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French [Français]

French is a language spoken in France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and by groups in other countries around the world, especially in previous French colonies in Africa. Around 100 million people speak French as their first language. It is an official language of the United Nations and European Community.

This page gives access to courses, French/English/French dictionaries, current events, cultural information, grammar, vocabulary activities, tutorials, podcasts & blogs, free and fee-based software, other resources and information.

Courses/Tutorials

Language Courses

Free

  • Bonjour
    Free French lessons [listed on the right], Real Audio sound files to help you learn.
  • eLearning French
    Selected from the course options [different levels] or specific area learning listed on the home page.
  • Updated ! Foreign Services Institute : French
    1 book, 89 MP3 tapes for audio presentations.
  • Français Interactif
    The First Year French Course, University of Texas. Introduction and 13 sessions available. Also gives access to Tex’s French Grammar in 18 sections.
  • Free Online French Lessons
    ‘3 levels - beginners, intermediate, advanced; 210 hours of entertaining learning; 780 interactive exercises and tests; Recorded by native speakers; 1 250 pictures and photos’.
  • French
    ‘Introductory, interactive video-based courses intended for use by university students and independent learners on the Internet. Offering both Elementary French I and Elementary French II’.
  • FrenchLearner.com
    ‘Free audio lessons covering basic phrases, vocabulary, verbs, songs, more. Scroll down the page to start our series of audio lessons !’.
  • New ! FrenchPod101.com
    ‘A painless and free way to bone up on the language and culture in a relevant, real world way’.
  • Learn French Lab
    ‘Fun, interactive learning experience to learn French fast’.
  • Le Point du Fle
    ‘Free French courses and exercises’. Use the menu at the top left.
  • rfi Langue Français
    Learn the French Language. Multiple sections. Be aware some sections are entirely in French.
  • The French Assistante
    ‘Learn and Practice Free, using our online French language lessons and unique question generator’. Now with audio.
  • Très Bien French
    ‘Interactive French lessons’. Covers Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, grammar, special areas such as Business and Travel. Membership is free and easy.

Fee-based

  • New ! French Lessons Online
    Verbalplanet. #8216;Easy & effective way for anyone to enjoy interactive online French language lessons with some of the best native speaking French teachers from around the world’.
  • New ! La Guinguette
    Online courses at three different levels.

Tutorials

  • French Tutorial Index
    Includes 100+ sections, broken into multiple levels, further links to podcasts [see below], pronunciation [including MP3 download], link to a comparative study between French and Italian tutorials.
  • Learn French Tutorials
    ‘Lessons for beginners and advanced learners. Free French lessons online with audio files. Find dictionaries, translators, conjugators’.
  • Updated ! The French Tutorial
    Free lessons and assistance, including audio files, other resources.

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Language Tools

Alphabets

  • New ! Alphabet & Pronunciation
    Listen to the alphabet. Information about special features and how these are pronounced.
  • New ! French Alphabet
    The alphabet, alphabet video song, audio lesson, Test Yourself !

Videos

Dictionaries

Software

Apps

  • New ! French English Dictionary + Freemium
    Apple, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Offline Dictionary with Comprehensive Entries, Phrasebook, Verb Conjugator, Vocabulary Quizzes, Offline Audio Pronunciation’.
  • New ! Learn French 6 000 Words
    Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘6 000 words with images to illustrate words, phonetic transcriptions and pronunciation recordings by native speakers’.
  • New ! Learn French by MindSnacks
    Apple, Free; In-app purchases. ‘9 addictive games designed for essential vocab & conversation skills’.
  • New ! Oxford French Dictionary
    Android, Not Free; In-app purchases. ‘Even better coverage of the language, with improved treatment of acronyms and EU terminology, as well as thousands of new words in both English and French’.
  • New ! Verb2Verbe Conjugator
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Conjugate and translate over 8 000 French and English verbs’.

Free Software

  • Byki
    ‘Downloads for Windows and Mac include more than a dozen lists of words and phrases with full learning functionality, images for many cards, native speaker sound for all of them’.

Other Sites

  • 1 Minute de Pause
    A sequence of 1 minute cartoon videos, better suited to those at more advanced levels though beginners may find them enjoyable as well.
  • Apprendre
    ‘Pratiquez votre français avec nos collections d’exercices interactifs [Practice your French with our collection of interactive exercises]’. In French.
  • A Vos Plumes !
    ‘For students who want to write better in French and for teachers who want to help them’. Tertiary level. Grammar exercises, vocabulary building.
  • Digital Stories
    “Digital EHON”. A range of simple, original Japanese stories translated into French. Suitable for all levels.
  • French Language Guide
    Language facts, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language tools, courses, culture, translations.
  • French Online Games and Learning
    ‘You’ll be learning French vocabulary and honing all your French language skills, including grammar and spelling’.
  • Languages Online
    DEECD. ‘Make your own interactive tasks’. Multiple languages including French.
  • Learn French [2]
    Grammar, common phrases, common nouns, numbers, time, the alphabet, dictionaries, even cultural information.
  • Updated ! Learn French Online Free
    Links to lessons, verbs, audio, video and games.
  • New South Wales HSC Online - French
    While for the HSC, it provides revision on all aspects of senior secondary French.
  • QCFrench.com
    ‘Here you will find a variety of free materials for learning French online’. Grammar, audio dialogues to test comprehension, pronunciation, worksheets, more.
  • Quia Shared Activities
    ‘6 001 activities. Only the first 100 are shown’. You need to subscribe to continue using this. Free trial.
  • Type French Characters Online
    ‘Easily type French accents and other French characters without a French keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your e-mail application, word processor, etc.’.

