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Learn French!

Come join our French Conversation Club, which meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in the Director's Conference Room at 6 pm.

Online Dictionary

WordReference.com: Traduire un mot (translate a word):

You can also download a translation app for your iphone!

 

Online Subscription Programs

Learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more or improve your ESL skills, with Mango's interactive web-based lessons.
Mobile App
Remote access (CLP Card)
Interactive online language learning program for children. Learn English, French, Italian, German, Mandarin, or Spanish, with more languages coming soon.
Overdrive also offers downloadable language programs. To access the free software, set up an account, and browse the collection of available OverDrive titles visit Overdrive.

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Audio Learning

It's not easy to determine from the catalog what a good language learning CD would be so we've tried to select a few that aren't just a single CD of travel phrases but that provide a good grounding in the language.

Berlitz Deluxe Language Pack: French
A comprehensive French language course that takes learners at their own pace from the beginning through the intermediate level, developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Includes 3 basic level and 3 intermediate level audio CDs recorded by native speakers, basic and intermediate level course books, a bilingual dictionary, and 100 quiz cards with questions designed to test newly acquired language skills.
 
(Pimsleur) Basic French
Pimsleur emphasizes correct pronunciation and repetition. A self-instruction course teaching essential conversational French in ten 30-minute lessons on 5 CDs.
 
(Pimsleur Instant Conversation) French
Instant Conversation French includes the first 16 lessons from the Comprehensive Level I. 8 CDs (8 hours) of interactive audio-only instruction. There is no accompanying book.
 
(Pimsleur) Conversational French
Conversational French includes the 10 lessons from Pimsleur's Basic French plus an additional 6 lessons. The 16 lessons in Conversational French are the same first 16 lessons in the Pimsleur Comprehensive French Level 1. 8 sound discs (ca. 8 hr.) and 1 user's guide.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. French I A: The Complete Course
The Complete Course I, Beginners/Part A, 9 sound discs and 1 26-page booklet.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. French I B: The Complete Course
The Complete Course I, Beginners/Part B, 9 sound discs and 1 26-page booklet.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. French II A: The Complete Course
The Complete Course II, Intermediate/Part A, 9 sound discs and 1 18-page booklet.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. French II B: The Complete Course
The Complete Course II, Intermediate/Part B, 9 sound discs and 1 18-page booklet.
 
(Pimsleur) French III A: The Complete Course
A "high intermediate" course consisting of 9 CDs and 1 supplemental reading booklet.
 
(Pimsleur) French III B: The Complete Course
The second half of the "high intermediate" course consisting of 9 CDs and 1 supplemental reading booklet. (43 pages)
 

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Browse the Catalog

Subject Area LC Class
French Language PC 2001-3761
French Literature PQ 1285
French Language Conversation And Phrase Books English
French Language Dictionaries English
French Language Grammar
French Language Self Instruction
French Language Sound Recordings For English Speakers
French Language Textbooks For Foreign Speakers English


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Pittsburgh Resources

  • Alliance Francaise de Pittsburgh
    The Alliance Française de Pittsburgh, founded in 1903, is a non-profit organization, member of the Federation of Alliances Française in the United States. Its purpose is to encourage the study of French language, literature and culture and to promote activities in the fields of education, the arts and entertainment. The Alliance Française de Pittsburgh is made up over 400 members and offers classes and a variety of social and cultural events and programs in French and in English.
  • Pittsburgh métro French Meetup Group
    Meet up for French lessons or French conversation with others in the Pittsburgh area.
  • University of Pittsburgh: Department of French & Italian
    Offers intermediate French through the College in High School program.

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General Resources

  • French in Action
    This language learning site at Annenberg Media's Learner.org, offers language learning videos online. Signup is free and the videos are very entertaining!
  • Google.fr
    Do your searches for French resources on the French google site.
  • Le Point du FLE
    A portal whose objective is to facilitate access to the best web-based activities in French as a foreign language. There are sites for interactive grammar, auto-corrected exercises, simulations etc., which all can be used for work in the classroom or for self-studies.
 

French Grammar / Vocabulary

 

News, Media & Weather

 

Listen to French Online

 

Culture

 

Further Study in French

These are links to college and study abroad programs. It doesn't hurt to prepare for them early!