French

This is the language I have studied the longest. I feel comfortable conversing with it now, although that wasn’t always the case.  It has caused me much heartache because I’ve always wanted to perfect it.  Now, je m’en fous.

Links

  1. Alison – French – offers several free courses.
  2. Ba Ba Dum  – interactive flashcards available for several languages.
  3. BBC Languages – French – although it is no longer being updated, it’s still a good resource.
  4. BonPatron – free; Pro $15/ year – if Grammarly had a French cousin, BonPatron would be it. It’s a great way to practice your writing, which it will correct. This helped correct a lot of the beginner Franglais mistakes. I did have a membership at one point because I didn’t want the ads AND I wanted to keep a log of my entries.
  5. Coffee Break French Podcast
  6. Easy Languages – “Learn language from the streets!” They have other languages available. It’s one of my favorite YouTube channels.
  7. Français Facile – it may not look pretty, but it gets the job done. You’ll have plenty of worksheets and practice tests to keep you busy.
  8. French in Action – I am a child of the 80’s and I spent plenty of hours watching PBS. This was my introduction to French in a way where it forced me to learn to listen to the language to understand it as quickly as possible.  
  9. French Linguistics: Grammar Tips and Articles  – When in doubt, practice some grammar.
  10. Free Language – French – free language resource library with other languages available. Start here: Beginner French Audio + Textbook.
  11. IELanguages – French – free language resource library with other languages available.
  12. Learn French By Podcast
  13. Lingua – choose from 5 languages. Vocabulary games, spaced repetition.
  14. Linguanaut: Learn French – another free language resource with other languages available.
  15. Litterature Audio – audiobooks in French
  16. Live Lingua – French – I discovered this one kind of late. They have other languages available is probably one of the most comprehensive online language learning libraries I’ve seen to date.
  17. News In Slow French (Intermediate) Podcast
  18. One Thing in a French Day Podcast
  19. SquidTV – listings of Francophone television channels and radio stations.
  20. The French Tutorial – simple and easy French if you’re just starting out.
  21. Traduction du Français au Français – ha! French translation by French folks.

Apps

  1. 100 Questions Orthographe – free with in-app purchases. Go ahead and drive yourself crazy. All joking aside, this will test your skills and patience. Available for iOS only; don’t fret Android users, you can still use the web version.
  2. 7 jours sur la planète by TVMONDEfree for the Lite Version (blue); $1.99 for the Pro version (gold)Keep up with the current events in French! Each week you get three news stories along with vocabulary (15+ words) and expressions. The web version goes more in depth and you can really start moving towards your French language learning goals. Available for iOS and Android.
  3. Beelinguapp: Learn Languages with Audiobooks free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS and Android, I love this app. You can read and listen to books in two languages.
  4. Duolingo – FREE. I know many folks who don’t like Duolingo, but it has its upsides. It’s easy to start, just download the app or head over to their site and start learning. I especially love chatting with the bots and trying to earn more lingots (in video game speak, cash, coins, and rubies) to unlock more culture lessons. Get the TinyCards (iOS/Android) app to create your flashcards too! Available for iOS and Android.
  5. La conjugation Frenchfree with in-app purchases; iOS only. There’s a web version, too.
  6. Larousse Français – $4.99; free web version. It’s a French dictionary in French. Available for iOS and Android. I must add that the web version also has plenty of short stories to practice reading comprehension.
  7. Mango Languages subscription required; $19.99/month or FREE with any participating library. I used to get this for free from my local library, and one day they suddenly stopped supporting it. It’s similar to Duolingo, but it focuses more on visual and audio. The monthly subscription is $19.99, but you’ll have over 70 languages at your fingertips. I love that in between lessons, it will give you culture tips. You can access Mango Languages via web and download lessons through the app (iOS and Android) on to your phone or tablet.
  8. Polly Lingual free with in-app purchases. This used to be called Très Bien French and now is part of a language suite where you can learn other languages also. I have this on my AppleTV as well as on my iPhone for easy access and learning on the go. If you want to unlock all 13 languages, you’ll need to get the Polly Passport. The annual fee is $9.99. I love this subscription because I can also access it on other devices. It’s also one of the cheaper options out there. One thing to note is that you can also hire a Polly Ambassador who are live video tutors.  Their rates and experience are listed clearly.
  9. Projet Voltaire – free with in-app purchases. This app has a way of making you feel like an idiot. A little tough love never hurt anybody! You can even work towards certification. Available for iOS and Android.
  10. Speak and Translate by Apalon Apps free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS only.

Books

  1. 501 French Verbs by Barron’s Educational Series
  2. Barron’s Learn French the Fast and Fun Way
  3. Berlitz French Verb Handbook
  4. Berlitz French Grammar Handbook
  5. Berlitz French Business Dictionary
  6. Bescherelle Dictées 6e
  7. Better Reading French by Annie Heminway
  8. Collins Easy Learning French Conversation
  9. Colloquial French Grammar by Wiley-Blackwell
  10. Cortina Method Conversational French in 20 Lessons
  11. Dictionnaire Etymologique de La Langue Française by Librairie Hachette (for l’Académie française) – old book, but if you can find it, guard it with your life!
  12. French At A Glance by Gail Stein
  13. French Conversation DeMystified by McGraw-Hill Education
  14. Hide This French Book by APA Publications
  15. Hugo in 3 Months: French  by Ronald Overy
  16. Hugo Advanced French by Ronald Overy and Jacqueline Lecanuet
  17. In-Flight French: Learn Before You Land by Living Language – just the basics ma’am. It’s intended to be used while you’re on your way to your destination.
  18. Language Hacking French by Benny Lewis
  19. Learn In Your Car French by Henry N. Raymond
  20. Le souvenir French Phrasebook and Journal by McGraw-Hill Education – this is a travel journal that includes a phrasebook.
  21. Merde! The REAL French You Were Never Taught At School by Geneviève
  22. Merriam-Webster Easy Learning French Idioms
  23. Talk Dirty French by Alexis Munier and Emmanuel Tichelli
  24. The Berlitz Self-Teacher: French
  25. The Complete French for Cats by Henry Beard – okay, if you love cats, you’ll find this one cheeky and fun.
  26. The Singer’s Manual of German and French Diction by Dr. Richard G. Cox

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