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August 15th - September 15th

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🥔 Un Américain à Paris, Part II

LEVEL: Beginner / Intermediate

LANGUAGE: French

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🥔 Un Américain à Paris, Part I

LEVEL: Beginner / Intermediate

LANGUAGE: French

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🥔 Prendre le Taxi

LEVEL: Intermediate / Advanced

LANGUAGE: French

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🥔 Au Musée

LEVEL: Intermediate / Advanced

LANGUAGE: French

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🥔 Partie de Tennis !

LEVEL: Advanced

LANGUAGE: French

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🥔 John et Lana Au Restaurant

LEVEL: Intermediate / Advanced

LANGUAGE: French

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⭐️Le Vignoble – Full French Course

LEVEL: Advanced

LANGUAGE: French

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🥔 L’Amour, l’Amour !

LEVEL: Beginner / Intermediate

LANGUAGE: French

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Discover and master authentic French.

Speak Correctly and with confidence.

Highly interactive and easy to use on Tablet and PC.

A unique learning interface which gives you space to learn while expressing yourself.

Immerse yourself in scenes of everyday life and business situations.

Practice the language actively and develop your French voice!

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“It works!”

I love the Staircase methodology. It is engaging and challenging - and fun as well. But the most important thing is that it works! If you are serious about progressing your knowledge of French grammar, vocabulary and use of idioms, you are going to love this unique way of learning. Very happy to recommend it.

- Clive, Windsor, UK

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“..saura vous motiver”

Le Staircase est un excellent site web qui saura vous motiver pour rapidement dépasser toutes vos attentes!! Méthode et manière, la pédagogie au sommet *****+

- Vili, Lausanne, Suisse

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"I have been using Le Staircase for about three months”

I have been using Le Staircase for about three months and I highly recommend it, especially for those who are at an intermediate level. It is very useful and much more enjoyable than studying grammar and vocabulary directly. It incorporates reading, listening, and speaking in French, teaches expressions, pertinent grammar, and vocabulary, and gives some insight into French society and culture. The ascent up the stairs is self-paced so there is no pressure, and there is plenty of opportunity for questions and feedback in a very fluid manner.

- Elaine, Vancouver, Canada

“A joy to work with”

The Staircase is a really smart way to have fun while working your way up the steep learning curve of the French language. I've been working with Léa since before she released the Staricase and she's a joy to work with.

- Andy, San Francisco

“Te atrapa capítulo a capítulo, “

Un método realmente buenísimo, con una historia verdaderamente interesante, que te atrapa capítulo a capítulo, haciéndote aprender sin darte apenas cuenta.

- Emilio, Valladolid, Spain

“The course is not easy but it is worth putting in the hours”

An engaging method for learning this most beautiful and elegant of languages. The course is great for discovering all sorts of quirks about French; I feel Léa's extensive experience in teaching English speakers (and her excellent knowledge of English) allows her to fill the course with just the right sort of phrases to make one conscious of the ways French and English differ. The course is not easy but it is worth putting in the hours.

- Ian, London

"Exciting and motivating!”

The Staircase is a comprehensive learning method which is first and foremost devoted and attentive to its sudents. It offers a way to improve their level in French with different options (translation, dictation, private lessons and mini-classes), and leaves it up to them to find which ones suit them best. Students will follow characters along a very well-written story which is deeply rooted in French culture. They will enjoy climbing each step, discovering more of the gripping story as they go, and will be able to interact with other students and get feedback on their questions, making the experience of learning a new language both exciting and motivating !

- Iza Mouhib, France

"Useful to learn local expressions”

The Staircase method has helped me learn french grammar in a logical way working on each "step." It is easier to remember when there is logic behind the method. It has also been fun and useful to learn local expressions. I would highly recommend Lea's Staircase to anyone serious about advancing their French language skills.

- Carol, Florida

Courses features

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Storytelling

Cliffhangers and stories make French practice intuitive and fun. Some students say that they even forget that they’re studying because the story makes it so entertaining.

Vocabulary acquisition

Be the Indiana Jones of French vocabulary! Explore new French words and idiomatic expressions, always in context. Discover synonyms and authentic speaking styles ranging from the casual French that you find in daily life to pragmatic, business French. You will also catch a glimpse into elegant French, and on the other side of the spectrum… even slang!

A Vibrant Journey into French culture

Immerse yourself in French culture from within, with authentic cultural tips & anecdotes spread throughout the courses.

Likeable, relatable (and wacky) characters

Episode after episode, you will love following the adventures of Lana, a female winemaker and her brother, Nándor. You will also meet their parents, their tough competitor Lady Wolff, and a few more characters, not to forget the adorable family dog, Médor!

Memory-friendly

As you progress through the courses, you will notice how storytelling and spaced repetition techniques help you memorize the notions more intuitively.

Habit-forming

The Staircase uses narrative techniques and cliffhangers inspired from the most popular TV and book series, to motivate you to keep going. Makes learning... addictive.

