What are the best resources for learning French?

French is considered by many to be the most beautiful language in the world. It is also quite useful, as it is spoken not only in France, but also in large parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and southeast Asia. So, why not start learning French with some of the great resources suggested by our users in the list below? You'll "parlez français" in no time.

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    #1Verbling

    Verbling
    Learn all kind of languages (Spanish, French, Italian...) with native teachers taking lessons via video call.
    Course

    $6- Varies by plan

    Rubén Arriaga
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "Verbling was a great way for me to learn French! It felt like a more personal touch with my tutors and they really understood what I was struggling with and specifically keyed in on those areas. It was a fun way to really learn the language the best way for myself."
  2. 86

    #2italki

    italki
    This service connects you with native speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jordan Sims
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "italki is a website that has teachers for many different subjects, with French being one of them. It is overall a great website and a good resource for learning the language."
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    #3Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Roy Kennedy
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "Best app ever. Duolingo is fun and easy to use, I started learning French one morning and it was so engaging that the same day I had advance a couple levels. I am busy and having access to the app on my phone gives me the advantage to learn at my pace. You can also form teams and learn with friends, coworkers or your kids. Modern and easy way to learn French."
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    #4Elementary French I

    Elementary French I
    Are you new to French? In this course, by Carnegie Mellon University, you will learn the basics of the language. The time commitment will typically average 6-8 hours per week.
    Course

    Free

    Daniel Davidson
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "I like the way each lesson is presented, the video is very useful to get used to listen to French. Each lesson takes about a week to be completed and you can go back as necessary. This course is very intensive although is elementary level, you will be able to understand and communicate in French at the end of it. "
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    #5HelloTalk

    HelloTalk
    HelloTalk is a language and culture exchange community. It connects you with native speakers of other languages so you can improve the language you're learning by chatting informally with them.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Andy Yan
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "This is an amazing app. I can't believe how easy it was to being learning french. This isn't your run-of-the-mill computer generated teaching tool. This was real people speaking a real language. What better way to learn than to hear a human speaking the language. If you've ever said you can't learn another language, or have tried and failed...try this..it's amazing!"
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    #6Ma France

    Ma France
    Ma France will help you improve or brush up your basic French with the help of Stéphane Cornicard and 24 interactive video units. The language you'll learn is spoken and up-to-date. It will help you to deal with a range of practical situations and conversational topics
    Course

    Free

    Raymond Harvey
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "I thought Ma France was a good way to intensively learn French. I think the interface can be a little overwhelming at first glance but that's just because there is so much to use, which is a good thing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to learn French."
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    #7French 4 You

    French 4 You
    Vincent is a French teacher that will help you learn his native language from scratch. His site has more than 10.000 videos that help him teach you all you need to know to master his language.
    Videos

    Free

    Anthony Williamson
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "French 4 You is the best french language teacher I have found. All of the lessons are available online and you can take them at your leisure. The lessons are very thorough and fun. I do them while I am making dinner for the family. If I need to go back and refresh what I havelearned previous lessons are just a click away. Super program!"
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    #8French Word-a-Day

    French Word-a-Day
    A blog maintained by an American living in France. She'll teach you new words and expressions every day. You'll improve your French while she shows you the fantasic place where she lives with her family.
    Websites

    Free

    Willie Barrett
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "I was going to be taking a trip to France. I didn't know very much French and wanted to find a way to learn more before my trip. I found this and thought it looked like a pretty cool resource for learnign French. I loved the MP3s and the blog everythign was great and I found myself learning French easier than I thougth I could. "
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    #9Learn French with Alexa

    Learn French with Alexa
    Alexa is a very nice French woman that teaches you her native language in a very straightforward and fun way. In her Youtube channel you'll find conventional lessons and other playful topics.
    Videos

    Free

    Stephen Elliott
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "I had initially had my doubts about learning French through videos on YouTube, without any formal interaction. I couldn't have been any more wrong, Alexa taught at a pace and offered such great recommendations on how to practice what we were taught in that lesson /video. She also posted great articles to help us learn how to read in French and was also available to e-mail or message any questions that we have."
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    #10Flock Talk

    Flock Talk
    A language learning app that allows you to freely talk with other language learners around the world. Read and comment with others in the language of your choice. Gain points by participating in the flock, either by posting/commenting or by liking other posts and comments.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    George Gardner
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "This may be a good resource for learning french, but I do not own apple products, so it will not work for me at all. I also noticed that the product has not received enough reviews to post a rating. This tells me the product may be new enough to not have worked out all the bugs yet."
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    #11Talk French - A video introduction to French

    Talk French - A video introduction to French
    A basic French course by BBC that will show you the basics needed for having a conversation. The course has videos and printable activities.
    Videos

