My awards for the best sites to help you learn French online absolutely free!
Here at Love France, Learn French, I really wanted to get into finding the best sites out there to learn French online for free. There are a lot of sites out there, but many of them are redundant, despite good rankings. After an exhaustive study, here are the top 100, which I hope will allow you to learn french fast and easy online.
Please note that even though I have made reference to large multi-language sites like Duolinguo or About and the BBC, I really wanted to focus on those sites that specialise in the French learning exclusively.
I also wanted each one to be current for 2015, so any old sites have not been included.
There are 3 main categories of the sites chosen to help teach yourself French online:
- “Resource pages” refers to a page that refers to learning resources on other websites (preferably those where you can learn French for free)
- “Blogs” refers to a chronologically and regularly updated site where the posts help you learn French for free. The posts themselves can be how-to articles, tips, videos, exercises, etc. Some blogs refer to paid resources on their site.
- “Free online courses” refers to a site where there are free resources to learn French. These could be games, quizzes, exercises, French lessons online, podcasts etc.
The sites here do NOT refer to French classes online nor with a French online tutor. It is very much “do-it-yourself”. There are French lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced level learners. That all said, on we go, and well done to everyone in this list! You can use the buttons below to find those sites that apply the best for what you are looking for.
One last thing, please note that they are not in any particular order!
The Francophone Research & Resource Center at the University of Southern California
The Francophone Research & Resource Center at the University of Southern California has a comprehensive set of resources for teachers, scholars and students, including links to original online resources such as teaching French with songs, games and films. There is even a page dedicated to helping students who are lacking in motivation to learn French including a list of celebrities that speak French with a nice photo of Johnny Depp! All in all, a well though out, original and up-to-date resource centre that is definitely worth a close look.
We say: Magnifique !
Apps to Learn French
Catherine Ousselin has a great resource page for Apps to learn French. Mainly dedicated at K-12 students, the list has 150 apps all reviewed with links. There are some paid apps, but a lot of free ones too. There are 8 different categories to choose from: Dictionaries, Vocabulary, Grammar, Media, Museums & Culture, Geography, Food & Shopping and Books & Songs. A special shout out to “French Apps for Kids”, a blog by Sylvia Duckworth, that is sadly not up-to-date, but worth a look too for apps for younger kids.
We say: Super !
The Citadel Library
The Citadel, which is the military college of South Carolina, has a simple but elegant French resources page on their library sub-site. What I like about this page, even if it is a bit short, is that there are four distinct categories (News and Media, Interactive Learning, Free Applications and Podcasts and Culture) which is enough to cover the main needs of any French learner who wants to learn for free. Elaine Robbins, the creator, should get a special mention to the Apps and Podcasts section which resources pages rarely have.
We say: Excellent !
Canadian Parents for French: Prince Edward Island Branch
Canadian Parents for French is a national association in Canada that aims to ensure children grow up bilingual (French/English) in Canada. They have regional chapters and each branch has a website with resources for parents, educators and students of French. The Prince Edward Island Branch (close to Quebec) has made the most effort to find original resources, mostly promoting Canadian French sites over Main French ones. There are also quite a few links to federal sponsored programs such as French for Life.
We say: Bravo !
Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon is responsible for the French section of the Hamersly Library at the Western Oregon University and she has set up a simple but elegant 6 page French Resources Subject Guide to resources stocked in their library. Obviously you can’t go there yourself, but you can be inspired by everything that’s there for your own research.
We say: Trop cool !
John Elkhoury has created a very popular Learn French site that mixes a blog and links to resources. He has created 2 great resources pages: one with internal links to his own free resources and the other to his personal recommendations elsewhere on the Internet. What is great about this list is that a lot of his recommendations are to funny, satirical or fun resources which is definitely a plus point for me. I also love 3 of his articles: “How to Improve your French pronunciation” (2,000 words), “the Top 100 French songs and “25 French expressions to sound more fluent”.
We say: Fantastic !
The University of Oxford Language Centre
The University of Oxford is famously one of the best universities in the world, and it has a very good language centre. You can find on its website a very, very long list of resources that is categorized into 10 sections: Useful Links / Language Resources / Blogs / Media / Culture / Science / Government / Business and Economics / Sport / Miscellany. There is even a link to places where you can study “Old French”, if that takes your fancy!
