LangCorrect is a free community-driven writing site where users can both contribute to editing others’ work and receive feedback on their own writing.
After writing your piece, you may submit it to receive feedback from other site users. In order to ensure accurate feedback, multiple users can cross-check the corrections that were made and add comments.
Volunteers and Patrons have access to writing in up to 10 languages, but typical users can write in a maximum of two languages at a time. Everyone is encouraged to both write and correct others’ work on the site.
If you are looking to improve your writing skills in one of the over 100 languages available, trying out this resource is a must! However, if you’re studying a less common language and not finding many users to give you corrections, consider trying the exercise section in italki’s community features.
The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.
Forvo’s mission is to improve spoken communication across cultures. Anyone can explore pronunciations of millions of words in over 390 languages with maps displaying where each speaker is from. The site also organizes popular categories and essential phrases for when you don’t have a specific word in mind.
As a registered user, you can contribute to the site by pronouncing words or phrases in your native language or by requesting pronunciations in a specific language. You are also encouraged to vote on audio files in your native language to help others identify the best pronunciation. For those of you who enjoy using Anki, Forvo allows you to download mp3 files to use in your learning endeavours.
Forvo also has an e-learning course for French, Spanish, and English; you will find three levels and a group of topics with sets of the most common words in your target language. Using an SRS flashcard system, you will be able to learn the pronunciation of these words and view an example of how to use them in a sentence.
If you are looking for a pronunciation reference guide, look no further than Forvo’s extensive database!
Tandem is a popular language exchange app with over one million active users. It’s available for iOS and Android and aims to bring language learners from all over the world together. It’s largely centered around its chat capabilities and language tools that facilitate communication, but there is also a tutoring service offered in the app.
Verbling is an online language-class marketplace where you can take lessons with teachers of your choice. It has some student-friendly extra features, including a built-in online classroom, flashcards, homework calendar, and a filing system for lesson materials. There are also useful but disorganized forums where you can discuss languages, share writing for critique, and do free language drills and exercises.
The lessons are generally high quality and well structured, plus the filters make it easy to find teachers who specialize in everything from accent reduction to interview preparation.
However, it can be slightly pricier than alternatives, so if you’re on a tight budget, you may want to look elsewhere. It also has fewer languages than some of the bigger competitors, so it might not be a good choice if you want to study Azerbaijani, Khmer, or Yoruba.
In his podcasts and videos, innerFrench’s founder, Hugo, articulates clearly and speaks at a slightly slower than natural speed to ensure maximum comprehension and learning. He also speaks exclusively in French, including when he introduces new words, so that viewers can have the full immersion experience.
His material addresses a variety of topics that focus on French culture and sometimes dabble in relationships and health. He films high-quality videos for intermediate learners and includes funny interactions, personal insights, and supporting videos and images. The podcasts are about half an hour long, and if you sign up for a free account, you can read the full transcription on his website.
Hugo’s online course, Build a Strong Core, will help you overcome the intermediate plateau with a detailed roadmap of daily lessons. Every lesson of the 30-day series contains a series of activities that highlight specific skills. You will listen to stories, address common grammar mistakes, and learn to differentiate between formal and informal French. Hugo designed the course to bring you closer to the advanced (B2) level, so you will find that it goes more in-depth than the free content.
If you are at a B1/B2 level, you can also check out the Raconte Ton Histoire course, which will train you to tell your own story. There are interviews with French speakers conversing at a natural speed, with quizzes and exercises to help you answer the same questions posed in the interviews.
Daily French Pod
Daily French Podcast is a series of short 4-5 minute podcasts developed by a team of educators — all with a Master’s Degree in French as a foreign language.
The narrator will read a short fact about current events, history, or culture. He will then repeat it, then deconstruct the new words. You will hear examples of how to use the words in different contexts, and also an explanation of the tenses of various verbs. Whether or not he translates words into English varies, but even with the translations it would seem that 98% of each episode is in French. He speaks relatively slowly, but some of the vocabulary is more advanced; intermediate learners would benefit from the new vocabulary, while the content would probably help upper-beginner learners advance their listening comprehension.