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Language Usage

Grammar

  • A Grammar Index
    ‘These French exercises can be useful for reviewing your French language skills at any level’. University of Virginia.
  • French Conjugator
    Enter the verb. Have the program conjugate to show all forms.
  • French Grammar Central
    ‘This resource is ample material for courses on an advanced college level. Grammar guidance, with thousands of verb conjugations, research and hundreds of activities’.
  • French Grammar Tips and Articles
    ‘The pages below offer tutorials and exercises on a variety of French grammar topics’.
  • Updated ! French Interactive Grammar
    In French and English formats. ‘French Interactive Grammar : verbs, conjugation, syntax, French spelling, French definitions’. Opens at the French version. Recommended for use in European schools.
  • Gramm-O-L’eau
    A French-Canadian site that uses game activities to develop grammar skills. All presentations are in French. Recommended as popular in schools.
  • LanguageGuide.org
    ‘Grammar Introduction’. Multiple sections.
  • Le Conjugueur - All About French Verb Conjugation
    A mixed French and English presentation. Recommended for use in European schools. ‘French conjugation, Grammaire, Exercises, Game, The forum, Spelling, Rules, Numbers, Translation, Synonyms’.
  • Tex’s French Grammar
    ‘Arranged like many other traditional reference grammars with the parts of speech [nouns, verbs, etc.] used to categorise specific grammar items [gender of nouns, irregular verbs]. Individual grammar items are carefully explained in English, then exemplified in a dialogue, and finally tested in self-correcting, fill-in-the-blank exercises’.
  • Verb Conjugation Reference
    ‘Conjugations are organised by verb. View conjugations/download PDFs via the table of contents. Or download all in one package’.

Vocabulary

Other Sites

  • Digital Dialects : French
    ‘Free games for learning languages include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets’.
  • Digital Dialects : French [Advanced]
    ‘Click on links below to begin the French language learning games. Buttons with the round speaker icon indicate games that include audio’.
  • Learn Basic French
    ‘Includes many free grammar lessons, vocabulary word lists, help with regular and irregular verbs and a basic French dictionary’.

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Other Information

Culture

  • New ! Culture of France
    ‘History, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family’.
  • New ! Culture of France [Wikipedia]
    Language, religions, regional customs and traditions, specific communities, families, relationships, role of the state, lifestyle, media and art, architecture and housing, holidays, conventions,links, more.
  • New ! France.fr
    ‘The official website of France’. Select “Art & Culture” from the THEMES as a starting point.

Other Sites

  • Boowa et Kwala
    Practise your French language skills while you “travel” around the world.
  • Free French Lessons and Courses
    ‘A number of free language lessons and courses for those learning French, along with other French language resources, French online newspapers, French dictionaries, French internet radio sites, other sources relevant to the student of French’.
  • French for Preschoolers
    ‘Will help teachers with any level of experience to make learning French rewarding and fun for you and your students ages 1 to 8 years old’. Fee-based.
  • French Language
    Includes geographic distribution, dialects, history, phonology, orthography, writing system, grammar, vocabulary, references, external links. Wikipedia.
  • Jim Becker’s French Page
    Collection of links for French. Culture, grammar, games, dictionaries, search engines, more.
  • Learn French
    ‘How to learn French and how to speak French’. Links to online courses, online grammar help, online vocabulary help, more.
  • Le Petit Prince
    ‘Un guide pour “Le Petit Prince” par des élèves à Sydney en Australie’. Created by a Sydney school.
  • MATHOIS, Le site futé de mathématiques pour les élèves
    ‘The clever Mathematics site for pupils’. If you want to use the French language in other areas, then this could be a good place to begin. Mathematical actions are generally common for all groups while the site also includes all mathematical areas as well as videos and animations.
  • Tennessee Bob’s Famous French Links
    More than 10 000 links to educational and language sites related to French.
  • The ARTFL Project
    ‘The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language’. Language, literature, information, culture.
  • Wikijunior : Languages - French
    Writing system used, how many people speak the language, where it is spoken, the history of the language, some famous authors or poets using the language, basic words in the language, a song/poem/story to learn in this language, references.

Podcasts, Blogs, …

  • Ah Oui ?
    ‘Resources for e-learning, learning French, teaching French. The focus is online learning and resources for French’. Podcasts to interactive material and worksheets. Each clearly annotated and linked to specific posting areas, e.g. French sound files, French Culture.
  • Coffee Break French
    ‘Learn French with teacher Mark and student Anna in weekly lessons. Learn where and when it suits you’. Fee-based.
  • Daily French Pod
    Podcasts, archive, grammar & vocabulary, exercises, more. Fee-based.
  • French Etc.
    ‘French Etc. features 4 weekly Podcasts’ - Beginners, Intermediate and two Advanced levels.
  • French in Action
    ‘Video instructional series in French for college, high school classrooms, adult learners. 52 half-hour video programs, audiocassettes, coordinated books, Web site’.
  • FrenchLingQ
    ‘On this site you will find hundreds of French lessons to read and listen to free of charge. The podcasts cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced level lessons and topics include basic greetings, social issues, language learning and more all in natural French’. You can sign up for a free account.
  • FrenchPodClass
    Multiple podcasts, good links page for related material, link to a learning centre. ‘To present vocabulary on a specific subject and reveal some part of the language or culture that may be new to you’. This takes you to their actual feed site. Not free.
  • New ! JeFrench
    ‘Just sign up on the right and enjoy Free Quality Content ! We offer a mix of French lessons [video and audio]’.
  • Learn French by Podcast
    ‘Audio podcasts for learners of French as a foreign language’. A mix of free and fee-based.
  • Podcastfrancaisfacile
    Easy French Podcast. Extensive material, all in French.
  • New ! SBS Podcasts : French
    ‘Podcast of news stories, sports, entertainment’, more.

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