We say: Spectaculaire !
Lehman College in the Bronx in the United States have created a great resources page that is separated into 8 categories. The graphics aren’t great, and a few of the sites it points to are quite old, but it’s a really good list of resources that is worth taking the time to explore. Two great features: “L’expression du jour” and some ratings! Some of the links have a little image of a hand of one, two or three fingers – three being the highest recommendation.
We say: Formidable
Crystal Jones and Robert Behar Casiraghi are Italian based teachers that run Languages on the Web, or lonweb for short. They promote language learning through the Daisy / Opal / Arranger Story method. What is interesting for me is a huge list of resources to help you learn French and everything about France that are each presented with a couple of lines of text.
We say: Félicitations !
Mosalingua is a range of apps available to learn languages on smartphones and tablets: they also propose an app to rapidly learn French vocabulary that you can try for free (available for iOS and Android devices). Far from keeping people on their site, they actively promote other sites, and have a fabulous french learning resource page with nice visuals, a table of contents, and explanatory text accompanying each link. The links are all up-to-date and well chosen with a wide range of things to do. Best of all, they are all free!
We say: Fabuleux !
Omniglot is a very interesting site that was founded and is run by Simon Ager. It is an encyclopedia of writing systems and languages and so goes far beyond helping you to learn about French. However, the resource page Simon has set up for learning French online is very comprehensive, and goes far beyond the call of duty to show what is out there. Categorized into 7 sections, the bit I like best are the links to learn regional French languages such as Corsican or Occitan!
We say: Somptueux !
Saint Lawrence University Modern Languages Faculty
Saint Lawrence University is based in New York and has a renowned Modern Languages Faculty that teaches 7 languages including French. Their Resources page is quite simple, focussing on Grammar, Vocabulary & Flashcards, New and Culture but the quality of the resources portrayed is very good, including to a great blog called Le Franco Phoney.
We say: Incroyable !
The Sussex Centre for Language Studies
The Sussex Centre for Language Studies at the University of Susses in the UK has a fine learn French resources page that focuses heavily on media sites (which is a speciality of the university) in France, Canada and even the French Caribbean. There are also some eclectic sites for Teaching Resources. A special shout-out for a clever Twitter feed that shows anything saying #learnfrench.
We say: Génial !
The only way to describe Jim Becker’s resource page from the University of Northern Iowa with literally hundreds of links is literally out of this world. It’s a toxic fusion of photos, links, words, comments, visuals that gives you a headache after 5 minutes but keeps you coming back for more time and time again. It’s indescribable, so I just won’t bother to even try. Just go to it and enjoy in little bits and pieces.
We say: Extraordinaire !
William & Mary University
The William & Mary University’s Resources for French and Francophone Studies page has no less than 21 categories! They include 5 on French history. Learning French takes up the first few categories. Annoyingly, the links are not live (you have to copy and paste) and there are no presentation on each link, but the page is well researched and presented.
We say: La classe !
The Center of Language Studies at Brigham Young University
The first time you land on the resource page to find links to learn French online from the Center of Language Studies at Brigham Young University, you are a little disappointed to find 5 small links. But when you click on the links themselves, you are given a well-designed table with 6 columns: Title, Difficulty, Target Audience, Desrciption and the Link itself. Classy, informative and visually appealing.
We say: Grandiose !
Tennessee Bob’s Famous French Links
Tennessee Bob Peckham from the University of Tennessee has slaved away to create a resource page of 10,000 links. Yes, you read that right: 10,000! Through 9 categories you can find literally anything there is to know about France, the French language, it’s history and culture. Worth a look just to spend hours finding sites you never dreamed existed about France.
We say: Incomparable !
At OnlineClasses.org, their goal is to share informative articles with the online community as well as an online course finder. I found there a great article called the Top 50 Best Blogs for French Majors & Francophiles. Sadly only 5 links are dedicated to learning French for free online, but there are many others including a great list of blogs about French food and wine.
We say: Délicieux !
