French is not only a beautiful Romance language but a very practical one to learn since it is an official language in 29 countries. It is spoken as a first language in France, Canada (Quebec and New Brunswick), parts of Belgium, Switzerland, and Monaco, as well as certain other regions of Canada and of the United States (Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). Francophone Africa is where the majority of those who speak French as a second language live.
In the European Union, French is the fourth most spoken first language and the second most taught language, while about 20% of EU citizens speak French as a second language. There are approximately 128 million native speakers worldwide and 190 million people who speak French as a second language. French is also an official language of the UN, the EU, UNESCO, and NATO, among other important organizations. France has long been an influential and prominent country in the world of fashion, art, dance, cuisine, literature, architecture and design. It’s no surprise that France is the world’s most popular tourist destination, with 83 million foreign tourists each year.
Free Resources to Learn French
Free Learning/Studying Apps
Duolingo – iTunes – Google Play – Duolingo has become a leader in the language learning world and for good reason. It’s fast, fun, well designed, suitable for all ages, and turns learning a foreign language into a challenging and pretty addictive game.
Tinycards – iTunes – Google Play – Tinycards is a free flashcards app, from the creators of Duolingo, which uses spaced repetition and nicely designed “decks” to help you learn anything, including foreign languages. Tinycards uses gamification, like Duolingo, which makes it fun and easy to use.
Memrise – iTunes – Google Play – Memrise is a really fast, fun and free language learning app/website that is sure to get you hooked. There is a visual flashcard component which also incorporates audio from a community of native speakers. Memrise uses spaced repetition and is really effective at drilling vocabulary and phrases into your memory.
Drops – Learn French – iTunes – Google Play – This simple but powerful app is entertaining, educational, and free. With a focus on visual learning and 5-minute lesson limits, this app is easy to integrate into your daily language learning regimen and is very effective.
Clozemaster – iTunes – Google Play – This popular app uses gamification and is a great addition to your language learning regimen, no matter what your level. It is very effective for vocabulary acquisition and billed as a great app to use after Duolingo.
Learn French by 50 Languages – iTunes – Google Play – This app is great for beginners (A1-A2) to increase practical vocabulary which is useful for managing everyday situations (at a store, restaurant, bank, doctor, etc). With the free version, you will have access to 30 complete lessons.
HelloTalk – iTunes – Google Play – HelloTalk is a global language learning social network that connects you with native speakers of other languages so that you can practice your speaking and listening skills with native speakers via text/audio messages and free audio and video calls. The free version allows you to choose one native language and one target language.
Internet Polyglot – iTunes – Google Play – This free app uses lessons, games, and pictures to teach foreign languages to beginners. Although Internet Polyglot is far from a standalone language learning tool, it is a useful supplement to help you to learn and retain vocabulary.
Tandem Language Exchange – iTunes – Google Play – This app matches you with language exchange partners from all over the world, providing the opportunity to practice those essential conversation skills that are necessary to take your language skills to the next level.
Free French Dictionary/Translation Apps
French English Dictionary & Translator – iTunes – Google Play – This free app works offline and provides detailed definitions, example sentences and pronunciation guidance for French & English words, as well as flashcards for learning.
Google Translate – iTunes – Google Play – Google Translate offers online text translation between 103 languages by typing, offline translation for 59 languages, camera translation for 38 languages, image translation for 37 languages, conversation translation in 32 languages, and translation of handwritten characters in 93 languages. The app also has a phrasebook which allows you to save translated words and phrases for future reference in all languages.
iTranslate – iTunes – Google Play – iTranslate is a leading free translator and dictionary app that provides translations for text in over 100 languages. Other functionality includes transliteration, sharing, favorites, history, and audio in both male and female voices. Voice to voice translations and the use of offline mode is not available with the free version.
The Free Dictionary By Farlex – iTunes – Google Play – This dictionary and thesaurus app provides millions of precise definitions, drawn from the most trusted industry publications and sources, including idioms, slang, and etymology of words. The Free Dictionary works offline and offers additional functionality like voice search, sharing, games, word of the day, and more.
Reverso French Dictionary – iTunes – Google Play – This app serves as a dictionary and translator for millions of words and expressions, accompanied by contextual examples. Other features include a powerful linguistic search engine, natural pronunciation, phrasebook, flashcards and more.
Learn French with FrenchPod101.com – This is a fun and helpful set of videos to add to your regular French language learning regimen.
