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5000 most frequently used French words — with images

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This deck contains the 5000 most frequently used french words, sorted by order of frequency. Many of the cards have images, and almost every card has plenty of example sentences. -=-=-=- If this deck is useful to you, please rate it!~ https://frequencylists.blogspot.com.br/ -=-=-=- The images were taken automatically from the internet, so sometimes they might not correlate to the meaning of the word. — And why are there images? (a) Images make the study session more interesting, (b) Images help you to memorize the word. I think this deck is 10x better with images, but if you don't like the images, you can just ignore them. ~ When you open this deck, you should see a square with some purple buttons. Hover your mouse over a button to show example sentences when available. (If you are on mobile, tap it.) — And why are there so many example sentences? Example sentences are important because: (a) they help you memorize the word, (b) they help you understand how to use the word, (c) they improve your reading speed — the more you read, the faster you get. Just memorizing individual words is pretty much pointless — real fluency comes when you immerse yourself in text. Hence almost every card has plenty of example sentences. ~ Changelog 1.0 — first release 2.0 — added example sentences to ~98% of the cards 3.0 — added images for 70% of the cards; fixed the bug where the deck didn't start on card number 1. 4.0 — removed NSFW images from the deck (they were fetched automatically and managed to bypass Google Image's nsfw filter) — and did many other improvements. 4.2 — removed most of images that were unrelated to the word; finished adjustements from 4.0; added a button to view Word Etymology.

Sample (from 10000 notes)

Cards are customizable! When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as the deck author has made them. If you'd like to customize what appears on the front and back of a card, you can do so by clicking the Edit button, and then clicking the Cards button.
Frequency Rank 1273
French la côte
English coast
Part of Speech nf
IPA [kot]
Simple example sentences with translation Sa maison de campagne est sur la côte.His cottage is on the coast.Notre hôtel donne sur la côte.Our hotel faces the coast.Je suis de la côte Est.I'm from the East Coast.
Simple example sentences 1 Sa maison de campagne est sur la côte.Notre hôtel donne sur la côte.Je suis de la côte Est.
Simple example sentences 2 Le prince et la princesse sont assis côte à côte.Ouest. Une fois à la côte on ira vers le Nord.Le moment est venu de marcher côte à côte.On ne va jamais atteindre la côte, commandant.À peine plus difficile que... de retirer une côte.
Word Etymology (from Wiktionary) 1260. côte From Middle French coste, from Old French coste, from Latin costa, from Proto-Indo-European *kost-.
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Frequency Rank 2113
French le casque
English helmet
Part of Speech nm
IPA [kask]
Simple example sentences with translation Il est dangereux de rouler sans casque à moto.It is dangerous to ride a motorbike without a helmet.Tu as mon casque.You've got my helmet.
Simple example sentences 1 Il est dangereux de rouler sans casque à moto.Tu as mon casque.
Simple example sentences 2 En passant la porte prenez un casque et des lunettes.Un casque sur la tête et des bottes rouges.Un gars avec des bottes rouges et un casque ?Puis t'as perdu ton casque parce que ta fille prenait le soleil.Horrible Hank jette son casque par terre!
Word Etymology (from Wiktionary) 2097. casque From Spanish casco.
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Frequency Rank 4061
French le graphique, la graphique
English graph, graphic
Part of Speech nadj(f)
IPA [gʀafik]
Simple example sentences with translation
Simple example sentences 1
Simple example sentences 2 Le graphique des ondes cérébrales ... est plat.Les résultats de cette réussite sont sur ce graphique.Voici le graphique de la zone de lancement.
Word Etymology (from Wiktionary)
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This is quite good collection, but has many flaws. Images totally useless (generate a lot of confusion most of the times) and example sentences often terrible (gives examples for not the right words, like 'ferme' as farm vs closed). But if you exclude these and focus only the translation, the core is good, suggest a big revise.
Comment from author
I think that, even with the flaws that you pointed, the example sentences are still extremely useful. ^^

But for the next release of this deck — I intend to improve the images and fix this problem with the example sentences.
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This is a good deck, but not perfect. It's definitely a time-saver with respect to not having to create your own Anki French frequency words deck. It's great that the cards include audio, though I don't like the default inclusion of the definite article (i.e. le, la) with many of the items, as it creates confusion -- it would be better to include this information on the back of the card.

Also, some of the example sentences are mismatched to the word on the card -- meaning, they are wrong. For example, for the adverb "puis" one of the example sentences is:

"Puis-je dire à mon père ce que tu veux ?"

This is not a usage of the adverb "puis," (meaning: "then" or "so") but rather a conjugation of the verb "pouvoir" (meaning: to be able to, i.e. "can").