Le Point du FLE
Le Point du FLE is the most famous directory of resources to help learn French and to help teach French. Most famously used as an exhaustive resource centre for French teachers, it also has an extensive section for students of the French language. Hélène Weinachter’s site is also cited by most official French language academic authority figures such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and FLE.fr. Note that the whole site is in French!
We say: Epoustouflant !
Open Culture has a page exclusively dedicated to learning French online for free, which fits the mould of this article perfectly. With over 1800 shares, this page shares all the major players who give free French lessons, and interestingly gives links to free resources for download on iTunes too. Good, smart description are given with each link.
We say: Parfait !
Show Me How To Learn French
Show Me How To Learn French is a newish site that has links to various resources via the header bar. There are also a few tips to learn French better, as well as reviews of various paid online methods. It’s clear and visually appealing.
We say: Incontestable !
This site was developed by a British teacher for young students preparing for their French exams, focussing mainly on speaking and listening exercises. Mainly for teachers, everything is available for students with practical advice. Recommended by Jim Becker!
We say: Incourtournable !
Reed college in Portland, Oregon, has a language center and they have put online a fine resources page that even includes films to search on Netflix! Some of their resources can only be found internally, but others are available all over the web. A special mention for having thought of giving some typing tips including accents and what a French keyboard looks like.
We say : Ingénieux !
French Entrée is a site dedicated to helping expat families live and work in France. Their learning French page is a series of articles there to help learn French for specific situations such as ordering coffee or going to a hotel. My favourite is the one about how to text in French!
We say : Faramineux !
ToutCanadien is a great site to help people learn Canadien French (or North American French as they also say). It has a large library of resource material but also has a 15 page document to help find more information, games, dictionaries, radio stations, etc. to get ahead. Very well researched. Jacques, the founder, has also told me that they are in the middle of creating the very first bilingual dictionary of the two North American languages, so watch this space!
We say : Astucieux !
Thot Cursus is a Canadian site primarily set up for teachers (in all sorts of subjects) and languages features heavily. There are a lot of resources to be found, but here specifically is a list that points to French learning sites via podcast.
We say: Ca se discute !
University of South Carolina
The department of languages at the University of South Carolina Aiken have set up a nice little list of resources to help their students learn French for free.
We say: Géant !
Virtual Library Resource Page
A small but eclectic list of resources from Elizabethtown College to help you learn French, including some literary sites if you want some real culture and heavy reading!
We say: C’est bien !
Sarah has set up and runs a fantastic blog for parents who want to teach their children French from a young age. She is a French teacher and wants to raise her two children as bilingual French-English and takes her readers through great articles on how she does that, including games, everyday conversations, book reviews and stories abut how she’s getting on. Well worth a look if you want your children to speak French!
We say: Habile !
French Language House
Furman University have set up a French learner blog for those students learning French to practice their writing. They make a few mistakes now and then, but their efforts and fun style are really heartening and motivating to see. A real inspiration for any French learner who needs to start writing properly. It’s not about making mistakes, it’s about telling a story and getting your message across.
We say: Motivant !
Transparent Languages is a company that offers language learning software for individuals and companies. Usually, I wouldn’t promote a blog from a company where you have to pay to learn French, but their French language blog is excellent. It’s topical, instructive, fun, and updated regularly. They also look after the learn French Facebook page.
We say: Brilliant !
Justine Hołosyniuk is a Polish teacher who has set up a blog in Polish to help Polish learners with their French. She updates it regularly and it seems a lot of fun. My Polish isn’t very good, but my Google Translate is doing a good job, and I like the look of Justine’s blog!
We say: Znakomity!
French Word A Day
Kristin Espinasse is an American woman from Phoenix who moved to Provence in France to live with her husband. She set up the French Word-A-Day (actually thrice a week) blog to share stories of her struggles and life in France, a lot of the time through her relationships, including her two sons. Her blog has become so popular that she has published books based on her posts. They’re well written and mix enough educative words on French within the stories themselves.
We say: Sublime !
French My Way
Muriel Lauvige is an author of a French learning book for beginners called “This is Not a Normal French Book” and she promotes it via an excellent blog that is separated into 5 categories “Culture, Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing”. These categories are shown in the side bar and the articles are all well written, including generously talking about other books that help you learn French too.