Learn French with Vincent – Vincent Lefrancois has been teaching French on YouTube since 2007 and is considered one of the most popular and effective French instructors online.
Learn French with Alexa – Alexa Polidoro is a bilingual French teacher who has created a ton of popular and effective video and audio French lessons.
Manesca Serial and Oral French Course – This French course contains 76 videos and teaches formal literary French in order to prepare you to read the great works of French literature. It is taught by Evan der Millner who, although not a native speaker, has a degree in Medieval and Renaissance French.
French for Beginners – This free French course is based on the Manesca method, which involves listening and repeating, performing exercises and learning how to answer simple questions, all of which gradually contribute to fluency. The course contains 91 videos and is taught by Evan der Millner who, although not a native speaker, has a degree in Medieval and Renaissance French.
French in Action – These French video lessons were created for high school and college classrooms as well as for adult learners. The series was made by Yale University in 1987 in collaboration with WGBH Boston with Wellesley College and features 52 thirty minute video programs. You will work on French fluency while learning about French culture via a funny teleplay about the adventures of an American student and a French woman in France.
French Classes from Logic Language Learn – Luke, a UK based, bilingual French teacher with over a decade of experience offers a ton of free French lessons on this fun and engaging YoutTube channel.
Edupedia World – The Edupedia World YouTube channel offers a set of 6 free French language lessons for beginners.
Travel Linguist French 101 Video Lessons – This series of 20 short videos covers basic introductory vocabulary.
Easy French – These YouTube videos are the work of a non-profit project which uses lighthearted street interviews as a method to teach languages. Each video has a topic and the host asks questions to native French speakers on the street based on the theme. Each video contains subtitles in both French and English. In addition to street interviews, this channel offers lessons for beginners.
French Connection – The BBC TV program brings you interviews about French from across the world and includes transcripts.
Français Authentique – The goal of the Authentic French YouTube channel is to help intermediate level French learners to improve their skills. All content is offered in French, so a foundation in the language is required, but the instructor speaks slowly and clearly which is helpful.
Maintenant Tu Le Sais – Now You Know is a YouTube channel that explains French expressions in an entertaining way. It is entirely in French, and therefore not geared towards beginners.
LangMedia – LangMedia provides language learning resources, including videos, audio, study guides, etc. LangMedia is run by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages and their mission is to share examples of linguistic and cultural diversity with language learners. In the “Language by Country” section of the LangMedia website they provide videos which focus on practical aspects of everyday life (For Ex: Basic Communication, Shopping, Transportation, Culture and Social Life). The conversations often include colloquial language and all videos are accompanied by translations and transcripts. LangMedia highlights French in France, Luxembourg, Morocco, Senegal, Canada, and Martinique. The “CultureTalk” section of the LangMedia website features video interviews with people of different ages and backgrounds. The interviews are primarily conducted by students and translations and transcripts are provided. There is one French CultureTalk Unit: CultureTalk Senegal.
Learn French for Beginners by Mawuood Academy – This YouTube channel offers 32 concise French lessons for beginners.
Fin Goupil – YouTube – This is a new channel featuring French lessons, which are clear and to the point. The instructor speaks entirely in French, but he speaks slowly and clearly so upper-level beginners should be able to understand.
Learn French with FrenchPod101.com – iTunes – This is a fun and informative podcast to add to your regular French language learning regimen. Every lesson is free for a period of time; each new audio and video lesson (3-5 lessons are published per week) is free to access for 3 weeks before being locked into their library, which can be accessed only with paid membership.
Coffee Break French – iTunes – Coffee Break French is meant to appeal to those just embarking on their French learning journey but also to others needing to refresh their existing French language skills. Brought to you by the Radio Lingua Network, this podcast starts out catering to absolute beginners but increases in difficulty as the seasons progress.
One Minute French – iTunes – Yep, that’s right, each lesson includes just over a minute of language instruction, so it’s a breeze to fit this into your busy schedule! In this podcast, you will learn French from Pierre-Benoit who will teach you the basics. Although you won’t become fluent with the One Minute French program, it is the perfect way to boost your confidence and to help you make a good impression when communicating on a trip to a French-speaking country.
Le Journal en français facile – iTunes – This podcast broadcasts international and French news, in a way that is easy to understand with the aim of making French accessible for all. It also introduces and explains useful words and expressions each week which they tie into the news.