This is caution to beginner and intermediate learners that some of the examples on the back of the card (many of which are good sentences for testing comprehension) are poor or incorrectly matched to the word on the front of the card.
Comment from author
>some of the example sentences are mismatched to the word on the card
This will be fixed in the next release of the deck.
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I don't get it. I can't see any images.
Comment from author
The images start showing up after the first 100 cards.
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Has Pictures
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Cest bon
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Everything looks autogenerated and the formatting is terrible.
Comment from author
Did you use this deck on mobile?
The formatting in PC is fine, but on mobile needs improvement — and I intend to fix this problem in a future release.
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Good deck but could anyone help me on what is the best setting to review this deck? Or is it okay to learn it with the default setting? And how many new cards per day?
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so good
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Excellent work !
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great endeavor.
bon courage
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Good quality
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OK, fair enough :)
Comment from author before post was edited
>"Full of mistakes"
Do you mean, translation mistakes?
There are no translation mistakes. I'd appreciate if you could elaborate on this point.

Maybe you saw an idiomatic expression in the example sentences, and thought the translation was wrong but wasn't.
See: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:French_idioms

>"unrelated pictures"
You are taking some few small exceptions, and making it seem — as if the entire deck is filled with unrelated pictures.
The unrelated pictures happen, because the images were fetched automatically from Google Images.
But for the next release of this deck, I intend fix this problem.
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Aprender francés
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it's good.
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It's amazing
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Full of mistake. Probably not created by a native french. Quantity dont mean quality
Comment from author
Could you elaborate on that?
Because there are no mistakes.
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great: Thank you so much - to make such a deck myself without machine use would be close to impossible. I'm still deleting a lot of cards, but it's very useful to find the point where I forgot. I also put the images with the question (when reviewing on the computer, choose edit, cards, and copypaste {{Images}} into the Front Template, will be applied to the whole deck). Nice that it is so customizable. I use this in addition to the "10 000 (1000) sentences". great, thanks!

oh well: a lot of primitive slang. putain is no. 200, merde is 156. Maybe frequencies were established using corresponding texts.
Comment from author
The vulgar words come a bit early, because the frequency is based on movie subtitles ^^
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Exceptional deck. Thank you so much.
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Il est très bien.
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Doesn't follow the optimal learning path. The best way to learn a new language is by repeating full phrases or sentences, learning words in context. I would recommend this deck if it had real world examples mixed in with cards of the individual words.
Comment from author
After the 50th card or so — pretty much every card has example sentences.

Are you sure you meant to write this review for this deck?
on 1565362211
Overall it is good, but I feel like there is definitely room for improvement, particularly when it comes to images. Some words in French sound like English words, but have completely different meanings. These words often have incorrect images that match with what an English speaker might think the word means but is wrong, and has nothing to do with the actual correct translation.
Comment from author
Will fix in the next release of this deck.
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just what I need
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Very good
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It helped me
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le moi, le pas, le non, le fait ... ?
I'm not trying to hate on the deck because I think everything else is really excellent but the articles really confused me. Especially because things like 'le fait' can have another meaning with article ('le fait'='the fact' although the word that is meant: 'fait' is the conjugated form of the verb 'faire'='to make') and some other words don't really have a meaning at all ('la ton'=? There is 'le ton'='the tone' but it just should have been 'ton, ta, tes' and not 'le ton, la ton' for 'yours, tone' which just as a side note don't even have the same frequency). This just happens in some words from time to time and I'm only 40 words in, but still a really confusing thing if you want to learn the correct words even if it appears to me a minor error. I hope this will get fixed amazing deck otherwise...
Comment from author
Will fix in next release.
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Looks like an incredible resource. I hope it helps me to finally master the language. Has great audio, and dictionary quotes as well.
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For learning purpose
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Exactly what I needed!
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great help
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Excellent! Merci beaucoup.
on 1559377951
Awesome work, where can I download the previous versions though? Would like to use these NSFW images to reinforce my memory on words ;)
Comment from author
I don't have the previous version anymore ^^
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Thanks for the hard work!
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Well done, thank you!
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Thanks for the hard work
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excellent deck
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awesome! thanks a lot.
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Really useful deck -- take the images with a grain of salt though, since they often show something other than the word actually being described (e.g. "le coin" = "corner" shows a coin since that's what comes up in Google image search. "haut" = "high" but also means "skin" in German, so gives a bunch of images of the skin.)

Thanks for sharing!
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Adding articles to almost every word is in many cases misleading (e.g. "avant" is mainly used as an adverb, not as a noun, one could easily add an additional card for the noun "avant", or leave it out if it is not one of the 5000 most frequently used French words), and the translations are usually missing the article. Some categorisations/translations are just plain wrong, e.g. "chez" is certainly not a noun and does not mean "home", but instead "to/with so.".
Comment from author
You are taking veeeeery small flaws — and describing them like they completely ruin the deck.

