I am new in French.

In my university I have French classes; they are cool and great but I would like to get some certification in this language and I found in Google l'Alliance Française. It is an institute that promote the French language.

Should I use this certification or what?

  • Certification towards what? Which country are you in and what line of career are you hoping to have? – Luke Sawczak Dec 10 '18 at 16:41
  • I am from mexico and my work is developer web – simon Dec 10 '18 at 20:59
  • @simon Web developer. Be careful with the different order between English and French; développeur/développeuse Web. I think that the French order is common in latin-based languages. For instance in Romanian is: Dezvoltator web. In Spanish: desarrollador web. On the other hand in German (as in English and other germanic languages I believe): Web-Entwickler and so on. – Dimitris Dec 11 '18 at 0:18

You can try the DELF diploma for the levels A1-B2. You can find easily information by googling. The principal page is:




In brief, B1 is the minimum level required by French universities in order to accept a student, although they are some disciplines that they demand level C1 (DALF).

For information about the classification of language levels see here for instance:



There are also other diplomas recognized in France and abroad as well such as Test de Connaissance de Langue Française.


  • thank you for you information and helpful – simon Dec 10 '18 at 21:00
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    @simon Je vous en prie:-)! – Dimitris Dec 10 '18 at 21:30
  • @dimitris That should be je t'en prie. Students don't use vous among themselves. Please don't promote the vouvoiement which, in my opinion, has been too much used lately in FSE. It doesn't make sense here as all FSE members are peers, tu is the standard between peers (outside formal institutions like the Académie française or the Parlement). – jlliagre Dec 11 '18 at 0:04
  • @jlliagre D'accord:-)! J'ai l'habitude de vouvoyer comme tu as peut-être observé. Je vais adapter le tutoiement. Je te remercie:-)! – Dimitris Dec 11 '18 at 0:11
  • Tu vouvoies tes collègues à l'université ? – jlliagre Dec 11 '18 at 0:17

Here is a good description of possible certifications https://www.fle.fr/Les-tests-et-certifications-de-FLE (sorry for the link but there's no way to cut and paste all that).

You can of course get basic certifications via the Alliance Francaise, but beware that it's usually the most expensive solution possible. And the quality of the teaching is very dependent on the location, so it may not be the best for you. At the same link, note the resources to prepare yourself online..

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