The Best Free Resources For Learning French

Looking for the best free French resources to use in between your Lingoci lessons? This is the page for you.

TV & News

Radio & Podcasts

Online Dictionaries

Flashcards

Other Tools

TV & News

TV5 Monde – One of France’s major stations, TV5 has a strong range of digital content. You can watch the international news here. Do it every day, instead of watching the news in your own country, and you’ll improve your listening comprehension considerably. Following the news is a great way to supplement your learning. News reporters usually speak their language clearly and you’ll often be able to guess what the story is about. TV5 also has many fascinating documentaries and debates (select ‘Emissions’ in the top menu).

TV Replay – The best site for finding recent French TV programmes. You can select from a huge range of channels, and even choose by theme if you need to improve your French on a particular topic. Note, some (but not all) of the programmes won’t work if you’re outside of France.

Arte – Arte is renowned for the quality of programmes, though they’re not all available outside of France. One of our favourites is Xenius, an intriguing documentary series exploring all sorts of interesting questions.

Le Monde – Possibly France’s most famous newspaper. It’s widely respected for the quality of journalism, and the website is nicely designed.

Le Figaro – Another famous newspaper. Whilst Le Monde is centre-left, Le Figaro is right-wing.

Radio & Podcasts

Radio France – France’s public service broadcaster offers you a choice of 7 networks. They also have an app that you can use to listen to podcasts. This is handy if you’re time-poor as you can listen whilst commuting.

RFI (Radio France Internationale) – A high quality French radio channel covering news and current affairs across the world.

Radio Garden – Tune into radio stations around the world just by moving your mouse across the screen. Great for listening to French music or the local news.

Online Dictionaries

Reverso – A brilliant dictionary created in partnership with publisher, Collins. Examples show each French word within different sentences. This is really useful for gaining a deeper understanding. You can also see further translations for colloquial words and expressions that have been added by users.

WordReference – Like Reverso, this dictionary is continually growing through user input. As a result, it’s really good for understanding the differences between regional dialects. If the dictionary doesn’t highlight the translation you’re looking for, you can check the forum at the bottom of the page. WordReference also has one of the best verb conjugators.

Linguee – Linguee displays translations at rocket speed, before you have even clicked the search button. It also has recordings and displays how each term has been used in context on different websites.

Forvo – A dictionary specifically for learning pronunciation. It has a database of several million words pronounced in over 300 languages – all recorded by native speakers. An essential resource!

Pro tip – keep an online dictionary open during your lessons to aid your learning!

Flashcards

Are you struggling to remember all the new words and rules that you’re learning? Flashcards are quite possibly the most effective way to memorise language. They use a concept called spaced repetition – an algorithm learns how well you know each word/flashcard, then prioritises them so that you study the things you don’t know, without wasting precious time on the things you already do. You can create flashcards using the new vocabulary you’ve come across during your lessons. Alternatively, certain tools allow you to download flashcards created by other users. Whilst creating your own does require a small time investment, it is well worth it!

Anki Web – the original flashcard system. It’s free, open-source software. The only downside is the interface is slightly complex.

Anki App – an app available on all devices.

Quizlet – like the others, Quizlet allows you to create your own flashcards online. Download the mobile app and you can learn during your commutes to work. You can easily access all the French flashcards created by other users via this link.

Other Tools

Apprendre le Francais avec TV5 Monde – One of our favourites. You can choose your estimated level (A1 to B2), then select a topic. Each topic has exercises and videos to build your understanding. You can also take a test to determine your level.

FLE Video  – Like to test yourself? This site allows you to take quizzes created by French teachers. Most of them have a video to watch before answering questions. You can choose your level at the top.

Language Guide – Here you’ll find vocabulary and grammar guides complete with accompanying recordings. There are also book extracts that you can read and listen to. It’s ideal for beginner and basic level students.

Bonjour de France – Another super resource with texts, videos, podcasts, and exercises for all levels (A1 to C2).

French By French  – Packed with dialogues. Each one has an English translation, a vocabulary list, grammatical explanations and an exercise. You can also slow the recording down if it’s too fast for you.

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies  – Gives you a choice of 40 dialogues. It shows the transcripts in French and English so you can compare the two languages whilst listening to the videos.

Ver Taal – Filled with grammar, vocabulary and listening exercises for all levels.

Lingolia – Offers clear explanations and exercises for improving grammar skills and building vocabulary. Pro tip – if you’re an intermediate or advanced student, in the top right you can change the site content from English to French for an extra challenge!

ThoughtCo. – Here you can find many interesting articles. There are also lessons. The only downside is that it’s not particularly well organised.

TED French – TED is known for its short, inspiring talks given by experts and thought leaders. This page shows all talks that have French subtitles.

DELF/DALF exams – These are the official certifications given by the French Ministry of Education. If you want to know what your language level is or test your progress, you can take past papers via either of these sites: CIEP | DELFDALF.