Most Recommended French Resources

italki

If you're interested in taking online French classes, italki is the place to go. On this platform, there are hundreds of teachers that you can book classes from. The classes are quite affordable, especially when compared with other options. You can also find language exchange partners and submit your writing to be corrected by members of their community for free. Review.

Speechling

Speechling is one of the best ways to improve your spoken French - both pronunciation and rhythm. They make it easy to record yourself speaking and compare it to native speakers. For free, you can also access a bunch of extra study materials, like dictation, quizzes, listening practice, and more. The paid version lets you submit unlimited recordings to be corrected by a teacher. Review.

Grammar Hero

Grammar Hero focuses on 5 important aspects of French grammar that students often struggle with. This course, for lower intermediate students, or a bit above that level, teaches grammar within its natural context. It consists of 15 different stories written for French learners. Students first simply notice when a grammar point is used, before learning it, internalizing how to use it, and finally reproducing in on their own. Review.

Lingoda

Lingoda is an online language school that teaches a few languages, including French. It's pretty flexible in that you can schedule classes at any time of the day. Their curriculum is also rather extensive with hundreds of lessons to choose from. It's a bit unique in that you can take private classes as well as classes in small groups of up to five students. While not cheap, it's still pretty affordable. Review.

Memrise

Much like Duolingo, Memrise is an extremely popular free resource for language learning. There are lots of French courses, some added by Memrise and others by users. It's best for studying vocabulary but there are courses for other topics as well. The content is taught through flashcards and there are a lot of game-like elements that make them a bit more fun. Review.

FrenchPod101

FrenchPod101 teaches French primarily through audio lessons, but there are also some videos as well. The basic plan offers a ton of content and is one of the most affordable paid resources you'll find. There are also Premium and Premium Plus plans that are a bit more expensive and include extra materials. There are tons of lessons covering lots of topics, but it's best for beginners. Review.

News in Slow French

News in Slow French is definitely one of the most fun ways to study the language. They offer a weekly podcast episode discussing current events, spoken at a slower pace, made specifically for French learners. You'll also find important grammar and expressions in the episodes, as well as on their website with quizzes and explanations. There are lessons available for everyone from beginner to advanced level learners.

Lawless French

This website is completely free and offers a ton of useful information for those studying French, regardless of their current level. There are grammar lessons, listening practice, pronunciation guides, speaking tips, quizzes and tests, and a whole bunch more. The site is definitely worth checking out.

 

Pimsleur

Pimsleur is among the most popular language learning courses but in the past was too expensive. Now that they have an affordable subscription plan, it's something I'd recommend. The lessons focus on oral French - listening and speaking while ignoring grammar.  Compared with most other courses, you need to be more active in the lessons and will start speaking quicker. Review.

Lingodeer

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Lingodeer is a newer app for learning several languages, including French. It's fairly similar to Duolingo where you learn the language by completing a lot of short exercises. However, I prefer Lingodeer because it's a bit more comprehensive. It includes more grammar explanations and the audio quality of recorded sentences is much better. Best of all, Lingodeer is also free to use. Review.

Rocket French

Rocket French

Although it's not the cheapest (or most exciting) course around, Rocket French is quite thorough. Throughout the three levels, French is taught very clearly with lots of explanations. It's primarily an audio course, but there are also lots of exercises to practice what you've studied in the lessons. It's available as an app or from their website and you can try it before purchasing. Review.

LingQ

One of the best ways to learn a language is by reading and listening to a lot of material that's suitable to your level. On LingQ you'll find interesting content that's great for those learning French. Much of it added by users and comes from a wide range of sources. As you read, words that you don't yet know will be highlighted with a different color than words you already know or are learning. Review.

SimSums French

SimSums was created to make more interesting reading material for intermediate and higher level learners. These are non-fiction book summaries, written in an easier to understand way and narrated in French. There are three free downloads available - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steve Jobs, and The 5 Love Languages. You can download them here. 

125+ Resources To Learn French

There are a bunch more good resources to study French. This page has a massive list of over 125 of them - many of which are free.