History

The French Tutorial project started on november, 9th 1999. I have been working hard to release new courses and new functionnalities. Here is the story...

Apr 201713

Forum and registrations now closed following numerous junk messages.

I will now exclusively focus on upgrading the website to make it responsive and to improve the courseware which will always be accessible for free to everyone on the planet.

May 201310

Major update

  • The French Tutorial is now a donationware. No more Deluxe Edition.
  • New user interface, more in line with today's standards
  • Fully localized Spanish version
  • Improved performances thanks to caching technologies (Smarty framework)
  • Audio player included, no need to download the MP3 files before playing them.
Sep 20069

Spanish translation is launched with the help of 2 translators.

Jan 20051

Official starting date of "The French Tutorial" as a company.

Nov 20045

Printable Edition: the French Tutorial is now available as a PDF file.

Jul 200417

Members can now find a teammate in 3 clicks. This service is free of charge and only requires registration.

Jun 20042

The Exams section, restricted to Donors at first, provides users with on-line questionaires. Scores are tracked in the user's scorecard.

Mar 20048

Members can send now exchange private messages.

Feb 20042

A new section in the tutorial: "I visited France" is a collection of essays written by visitors when they visited France! Update: now closed. Members may now upload their pictures on the Facebook page.

Aug 200330

Whaoh! One year and a half since the previous update! What's so new?

  • 3 different Editions are now available (read this for more):
    • Standard Edition
    • Personal Edition
    • Deluxe Edition (updated: doesn't exist anymore. Content has been included in the Standard Edition)
  • Frequently reported typos are now fixed.
  • New pages
  • New web design.
    • New graphics
    • Navigation whithin chapters is easier thanks to the left hand side table of contents
    • Forums
    • Links
    • On-line donations (using Paypal)
  • Brand new Apache/PHP/MySQL backend
  • Installer for Microsoft Windows™ users was redesigned using NSIS
  • New course compilator to add new features
Jan 20027
  • New chapter: the comparative
  • New installer for Microsoft Windows™ users
  • Vocabulary: information technology, Euro
  • Fixes + more audio files
Sep 200124
  • New chapter: le passé composé (perfect)
  • New layout and a new mascot called Ciffeil (the Eiffel Tower logo)
  • 100 new audio files!
  • FAQ/Troubleshooting
  • Fixes
Jan 200121
  • New chapter: interrogative form
Oct 200021
  • New chapter: possessive form
  • New Appendix: conjugation
  • Changed the HTML pages charset to iso-8859-1 for French accents: éèêà...
  • Prononciation: [é]
  • We bought frenchtutorial.com to celebrate the first anniversary
Aug 20007
  • New Chapter: Negative and interrogative phrases!
Jul 200018
  • New Chapter: Prononciation!
  • Vocabulary: French education system
  • Broken images bug fixed
Jun 200030
  • New User Interface
  • Our Perl script has been totaly rewritten in order to save time.
May 200014
  • Added: some examples concerning the "futur"
  • Conjugaison: le futur (3rd group verbs)
  • Vocabulary: weather
  • Fixes
Mar 200030
  • Congugaison: le futur (to be continued)
  • Vocabulary: pets!
Feb 200014
  • Grammar: le, la, les, un, une, des
  • Vocabulary: how to apologize
  • Vocabulary: at home
  • Some links added
  • Typos
Jan 200010
  • Basics: how to build a sentence
  • Vocabulary: family, introducing people, happy new year!
  • Bug fixes
Dec 199912
  • Date and time
  • Complete 2nd group verbs list
  • More audio files
Nov 19999
  • Basics
  • Conjugation
  • Qualifying adjectives
  • Counting