    Free

    Roger Jordan
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "Talk French is a great resource when starting to learn French! I love how there are transcripts in which you can follow along as you watch the videos. There are even practice worksheets! If you're more familiar with French and looking to become an even more fluent speaker, the material Talk French covers might be too basic. But it's perfect for a beginner like me!"
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    #12Tex's French Grammar

    Tex's French Grammar
    A complete website where you will find all the rules and grammar of the French language + very useful downloads (pdf, mp3, podcasts) that will help you with your learning process
    Websites

    Free

    Michael Reid
    Written on January 26, 2017
    "Tex's French Grammar was really easy to follow and learn from. The lessons were very well thought out and not overwhelming. There are lots of resources along the way to help you understand what you are learning and there is lots of support if you are unsure about something. It was a great product."
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    #13Conversation Countdown

    Conversation Countdown
    Have your first conversation in a foreign language in just seven days. You can achieve that with an alternative method that is very different from the others listed.
    Course

    $67

    Lawrence Bates
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "Language is about communication and this site gives wonderful opportunities to enhance your learning of another language! It is a social thing- indeed. I was a little leery about the site saying you can learn in a week. Love the bullet points (check marks). Overall great site- we may use it!"
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    #14CoffeeBreak French

    CoffeeBreak French
    A complete course where you will learn everything you'll need. You'll be accompanied by experienced teachers, so you'll make solid progress as build your range of expression and mastery of French grammar quickly.
    Course

    $92

    Christopher Burton
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "CoffeeBreak French has been a great help in picking up another language. We're planning a trip to France next year and I've wanted to pick up some good language skills before we go. I've tried some other software for learning but they mostly seem to help you memorize words and phrases. CoffeeBreak is great because it teaches you how to use those things conversationally and it has real native speakers rather than an English speaking teacher or computer voice speaking to you. They offer the first lesson for free so give it a try for yourself."
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    #15Forvo

    Forvo
    Find out how any word is pronounced. Just type the word you're looking for into the search bar and voila!
    Websites

    Free

    Xiang Wu
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "Forvo is a great resource for learning French, and it is easy to use. Just put a word in the search bar and it pulls up your options to translate it, and then pick the language you are wanting it translated into. Forvo not only shows you how it is spelled in French, but you can also play the pronunciation as many times as you need. I found it to be a great tool to help refresh my high school French skills."
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    #16Ciel Bretagne

    Ciel Bretagne
    Practice your French level with these exercice, exams, business exams, games, etc. You will find interactive and printable exercises.
    Websites

    Free

    Brandon Meyer
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "This is a great resource to make sure you are prepared for an upcoming French examination. The questions have a broad range of difficulty and material coverage. I would consider this essential to those wishing for peak performance on any French language examination."
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    #17Bonjour

    Bonjour
    A recap of free resources to star learning French from scratch. It includes theory, exercises, links to movies and reading material and much much more.
    Websites

    Free

    James Stevens
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "Internet now has a plethora of "language learning sites" that are really social networks disguised as language learning sites, but as of bonjour.com I found it nothing but enjoyable! Their home page is very easy to use and gives me access to all the information I need regarding learning the basics of a language! I tried the school approach that is learning words and simple expressions first and them seaming them together. Bonjour´s main menu gives me that option, starting from top on the section "Learning French: greetings and courtesies". A drop-down box gives me access to the expression to practice along with an audio file showing correct pronounciation. Then I can go to any issue and situation neccessary.. up to "love and romance" :-) getting through "u est la station de métro la plus proche ?" (transportation). It gets me through the most urgent language needs I have. "
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    #18FluentU

    FluentU
    FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos, movie trailers, news, inspiring talks and more.
    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- month. Varies by plan

    ivan.arguello
    Written on May 24, 2017
    "I have always wanted to learn french but the problem is how will i go about learning it. It is not like we can go back and listen during that high school elective, FluentU makes the incredibly simple and incredibly fun. After no time i was able to speak phrases and hold short conversations in french and i am sure with more time i will soon be fluent."
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    #19busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Keith Jordan
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "Planning for a trip to France this summer and got the busuu app to prepare. This is hands down the best app to learn a language fast! It is fast and you can use it on the go. I started with basic phrases and moved on to learning the language in no time. The course if fully interactive and can be personalized to your learning goals. "
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    #20Learn French. Speak French

    Learn French. Speak French
    Explore language exercises for reading, listening, writing and speaking enhanced with a dictionary, verb conjugator and state-of-the-art speech recognition technology - you'll feel like having your own French language tutor in your pocket.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Kevin Qiu
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "I want to learn French and here is an app that is literally "LEARN FRENCH" As far as a solution goes, it doesn't get cleaner than this. The reviews seem positive and it's free to download so I would absolutely, positively think this is a good solution and would likely download it. "
  18. 5

