5 Top Free Ways To Learn How To Speak French (Or Any Other Language)

Angela Randall 05-04-2012

learn frenchSo you’re thinking of heading to Paris for a holiday but you’re not sure how far you’ll get with your limited French once you’re done ordering your first croissant? Never fear, the Internet is here. There are thousands of great free sites available to help you learn French. The only real trick is finding the best ones!


Here’s five of the very best free online ways to learn French, plus a handful of other useful links for your perusal. As an added bonus, most of these are just as useful if you’re looking to learn another popular language, like English, Spanish or German.


Memrise is a dream tool for building vocabulary. This little gem of a site combines the best of flashcards, sound-bytes, mnemonics and neuroscience to ensure you remember the words you’re presented with and therefore improve your working vocabulary quickly. It’s got a huge French section with beginner, intermediate and advanced words, plus specific vocabulary for certain situations.

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Language Exchange & Skype

Sites like The Mixxer, Rosetta Stone’s Shared Talk and LiveMocha all help you to find language partners who you can chat to via Skype in the language you’re learning.


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Busuu is both a website and an Android application for learning languages. It’s well designed to allow learners to fully comprehend the important dialogue from everyday conversations. The app syncs to the website to ensure you’re always reviewing the most relevant lessons.

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FrenchPod is a free website and podcast combination which covers the basic conversations and words you’ll want to know in a style that’s easy to learn. It’s fresh, funny and memorable.

If you’ve liked it a lot, there’s also the paid podcast for advanced learners.

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BBC French

The BBC French material is really very good. There’s basic French, short courses, interactive video tools, tests, cool French phrases and all sorts of other stuff.

They’ve really put a lot of thought into the sorts of things beginners and travellers are looking to learn and the various different methods of learning people like to use. There’s something for everyone.

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Some Honourable Mentions

Here are some really useful French resources which aren’t necessarily popular, but are certainly worth bookmarking and paying attention to:


A Few More Random Tips To Improve Your French

As all language learning comes with practise, here’s a few easy ways to get practise listening to, reading and speaking French:

What are your favourite free sites to learn French? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Chris
    August 15, 2016 at 3:34 am

    I have tried all these and still no luck. I have been immersed in the French language for five years straight. I still only know the few ones you hear in movies, you know the common ones.

  2. James
    July 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you

  3. emad
    May 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I found a very good site "" from there you can learn english with native speakers online for free.
    Preply is a great platform for getting good tutors help especially for learning International Languages.
    I highly recommend it

  4. Lia
    February 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Merci :)

  5. ahmed
    January 28, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    thank you to help me to learn fernch

  6. Milind
    January 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Please include Duolingo in the list .. It's a great website .

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2015 at 4:11 am


    • surbhi
      January 17, 2016 at 9:16 am

      very true..milind even i learn french there

    • Kathy
      August 13, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Yeah!! I was surprised they didn't include Duolingo on the list.

  7. deepika
    January 9, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Thanks for sharing these steps for learning French.Very clear in words and Understanding.

  8. Sagar Bhatt
    January 2, 2015 at 1:07 am

    What about Duolingo?

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Duolingo is great. But this article pre-dates Duolingo. :)

  9. joe
    August 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    memrise is brilliant, thanks!