French 101

Top Resources for Learning French

Learn French with these useful resources from around the web.

There’s never been a better time to learn a language. No matter your age or experience, a plethora of tools and resources are available to get you started or help you improve your language skills.

Best of all, many of these resources are completely free.

Check out the links below to jump-start your French.

General

Omniglot - Basic overview of French with alphabet and useful links
Wikipedia - Overview of the French language

Free Courses

Duolingo - Interactive French course with mobile app
Foreign Service Institute (via 101 Languages) - French Basic course
Foreign Service Institute (via 101 Languages) - French Metropolitan course
Foreign Service Institute (via 101 Languages) - French Phonology course
Peace Corps - Introductory French language course

Amazon - French language learning materials
French Pod 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
Pimsleur - Comprehensive French course based on the Pimseleur method
Rocket Languages - Premium French language course
Udemy - Online French courses from experts
Babbel - Interactive web and mobile French learning software

Phrases

Defense Language Institute - French language survival kit basic guide
Loecsen - Basic French phrases for travel with audio and illustrations
Surface Languages - Basic French phrases with audio
Wikivoyage - French travel phrases (no audio)

Dictionaries and Translation

Bab.la - French-English online dictionary
Bab.la - English-French online dictionary
Google Translate - Translate to and from French

Grammar and Vocabulary

Antosch & Lin - French audio flashcard system
Bab.la - French conjugation tool
Forvo - Collection of French words pronounced by native speakers
Wikipedia - French grammar
Memrise - Spaced repetition site and app for learning French vocabulary
Verbix - French verb conjugation tool

Video

Easy Languages - Learn French from authentic street interviews
French Pod 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
TED - Watch TED talks with French subtitles and transcripts
Yabla - Learn French with interactive videos
YouTube - Search videos for learning French

Radio and Podcasts

Social Media

Meetup - List of French language meetups worldwide
Reddit - /r/french subreddit for learning French
Reddit - /r/FrenchImmersion subreddit for learning French

Books

Children's Books Forever - Free children's books in French
Children's Library - Children's books in French
Project Gutenberg - Download or read French language books online for free
Wikivoyage - French travel phrases (no audio)

News

20 Minutes - Easy to read French news

Other Resources

Duolingo - Interactive French course with mobile app
FluentU - French Language and Culture Blog
Babbel - Interactive web and mobile French learning software

Articles and Opinion

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