    #21French in Action

    French in Action
    Old but gold. A well known course from the 80's where you learn french through immersion in practical situations in 52 lessons.
    Course

    Free

    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "This unique take on teaching french immerses the student in the lanuage with a "role-play" type experience. Students are immersed in a comical teleplay that follows a young French woman and American student on adventures across France. Guidebooks and worksheets help students interact with what they see on the screen and a variety of subjects are covered to expand vocabulary."
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    #22Pimsleur

    Pimsleur
    With Pimsleur you will learn in the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation of the new language as used in everyday conversation.
    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- Level 1. Varies by plan

    Jerry Gibson
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "Learning a whole new language as an adult is a daunting task, but by breaking it up into 30 minute sessions, Pimsleur makes learning French not only possible, but highly enjoyable! The ability to listen in my car on the way to work or on my phone during lunch break ensures I always have a way to fit in a lesson. It's incroyable (incredible)!"
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    #23Learn French +

    Learn French +

    Learn French + is a language learning app which is designed for learning to speak and understand French quickly and in a fun way. It features 101 lessons, 1190 phrases, and over 3500 exercises to help users speak French fluently.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Marc Bolh
    Written on June 24, 2019
    "This app includes and accurate translator and comprehensive dictionary. Student will appreciate the verb conjugation, vocabulary quizzes and flashcards. Travelers will find the phrasebook useful. Unique features include attaching notes and pictures to dictionary words, customizing the phrasebook and voice lookup."
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    #24French Translator Dictionary +

    French Translator Dictionary +

    French Translator Dictionary + is an app that enables users to translate words, phrases, and sentences from French to English and vice versa. This language assistant app also features over 504,000 entries for free. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

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    #25Live Lingua

    Live Lingua

    Live Lingua is a website that offers English language lessons through Skype. The online service provides standard English Lessons, exam preparation, and specialized courses at different rates.

    Websites

    $24- Varies by plan

    Ray Blakney
    Written on January 31, 2019
    "Live Lingua offers free language learning material for French. You can then take Skype lessons with tutors for if you want to take it to the next level."
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    #26Teach Yourself French

    Teach Yourself French

    Teach Yourself French: Complete Course is written by Gaëlle Graham as part of the Teach Yourself Languages. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Teach Yourself Books.

    Books

    Check price

    Jacqueline Cooper
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Did not really work for my child. Hearing it would be better then reading it."
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    #27WordReference

    WordReference
    WordReference is an online translation dictionary for English-French, English-Italian, English-Spanish, French-Spanish, Spanish-Portuguese, English-Japanese, English-Portuguese and more. You can also find definitions, synonyms, antonyms and conjugations.
    Websites

    Free

    Benjamin Wallace
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I have thought French was a beautiful language, but have never had the time to learn it, but now that my career has taken off I wanted to dedicate some time to learn it. As we live in the age of information I was sure I would be able to find an online resource to help me get started. I was stumbled upon a site called WordReference, however, I was quickly disappointed as this site is more of a translation site or a language dictionary. "
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    #28WorldLingo

    WorldLingo
    WorldLingo, is a provider of translation and localization services and technology.
    Websites

    Free

    Sai Jaiteley
    Written on October 11, 2017
    "For actually learning French, WorldLingo is horrible. Sure, it may translate what you type, but that's all you get. To LEARN a language I need to interact with people, not just have an automated system do a direct translation. "
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    #29Wordfast

    Wordfast
    Wordfast is a user-friendly, platform-independent translation memory technology for translators, LSPs, corporations, and educational institutions.
    Websites

    Free

    Omar Velázquez
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I have been using this solution for a few days now and do not believe it is the best way to learn French. It is good for translating documents from English to French, but that is very different from actually learning how to speak French. I think their are better resources out there if that is your goal. I cannot recommend this solution."
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    #30Clozemaster

    Clozemaster
    Clozemaster is a language learning app that allows you to achieve new vocabulary by completing thousands of sentences with the missing word. Users can use it for free, although subscribers can enjoy advanced features.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Gustavo Leal
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Clozemaster is an app that teaches you a new language by just filling in the missing word from a list of four choices. It has a free and paid version. The free version will teach you just fine. It has all the tools to teach you French or a different language if you give it the time. It fits the topic fine."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning French
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VerblingCourse 93 Paid
2italkiWebsites 86 Free
3DuolingoApps 83 Free
4Elementary French ICourse 81 Free
5HelloTalkApps 79 Free
6Ma FranceCourse 76 Free
7French 4 YouVideos 73 Free
8French Word-a-DayWebsites 69 Free
9Learn French with AlexaVideos 65 Free
10Flock TalkApps 63 Free
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