Top 49 Learn French Sites

Top French Site Awards

Top Learn French Site

The internet is a amazing tool for learning French. But with so many sites to sift through, it can be tough to find the best learn French sites.

That’s why I created the Top French Site Award to honour the cream of the crop on the internet. Below is the list of winners, I’ve split the list into topics to make it easier to sort through.

Did I miss a worthy site? Leave your comments and let me know.

Educational Resources

The quality of free learn French material online is astounding. My hat goes off to all the sites below.

BBC French – The mother of all learn French websites. I reviewed BBC French in a previous post.

About.com French – Comprehensive resource for learning French.

Carnegie Mellon Free French – The prestigious university’s French courses aren’t easy, as they feature natural French speakers – but they are high quality and free!

French Assistant – Free French language lessons, with over 150000 French words and phrases.

Learn French Video – Scores of lessons and tutorials on phrasese, grammar, verbs, and more.

French Revision – Interactive French lessons for the younger crowd (11-18).

Anne Fox Learning French – A collection of educational tools to help your French.

French Culture dot org – The official website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy has tons of links to educational resources throughout the USA. Fantastic design on this site – something you don’t see often on government sites.

French in Action – Dozens of instructional learn French videos.

Wild French – A site that compiles various online learning resources that are made available through courses and textbooks.

Learn French with Quebec Gov’t- This is the official Quebec immigration site aimed at helping new Quebeckers master French. Quizzes, exercises, resources and more.

Zut Junior French – Between 9am and 4pm, this site offers free French activities to help kids learn French.

Frenchtastic People – Fantastic resource with lessons, exercises, and exams broken into 23 weeks.

French Teachers dot net – This site run by three French teachers in the UK started as a way to share teaching resources with other teachers. It has since grown into a site packed full of great learning resources.

Interactive French- Great resource from the University of Texas. Video and audio lessons will help your French.

Francophone Louisiana – This site was created by the Consulate General of France in New Orleans. Rich in learning resources and links.

French as a Second Language – French teacher Pierre Renaud has put together a great site with activities and print-outs for kids.

Mango French – Free French courses with slideshows and quizzes. Also features a number of other languages.

Blogs

I love the blogs below because they each give you a different perspective to French and learning French.

Foreign Language Fun – Diane, a French teacher, has put together a great blog here.

La Dame Dragon – A Canadian blog that focuses on corporate training of French.

I Heart France – Warm and funny blog by a high school French teacher in Texas.

Bringing up Baby Bilingual – Fascinating blog about raising a bilingual child. By a former French teacher.

The French Corner – Learning French Blog with lots of links. Check out their custom French Facebook applications!

Polly Vous Francais – Great blog about an American in Paris.

Naked Translations – Céline Graciet is an accomplished English-to-French translator who authors this engaging blog.

Too Many Frogs & One Brit – Hilarious blog about a Brit in France. Be prepared to laugh!

The French Journal – A great blog on French culture. Unfortunately the author does not post as frequently as I’d like to see!

Le Franco Phoney – Funny and well-written blog about life in France from an Australian’s perspective.

French Culture and Life

While these sites may not directly teach you French, they will give you a deeper insight into what it means to be French. The more cultural knowledge you have, the richer your understanding of French will be.

This French Life – Robust and active site focusing on French life. A must read if you want to move to France.

The Paris Blog – Group blog covering life in Paris.

Paris Daily Photo – The title says it all – one picture from Paris everyday by skilled Parisian photographer Eric.

From Paris With Love – A cool Paris blog for those planning to visit.

Montreal City Blog – Kate McDonnell’s blog about Montreal will keep you up on life in Canada’s coolest city.

Web in France Magazine – An English magazine about life in France.

Link Lists

In my searches I found a number of fantastic link lists to high-quality French sites. Many of the sites on this list were orginally discovered through the sites below.

Best French Websites – University of Northern Iowa’s Jim Becker has put together a massive list of recommended French resources. I’ve spent many an hour on this site following Jim’s links.

Tennessee Bob’s French Links – Loads of great French sites are linked from the University of Tennessee Martin’s teacher site.

College City of San Francisco’s Links – A huge list of French sites can be found here.

French Links – Geoff Hare’s site currently contains over 700 French sites.

Fred Riley’s French Links – 50+ great French links.

The French Connection - Australian National University French links. UPDATE: Unforunately this page is no longer live.

Fun

Sometimes you need a break from studying – on your break be sure to check out these fun French sites.

Social Networking for Languages – Busuu.com lets you connect with native speakers of the French language. Offers standard educational components too.

Live Mocha – Social networking site that connects you with free learn French tools and a way to connect with French speakers that want to learn English.

Real French – Thousands of games and activities to help you learn French.

French Slang – Finally, a site that teaches slang! Features audio and lessons.

French Mystery - If you can already read some French, this is a great site to help you brush up without making it feel like work. Play a detective and solve a mystery – in French!

French Podcasts

Podcasts are a great use of technology. They allow you to learn French on the go – whether it’s the gym or the train, you can be brushing up on your French!

Beginner French Podcasts – Great series of podcasts for those just starting out.

Daily French Podcast – Learn French via podcasts! A great use of technology to help you learn.

The Verbcast – The Verbcast is a podcast that focuses on French verbs and their tenses.

Peace Corps Podcast – 17 podcasts by the Peace Corps to teach you the French spoken in Mali.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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41 Responses to “Top 49 Learn French Sites”

  1. diane says:

    I’m so honored! Merci :-)

  2. Thanks to Google Alerts, I just found out I was on your Top 49 Learn French Sites’ list!

    I am really honoured! I do my best to inform people (especially Canadian civil servants) regarding corporate second language training… a small niche indeed, yet needed!