You are taking something that happens in 20 cards — and writing it, like it happens on all 5000 cards.

But I will edit the deck to address your issues.


PS: Chez can mean "home" depending on context.
Check the following link: https://context.reverso.net/traducao/frances-ingles/il+est+venu+chez

The word Chez itself meant "home" in Old French. (it was written 'chese' — cognate with Spanish/Portuguese/Italian "casa", which means home.)
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A lot of word in french to training. Thanks a lot!!!!
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as dafr erfref edefd
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Thanks for creating and regularly improving this deck. My only complaint is there's a lot of pictures in one card. I find it unnecessary, it's just taking up storage.
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Absolutely terrible thing.
1/ Adding definite article to every word is a mistake, especially when it is like le hôpital and not l'hôpital
2/ Pictures - I do not know if this was downloaded by machine, but this is plain wrong! picture added to "efoncer" is primitive vulgar meme and for "assez" - gangbang scene. Really? And this is after reviewing maybe 40 cards. Do not want to think what is in the rest of em.

Waste of time and not appropriate for younger students.
Comment from author
The article was separated, to show the gender of the word.
But this has been fixed in release 4.0 of the deck.

[before] ⟶ [now]
le obstacle ⟶ un obstacle
le acheteur ⟶ un acheteur
la apparition ⟶ une apparition
la énergie ⟶ une energie

Extreme cherry-picking. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_picking )
Only some 0.001% of images were NSFW. It's because they were downloaded by machine and managed to bypass the NSFW filter of Google Images.
Nevertheless, this has been fixed in release 4.0 — NSFW images have been removed.
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Good audio
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My favorite method to learn a language is through frequency list.
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really helpful
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It's a good tool to help to remember words
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Very helpful!
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This is the deck with the most assisting media. Thanks for making this.
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Very helpful.
Thank you!
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No pictures, check media message "Used on cards but missing from media folder:
3390 quoique 1.jpg
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C'est simple
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trop sympa
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Awesome, exactly what I need.
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Very Useful
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I find it really useful, it has all that you need to learn: audio, image, examples.

thank you!
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aprendendo frances
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Very useful words
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Great tool and for free.
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This is amazing! I have always loved the version of this frequency list with images/audio that exists for Spanish and it is amazing to have it for French now. Great work!!
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Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so grateful. I have been trying to find a flash card system that allowed me to learn/revise French vocab efficiently but they all seem to have drawbacks. Some either only had words or sentences, some allowed me to add words but not sounds or pictures and some wouldn't let me add anything at all. I was delighted when I found the Fluent Forever book because it led me to the web page where Gabe demonstrated how to add vertually anything to the flashcards in Anki. He made it seem so easy but when I tried it was so time consuming I felt depressed and had almost decided to give up and go with Lingvist. Then I discovered this database and I feel enthusiastic about French again. I notice that there is a thumbs down evaluation because the words don't have the gender article in front of the words. I probably would have thought that was a negative, too, but it is such a small thing and because it's possible to edit cards in Anki I know I can change things I would prefer as I go. I could even change all the feminine nouns to pink and all the masculine nouns to blue if I wanted to! Changes would be daunting if you changed the whole list at once but wouldn't take long if you changed them as you went through the daily list. If I did decide to change them as I went along it would probably help me to remember them.
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Great deck! Especially the example sentences are extremely helpful.
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To "I just can't seem to follow the instruction given:"
This confused me too. I think these are instructions left over from an earlier version of Anki. Just use the cards as they are and you should see a square with three lines inside. Hover cursor over a line to reveal extra example sentences if they are available. Also the majority of cards do not have a picture but the ones that do appear without any intervention on your part.
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The audio's are of a great quality and immensely improved my listening skills for French. Merci beaucoup!!
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I don't know if the deck is good or bad yet.
But to correct the order of the cards:
1. Sort the deck by the sort field
2. marked all cards
3. Press right click
4. Reschedule
5. Ok for "Place at end of new card queue"
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Very useful
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Looks great, I've practiced a little. I'm new to Anki and just wondering why this deck starts at card 15 not number 1 when I open it in the Anki desktop app? Feels like I've missed the first 15 most frequent words!
Comment from author
This, and other problems pointed out in the reviews section, has been fixed in release 3.0 of this deck.
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you did a lot of work to make this, thank you so so much! I didn't realize you had all those example sentences in here until I worked with the deck for almost a month: I've customized it now, and look forward to getting more reading practice as I review all these words! Merci bien!!!!
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Fantastic! I love the audio and IPA pronunciation included.
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helps me learn French on a daily basis
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Excellent resource!
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My idea is to add a newline every line in 'simple example sentences with translation 1' field, so that one can translate these sentences without struggling not to see the translation which is directly below the sentence.
Comment from author
In the 3.0 release, I edited the deck in such a way, that now you can see just the example sentences without the English translations.
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I wish I could down vote the down votes on this. Exceptional work and effort on your part. It is very time consuming to construct these cards. I have a french list of about 1,900 words with just french word, pictures, context clues, IPA, and sounds and that was a pain in the ass to put together. I appreciate it. If you need help gathering images for it at a batch level, shoot me a holler and I can point you to the github page for it. Again, thanks.
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Lot of hard work came into this
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lots of good supporting examples
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I want to improve my french
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Sounds good, but couldn't use it yet because I can't learn the cards in the order of their ranks due to the random "due". How do I fix that?
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I like the effort that went into making these cards. However, from a language-learning viewpoint, I think it would be more effective to do a sort of picture dictionary, where you have just the French words --with audio-- and a picture representing the word.
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Almost perfect, but the addition of determiners has led to some errors, e.g. putting "la enquête" instead of "l'enquête." I know the purpose is to show the gender of the word but it really looks terrible and renders the list unusable.
Comment from author
This has been fixed in release 4.0 of the deck.