Easy French Poetry by French Today – iTunes – This free podcast is regarded as an excellent resource for beginner to intermediate level French learners and while it is simple enough to keep up with it is also intellectually stimulating. Classic French Poems are read twice in this podcast, once slowly so the listeners can repeat after the teacher and then again at a normal pace, with the aim of increasing vocabulary and improving listening comprehension skills.
News in Slow French – iTunes – Google Play – These free audio lessons teach listening comprehension, build vocabulary skills, cover French grammar and improve pronunciation. The course covers the weekly news in a simplified way and uses it as a teaching tool.
Learn French by Dailyfrenchpod – iTunes – This daily French podcast is divided into 3 different stages. First, the subject is introduced, then expressions and vocabulary are explained and then the content is replayed at a normal spoken pace.
Learn French With Alexa – iTunes – This fun podcast uses a light and encouraging approach to teaching French, and is reviewed very well for its effectiveness.
Introduction to French Course by Language Transfer – YouTube – This free beginner French audio class uses an unconventional approach called language transfer, which they refer to as “the thinking method“. Rather than focusing heavily on grammar, vocabulary, and memorization, this course teaches the structure of the French in an exploratory, interactive and conscious way.
Dialogues for French Learners: Beginners Level – iTunes – This audio course was created by the University of South Wales. The dialogues were designed to help you practice your French language skills and primarily present French in a work-related context.
Learn French in Your Car by Henry N. Raymond – This free Spotify podcast teaches fundamental French grammar and very practical vocabulary and phrases to beginners.
- Learn French in Your Car Level 1 on Spotify
- Learn French in Your Car Level 2 on Spotify
- Learn French in Your Car Level 3 on Spotify
Vocabulearn French – This free program on Spotify is divided into three parts, each of which is approximately three hours long and teaches more than 2500 vocabulary words and useful phrases.
- Vocabulearn French Level 1 on Spotify
- Vocabulearn French Level 2 on Spotify
- Vocabulearn French Level 3 on Spotify
Vocabulearn French Word Boosters – Spotify – This program aims to supercharge your vocabulary by teaching you 500 of the most essential French words and phrases.
Learn French with Spotify – This is a nice, comprehensive and free playlist of lessons put together by Spotify which teaches French to beginners.
Speak and Read French – A French language course created by Armand Bégué, a professor at Brooklyn College, and his wife, Louise Bégué, in 1959 which is appropriate for basic and intermediate levels.
- Speak and Read French Part 1 on Spotify
- Speak and Read French Part 2 on Spotify
- Speak and Read French Part 3 on Spotify
French SurvivalPhrases – iTunes – These fun and innovative audio lessons teach basic French and are accompanied by PDF guides.
Mission Paris by Deutsche Welle – iTunes – This beginner French course is part of the larger Mission Europe series brought you by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. It is an A1 level course (absolute beginner) but could certainly be useful even for more advanced students as a fun source of review. There are 26, five minute long lessons which center around a mystery that you have to solve while on a video game-like adventure.
Learn French the Easy Way by Language Superstar – Spotify – This podcast on Spotify offers a few hours of French language instruction spread over 10 lessons.
Learn French Fast by Language Superstar – Spotify – This podcast on Spotify offers a few hours of French language instruction spread over 10 lessons.
Introduction to French Pronunciation by Language Superstar – Spotify – This podcast on Spotify has many hours of French pronunciation instruction spread over 10 lessons.
Learn French Words – Spotify – Learn 1000 vocabulary words and 80 useful phrases from native speakers over the course of 23 lessons using this free Spotify Course.
Learn French by Complete Language Lessons – Spotify – 12 free French lessons on Spotify.
French Audio Course for Beginners – This free audio course on Spotify offers 154 lessons spread over 3 volumes which teach basic vocabulary for beginners.
- French for Beginners Volume 1 on Spotify – 44 French vocabulary lessons.
- French for Beginners Volume 2 on Spotify – 56 French vocabulary lessons.
- French for Beginners Volume 3 on Spotify – 54 French vocabulary lessons.
French Self-Taught – Spotify – This is the audiobook version of Franz Thimm’s book by the same name. It teaches French vocabulary, nouns, adjectives, verbs, and phrases. The English portion of this book is narrated by a native English speaker, while the French parts are spoken by a native French speaker.