We say: Une Délice !
French Together is a great blog that has reviews of lots of different French methods, tips to learn French, articles about France as well as a few simple exercises to get you going.
We say: Indeniable !
Français Authentique is a site run by a guy called Johan. He has a method that he sells that is exclusively based on videos, and the blog itself is also just video based. The great thing about the blog is that it is updated frequently with little video lessons, and everything is in very clear articulate French. It’s really for intermediate learners that want to improve rather than beginners.
We say: Exquis !
Roy Evan Burstiner portrays himself as a learner of French and a future traveler to Paris (at least he hopes so). To help him be fluent when he arrives, he has set up this blog to help himself and other beginners learn basic French and each article is based around some grammar or vocabulary.
We say: Charmant !
Learn French With Jennifer
Jennifer Crespin is an American living in France who gives French lessons via Skype. She also runs a great video blog called Love Learning Languages. The videos can also be found at her Youtube channel. Lessons vary between everyday help to basic grammar. Jennifer is very friendly and welcoming. Well worth a look.
We say: Merveilleux !
Mme Gauthier’s French Class
Naima Gauthier is a French-Moroccan lady working as head of French in a school in Kenya. I don’t know if she’s also a graphic designer because her graphics are really good! Her blog is a mix of what she does at school for her students, adverts for her free ebooks and resources, as well as promotions for her paid French learning courses.
We say: Divin !
Kevin Felix Polesello, “Quebec’s language ambassador”, takes care of a famous, great blog on how to learn Canadian French. He aims to post material that will help you to understand spoken French with videos, quotes, and anecdotes. He has written nearly 1000 articles!
We say: Suave !
Oh la la, I speak French!
Soraya Garré runs a video blog that has different French actors who alternate between speaking French and English. The videos are of a great quality, they look really professional. The subjects range from grammar to everyday needs such as travel, culture and expressing emotions. You can spend a lot of time on this site!
We say: Trop beau !
Oui, c’est ça !
The whole point about the “Oui, c’est ça !” blog is to learn French whilst having fun. There are articles with songs, comic books, and drawings but they are all there to help you learn French. The ability to learn french online with audio recordings with exercises make this a seriously good place to go to learn.
We say: Inouï !
Parler Français Blog
Dillon March runs a blog for the Guelph School of Language in Canada. There is an eclectic mix of tips, exercises, articles, straight useful translations, and more. There are also other free resources on the site, mainly for beginners.
We say: Admirable !
Comme une Française
Géraldine Lepère runs a popular, fantastic blog that is designed to give as much confidence as possible to people learning French. She uses a wide-angle lens to create quirky videos that are fun and easy to understand (sometimes she speaks in English to explain words). She uses the blog to promote her paid video training course.
We say : Enchantant !
Camille Chevalier-Karfis runs the French Today site with her husband Olivier. Their blog is there to support and entertain readers with various articles on events, vocabulary and common day subjects. The blog is very well designed and pleasing to the eye. Some of the articles are totally in French, others are explanatory ones in English. You can tell a huge amount of effort goes into this blog and Camille’s expertise has been rewarded by her becoming the French learning expert for about.com.
We say: Beau boulot !
Learn French By Podcast
There is an active and responsible team behind this great site that’s sole focus is to help learners improve their oral French through downloading podcasts (free) and lesson guides (paid). The blog itself publishes hundreds of free lessons, each with references to the level, and if you want to download the PDF Lesson Guides with full transcripts and analysis of key vocabulary and grammar you can pay.
We say: Eclatant !
The French Blog
William Alexander is a published American author and aspiring French learner. He blogs about France and learning French but doesn’t give any lessons to learn the language. He is very interested in current affaires. The site has some reviews of paid online software you can read too.
We say: Intéressant !
Difficult this one, because there are a lot of great free resources on the website including podcasts and lessons which are really worth checking out directly. I’ve decided to talk about the blog because it is updated so frequently with such a great range of subjects, but also the newly published podcasts themselves. Other topics include culture, exams, vocabulary, methods, etc. A great site that will soon be in the top 5 of learning French sites I think.
