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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

  • Basic French Language Course
    ‘Free online French course covering basic grammar concepts, useful vocabulary words and phrases, as well as regular and irregular French verbs’.
  • Bonjour
    Free French lessons, Real Audio sound files to help you learn.
  • eLearning French
    ‘The website includes 24 lessons with audio [beginners to intermediate level], French proverbs and sayings, French slang and idioms as well as a 2-way dictionary’.
  • Français Interactif
    The First Year French Course, University of Texas. Introduction and 13 sessions available.
  • Free French Tutorials
    ‘An online course of free French language tutorials including basic text lessons, vocabulary lists, a glossary as well as printable worksheets’.
  • Free Online French Lessons
    ‘A professionally prepared course with up-to-date educational content : 3 levels - beginners, intermediate, advanced; 210 hours of entertaining learning; 780 interactive exercises and tests; Highest didactic features; Recorded by native speakers; 1 250 pictures and photos’.
  • French
    ‘The French courses are introductory, interactive video-based courses intended for use by university students and independent learners on the Internet. We currently offer both Elementary French I and Elementary French II. Each course is divided into five thematic modules, with three lessons within each module’.
  • French Basic Course
    Foreign Services Institute. PDF documents, mp3 tapes for audio presentations. Two volumes, an Introduction to Phonology and a “Le Monde Francophone” student text.
  • French - BBC Languages
    Online Beginner’s course - French Steps. Intermediate level has multiple activities, resources. Gauge your level, how to improve, Talk French, games & quizzes, more.
  • FrenchLearner.com
    ‘Our site offers hundreds of free audio lessons covering everything you need to know to learn French including basic phrases, vocabulary, verbs, songs and much more. Get started now by clicking on any of the words below. Then, scroll down the page to start our series of over 150 audio lessons !’.
  • Learn French Lab
    ‘Fun, interactive learning experience to learn French fast ’. Sections include grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, phrases. Several have ‘Free audio, video and PDF lessons along with interactive exercises’.
  • Learn to Speak French
    Free online lessons - Basics, Grammar, Words and Phrases, practice and exercises, other links.
  • Le Point du Fle
    ‘Free French courses and exercises’. Very extensive and detailed. Worth visiting.
  • Ma France
    ‘Improve or brush up your basic French with the help of Stéphane Cornicard and 24 interactive video units. The films were shot around Lyons, the Alps and in Provence’.
  • 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. It’s free and cool !’. Now with audio.
  • Tres Bien French
    ‘Interactive French lessons’. Covers Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, grammar, special areas such as Business and Travel. Membership is free and easy.

Tutorials

  • French Tutorial
  • 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’. Some material for other languages.
  • The French Tutorial
    Free lessons and assistance, including audio files, other resources. Also fee-based lessons available.

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Language Tools

Dictionaries

Other Sites

  • 1 Minute de Pause
    A sequence of 1 minute cartoon videos, possibly better suited to those at more than beginner level though they 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’. Primarily for a tertiary level. Includes grammar exercises and vocabulary building.
  • CCDMD
    ‘The CCDMD produces printed, digital and online materials for teaching staff and students throughout the Québec college system’.
  • Digital Dialects : French
    ‘Features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets. Games use Flash Player’.
  • 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’.
  • Digital Stories
    “Digital EHON”. A range of simple, original Japanese stories translated into French. Suitable for all levels.
  • 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 Kids
    French resources.
  • French Language
    Includes geographic distribution, dialects, history, phonology, orthography, writing system, grammar, vocabulary, references, external links. Wikipedia.
  • French Language Guide
    Language facts, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language tools, courses, culture, translations.
  • French Online Games and Learning
    ‘As you play with these fun activities, you’ll be learning French vocabulary and honing all your French language skills, including grammar and spelling’.
  • Jim Becker’s French Page
    Collection of links for French. Culture, grammar, games, dictionaries, search engines, more.
  • Languages Online
    Victorian Education Department. ‘Resources for language teachers and students. Downloadable Game Maker templates enable teachers and students to build their own multimedia games and activities using any language installed on your computer.’. Covers multiple languages including French.
  • Learn Basic French
    ‘The site includes many free grammar lessons, vocabulary word lists, help with regular and irregular verbs and a basic French dictionary. Everything is free’.
  • Learn French
    ‘How to learn French and how to speak French’. French courses in France, links to online courses, online grammar help, online vocabulary help, more.
  • Learn French [2]
    Language Learning Library. Grammar, common phrases, common nouns, numbers, time, the alphabet, dictionaries, cultural information. Worth a visit.
  • Learning French
    Links to sites that assist learning and understanding French.
  • New South Wales HSC Online - French
    While for the HSC, it provides revision on all aspects of senior secondary French.
  • Online Education Tools
    German, French, Italian versions. No longer Free.
  • QCFrench.com
    ‘Here you will find a variety of free materials for learning French online’. These include grammar, audio dialogues to test comprehension, pronunciation, worksheets, even Québécois pronunciation and comprehension dialogues.
  • Quia Shared Activities
    ‘6 001 activities. Only the first 100 are shown’. You need to subscribe to continue using this. There is a free 30-Day trial.
  • Resources for Learning French
    ‘Summary of resources I’ve found useful learning French. The selection of resources is slanted toward the goal of survival : mastering the language sufficiently to be able to buy a car, read the newspaper, get your furnace repaired, all the other fun-filled components of day-to-day life’.
  • Tennessee Bob’s Famous French Links
    Not only a great name but more than 10 000 links to educational and language sites related to French.
  • 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.
  • Yes French
    A small but growing number of lessons provided for free. These cover general areas plus specific areas such as grammar basics.