Learn How to Speak French – Beginner and advanced French lessons with a total running time of over 6.5 hours on Spotify.
Colloquial French: The Complete Course for Beginners Book 1 and 2 – This collection of audio files, each a few minutes in length, provides concise and clear French language instruction for beginners. These free audio lessons were made to accompany the Colloquial French: The Complete Course for Beginners textbooks (Book 1 and Book 2), which are aimed at teaching French to beginners in a practical way to prepare them to effectively communicate with confidence in everyday situations.
Foreign Service Institute (FSI) French Basic Course – The Foreign Service Institute (U.S. Department of State) originally created this and many other language learning courses to train government employees and members of the foreign service in preparation for a post abroad. This course was designed to train participants to speak French naturally with native speakers, while exuding confidence and using an accurate accent. It focuses heavily on pronunciation and preparing students for real-life conversations. 24 units are encompassed over the two volumes and include textbooks in PDF format and audio lessons as MP3s.
- FSI French Basic Course Volume 1 – This course is accompanied by an e-textbook with 137 pages and 89 audio files with a running time of 38 hours and 36 minutes.
- FSI French Basic Course Volume 2 – This course is accompanied by an e-textbook with 474 pages and 100 audio files with a running time of 42 hours.
Foreign Service Institute (FSI) French Phonology Course – This free French course focuses on the sound and pronunciation of the French language, and it is useful for all levels. This course is accompanied by 2 e-textbooks in PDF format with 537 pages in total and 20 audio files in MP3 format with a running time of 8 hours and 52 minutes.
Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Metropolitan French Fast Course – The FSI French Fast Course was created as an intensive and challenging course that would yield the best language learning results in the shortest period of time. It was originally designed to be a program to be studied for 45 six hour days to prepare someone to live and work abroad in a French-speaking country. In addition, another 30 hours of review should be allocated, for a total of 300 hours for the entire course. FAST courses aim to help you handle new situations and train you to apply the limited amount of language knowledge you have to the very practical situations you are likely to encounter in a French-speaking country and to do so confidently. The FSI French Metropolitan Fast Course includes 40 audio files in MP3 format with a running time of 3 hours and 37 minutes, as well as an e-textbook in PDF format with 621 pages.
Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Sub-Saharan French Fast Course – The FSI Sub-Saharan French Fast Course is tailored to speaking French in Francophone African cities. It includes 32 audio files in MP3 format with a running time of 3 hours and 16 minutes, as well as an e-textbook in PDF format with 525 pages.
Foreign Service Institute (FSI) French Headstart for Belgium Course – The FSI French Headstart for Belgium program will introduce you to French pronunciation and teach you basic conversational skills for practical everyday situations. It consists of five modules of study material which could take as little as 40 hours to complete if you have studied French before. The course FSI French Headstart for Belgium includes 2 e-books in PDF format with 391 pages and 32 audio lessons in MP3 format with a running time of 13 hours and 14 minutes.
Carnegie Mellon French 1 and 2 Courses – French 1 and 2 are both complete French courses brought to you for free by Carnegie Mellon University, which require about 30 weeks at the University level (15 weeks per course), typically over 2 semesters.
- French 1 – Elementary French I is a 15-week French course, divided into 15 lessons which should each take one week to complete. It is an interactive course that features professionally produced video filmed in France and Quebec and shows authentic accents.
- French 2 – Elementary French II is a continuation of French I, employing the same media rich, interactive material, and requires a time commitment of about 6-8 per week for 15 weeks.
Ma France Course by the BBC – This free French course, lead by Stéphane Cornicard, features 24 interactive video units that will improve your French language skills and help you to navigate practical everyday situations.
Talk French by the BBC – This great introductory French course features well-produced video lessons that show French speakers in their local environment. The website is full of information and activities which enrich the course. Transcripts are available for each episode and worksheets can be printed out and completed after watching the videos.
Francais Interactif by the University of Texas – Français Interactif is a free, interactive beginner French course by the University of Texas which is organized into 13 chapters and covers relevant topics and themes that are important for beginners. In addition to the website, the course can be accessed on iTunes.
OpenLearn French – The Open University is a UK based, online university providing free educational resources. It offers six free French courses.
- Beginners’ French: food and drink – This free beginner level French course centers around the basic vocabulary and phrases needed when ordering food at a restaurant and drinks at a bar.
