The French Grammar Advanced Flashcards (C1) are a digital Anki deck to help you learn the most common French grammar rules at the advanced C1 level.

Based on research by linguists Paul Nation and Stephen Krashen, you will learn these top French grammar points gradually in the context of real French sentences and “pop-up grammar” mini lessons that present grammar rules simply.

After you learn the top advanced grammar rules of French, you will know all the major grammatical structures at the Proficient French User Level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Most linguists and language learners agree that the C1 level is when you reach advanced fluency.

Also, when you master the top grammar rules up to the C1 level, then you’ll be more likely to pass the C1 French Exam, such as the DELF. The C1 qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in a French-speaking country or study native-speaker courses taught in French.

Language: French

Flashcards: 158 (includes C1 Level French Grammar Rules with at least 2 Sentence Examples for each Rule)

Time: Approx. 3-9 months to Complete

Difficulty: Advanced Level (C1)


Below, you can see the French Grammar Advanced Flashcards for Anki in action. There are 2 different flashcard variations depending on the relevant grammar rule.

  1. The Sentence Flashcard type includes a French sentence that includes a highlighted grammar point within it. Your goal is to check whether you understand that sentence and grammar rule.
  2. The Minimal Pair Sentences Flashcard type shows you 2 very similar French sentences, and you need to check whether you know the grammatically correct sentence.

The Back side of these flashcards include the grammatically correct sentence, sentence audio, sentence IPA and hidden hints of the sentence translation in English, and an explanation of the particular grammar rule when you need extra help.


The linguist, Stephen Krashen from University of Southern California, generally recommends that language learners acquire language through using input, such as books, movies, and so on. This is a great tip especially if you are at the high intermediate to advanced stages of a language, but the beginner stages of learning French can be difficult because you don’t know many grammatical structures yet to understand most input well.

That is why Krashen also says that consciously learned grammar can still be useful. Consciously learned grammar has these functions:

  1. As a Monitor to help you self-correct,
  2. To make input more comprehensible,
  3. For language appreciation.

Krashen argues that “pop-up grammar” can provide information for each of these functions. Pop-up grammar is a brief explanation of a grammatical rule or vocabulary item that generally takes only a few seconds and that can be done in the first language, especially in beginning levels.

Krashen admits that sometimes we need to appeal to consciously learned language, such as learning grammar, to solve real-world problems, when we need to say something beyond our current competence. Sometimes it’s important to learn to say something correctly, and you can’t wait for language to be naturally acquired.

We were inspired by Krashen’s research on comprehensible input and “pop-up grammar”, so we developed our French Grammar Advanced Flashcards based on his ideas. We provide you with simple, easily comprehensible sentences that incrementally introduce you to French grammar at the C1 advanced level. The front of our grammar flashcards include a French sentence which contains a target grammar rule. We leverage the power of Anki’s spaced repetition system to present you mini grammar lessons as you need it, as the back of each flashcard provides a clear grammar explanation.

As the language learner, your job will be to check whether you comprehend that sentence, and the grammar contained within it. If you do understand it, without needing to review the grammar rule, then you would have acquired that grammar rule in your memory, and you can pass the flashcards. However, if you still need help, then the back of our French Grammar Advanced Flashcards includes hints for the sentence translation and the “pop-up” grammar rule.


Our French Grammar Advanced Flashcards present you the most important and frequently used grammar rules at the C1 advanced fluency level. These grammar rules are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which is the international standard for measuring and testing language proficiency in foreign languages, including French. We were inspired by linguist Paul Nation’s studies on the most frequently used words, and wanted to use that idea for the most frequently used grammar.

You save time and effort because we have organized all of the grammar rules, sentence examples, IPA, audio and translations for you up to the C1 level. You can study the French Grammar Advanced Flashcards incrementally, from the easier grammar points and then gradually improve to the higher levels of fluency. This is beneficial because you can get started straight away to study French Grammar with our flashcards, so you don’t waste time having to gather, prepare and organize the grammar materials and flashcards yourself.

You also get greater confidence that you’ve covered the top French grammar rules up to the C1 level. You can use the French Grammar Advanced Flashcards to fill in any grammar knowledge gaps you may have up to the C1 level. Most linguists and learners consider the C1 level to be the stage you can speak fluently at an advanced level.

According to the CEFR’s own level descriptions of the C1 level, when you reach the C1 level then you:

“Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.”

– French C1 Level Description, according to CEFR

In addition, the French C1 level will help you with your daily life, relationships, education and work. The CEFR’s level descriptions say that if you reach French C1, then you:

“Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.”

– French C1 Level Description, according to CEFR

At the C1 level, you are more likely to get a job, study abroad, get residency or even citizenship in a French-speaking country because the French C1 level is often above the minimum language requirement needed.


Learn the Most Common French Grammar Rules at C1 Level with Sentence Examples

Start learning the top French grammar rules at the C1 advanced fluency level, using sentence examples in French that contain those grammar rules. This French Grammar Advanced Flashcards deck includes at least 2 sentence examples for every grammar rule, the audio of the sentence example, the IPA of the sentence example, and hints for the sentence translation in English, and an explanation of the grammar rule.

Pronounce All French Example Sentences Correctly With Audios and IPA

Each flashcard contains an audio of the French sentence spoken to help you pronounce the sentence correctly with the right accent. The flashcard will also contain the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) of the full French sentence to help you know the standard pronunciation.

Test Your Knowledge of French Grammar Points at the Advanced C1 Level

Use spaced repetition included in our French Vocab Anki deck so that you can regularly check your knowledge of grammar points and French comprehension. See how you’re progressing, and focus only on the most difficult grammar points for you. By using the French Grammar Flashcards, you can acquire all of the common French grammar points up to the C1 advanced fluency level, based on the CEFR language proficiency standards. By the end of it, you will be a Proficient French Language User in terms of grammar use and knowledge.

BONUS: Choose the Grammatically Correct Sentence from Similar-Looking Minimal Pair Sentences

Many French language learners can get mixed up with certain grammar rules, and when to use certain grammar in a French sentence. So, we’ve developed Minimal Pair Sentence flashcards where we show you 2 similar-looking French sentences, with one being grammatically correct and the other being wrong. You need to choose which sentence is correct. If you get confused and need help, then the back of that flashcard will show you the answer, as well as the English translation of the sentence and an explanation of the grammar rule.

Front of “Minimal Pair Sentences Flashcard” – Choose Which Sentence is Grammatically Correct


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