The creators also have a series of other podcasts for more advanced learners and native speakers. You can learn about culture, science, health, history, travel, tech, and more in 1 to 3 minute segments. Check them out here.
WordReference is one of the best websites for single-word translations. It uses a combination of its own dictionaries and Collins’, depending on the language, and relies on professional translations rather than machine-translations. With each word you look up, you will receive multiple examples of how to use it, nuances of each meaning, and a list of how to incorporate it into multiple phrases. Whereas sites like Bab.la seem to have machine-translated examples that sound quite random at times, WordReference’s examples can be applied directly to your everyday conversation.
You can also find conjugation tables and the Collins COBUILD English Usage dictionary, which shows you how to use individual English words correctly — through its explanations, English learners will be able to differentiate between words that are easily confused (such as ‘current’ and ‘currant’). If the explanations don’t make sense, you can ask questions in the WordReference Language Forum — there you will find an active community of language learners discussing language learning topics.
Unfortunately, not all words have audio pronunciation, but those that do can be played back at different speeds and with different accents (depending on the language).
Although WordReference is a thorough resource, SpanishDict is probably a better option for Spanish learners, and Pleco is the only dictionary you will ever need for Chinese. Linguee is also similar to WordReference but specializes in formal language, and Forvo has millions of words pronounced by native speakers in hundreds of languages.
italki is the most flexible and affordable place to find a tutor for the language you’re learning. They have a huge number of teachers offering classes to students of over 100 different languages. As a learner, you’ll be able to find a tutor that best fits your learning style, schedule, and personality. Teachers are able to set their own prices and make their own schedule.
Podcast Francais Facile
The goal of Podcast Français Facile is to support learners in passing from level A1 to A2 of the DELF. Beginners who use this resource can probably develop a solid foundation of basic French and confidently move on to A2 without worrying about gaps in their knowledge. At the same time, the website and beginner podcasts may be difficult to navigate for an absolute beginner, as everything is 100% in French. It can also be confusing seeing the introductory videos introduce the most basic vocabulary words, but use more complicated words to describe the concept. Nevertheless, with the help of a dictionary (maybe Readlang for the text) you can have access to tons of free content.
Although some of the pages are just lists of verb conjugations, most of them are interactive. There are multiple explanations and exercises in the lessons to help solidify your understanding. The Intermediate section has transcripts with links to specific grammar or vocabulary exercises, and you can organize the dialogue section by grammar topic. Some of the exercises support translations into other languages, such as English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, and Arabic.
Besides the basic lessons and dialogues, there are also reading comprehension activities, videos on phonetics, dictations, and a free A1 and A2 DELF test.
Overall, Podcast Français Facile is an excellent resource for beginners, and it’s 100% free!
Similar to Dreaming Spanish and Comprehensible Russian, Alice teaches French using comprehensible input. With this method, she speaks at a level just above that of the learner: you do not have to understand every word, but through gestures and images, you can gradually increase your comprehension abilities. Alice’s YouTube channel has hundreds of high-quality videos that tell stories, tour you around different countries, and teach about francophone culture.
Alice has also developed a self-paced video course for total beginners to later beginners. It contains transcripts and audio files, with bonus stories for all levels. She does not teach the nitty-gritty details of French grammar — instead, you will learn through listening, similar to the way you learned your first language as a child. Remember that this method is not for everyone, so if you don’t enjoy it, there are other ways to learn a language. Watch some of her YouTube videos to see if this style suits you, and if so, then subscribe to her French learner’s community to gain access to the course. She also sells a series of beginner books that you can enjoy without a subscription.
For comprehensible input at the intermediate level, Hélène from Wandering French will teach you about the Quebecois language and culture while touring the world, while Hugo will continue to teach you about French culture in innerFrench