- French: Le Quatorze Juillet – This free intermediate level French course uses the theme of the French national holiday Bastille Day to teach essential communication and comprehension skills.
- French: Ouverture – This free intermediate level French course uses the study of culture and society and the theme of the “French on holiday” to teach language and comprehension skills.
- Cultures – This free intermediate level French course centers around the subject of French music and teaches grammar, descriptive writing and vocabulary.
- La Cité des sciences et de L’Industries – This free advanced level French course focuses on how to structure arguments, write summaries, use subjunctive verbs, and express oneself in French.
- French: En Ville – This free intermediate level French course will improve your oral and reading skills and centers around the theme of navigating through a French city (asking for directions, finding accommodations, sightseeing, etc.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Courseware – MIT offers a ton of free classes, many of which are in French. French I and French II are a great place to start as a beginner. If you already have a foundation in French, you can move on to several other courses in the French language focusing on everything from Film, Literature, and Politics.
- French I – This undergraduate university level course was taught in 2004 at MIT. It covers the basics of the French language (vocabulary and grammar), provides an introduction to French culture and is taught in French.
- French II – This course is also an undergraduate university level course that was taught in 2004 at MIT. It should be taken following French I and will explore more French vocabulary, grammar, and culture, and is also taught in French.
LanguageGuide.org – Explore the world of French by learning an abundance of vocabulary in a sound integrated, animated guide. After learning the vocabulary you can take part in games to test your comprehension.
Babadum – A free language learning website that features fun flashcard games to help you brush up on your vocabulary.
French Learning Objects by the University of Cambridge – French Learning Objects are independent resources that can be incorporated into a course or simply used for self-study. These particular French objects are intended to improve academic reading skills.
Lingolia – This website has a number of useful exercises and provides helpful explanations about grammar.
BBC Languages: French – The BBC French Language website is a treasure trove of wonderful resources and information. It is high-quality, comprehensive and provides a lot of intelligently presented and produced materials. All BBC language learning pages were “archived” a few years back due to cost-cutting measures, which means they are no longer adding new information or updating the pages. However, you should have no problem accessing the existing information.
ielanguages.com – This website offers free basic language learning text and audio instruction.
Learn101 – This website features free beginner lessons to guide you through learning French, step by step, starting with the Alphabet, moving on to grammar, vocabulary, and phrases, and finally offering simple quizzes to test your progress. These lessons are a basic introduction to the language and have images, text, and audio.
France Bienvenue – This website aims to help you to understand French as it is spoken in everyday life, which we all know can be difficult especially if you don’t live in a French-speaking country. France Bienvenue hosts videos featuring authentic conversations in France and also includes transcripts and instructional information.
The French Experiment – With select children’s stories and beginner French lessons with text and audio, this website has a nice amount of introductory information available.
Francolab – Francolab, produced by TV 5, is a great online resource that supports French language learners and features Canadian content, French songs, legends with fun videos, quizzes, games and a wealth of teaching and learning materials.
Déjà Vu – This radio play about a bilingual love affair between an English Woman and a Frenchman was produced in 2009 by the BBC as a language learning resource. More information and transcripts here.
The French Tutorial – This web-based French course offers a good introduction to the basics with about 200 audio files and 16 chapters of instruction.
Bonjour de France – On the Bonjour de France website you will find grammar worksheets, games and lots of exercises categorized by level to help you learn French.
Learn French Lab – This website is a useful resource featuring grammar instruction, vocabulary, phrases and printable worksheets.
Lawless French – Laura Lawless is an author, teacher, French enthusiast and the owner of this website which boasts a vast selection of free French lessons and high-quality learning resources.
FrenchGames.Net – This fun and free website provides lessons, games, and tests for beginner and intermediate French learners.
Tex’s French Grammar – This educational website was originally created for the University of Texas at Austin students and uses silly cartoons and dialogue to teach French grammar in a fun and lighthearted way.
Enhancing French Skills – Enhancing French Skills is a website created by the University of Texas at Austin as a free resource for intermediate level French language students. Authentic videos from various French media sources, interviews with native French speakers and activities are all organized into themes and you will find links to Tex’s French Grammar where you will find more grammar explanations and interactive exercises.
Les Conversations Mises à Jour – Les Conversations Mises à Jour is another great, free resource brought to you by the University of Texas at Austin. It is geared towards intermediate and advanced French students and features conversations spoken entirely in French. These thematic conversations are used as a way to highlight 7 core language functions: asking questions, comparing, describing, making hypotheses, narrating in the past, reacting/recommending and talking about the future.