We say: Eblouissant !
Vanessa-George Barraud is a French teacher that runs the Culture Française blog to help learners with grammar, articles, photos, quotes, videos and more. She only writes in French, but is careful to put the level of the French for each article so you know how hard it will be to understand. Regulary updated (sometimes every day), she is a hard-working and empathetic teacher.
We say: Mignon !
Native French Speech
Native French Speech is another podcast site where you can download the audio files for free, but not the lesson sheets themselves. There are nearly 200 lessons there, so it’s very comprehensive, and they are all categorized quite well (culture, current events, everyday life, special, tourism). There are also nearly 200 other articles to help you learn.
We say: Trop fort !
Fluent French Now
A great learning French blog from a tutor in Canada that shares articles and videos. It’s main attraction is a wallchart and calendar tool for learning French.
We say: A explorer !
The fabulously named Laura Lawless has taken her accumulative experience of being about.com’s French specialist for 15 years and her linguistic background to create Lawless French, a multi-category resource centre to do lots of great things for free including the “Subjunctivisor” that helps you with the tricky French subjunctives!
We say: Parfait !
A Level French
A-Level French is a blog for British students that need help learning A-Level French. There are videos, links to other sites and exercises in each post. It’s quite a new blog, so I hope that it continues to update and post regularly!
We say: Très bien !
TV5 Monde is a TV station run by the French government (part of France Televisions) and in partnership with a large school (the Cavilam) they run a very famous and exhaustive French learning website where there are hundreds of exercises with videos (from their TV station) to learn from. 4 levels are catered for, and you can find a test if you don’t know what level you are. I wouldn’t say there is a course method as such (you watch the video and answer the questions) but it is a fantastic place to start learning for free.
We say: Allez-y !
Francolab is a Canadian French site run by the TV5 version in Canadian French Quebec. However, rather than focus on videos, it prefers Canadian French songs! You have to create an account and then you listen to the songs and do your exercises according to your level. Fun, innovative and a great way to learn.
We say: Dynamique !
Forvo is a great free site that one uses to find out how words are pronounced in another language. In French, there is a database of over 100,000 words and phrases. If you feel like it, you can even contribute – it tells you which words need recording!
We say: Très utile !
Langmedia is a project with 5 colleges in Massachusetts in the USA and has a special mission to provide materials in languages less-commonly offered by colleges and universities in the United States. I have chosen it because it is the only one I have found that gives resources for regional French dialects such as Morocco, Senegal, Martinique and Luxembourg.
We say: Eclectique !
Madame Shackelford Wiki
Sarah Shackelford is a French teacher in a school called Finneytown in Orlando. She has tried to be quite innovative and set up a wiki to teach French to her students and other kids. There is quite a variety of exercises with video, audio and French beginner worksheets.
We say: Précieux !
The Open Learning Initiative
The Open Learning Initiative from Carnegie Mellon University has 24 free online courses for independent learners (students at the University have to pay!) including 2 in French based on videos with professional actors set in France and Canada. It is a 15 week course with lots of different topics covered.
We say: Studieux !
Phonétique is a French site that specializes in improving your accent through phonetic exercises. Two families, one in Brittany and the other in the United Arab Emirates, have laid out some simple exercises for you to listen to and read the way the word should be pronounced rather than how it actually writes.
We say: Sans faute !
La Chanson en Cours FLE
Carmen Vera Pérez, a doctor in Philology (the study of language in written historical sources) has a website that’s main objective is to help learn French through songs. The songs are categorized by level, and by letter, and each one is followed by an exercise to see if you understood it. There is also a blog and a resource section.
We say: Une perle !
Bonjour de France
Bonjour de France is an online French learning site developed by a school called Azurlingua in Nice. It has a few nice tools like Karaoke, dictation and a “Conjugator”. The graphics are nice and there is also a “course” system set-up according to what nationality you are.
We say: Satisfaisant !
Chanson Françaises (COERLL)
A simple but fun resource from the COERLL (Centre of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning) – 13 songs with video and pdf worksheets in French (open questions, fill in the blanks, culture, etc.).
