<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
5 ISSUES FOR £5 Subscribe to France Magazines today click here

Ways you can learn French for free

PUBLISHED: 09:53 08 September 2016

Free language learning resources © nito100 / Thinkstockphotos

Free language learning resources © nito100 / Thinkstockphotos


Learning a language can be expensive but there are plenty of free resources that can help you learn French without opening your wallet!

Duolingo is a great resource for learning a language Duolingo is a great resource for learning a language


Named iPhone app of the year in 2013, Duolingo applies computer science to the teaching of more than 20 languages including French, English, Portuguese and Vietnamese by developing a ‘tree’ of skills in which the user moves from one challenge to the next. Users answer multiple choice questions, speak translations into a microphone and learn through verbal repetition, and the app is free to download. Duolingo has 120 million users worldwide, and 5,474,466 are currently using it in the UK.

Read our pick of great apps to help you learn French

French Today post a wealth of French language related messages on Twitter French Today post a wealth of French language related messages on Twitter


Accounts such as @frenchToday send out daily tweets with interesting French vocabulary and examples of its use in everyday language. The website also has downloadable language-learning audio books as well as details of lessons via Skype.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter too for our regular vocab tweets!

BBC Languages French BBC Languages French


This excellent website features everything you could possibly need to learn French. There is everything from holiday phrases to audiovisual courses and sections on French slang. The site also has links to a host of French-language news sites and comes with a dedicated French grammar section.

My Language Exchange will help you find that all-important French native speaker My Language Exchange will help you find that all-important French native speaker


A language exchange with a French language pen pal is an excellent way to learn more about the culture and improve your language skills. The good news is there is a wealth of sites that will help you forge everlasting friendships with French native speakers. One of the best is My Language Exchange, which allows you to build an online profile and join online conversations to meet your perfect French pen pal.

TF1 has regular news programmes that you can listen to TF1 has regular news programmes that you can listen to


A great way to gain regular exposure to French is by reading and/or listening to a French website. The French news website www.tf1.fr has regular news broadcasts which will enable you to test your listening skills while www.lemonde.fr is an excellent website for reading longer news articles which are sure to provide you with plenty of new vocabulary.

Youtube is home to countless language-learning videos Youtube is home to countless language-learning videos


The increasingly-popular video-sharing website YouTube has fast become an excellent way of learning French. The website, which is free to use, offers a host of French language-learning video content, with recordings from French speakers based across the globe. All you have to do is enter what aspect of French you are looking to improve or learn and you will be sure to find a video that will help you on your way to fluency.

Like this? You might also enjoy:

15 of the funniest French idioms

23 French words to use in a restaurant in France

23 French words you will hear on the radion in France


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Complete France visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Complete France staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Complete France account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Article by France Magazine France Magazine

More from Language and Culture

Yesterday, 16:32

Famous as the author of Gigi, French writer Colette attracted much controversy during her long life

Read more
Friday, January 12, 2018

More than 600 years after France’s greatest heroine was born, Peter Stewart traces Joan of Arc’s quest to become the saviour of France

Read more
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Author Jerry Marterer reveals his favourite museum restaurants in Paris that are worth visiting for the atmosphere as much as for the food

Read more
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We all know French baguettes are the best but how do you decide which boulangerie to visit? Luckily there is an official baguette competition to help you find the best baguette in Paris

Read more
Friday, November 24, 2017

Director and actress Fiona Gordon takes us behind the scenes of her latest comedy film Lost in Paris which is released in UK cinemas on 24 November

Read more
Monday, June 26, 2017

Helen Skelton recently moved to Canet-Plage near Perpignan after her husband, rugby league player Richie Myler, signed with the Catalan Dragons. She reveals why it the perfect place for her and her young family to live

Read more
Expats in France
Friday, December 22, 2017

Test your French grammar and spelling by completing the sentences with the correct answer and find out whether your French language skills are up to scratch

Read more
Learning French
Friday, November 24, 2017

Viewing a property in France? Brush up on this French vocabulary for house viewings before you go!

Read more
Learning French
Tue, 12:29

France arguably has some of the best red wines in the world, but which ones are essential to your wine rack and what’s the story behind them? Richard Hemming shares his insider knowledge of France’s most famous red wines…

Read more
Friday, January 5, 2018

The prettiest of French sweet treats, macarons are one of the most iconic pâtisseries in France. Learn how to make your own chocolate macarons with this recipe

Read more
French recipes
Subscribe today

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

France Forum

Questions about France? Visit our free France forum to get help and advice from thousands of other Francophiles and expats. Topics include: property, tax, law, travelling, pets, education, healthcare and much more.

Join the forum

Most Read

Join us on social media

France magazine
Living France magazine
French Property News magazine

Enter our competitions

Win books, DVDs, travel and even holidays in France in our great competitions! Take a look at our latest competitions…

Enter now