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Essential French

67.61MB. 614 audio & 622 images. Updated 2016-10-04.
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This high-quality deck contains over 600 essential French words, including pictures, audio, IPA, English translation, gender, and tags. Anki is the absolute best way to memorize French vocabulary! However, these Anki decks are time-consuming to make (20+ hours), and it's a significant time investment that shouldn't have to be repeated by everyone. It should be a resource for everyone. IF YOU FIND ERRORS, please list them in the review below, and I'll fix them for everyone. Check back periodically for additions/corrections. Feel free to mess with the card templates -- particularly if you want a dedicated gender-testing card. Finally, if this deck ends up being useful, please consider leaving a starred rating to help others find us. Good luck! --- I highly, highly recommend watching Fluent Forever's YouTube videos on pronunciation and French IPA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83sTgHd5Iw0 It's important stuff! I also recommend their Anki pronunciation trainers, which are really incredible decks that you can purchase to learn spelling and pronunciation rules. https://fluent-forever.com/product/fluent-forever-pronunciation-trainer/ I have no affiliation, I just think they're great. Finally, I think Kwiziq is the best online French learning tool right now: https://www.kwiziq.com/ And for those who are ready for listening, Yabla is really useful. https://french.yabla.com/ Last but not least, if you're a B2 speaker or above and are looking to review, I also made a comprehensive grammar deck. It'll only be useful if you're an advanced French speaker and have familiarity with most of French grammar. https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/2079651297 That's it! Bonne chance à tous ! Feel free to contact me for any reason at hadriandem@fastmail.fm.

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Word foule
English crowd
Word Specifics
Gender f
Pronunciation (IPA) ful
Example Sentence
Test Spelling? (y = yes, blank = no)
Past Participle
Tags French Frequency Noun Vocabulary
Word malade
English sick
Word Specifics
Pronunciation (IPA) ma.lad
Example Sentence
Test Spelling? (y = yes, blank = no)
Past Participle
Tags French Frequency Noun Vocabulary
Word nuit
English night
Word Specifics
Gender f
Pronunciation (IPA) /nɥi/
Example Sentence
Test Spelling? (y = yes, blank = no) s
Past Participle
Tags French Frequency Noun Vocabulary

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Altogether, this is a good deck. However, it's easier to memorize the gender of nouns when they're written with their article, which this deck fails to consistently do. For example: "le ciel" is written with it's article, but "chien" is not. It's a bit annoying to edit the cards to reflect their proper articles. Some of the photos are headscratchers, as well.
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It's useful for a beginner to learning French words.
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This is not quite what I expected. I expected this to be easier to use and I expected the list to contain more than three target words at a time.
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just what i needed! thanks
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good stuff
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Wonderful, this helped me out tremendously to gain firm footing in the language!
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Useful starter for learning French.
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Free good content.
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- soir's IPA seems to be the one for signer.
- souris IPA is the one for aveugle
- jeudi iPA is in the wrong place
- œil IPA should be œj
other than that nice deck thanks
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Just what I was looking for
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Great starter deck! I swapped out a lot of the images to make it more relevant to me.
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Great resource.
I have noticed that there is no voice recording for cent un (101).
Other than that it is great.
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very good, thank you
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very helpful, thank you
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Je ne comprends pas le français quand il est expliqué en Anglais!!!
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thanks for your sharing and all the links attached!
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I like this deck and the intros, hope it can help me with my french learning.
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I've used this deck for about 2 weeks and I love it. It is easy to customize the photos to be more personal for me.
Also for the nouns I change the color for all masculine to be the same and feminine to a different color to make it easier to learn gender.
Anki tip I picked up somewhere.
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très bien!
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Quality cards
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Exactly what I was looking for!
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There are few cards broken (no audio, no translation) and the order is a bit odd, but I recommend that deck
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Fantastic - thanks so much!
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Useful information
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Very good starter. If you're planing to start learning french from level 0, invest 2 months in going through this deck. The sentences you'll encounter once your start your real course will make some sense from the very beginning - it makes a huge difference!
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It's been a big help to my vocabulary retention.
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Just got to the end of this deck. Very useful with a few errors. Ones I can recall...

Missing audio:
- Boite de nuit

Wrong translation
- toit (says = patient)

Words with multiple meaning need to be edited for clarity e.g. light (not heavy) and light (not dark)
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Great resource ...how to get it to work on Android

This is an excellent resource on French. If this deck will not work for you on Android, here's how to get it to work.

1. Go to Ankiweb.net and setup an account.
2. Download and install Anki for your Windows/Mac/Linux machine at ankisrs.net
3. In your account ankiweb account, search for, download, and install this deck - Essential French
4. Sync your Anki account after the Essential French deck has installed.
5. On your Android device, with the same Ankiweb account as in step 1, now sync your Android device to your Ankiweb account. It should now download all of your new content (which may take a while for this deck).
6. Enjoy Essential French on your Android!

4-Stars because, while it is a fantastic deck, and I'm not so sure that this is the fault of the deck designer, it does take some jumping of hoops to get this deck running on my Android.
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Good deck

Well, for me it's working on Android without any problems
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Unable to import the deck on the Android app - the import process starts but then abruptly ends without error messages or explanations
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not working on android

This deck is not working on android