If you’re currently learning French and are looking for resources to improve your writing, vocabulary and comprehension, or if you are simply looking to entertain yourself, this article itself will be a great resource for you. Below, you’ll find our list of the best free resources to learn and practice French from your computer or smartphone. We invite you to explore this page and the resources contained herein. We also invite you to see the benefits one weekly exercise will bring to your writing and speaking skills. And please, don’t hesitate to recommend some of your own resources to us in the comments section.
You may know of France’s TV5 Monde, but what you may not know is that they publish excellent learning content for free on their website. You can access their French language portal by going to their “language française” page. There, you’ll find complete resources and tools to help you practice French. They help your improve you French through the use of games, news bulletins, grammar exercises, and documentaries with the subtitles included.
One of their great exercises for beginning to intermediate learners is their section of two-minute videos. For beginners, they provide a transcript with each video. You can also find brain-training games, “jeux d’entrenement de brain“, which will help you memorize French vocabulary. While the videos are appropriate for beginners, the brain-training exercises are recommended for more advanced students. The biggest benefit of these exercises is that they are short and help you periodically refresh your memory.
For daily practice, we recommend listening to 10 minutes’ worth of news each morning, and a great website/news channel do that with is France24. You can stream their live news or watch one of their previous 15-minute news stories. On the same page, you can also watch their interesting documentaries on current event topics. (Sadly, no subtitles for these ones).
BBC French Online
Among with other languages, the BBC has a web portal specifically devoted to learning French, especially for beginners. They have short and interactive videos with the subtitles included. Under “Ma France” or “Talk French“, you can watch videos on a chosen topic, such as traveling, school, dining, etc. Being context driven, we highly recommend using the videos to practice your French and stay on top of vocabulary you’ve already learned — or to master new words.
Learn-French-Help.com is a great resource site for French students no matter their level–Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. They offer free lessons in French grammar, verbs, verb conjugation, nouns and more!
Radio France International (RFI)
In addition to operating a radio station and news channel, RFI produces audio content which can be used to improve your French comprehension. Each day in their “journal en français facile“, they go over a news story and give exercises which will help you practice grammar and boost your vocabulary.
After listening to their podcasts, we recommend that you try some of their multiple activities.
Comment vont les affaires: On the left panel of the same page, you can find several audio chapters which will help you learn and practice French vocabulary for the workplace. Along with each podcast, you’ll find its transcript taken from the book Comment vont les affaires? As we’ve mentioned above, listening to one podcast a week while reading the transcripts will prove to be a great tool for practicing conversations in French.
Bonjour de France
Bonjour de France is a website which publishes short, interactive educational resources. We recommend (for all levels) their French test. They also have crossword puzzles, karaoke games and straightforward grammar exercises.
Entre Pods: Recommended for intermediate–advanced level students, this series of short podcasts (about 10 to 15 minutes each) will help you practice French while enjoying yourself. The podcasts revolve around the scenarios and struggles of an English speaker learning French. They’re original, fun and host young people who always find a fun way to relay their stories about French culture and music.
Videos on YouTube
Out of YouTube’s large supply of videos you can use to practice French, we particularly recommend some of the grammar explanations we’ve seen. A great video, especially for beginners, is the 145 minutes to learn French grammar.
Do you know of any other free resources to learn and practice French? Feel free to sound off in the comments section!
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