We say: Intéressant !
Digital Dialects has some pretty simple but cool games to help with your grammar and vocabulary. I especially like the spelling games. Different levels are catered for, but mainly beginners.
We say: Numéri-cool !
Elanguage School – Comics
Elanguage school have adapted a 20 page comic with French-English translations. Useful if you like comics (or BD – bande dessiné in French)!
We say: Edifiant !
French Games does exactly what it says on the tin. With over 100 Flash exercises. There are also lessons and tests, so it’s a comprehensive platform to enjoy playing whilst learning at the same time.
We say: Très fort !
Neil Coffey, a British developer, has created French Linguistics as a simple but complete site with online resources to learn basic French. With over 500,000 people visiting the site every month it is a great place to start learning French.
We say: Trop bien !
French Assistant has put online a method using pop-up windows that helps you answer questions and track your progress to improve your French reading, French writing and (if you opt for the sound files) French listening skills online.
We say: Glorieux !
French By French
French by French is a site that was set up for French learners by French teachers (hence the French by French) and has 4 courses with the same lesson organization each time: dialogue with audio file, English transcript translation, grammar and then exercise.
We say: Educatif !
French Pod 101
Introduced to us by a charming lady with a heavy French accent (must be authentic ;-)), over 300,000 French lessons have been delivered with these podcast lessons. Available as a mobile app as well. You have to sign up before doing anything else, and there is a good resource centre with flashcards and pdf lesson notes too.
We say: Radieux !
The French Tutorial
Hervé FOUCHER has created a site that provides a downloadable software as well as grammar lessons to learn basic French with audio files. Very much grammar based.
We say: On aime bien !
Hello World French
Hello World French is for children only. There are over 700 totally free games and activities for children to learn including step by step lessons, puzzles, memory games, spelling games and flashcards. Get your kid there now!
We say: On approuve !
Bit of a tricky one this – Jennifer Wagner’s site, which comes highly recommended from many sources – has a blog (over 700 articles), many free French lessons, and her resource page is also really, really good. Even though French is her second language (and the one most heavily featured) over 20 language tutorials appear on the site. So I’m decided to filter her site 3 times over, and a hearty congratulations. Excellent and a must-look as soon as possible.
We say: au sommet de son art !
Government of Québec
Canada has a famous immigration policy whereby you need to have a job or have been accepted into a higher education establishment to obtain the necessary long-term visa. So it’s good to see that they’ve also set-up some free French learning! However, big catch, you have to live in Québec or have an immigration certificate to access it! Sounds good though as it says that there is free tutoring!
We say: Officiel !
COERLL Français Interactif
The COERLL, from the University of Austin in Texas, dedicates a lot of resources to helping their own and other students learn French online. I reference 3 of their sites in the top 100 alone. This one is their classic French course which involves 13 different chapters of songs, videos, grammar exercises and pdf downloads to help you improve. All with links to their famous Tex’s French grammar site.
We say: On y va !
Tex’s French Grammar
Tex’s French Grammar is a famous resource on the Internet and deservedly so. Instead of just giving grammar lessons which tend to be very boring, the COERLL at the University of Austin in Texas have livened it up by using Tex the armadillo, Tammy his girlfriend and a host of other characters. The resource itself is very, very complete, with 18 chapters. An absolute must.
We say: Allons-y !
Learn French Lab
Annette Gilleron, a French native, has developed a 3 step system to teach French to kids using games and songs. You can access this course (through www.gomaman.com) as well as an adult learning French course with free resources as well. Annette also offers a free Skype class to help you.
We say: Allez, on y va !
Learn French With Alexa
Alexa Polidoro has set up a very good site to help you learn French through free lessons, as well as a lot of videos that she has both on her site, and lots more on Youtube. The first 15 lessons of Alexa’s popular French for Beginners course are free: that’s about 6 and a half hours. Just go over to her Youtube channel for the rest.
We say: Oh que oui !
Memrise is certainly not just specialised in French – quite the opposite, there are over 200 languages on its platform. However, as I love anything to do with neurosciences and language learning, I love this approach. Results are quick. The free French course only gives you 300 words or phrases to learn, but it’s definitely worth a try to see if this learning technique fits you.
