and expressions you don’t know and then look them up. This is the time to consult the transcript if there is one.
- Step three: listen a final time, but now follow closely with your notes and translations.
This three-step program helps you get accustomed to listening to French conversation without becoming overwhelmed or lost. It also helps you build on your listening comprehension skills in a strategic way, by prioritizing context clues first and then giving you the space to fill in holes and build your vocabulary.
Become a Conversation Master with These 7 French Dialogue Examples
Check out the six best places online to find French dialogue examples and start dialoguing like a pro in no time!
ThoughtCo is an online resource for all things educational, with a comprehensive section for learning French. It offers explanations and tutorials on French grammar and vocabulary, and it’s also a hub for all sorts of language resources, from French literature to useful teaching materials.
In addition to all this, ThoughtCo offers a number of basic French dialogue examples. (Typing “French dialogue” in the search bar is the easiest way to see them all up front.)
These dialogues cover the absolute basics, meaning that they’re perfect for beginners (or for those at the A1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
The topics covered on this site include many that beginners are most likely to encounter in French-speaking areas, such as ordering at a restaurant and checking into a hotel. The dialogues come with a French transcription and an English translation, and most come with audio. You can listen at normal or slow speed, which is perfect for honing your French accent.
However, be aware that the audio doesn’t necessarily match the written transcription or translation. While this means our three-step dialogue studying program will be a bit hard to do here, it also means that you can challenge yourself by trying to find and understand the differences between the dialogue versions.
Learn French with Vincent is a YouTube channel that covers all things French. Aside from traditional language and grammar lessons, this channel also has tons of French dialogues.
French newbies might want to start with this video, which provides more than an hour of focused, beginner-level dialogues.
Yes, more than an hour!
The best part: each dialogue is spoken in slow, clear French and is complete with engaging visuals and a French transcript as part of the video itself. This makes following our three-step program effortless.
Further, topics span everything from introductions and describing yourself to short, fantastical French stories.
Sometimes when you’re looking for French dialogue examples, it can be hard to find that happy medium between focused learning tools and authentic, realistic French. FluentU lives right in that happy medium.
FluentU lets you learn French from real-world content like music videos, commercials, news broadcasts, cartoons and inspiring talks.
Since this content is material that native French speakers actually watch regularly, you’ll get the opportunity to learn real French the way it’s spoken in modern life.
One quick look will give you an idea of the diverse content found on FluentU:
Love the thought of learning French with native materials but afraid you won’t understand what’s being said? FluentU brings authentic French videos within reach of any learner. Interactive captions guide you along the way, so you never miss a word.
Tap on any word to see a definition, in-context usage examples, audio pronunciation, helpful images and more. For example, if you tap on the word “suit,” then this is what appears on your screen:
Don’t stop there, though. Use FluentU to actively practice all the vocabulary in any video through word lists, flashcards, quizzes and fun activities like “fill in the blank.”
As you continue advancing in your French studies, FluentU keeps track of all the grammar and vocabulary that you’ve been learning. It uses your viewed videos and mastered language lessons to recommend more useful videos and give you a 100% personalized experience.
ToLearnFrench is a website that has dozens of dialogue examples aimed at learners from the beginner to intermediate levels. That means that you can start using the dialogues as an absolute beginner and follow the natural progression to become an intermediate speaker.
Topics on ToLearnFrench span common conversations situations such as food, travel, school and even SMS (texting) language. Each dialogue is presented in clear audio, and there are French transcripts and English translations under each French sentence.
Best of all, many of the dialogues have a test section where you can test your comprehension or translate sentences of your own. Enter your answers, click the “Check My Test” button and see how much your French has improved!
As you may have guessed from the title, this video includes 239 dialogues in French. While that number may seem overwhelming, in my opinion, this video has the best bang for your buck, so to speak.
You get a lot of French dialogue over a lot of common topics in a pretty short span of time. It beats sitting in a French course, doesn’t it?
The video itself starts with dialogues aimed at beginner and pre-intermediate learners and moves up to more advanced topics for intermediate and upper-intermediate learners. Therefore, you may not want to use all these dialogues in one shot. Try breaking it up according to your skill level and maybe complete this video over a couple of sessions.
Further, while there are transcripts in the video, there are no English translations or exercises. Because of that, I suggest that you use this video after learning the foundations of the French language, so that you can more easily follow along.
Podcast Français Facile (Easy French Podcast) has almost one hundred dialogue examples sorted by situation. There are more formal dialogues for situations like work, but also natural and spontaneous telephone conversations and conversations between friends.
Because of this, the dialogues aren’t necessarily sorted by French level, and I recommend that listeners have at least a pre-intermediate or intermediate level of French.
While each dialogue comes with a French transcript as well as a comprehension quiz, there are no English translations, so a basis in the French language is definitely required. Furthermore, some conversations are more technical or advanced than others.
Our final French dialogue resource is definitely our most advanced, but perhaps most applicable to those who are ready to experience French in the wild and hear real French dialogue examples.
Here you’ll find 13 dialogues of authentic spoken French from French-speaking regions such as France, Quebec and Senegal.
The situations of these dialogues span job interviews, a courtroom proceeding and broadcast journalism. As you can imagine, due to the content and the spontaneity of these dialogues, these are recommended for intermediate to advanced French learners.
If you’re ready, each dialogue has an audio recording, a French transcript and an English translation, so following the three-step program is still possible at this advanced level of French. While there are no comprehension activities, there’s enough advanced French gold to make your newly-acquired vocabulary shine!
“This is all so awesome. Thank you so much. I’m so excited to start mastering conversation with these French dialogue examples!”
“Not a problem! Now, get listening and start learning today!”
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