French is widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful spoken languages, but its reputation for being difficult is equally well founded. Although learning French may seem daunting, the Web is full of useful resources to get you started.
Whether you don’t understand a word of French or you’ve gotten rusty over the years, ... read more »
After you’ve got the basics down you can start working on your fluency by learning conversational and advanced French.
- The best way to truly speak and understand a foreign language is total immersion. You'll greatly benefit from learning conversational and advanced French through interaction with French speakers on a day-to-day basis.
For learning conversational French …
provides language resources for speakers of all levels. Find video and audio aids, grammar guides, tips on current slang and holiday refreshers. Take a quick quiz to determine your level and get appropriate lessons.
is a Web subscription service providing daily podcasts organized by level and topic, with accompanying PDF transcriptions and translations, grammar resources and exercises. A one-week trial is free; prices range from $18 for a month to $145 for a year.
is a comprehensive online French course from the University of Texas at Austin. Through 13 chapters, the course offers PDF downloads, audio and video clips, quizzes and exercises, and a downloadable workbook.
For advanced French …
is France’s premier newspaper. Find articles on a range of topics that will acquaint you with contemporary French culture, society and politics through text and brief video reports. A paid subscription allows you to search the archives and use the paper’s more in-depth online resources.
is a French service for advanced speakers that provides a monthly magazine and audio CD accompaniment with an optional study supplement. A basic subscription is $99. Under "Community" you'll find discussion forums, a free online newsletter and other language resources.
For learning conversational and advanced French abroad …
teaches French to thousands of adults from all over the world every year. Students choose from classes and workshops, and the Alliance arranges accommodations for students with French families for a fee. Programs of study include basic language skills, certificate and diploma study, and teaching accreditation.
French Institute Alliance Française
(in New York) provides a list of their preferred or affiliated study-abroad programs throughout France. Some of them are Alliance Française, some of them are not, but they're all screened for quality and you can register directly through FIAF.
No matter the age or proficiency of your students, this section provides materials and inspiration ... read more »
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