Learn French Online With These Free French Lessons

Free Online Courses and Podcasts That are Perfect for Learning French

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Use these free online French lessons to learn the very basics of the language or to test and improve on your existing skills. Most of the lessons are structured in a way that let you take any lesson you want, at any time you want, so you can learn at your own pace.

Further down this page are some free podcasts that you can download to learn French through audio files, which are great if you're wanting to learn the language by listening, or if you don't have the time to sit down and take a complete lesson.

Tip: Take a break from your French lessons and reinforce what you're learning with these free French language learning resources, free online French games and free printable French worksheets.

Also see my list of free language learning apps for several mobile applications that support teaching French. They'll provide you with text, audio, and images all packed into an easy to use app for learning while on the move.

Free French Lessons Online

Use these free French lessons, which are formatted like courses, to learn the language in a natural progression, from easier to tougher lessons.

Some of the courses automatically take you through the steps to learn French but others simply provide you with all the necessary resources to learn common phrases/words, conversations, colors, numbers, grammar, and more.

Duolingo - Learning French is fun with Duolingo because you can set daily goals to ensure you stay on track.

There are placement tests for more advanced speakers, or all the basics for the inexperienced. You can learn things like phrases, food, colors, clothing, pronouns, time, negatives, household items, objects, and lots more.

Memrise - There are plenty of free French courses at Memrise that were created by other users that help you learn basic, intermediate, and advanced French.

Pick a course and then any lesson within that course to get started right away. There are periodic quizzes and helpful hints to help you remember what you're learning.

busuu - Start with the very basics and learn how to associate the phrases and words in French with the ones in your own language to really strengthen the bond between the two, and therefore help you remember what you're learning.

LearnALanguage.com - Learn hundreds of French verbs, phrases, and other words through videos, audio, and of course text. There's also a dictionary translation for French and English words.

MYLO - Interactive audio/text French lessons that teach you about greetings, goodbyes, family, home, leisure, starting a conversation, age, birthday, daily routine, and more. There's also a quick audio dictionary you can search through at any point during your lessons. You can login to keep track of your progress or get started right away without creating an account.

FreeLanguageTutorials.com - Browse through the Table of Contents here to learn about French adverbs, pronouns, tenses, adjectives, prepositions, definite articles, and more. There isn't a large amount of information here, so it may serve better as a website for quick references.

Livemocha - This website is very interesting because while it's free to use, you must collect coins before you "buy" any French lessons. You get coins by helping other people learn a language that you already know. After judging how well others have done on their translations, you'll be rewarded with coins that you can use for learning French.

Foreign Services Institute (FSI) - There are 24 units of French lessons at this website that are available in two ebooks. There are over 900 combined pages in the PDFs, so it helps to listen to the French with the included MP3 files.

FrenchSpanishOnline.com - This website is great to test what you've reviewed right after you've learned it. There are plenty of games and quizzes to ensure the vocabulary concepts will be remembered. There are also audio quizzes for several of the lessons.

StudyStack - StudyStack is full of dozens of free flash cards to help you learn French.

Lawless French - Visit the Sitemap of this website to get a one-page listing of all the categories you can use to learn French, such as grammar, expressions, listening practice, mistakes and difficulties, pronunciation guides, reading practice, quizzes and tests, travel and culture, and more.

French-Games.net's Lessons - This website no only has lots of free online French games to test your knowledge of the language, but there are also dozens of categories you can choose from to learn French words and sentences.

The French Tutorial - A very simple website with which you can learn French using both audio and text. This link takes you to the Table of Contents where you can choose to start from the beginning with the basics and pronunciations or skip forward to more advanced lessons.

FrenchByFrench.com - 150 free PDF files, suitable for beginner and intermediate speakers depending how which lesson you choose to learn. There's also an online resource for common vocabulary words.

French Today - Download the "Free French Audiobook" from French Today to get a PDF file you can use to follow along with a set of audio files. The goal is to help you learn how to associate spoken French with written French.

Lingopolo.com - Several free French lessons are available here. You can start with Survival or Beginner to get started, and then proceed to Intermediate and Advanced for more. You can even browse through the lessons outside of a skill level, like by parts of speech or theme, such as nouns or kitchen, for example. All lessons are listed out with French audio and words as well as the English translation. A quiz is available for each lesson to test what you've just learned.

FrenchAssistant.com - You're taught the French alphabet, vowels, basic words, colors, numbers, verbs, grammar, and many other basics through a step-by-step process. Audio is included but only if you create a free user account.

BBC - Learn some of the very basics of the French language with audio files that explain how to say the alphabet and some key phrases. Also see BBC's Talk French, which is a set of introduction videos to teach you about more basic French like greetings, introductions, directions, and more.

Speak7.com - A great source for specific how-to's like How to Deal With Law Enforcement, How to Make a Conversation, How to Ask for Directions, etc. There's also a handful of grammar and vocab/writing lessons.

French Linguistics - Learn tons of French phrases, basic words, and grammar tips. Also have access to flash cards, an online French <-> English dictionary, and a forum to exchange questions with other users.

Learn French Lab - These French lessons include grammar, vocabulary, verbs, pronunciation, learning tips, and more. There's also a webinar you can sign up for during specific dates that will walk you through various free lessons. 

French Word of the Day - This isn't at all even nearly as comprehensive as the lessons from above. Simply visit this page every day or subscribe to the email or RSS feed to get a daily vocabulary lesson, such as a word or sentence, in French and English. This is nice to have if you couple it with some of the other French lessons from this page so you can be given a little extra to learn every day.

Learn French With These Free Podcasts

Instead of using online text, you can use these free podcasts to learn French at home or on the go, which will teach you the language through listening instead of reading. 

These French lessons are helpful if you couple them with the above online courses or even if you use them independently.

Coffee Break French - With more being added periodically, there are currently over 180 free audio files in this iTunes podcast that will step you through the French language from the very beginning. As these progress to newer releases, they become better suited for intermediate and advanced users. Podcasts are anywhere from just a few minutes long to half an hour. Visit their website to listen without having to use iTunes.

ieLanguages - This free French podcast has 65 files you can listen to. They are natural conversations by native speakers to help with your comprehension of the language. Visit this page to find some more free French resources on their website.

TheFrenchPodcast.com - This podcast is not for people who are brand new to French. You'll find beginner, intermediate, and advanced audio files, but they're definitely not for true beginners. The audio files are sample conversations between two French speakers. A PDF is included with each podcast so you can read along as they speak.