CoolJugator – CoolJugator is a verb conjugator website that makes conjugation easy and straightforward.
ToLearnFrench – This site looks a bit outdated but it’s full of lessons, vocabulary sheets, placement tests, thousands of exercises and much more.
Il Etait Une Histoire – The site aims to offer reading access to children and targets kids aged 3-10, as well as parents, teachers, and schools, offering access to a library with over 100 books. This site is clearly for a young audience, but these simplistic stories and fables are a good place to start for beginner French learners.
OrthoLud – Ortholud offers online exercises, grammar and spelling lessons, verb conjugation help, quizzes and much more for French language learners.
Ilanguages – This site is designed to teach French with free vocabulary, phrases, grammar, and flashcards while focusing on highly used words and phrases necessary for everyday living.
Polly Lingual – This website offers some fun games, exercises and beginner level instruction with lessons that include text and audio.
French Stories by BookBox – Cartoons have always been a wonderful asset to language learning, particularity for children. These animated children’s stories are great because the viewer can read along with the narration, which is shown on-screen as “Same Language Subtitles (SLS).” Each word is highlighted in time with the audio, which helps with comprehension and retention.
Omniglot – This site specializes in providing information about languages and their alphabets and writing systems.
First French Words by Oxford University Press – The Oxford First Words book series is a language learning tool for children. This First Words book features over 400 words in French and the interactive online interface allows you to click on the pictures to hear the audio in French along with the French translations. Though this book is intended for children, the fact is that it is a very effective tool for adults to build vocabulary as well.
Digital Dialects – This website makes learning vocabulary fun with interactive games.
Hello World – Hello World has created hundreds of free language learning games and activities that cater to the way children learn best. The goal is to teach languages using cognitive immersion and to keep the process fun in order to increase learning potential. Approximately 1,300 vocabulary words are introduced over 70 different categories.
Goethe Verlag – This website offers 100 French lessons for beginners, each with words, phrases and corresponding audio files.
Loecsen – Loecson offers a free mini-course consisting of fun lessons that provide a basic introduction to French with the help of text, audio, simple illustrations, and quizzes to test your progress. You will learn high-frequency vocabulary words and commonly used phrases relating to 17 themes which are relevant to everyday life.
Verbix – Online French verb conjugator.
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center French Tutorial – This Language Survival Kit Module for French contains basic vocabulary with audio. Both the audio files and the PDF text can be downloaded.
French Grammar – This website offers an immense number of lessons (with a huge focus on grammar), video and audio clips, exercises and more to help you along with your French language studies.
SimpLang French Lessons – This site features 25 basic lessons which include dialogues accompanied by translations and transliterations.
Conjuguemos – Conjuguemos is a go-to site for over 14,000 schools that has helped millions of people learn their verb conjugations. Created by Alejandro Yegros, a high school Spanish teacher from the USA, it is described as a self-grading, self-timed conjugating and vocabulary-building program for learners of all ages that offers over 300,000 activities created by language teachers from around the globe.
Quiz Tree – This website offers educational games and simple quizzes to test your French language skills.
I Love Languages French Lessons – This site provides 17 beginner French lessons designed to help you improve your speaking, reading, and writing skills. Supplementary resources include vocabulary, grammar tips, and phrases.
Lang-8 – This free network is a nice tool to support your language learning. Native speakers are available to make corrections to your text and provide feedback. In return, you provide help to others.
HiNative – iTunes – Google Play – HiNative is an app brought to you by the creators of Lang-8 that allows you to ask questions to native speakers from around the world using your smartphone. HiNative was created to be used alongside Lang-8, and is different from Lang-8 in that it focuses on a Q&A type of learning while Lang-8 is a journal writing experience.
RhinoSpike – RhinoSpike is an interesting website that connects language learners from all over the world allowing them to exchange audio files to help improve pronunciation skills. It allows you to submit text that you would like to hear read aloud by a native speaker, and in turn, you receive the audio file. In exchange, and to speed up the process you can, in turn, provide audio files in your native language for other learners.
MyLanguageExchange.com – This online language learning community connects you with other learners so that you can practice speaking in your second language with a native speaker and vice-versa.