[before] ⟶ [now]
le obstacle ⟶ un obstacle
le acheteur ⟶ un acheteur
la apparition ⟶ une apparition
la énergie ⟶ une energie
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I can only see the "French", "IPA" and "English" fields on my cards. All other fields (sentenceFR, sentenceEN, simple sample) are invisible to me.
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audio either doesn't work or isn't included on all cards
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Comprehensive. It's better to have more information than less. You can always hide an unused field. Thank you for sharing your work with us <3
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with excellent sentence example
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Wonderful deck for all learning French. For me the only thing missing are the pictures - personally it's so much easier to remember things when the image is present. Ended up adding my own (and increasing the default font size).
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too much information... keep it simple
Comment from author
This was true in the early release of this deck; but in the latest version of this deck, this review and the one below it are no longer applicable.
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The new version is horrible. Terrible format and way too much information on one card. Luckly, I downloaded the older version a while ago.
on 1504742400
Gender needed

The deck is well-organised. I have one issue with the deck: in general, it's advisable to memorise nouns with their gender together. For example, with the noun "loi" (law), the prompt should not be "loi", it should be "la loi", using the article so that the learning the gender is inseparable from that of the noun itself. While there is a field that indicates the gender, the article should be included with the noun in the prompt.
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Wonderful Deck

This is the best deck I've found on Ankiweb so far. Detailed cards, well formatted, sample sentence, IPA, high quality audio. Thank you!
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I have over 1000 hours in Anki and wanted to learn French. After much searching, this is by far the best deck for both beginner and advanced learners. Being able to replay the native-pronunciation for each word is extremely helpful to me, as well as the pronunciation letters attached. Grammar and phrases are learned subconsciously through the example sentences. I also appreciate that the words are introduced in frequency order; not all decks do this.
Merci beaucoup!
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A great deck! Such a wonderful resource.

Good audio of the words and sentences, and the sentences are really engaging--you often sense there's a story behind them ("I am sure she is alive."), so they engage you and hold your interest. A lot of care went into this deck. I'm using it with a very low "new card" rate, just to tickle my brain with a little French every day while I focus on another language. I'm so glad to have it.
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This is the one of the sole reasons I have improved my french reading and listening dramatically, I'd say it improved it at least 15-20%. THANK YOU
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cards do not flip/reverse

The vocabulary is very useful, however there is a problem with the flipping function.
If you try to flip the cards back to front the function will not work. So you are sticked to learn the words in one direction only, French to English. I think the problem is with the code. It is a pity because otherwise it is an outstanding deck.
But that function is very important to learn words, in reverse mode, from English to French.
Hope it is soon fixed.
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I don't see anything?

Shouldn't I be able to see the text in French? The only thing I get is the sound.
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Well done

I think this deck effectively replaces my semi-original one, so I ended up removing it. Very happy to see that there's finally a deck with decent audio - listening is such a vital skill and just no fun with bad audio samples.
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Ideal Vocabulary, Listening Skill, and Grammar Tool for French

This deck is EXACTLY what I need to expand my vocabulary, listening skill, and grammatical understanding of French. Neri Rook, I truly appreciate you responding to my personal request to make this upgraded version of the formerly available deck. Now, we have the frequency list plus quality audio for example sentences.

I've been studying this for 8 days now (~20 min per day), and my French has already improved dramatically. Put in a little effort here, and you'll see big improvements in your French!

Here's Why this Updated Deck Is a Big Deal to Me, Personally:

I've been a fan of frequency lists for a long time. Unfortunately, it has been hard to find a combination of a good frequency list, strong sample sentences, and quality audio for both the words alone and the sample sentences as well. I went as far as to pay native speakers to record voice overs for sample sentences when studying German. I wasn't really wanting to repeat that task for French. This deck has solved my problem! :)