Free French Lessons

Learn French for free online. Down­load free audio lessons to your com­put­er or mp3 play­er and start learn­ing French instant­ly. To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our com­plete col­lec­tion of Free Lan­guage Lessons.

  • French in Action — Free Web Site
    • Pro­duced by Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, these video lessons uses the sto­ry­line of an Amer­i­can stu­dent and a young Frenchwoman’s adven­tures in Paris to teach the lan­guage.
  • Ma France — Web Site
    • The BBC offers 24 video lessons that will teach you French.
  • Duolin­go French — Web Site
    • A pop­u­lar free lan­guage-learn­ing and crowd­sourced text trans­la­tion plat­form. As users progress through lessons, they simul­ta­ne­ous­ly help to trans­late web­sites and oth­er doc­u­ments. Check out Duolin­go’s iPhone and iPad apps.
  • Easy French Poet­ry - iTunes Free
    • A French as a sec­ond lan­guage pro­gram, using poet­ry as a top­ic for dis­cus­sion using every­day con­ver­sa­tion­al French.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Course - Web SiteSpo­ti­fy
    • The course is designed to enable you to reach con­ver­sa­tion­al pro­fi­cien­cy. You learn how to con­trol the French sound sys­tem by lis­ten­ing to the tapes and repeat­ing each phrase. The dia­logues present nat­ur­al spo­ken French in a vari­ety of con­texts, such as, greet­ing peo­ple, reg­is­ter­ing at a hotel, get­ting a train tick­et, and shop­ping.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute Basic Course: Phonol­o­gy – Web Site
    • The Intro­duc­tion to French Phonol­o­gy course pro­vides addi­tion­al drills for those who wish to sound like a native speak­er of the lan­guage. The course may be used ben­e­fi­cial­ly at any stage of learn­ing the lan­guage.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute French Fast – Web site
    • Designed to famil­iar­ize you with sit­u­a­tions encoun­tered abroad, and to pro­vide you with the lan­guage skills you need to cope effec­tive­ly with those sit­u­a­tions.
  • For­eign Ser­vice Insti­tute French: Head­start for Bel­gium – Web site
    • Text­book and cul­ture notes (PDF) and six­teen audio lessons (PDF).
  • Foun­da­tions of French for Glob­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tionMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC) — King’s Col­lege Lon­don
  • Fran­co­labWeb Site
    • French Cana­di­an site pro­vides resources for lan­guage learn­ers and teach­ers. Includes videos, quizzes, inter­ac­tive mod­ules, audio-visu­al pre­sen­ta­tions, and a wide selec­tion of Cana­di­an pro­grams cov­er­ing a vari­ety of social and cul­tur­al top­ics.
  • French Begin­ner’s Ser­i­al and Oral Course 2016YouTube
    • Learn basic French with the Manesca French Course. 91 videos on YouTube.
  • Le Jour­nal en français facile — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Night­ly news from RFI pre­sent­ed in slow­ly spo­ken French to assist you with your com­pre­hen­sion.
  • Learn French — iTunes Free — Feed — Web Site
    • A well-reviewed series of lessons for begin­ners and those who want to brush up on their French.
  • Learn French in Your CarSpo­ti­fy
    • Gram­mar and vocab­u­lary to begin­ners, offer­ing guid­ance in pro­nun­ci­a­tion and lan­guage fun­da­men­tals.
  • Learn French with Cof­fee Break French — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • The pro­duc­ers of the very pop­u­lar Cof­fee Break Span­ish now offer a pro­gram that will teach you French.
  • Learn French with Dai­ly Lessons — iTunes Free
    • These lessons are brought to you by French teach­ers from Paris. They are best suit­ed for those who already have some begin­ning French under their belts.
  • Learn French with Spo­ti­fySpo­ti­fy
    • A col­lec­tion of audio cours­es on Spo­ti­fy, that will take you from begin­ner lessons to advanced conversations–featuring essen­tial trav­el phras­es and vocab­u­lary.
  • News in Slow French — iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Pro­gram dis­cuss­es the Week­ly News, French gram­mar, and French expres­sions in sim­pli­fied French at a slow pace.
  • Speak and Read FrenchSpo­ti­fy
    • Three albums of a French lan­guage course, Speak and Read French, cre­at­ed by Armand Bégué, a pro­fes­sor at Brook­lyn Col­lege and his wife, Louise Bégué, in 1959. For basic and inter­me­di­ate lev­els.
  • Talk French — Web Site
    • A live­ly intro­duc­tion to French pre­sent­ed by the BBC.
  • Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas: Fran­cais inter­ac­t­if – Web Site
    • UT pro­vides a series of inter­ac­tive vocab­u­lary lessons. Media can be down­loaded from the site.

To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our col­lec­tion: Learn Lan­guages for Free: Span­ish, Eng­lish, Chi­nese & Beyond.

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