Italki – A community of over 2 million language learners that facilitates free language practice with native speakers. You simply exchange time teaching your native language for time learning a foreign language, making it mutually beneficial and free.
EuroNews – EuroNews is a news media company that features news from a European perspective and offers content in 12 different languages online.
United Nations – Live and On Demand news and media from the United Nations.
Radio France Internationale – Radio France Internationale (RFI) is a French public radio service that broadcasts in Paris and worldwide. The audio news is accompanied by transcripts in simple French.
BBC Afrique – This is the French language service of the BBC which offers French news in Africa and worldwide.
TV5: Apprendre.TV – The French global broadcasting network TV5 hosts a fantastic website in French which focuses on teaching French as a second language. It boasts a wealth of resources suitable for all levels, including activities, videos, grammar exercises and more.
France 5 – This channel is also part of the France Televisions company and focuses on educational programming.
France 24 – France 24 is a 24-hour international news channel.
TF1 News – News and podcasts from France’s private national network. A vast selection of programming is available and can be browsed here.
TV5 – TV5 is a consortium of public TV channels promoting French language and culture from French-speaking countries and most of its content comes from large networks in France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.
Caméra Café – A popular French comedy TV series based on the candid camera concept.
Canal + – French cable TV channel with a lot of entertainment programming.
Arte TV – This channel focuses mostly on cultural and documentary programming.
Le Gorafi – A satirical news website.
Deutsche Welle – German broadcasting company DW provides news in French.
Google News – Read the world news in French with Google News.
SBS Radio French Program – iTunes – SBS is an Australian broadcasting company that targets non-native English speakers and creates programming in many languages. This podcast allows you to listen to interviews, features and community stories from the SBS Radio French program, including Australian and world news.
WordReference – There is no need for a French-English dictionary if you have WordReference. Featuring good translations of words and solid definitions, this site also has helpful forums where French speakers from around the world contribute to explaining subtle nuances or more obscure words.
Forvo – This crowd-sourced site is a great tool to help with pronunciation as it allows you to listen to words and phrases spoken by native speakers.
Dict.cc – A go-to French dictionary and translation website which also offers crowd-sourced recordings by native speakers.
Bab.La – This “language portal” boasts 44 dictionaries for 28 languages, as well as a wealth of other language learning resources, such as helpful articles, games and quizzes, verb conjugations and phrase books.
LearnWithOliver – In addition to a dictionary, this site offers games and flashcards to support your French Language learning.
Collins Dictionary Online – Here you can access the online version of the popular Collins Dictionary.
Tatoeba – Tatoeba is a large, crowdsourced database of sentences and translations. This free resource allows you to search for a word and get results showing that word in sentences with translations.
Talkify – This free, multilingual website is a very interesting and valuable resource that allows you to listen to text in foreign languages. Simply insert a URL into the search field on Talkify and it will automatically detect the language and read the text of that website aloud in a natural sounding voice.
Cambridge Online Dictionary – Here you can access the online version of the popular Cambridge Dictionary.
Learn French the Fast and Fun Way – Barron’s Fast and Fun Way series of language learning books is designed for beginners and great for travelers. This book includes helpful illustrations, quizzes, puzzles, and exercises.
Le Littéraire dans le Quotidien – This free French reading and writing textbook by Joanna Gay Luks is posted on a publicly accessible Google Drive, so you will need a Google account (free) to access it. It is aimed at first and second-year University level French students.
Learn French the Fast and Fun Way – Barron’s Fast and Fun Way series of language learning books is designed for beginners and great for travelers. This book includes helpful illustrations, quizzes, puzzles, and exercises.
Transparent Language – Free online language level testing is offered by this language learning software company.
Cactus Language – This UK based language study abroad organization offers free online language level testing.
Language Trainers – This language training company offers free online language level testing.
Sprachcaffe – One of Europe’s leading language school organizations, Sprachcaffe offers free online language level testing.
Goethe Verlag – Free tests in 25 languages and 600 language combinations. You will find 200 French vocabulary tests and 20 French crossword puzzles.
Syvum – Free French translation games, quizzes, printables, activities and more.
Speak7 – In addition to proficiency tests, this site features a variety of French learning resources.
What Are Your Favorite Free French Language Learning Resources?
We have done a lot of research to bring you the best, free resources that the internet has to offer and we want to make sure our list is always comprehensive. Please share your favorites in the comments below.