Software

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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.
  • Colle Francaise
    Looks at joining words, translations, M/F endings.
  • French Conjugator
    Enter the verb. Have the program conjugate to show all forms.
  • French Grammar Central
    ‘With nearly 580 links, this resource is ample material for courses on an advanced college level. It contains 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’.
  • French Interactive Grammar
    Available in both French and English formats. ‘French Interactive Grammar : verbs conjugation, syntax, French spelling, French definitions’. Opens at the English 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’.
  • Le Truc de Genres
    ‘By learning the following 40 word endings, you can correctly identify the gender of 75% of French nouns with an accuracy of close to 95%. These rules correctly predict the gender of more than 13 398 nouns’.
  • 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

  • French Vocabulary Guide
    Audio files for all sections. Presented in French but with English translations either direct or on mouse over. Sections on Grammar [including pronunciations] and Readings, both with audio.
  • L’argot [French Slang]
    ‘This is the first site on the internet where you will improve your fluency in French slang. The main goal is to increase your proficiency in understanding l’argot so you won’t be at a loss the first time you hear it’.
  • Wordsteps
    ‘Enrich your Vocabulary. WordSteps is a place for people to learn foreign words and keep their vocabularies in fit condition. Here you can not only enrich your vocabulary, but you can also track your progress and recall the words you could forget’. Select “French” from the language choices.

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Other Information

Culture

  • France in the United Kingdom
    Tour France, see the sites, learn the culture - using English and French language, information, assistance.
  • The ARTFL Project
    ‘The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language’. Language, literature, information, culture.

Other Sites

  • Boowa et Kwala
    Practise your French language skills while you “travel” around the world.
  • French for Preschoolers
    ‘The guide 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’. Note, that while reasonably priced, this is fee-based.
  • Le Petit Prince
    ‘Un guide pour “Le Petit Prince” par des élèves à Sydney en Australie’. Created by a Sydney school.
  • L’occitan sus InterNet
    ‘Dedicated to the public promotion of the Occitan language [Provençal]. Detailed description of the language, translation service, links database’.
  • 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.
  • 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.’.
  • Years 1-10 Languages other than English
    Sourcebook modules. Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

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Podcasts, Blogs, Videos

  • Ah Oui ?
    ‘I have taught French , German and English for many years at secondary level. This site provides resources for e-learning, learning French, teaching French. The focus is online learning and resources for French’. Ranges from podcasts to interactive material and worksheets. Each is clearly annotated, given a range of descriptive tags and linked to specific posting areas, e.g. French sound files, French Culture.
    Good collection !
  • Coffee Break French
    ‘Learn French with teacher Mark and student Anna in weekly lessons. Learn where and when it suits you : listen online, or download audio lessons, burn them to CD or listen on your iPod or mp3 player’.
  • Daily French Pod
    Podcasts, archive, grammar & vocabulary, exercises, more. These are fee-based.
  • Fancy French
    ‘The Online French Course, using the Manesca method. Learn Formal Literary French through Speaking and Listening. Download our free lessons to your MP3 player from here or from iTunes’.
  • French Etc.
    ‘French Etc. features 4 weekly Podcasts’ - Beginners, Intermediate and two Advanced levels.
  • Beginners French
    ‘Beginners French made easy with free videos and podcasts. Learn French for free online. We have more videos on our site’.There are other videos listed on the first site.
  • 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.
  • Learn French by Podcast
    ‘Audio podcasts for learners of French as a foreign language’. Reasonable in cost, but fee-based.
  • Learning with French-Podcasts
    ‘Free French podcasts about real-life topics. No academic teaching, no actors, just conversations with real people at normal speed. Full transcripts, English translation !’
  • Podcastfrancaisfacile
    Easy French Podcast. Extensive material, all in French.
  • The FrenchPodClass
    ‘To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play’. Requires iTunes to be installed to be used.

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