Intermediate Mode: “Find your own voice, and the world (and Parisians!) will listen”
  • Like many Staircase students when they started, you may have notions of the language that are quite good, but fragmentary. The Staircase helps the intermediate learner connect the dots.
  • Most language courses tolerate only one correct answer. But you don’t want to sound like a grammar book, do you? We offer a unique experience for intermediate and advanced learners: through a unique language practice interface, we encourage you to be bold and affirm your personal French writing style, using your vocabulary and your unique experience of the language. Because you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one on earth who is youer than you… That applies to your French, too! Every two weeks, we collect the most unique and brilliant translations and publish them in the newsletter.
On Tablet and PC

You can navigate the website comfortably on tablet and PC. Preferably use Chrome, Firefox or Safari. You will find the course interface easier to use on a widescreen.

On smartphone, you can follow our channel of French videos on Instagram @staircasefrench and on Quizlet to practice with the flashcards!

Vocabulary consolidation

You know so much vocabulary already. Do you know that the average learner uses only 25% of the words that they actually can understand? It is the reason why we usually find it easier to read than to write. The Staircase courses help you activate this passive vocabulary knowledge, with translation-based exercises which positively reinforces your active vocabulary.

For Help & Tips, just Click the Clues!

You may feel stuck sometimes. It is normal, during the learning process! By clicking the “Clues” button, you can get language tips and culture anecdotes written by the author. Students say that they love this feature of the course, and that they feel more supported and motivated. Sometimes there’s even a surprise in the clue button… you’ll see ;)

Gamification poured into every course
  • Fun, with just the right dose of competitiveness! • Every week, we collect student responses and publish the best ones in official translations. Everyone can participate! The most active contributors are announced in the newsletter and there is even a reward each month
  • Collect Badges • For every course achieved, you receive a badge of achievement with a description of the number of words and language notions that you have successfully practiced. It helps you track your progress and visualize what you’ve accomplished.
  • Storytelling • Stories and cliffhangers make French practice intuitive and fun. Some students say that the story makes it so entertaining that they even forget that they’re studying!
Master a variety of speaking styles

As you make progress through the courses, you will discover and practice a variety of speaking styles ranging from the casual French that you find in daily life (and even authentic children’s language) to pragmatic, business French. You will also catch a glimpse into elegant French, and on the other side of the spectrum… even slang!

Where Community Happens

You may contact Léa and Iza as often as you like in the private comments area (below every course episode) and in the private Facebook group. Average response time is a day, and we try to constantly improve it!

Additional private French lessons are also available with Léa. See her teaching schedule.

Scheduled events. Keep an eye on the newsletter and in the Facebook private group, to see the scheduled online events!

Warm & Human

Read our philosophy statement (and cry of rebellion!)

The author, Léa: “There is this current trend among course creators to create automated courses when they can make revenue without ever meeting the students. I hate that! Maybe because I am a teacher myself and I meet my students every week in private lessons, I want the staircase experience to be just as warm, personal and human as private tutoring. I won’t say that it’s easy, but Iza (our official Staircase cheerleader ;) and I do our best to be personally available through the comments and the online events. If you have fresh ideas for events to connect our community of language learners and make it a more human learning adventure, please share your ideas with me personally at lea@thestaircase.org

Instagram @staircasedaily

Do you like scrolling through Instagram? We do, and we like posting language posts too! Follow our baby-channel @thestaircasedaily :)We feed it with love and an original post (almost) everyday.

Where study and beauty make one.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. “We wanted the students to be able to enjoy this experience where study and beauty make one. So we worked hard to make the navigation easy and intuitive, but also to bring a sense of harmony and creativity to it. I hope that you will appreciate it!” (Léa and Dávid, working together on the design).

Our Language Learning Solutions grow with your Suggestions.

We work everyday to improve your learning experience with the Staircase. If you have any suggestions to make please message Dávid (for website and navigation suggestions) or Léa (business, learning and general requests) lea@thestaircase.org

I am not ready yet, but maybe later

See where to follow the Staircase and stay tuned: If you would like to have just a taste, dip your ears into the @staircasedaily, our daily sort video on Instagram. You can also follow the Facebook official page and sign up to our newsletter.

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“I highly recommend The Staircase”

I have tried many of the systems for learning French, I find the Staircase the most engaging and hence for me the most effective. The combination of an engaging storyline and the use of learning points embedded in the exercises keeps me interested and pushing to learn more. The ability to ask questions online and get quick responses (even on Sundays!) really helps me stay engaged and learn more! I highly recommend The Staircase.”

- Brad, Portland, USA

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“я действительно чувствую прогресс”

Замечательный сайт для изучения французского языка. Очень увлекательная, интересная методика, основанная на небольших рассказах, героями которых являются наши современники. Охватывает практически все жизненные темы, грамматику, и, я, думаю, подходит для любого возраста и уровня. Я прошла почти все уроки и не хочу расставаться с этим курсом. Леа, спасибо Вaм большое за вашу работу, вы очень увлеченный педагог, я действительно чувствую прогресс в моём изучении французского. С уважением, Мария.

- MARIA, SEBASTOPOL, RUSSIA