I'm a beginning learner and I'm looking for recommendations on a book or site with super-simple to understand French grammar rules. The thing is a lot of sources say stuff like "like an infinitive in English" but my English grammar is weak. I learnt English grammar intuitively so I have no clue about the terminology which makes technical French grammar books confusing. Any tips? Is there a source that explains the English a little bit and then moves on to the French?
If you want to learn the basic grammatical terminology in English, you can simply type, for instance, infinitive into this very trusted dictionary, and you will thus be able to read a very simple explanation of the term you've been looking for.
Another site which explains, in very accessible terms, words such as infinitive, is this self-titled glossary.
Moving on to French, this online grammatical compendium may be the best starting point for any beginning learner like you.
And, of course, this site, where you will always have a decent explanation for everything else.
You may have a look at http://www.frenchspanishonline.com it is free, there is a tutor to help you, you can drop him a line, many audio files and videos. The grammar part is really easy to understand and a ton of French expressions.
If you need a grammar-based approach without too many phrases such as "personal pronouns" or "infinitive" without reminder of what it is, then try:
- http://sapaacademy.net/french-lesson-1 (online learning portal that I'm building)
Lessons build on each other, and have:
- practice texts
Give it a go. Other sites based on "gamification" are: bussu.com, babbel.com, duolingo.com.
For flashcards I HIGHLY recommend quizlet.com.
Good luck! Learning a language is a long journey :) Enjoy it, don't force yourself!