I know a little bit. i'm not sure if it is enough to help, but if you want then i'll give it a try. :)
okay, what did you want to say?
http://french.about.com/od/lessons/ss/checklist.htm <This is a website that I found where you can learn French. It's a self-study thing but it has been broken down into lessons so that it is easier to understand. If you give it a try you'll probably be able to communicate with your friend better. I hope it helps some. :)