    Thank you very much!

  3. Thanks, Nic! I’m glad to discover your blog, too.

    I wrote a post about a year ago on some of my learn-French-in-your-pajamas tricks. Thought you might like them too.

    http://pollyvousfrancais.blogspot.com/2007/09/miss-know-it-all-on-learning-french.html

    Polly

    P.S. Can we use that nice topFrenchsite widget if we link to you? It’s great!

  4. flora says:

    Another fun learning/social networking/language site I found a few weeks ago through a google alert “language learning” is http://www.edufire.com. Very similar to livemocha listed above. Just thought I would share this resource with you all as well.

  5. Nic says:

    Hi Flora,

    Thanks for the heads up! I checked out the site and it looks great. If I get a chance I’ll do a post on edufire.

    Cheers,
    Nic

  6. Thanks very much for including Le Franco Phoney in your listings.

  7. Kenneth Trommetter says:

    Instant French…Thanks for saving me time and money and allowing me to practice french FAST. You’ve got the best website out there…Ken

  8. [...] been a week of wonderful surprise blog awards. Nic at Instant French named Foreign Language Fun a Top French Site. Merci, [...]

  9. Bettina says:

    Awww shucks, thanks a lot for mentioning Too Many Frogs here!

  10. Marie-France says:

    Thanks for the links. If you check my blog I have included some great blogs in my blogroll. More on my delicious

  11. ilhaan says:

    WHAT CAN I SAY!!!
    i mean it is a great website and i really enjoy studying this language beacause it is fun!!!!

  12. Edmund says:

    Wow!This is a great website!I will surely add it to favourites.Thanks a lot!:)

  13. Ewa says:

    Hi, what a great website! My son is in french immersion school (grade1) and I’m always looking for some great resources online to help him stay excited about that wonderful language. Your listing will be so much help! Great job! I created a website about learning french for kids and I am thinking about expanding it every day ( http://www.french4kidznow.com ) but I am sure to bookmark your! :)

  14. Tanishq says:

    HEllo,
    I wanted to know if u could give me the names of some good french websites
    thank u

  15. Nic says:

    Hi Tanishq,

    Is the list above of 49 not enough? LOL

  16. Also check out Learn French Language Guide, a free learn French website with detailed grammar explanations. I think this site merits inclusion in the top 49! What do you think?

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  18. Jamie says:

    Brand New

    langlearner.com

  19. Lisa says:

    http://www.verb2verbe.com is great for conjugating and translating French and English verbs.

  20. [...] virtual is more your thing and you want to study conjugations or practice your reading, Instant French is a great source with the “Top 49 Learn French Sites.” A few of my personal favorites [...]

  21. clara says:

    Dear all
    I’ve created a website on the french culture habits and language. I would like to have to feedback from your side…some ideas to develop it…could you have a look on it ?
    best regards

  22. Hi, I am wondering if you would consider adding my new website to your list? It is designed mainly for children but can be used by anyone. It features sound (voices) character animation, all in CG settings. It is simple to use and is being added to all the time. It is at:
    http://www.mulingo.com

    thanks,
    Michael Patterson
    Mulingo Media
    Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada

  23. Sarah says:

    I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a year or so and just discovered that you included me on this list–merci mille fois! Having all these sites compiled in one place is so useful.

  24. Julie says:

    Hi, I publish a blog about Provence, in English, for those who live there or travel there or just love it. I also cover Paris…but mostly Provence. Please check it out when you have a moment! I’d be delighted if you’d add me to your link list…and thrilled to earn one of your Top French Site badges. Thanks!
    Julie

  25. Julie says:

    Silly me, forget to give you the title. It’s the Provence Post at http://www.provencepost.com. Thanks!

  26. hi Nic
    Yes, you did miss a worth site/blog
    http://www.eyepreferparis.com

    I would be grateful if you listed my blog on there and would put a link to yours.
    look forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards
    Richard

  27. Very Helpful Site. Well done.

  28. Ankit says:

    Tres Bien, Merci
    Thats all i could conjure right now :) .

    ankit

  29. jack says:

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for this impressive site. Could I suggest that with each of the resources you indicate the degree of difficulty?
    Here are two fairly advanced sites which you might like to add.

    Listentofrench.org
    sonsenfrancais.org

    They were both developed by my friend David Archer who has learnt fluent French without even visiting France! As you will see the second site is especially challenging.

    Regards

    Jack

  30. gail says:

    Thank you so much for all the websites and the time and effort it took to do it.

  31. Frenchy says:

    This is very good, very informative. I am a French Blog too. I am from Paris but live in the States. My blog is in English. This is about my life in the States being from paris.
    Was great reading this.
    Gros bisous
    Frenchy

  32. Tina Jack says:

    Chillola.com is designed to give children the opportunity to explore
    foreign languages, countries, and cultures.
    It features Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
    Children using chillola.com learn for free and enjoy the process.

  33. mahsa says:

    dear all

    please give me some advice about best website for learning french if u know

    thx

  34. There are many great french sites listed in your post, I’ll make sure that I share a few of them with my students. Perhaps with my new site design I have in the works I can make it on your list next year. ;-)

  35. Gary says:

    I didn’t see any references to TV5Monde, http://www.tv5monde.org, although primarily a French language TV channel, it also has a lot of educational aspects, check out the “7 jours sur la planète” which has audiovisual exercises that change subject each week. Good for developing an ear for spoken french.

  36. Sonia says:

    Check out this fairly new website with fun videos to learn French: http://www.ohlalafrench.com :o )

  37. Amitabh says:

    Hopefully, some day, I will have my blog honoured. Till then I will follow the blogs listed here. Thanks for the list.

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