French Resources

I was lucky to grow up speaking French and English, and I’ve been teaching French for over a decade now. Here are some of the resources that I recommend to my adult students who are studying French, either in class with me or on their own.

Resources for learners:

italki – find language partners, have your written work corrected or find an affordable tutor.
*I teach a very limited number of conversational French classes through italki. While I’m not often actively seeking new students, I’m always open to discussing the possibility of working with you – check out my teacher profile and send me a message if you’re interested!

French in Action – These half-hour videos are part of a larger language learning program. They can be used on their own to improve French listening comprehension skills. They’re a bit dated, but they really do work.

Conversation Exchange – a great place to find email buddies or Skype language partners

Duolingo – This free site offers a gamified approach to learning vocabulary, sentence structure and basic grammar.

About French – This site is full of regularly updated information, quizzes and explanations. Unfortunately, it’s plastered with ads, which can be a bit obnoxious. Click here for a suggested six-month self-directed grammar study for French beginners.

Talk French (from BBC) – Interactive audio-video introduction to French for absolute beginners.

Ma France (from BBC) – Interactive audio-video course for learners with some basic French.

FSI Basic French – This open source program was written and recorded in the 60s by the American Foreign Services Institute. It offers a variety of drills and is a very comprehensive free French program. It can be dry at times, but it will help you reach automaticity in spoken French.

7 jours sur la planète – Current news reports with full transcripts and learning activities for beginners and intermediate students.

France Bienvenue – Interviews and conversations on a variety of topics, with full transcripts.

News in Slow French – The title says it all: it’s the news. In French. Spoken slowly. Part of this weekly podcast is available for free on iTunes. You can also go directly to the News in Slow French site and pay a membership fee for a longer podcast and full transcripts.

Television shows from Canada (aimed at native speakers)

News and current affairs from Canada:

 

7 thoughts on “French Resources

  1. Cat

    Wow, this is a great list! I signed up for Duolingo just now 🙂 Thanks also for the self-study link from About French. I like that site but I find it difficult to navigate sometimes. Very helpful!

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      Duolingo is a great resource! But out of the whole list, I think that French In Action is my absolute favourite. Bonne chance learning French. 🙂

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  2. Cat

    Merci, Stephanie! I have added French in Action to my list of materials and hopefully, I can get started with it over the weekend. 🙂

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  3. Ada

    I love your blog. I started studying Spanish a month ago and I’m trying to study French a bit at the same time. I’m not sure I can do it but I’ll try hard. I love learning foreign languages and your blog is just heavenly, full of great information. I also love your passion for learning multiple languages. Thank yo so much for an awesome list.

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Ada! You’re brave to take on two new languages at once. Personally, I prefer having a language at an intermediate level before starting a new one. But if you’re having fun, then that’s great! I’m glad you’re finding the resources useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about French (from a teacher’s perspective) or Spanish (from a learner’s perspective). Happy language learning!

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  4. Giacomo

    Hi Stephanie! I just wanted to say thank you for this list of priceless resources. My French skyrocketed as I skimmed through the list list 🙂

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