We say: Mémorable !
The Open University
The Open University is one of the largest online universities in the world, and language learning is a large part of their offer. The French courses I show here are actually excerpts of the official paid courses, but well worth a look.
We say: Ouvert !
Podcast Français Facile
Podcast Français Facile has hundreds of audio files to learn grammar, numbers, dictation, poetry, and more. This is supplemented by videos on their Youtube channel. There is also a nice section on fairytales.
We say: Facile !
QC French is a simple web site to learn French that has a Canadian-French slant and an area to listen to words with an accent from Québec.
We say: Clairement !
Quia is an online resource platform that teachers can use to create exercises and games for online learning. French is one of 300 subjects, and alone it says there are over 7400 activities to choose from to learn French for free that have been shared for you to discover! There are some useful categories and top 100 logos to help you choose.
We say: C’est clair !
To Learn French
To Learn French claims to have over 3,000,000 accounts created with their website, though I think that these numbers covers all languages included their English learning site www.tolearnenglish.com. Laurent Camus is a French native catering to young learners who want to learn for Free. To Learn French has over 7000 exercises and a large community of learners to share with. Can also be found at www.francaisfacile.com.
We say: C’est un grand oui !
RFI Slow French
Radio France International is a radio news service that uses slow, simple French to give its news items. Once your French starts to get a bit proficient, it’s an excellent way to practice your listening skills. There are a few other interesting bits to the site, including a French test and a video game “Mission Europe”.
We say: Justement !
Coffee Break French
Coffee Break French is from a series of “coffee break” learning courses from Radio Lingua. There are 4 free “seasons” that you can use, as well as a couple of fun tools and a part just for children. If you pay you have more resources for each lesson.
We say: On fait une pause café !
French Spanish Online
Pascal Dherve, a French national, runs a very popular blog and free site to learn French. The blog is well worth checking out as it is very extensive, and the site itself has lots of exercises and a few cool tools like “Hear what you type” and a separate new site.
We say: Passionant !
News in Slow French
News in Slow French is a freemium site – you have access to all of their 200 and odd podcasts but better tools have to be paid for. It’s still worth going to – the site is very well structured and so easy to navigate. Also available as an app.
We say: Nouvelle !
Il Etait Une Histoire
This is a great little site dedicated for children up to the ages of 10. Stories, fables, fairy tales, songs, chants and even a bit of history are all there. There is even a great bonus section that unlocks puzzles, color pages and printable activities as you go through the site
We say: Mignon !
Video Mangas VOST
The French have a long tradition of liking Japanese animation and comics, and if that is your sort of thing, there is a web site that hosts lots of manga comics in video streaming with French subtitles on each one. No method at all here except launch video and read the French!
We say: On s’amuse !
The American Defense Ministry have a language center that put lots of different language activities online and you can access these for free. There are 198 activities to help you with your French. A little formal but still interesting to look at.
We say: On attaque !
You Learn French
A very, very simple site that hosts nearly 200 Youtube video lessons based on Powerpoint with voiceovers. Dozens of categories to choose from.
We say: Agréable !
CornerFrenchBistro is a Youtube channel that has over 70 videos catering for different levels with animated video lessons. Over 1300 subscribers and over 1,600,000 views.
We say: Plaisant !
Yabla French is one language amongst many on their “immersion video” platform that basically gives you interesting videos to watch with exercises afterwards to test what you have understood.
We say: On en parle !
Ortholud is a French site set up for French kids to improve their written French but it’s perfectly ok for you to use (even as an adult)!
We say: Pour les petits !
Nearly 3 million learners with Duo the bird taking you through lots of exercises and tests.
We say: Pour le fun !
Comprehensive section of the BBC website with lots of different exercises for all levels. No longer updated, but has a really, really good French test.
We say: Un grand classique !
We say: A ne pas manquer !
Learn a Language
Take a French Survival course with Learn a Language. You have to use a Facebook account and can earn credits to unlock more features like mp3 downloads and tracking your progress. Lots more on culture with other games and flashcards to help too.
We say: On apprend !