8 French language lessons you can access for free

8 French language lessons you can access for free

If you’ve been meaning to improve your French, online course providers are offering up to six months’ free tuition during the coronavirus lockdown which will help you and your family brush up on your language skills in no time

For adults


Learn French in five minutes a day with Duolingo’s game-like lessons. The bite-size French lessons adapt to your learning style and the interactive exercises provide instant feedback to help you improve your French skills on the spot. You can also earn virtual coins, unlock new levels and watch your score rise as you master new words, phrases and grammar.



Offering conversation-based lessons, language learning app Babbel is currently offering six months for free when you sign up for a six-month subscription. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, choose to learn the basics or focus on topics such as travel, culture or business.


French Pod 101

From students to seasoned speakers, French Pod 101 incorporates culture and current issues into their free podcasts which are an innovative way of learning French at your own pace. It also has a YouTube channel with more than 640,000 subscribers offering hours of free content.


TV5 Monde

Take your pick from more than 2,000 exercises created from clips from programmes on the French television network TV5 Monde. Practise your vocabulary, grammar and listening skills with the exercises, videos and games which are free for everyone, whatever their level.



Produced by The Open University, OpenLearn languages courses are free to study and available to start straight away. Courses include Beginners’ French: Food and Drink; Intermediate French: Understanding Spoken French and Advanced French: At the Science Museum in Paris. They range in length from five to 20 hours.


For children

Rosetta Stone

School-age children can enjoy free language learning with a Rosetta Stone language course which is offering free access for three months while schools are shut. They’ll get instant feedback on their pronunciation and parents will be able to see how they’re coming along with progress data and printable reports.


Super Movers

This website from BBC Teach helps children get active with curriculum linked videos on a range of subjects, including French. The KS1 and KS2 selections include Premier League footballers helping teach pupils French greetings.


The French Experiment

If your children can understand a little French already, The French Experiment has translated some classic children’s stories into French which are read slowly by a native French speaker. You can read along in French or English. Stories include Les Trois Petits Cochons (The Three Little Pigs) and Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood).



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