Resources for French learners

These are some ways I learn French. It is not exhaustive, and I will try to add to it over time. I am not sponsored by any of these, though in a couple I might get a referral bonus if you sign up through my link.

italki

This has been the biggest boon for my language-learning process. Having someone to speak French to, even back when I was awkward and stilted, really helped me build confidence and find a more natural way of speaking. (I’m also a tutor on italki, teaching English to intermediate speakers.)

Udemy

The courses often go on sale, and there are some good ones. I’d recommend any by Anne Le Grand, like this one on the subjunctive – but she also has one on the past tense and one on pronunciation.

Bescherelle

If you’re looking for grammar books or apps, go no further. It’s really, really good and very reliable. I have the book “L’art de conjuguer” and I also downloaded the app onto my phone.

Beelinguapp

Reading stories with both French and English simultaneously really helped me get back some of my vocabulary after not practicing for a few years.

HelloTalk and Tandem

Both of these apps give you the chance to talk and interact with native speakers of your target language whilst also giving you the chance to help others. Both have free and paid options.

Memrise

There are some good resources on French vocabulary here, both created by the site and by users. I prefer the user-created content. You can also make your own. However! Don’t bother with the app, it’s terrible. The website is much better.

Duolingo

I don’t actually use this any more, but if you want to get started with language learning this is a really good way to build a habit and sneak in a few minutes of learning between other tasks. It’s also fun. However, I wouldn’t recommend relying on it by itself.

Quizlet

A simple flashcard site/app. I use it to record vocabulary I come across or am taught in my lessons, then revise whenever I have a few minutes. On the app it allows you a lot more options, but the site is good too.

The French Experiment

Lots of sites offer French lessons, but this one has been useful for me in revising some of the basics lately. It’s also less clunky than a lot of language-learning sites.

Netflix/Disney+

Because I’m in Canada, almost all the shows on streaming sites are available in both French and English. I like to pick a show or movie I’ve already seen and watch it in French. If I’m feeling tired, I’ll add subtitles – but always in French, not English (of course if you’re a beginner, English subtitles help). There are also interesting shows/movies already in French.

Youtube

It’s amazing how many people share their language learning skills and tips or entire classes online for free. Here are some of my favourite – they’re a mixture of people teaching you French via English, people teaching you French via French, and just interesting French channels that I use for practice (and because I enjoy them).

Please share any resources you use to learn French! I’m always on the look out for more options.

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