Are you taking one of our French classes? These websites will add to your learning experience and help you practice French outside of the classroom. We’ve sorted them by level, so there’s something here for everyone. Check them out and bookmark your favorites!
Level: All levels
Our favorite suite of online dictionaries, WordReference offers primary and secondary meanings, plus additional definitions from Collins Dictionaries, plus compound forms, collocations, and common phrases. For example, the entry for école will also give you aller à l’école (go to school) and auto-école (driving school). Add to that the verb conjugation charts and helpful forums where you can search or post questions, and you can see why this site is not just bookmarked, but in our bookmarks bar.
With practical vocabulary and phrases aimed at travelers, the BBC’s website offers a fun supplement to what you’re learning in your French beginner class. It will also help you feel prepared before your trip to the Hexagone. The 24-part interactive course Ma France is especially worth a try with topics ranging from house buying to dating.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This website focuses on helping you improve your understanding of French through short videos on current events, grammar quizzes, pronunciation exercises, reading comprehension and more. This is definitely recommended for students in our Advanced Beginner and Intermediate levels.
Level: Advanced Beginner and beyond
Reading the news in French can be challenging, but it is highly rewarding as you will get to greatly expand your vocabulary and see practical examples of what you are learning in class. Start with the big stories that you already know, which will help you focus on the language. As you become more comfortable, branch out into other sections of the news—you’ll also be learning about what’s going on in France! Le Monde is a large, general-interest newspaper; L’Express is another option. You can also try the news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.
In this weekly podcast, Rylan and Catherine discuss the week’s news in French, but slower than full-speed. This is a great listening experience with current, sophisticated content that is paced for an intermediate learner. Each episode also includes a grammar lesson and an explanation of an expression or idiom. You can listen to a demo episode for free. Paid subscription levels offer other options, including full transcripts, flashcards, and quizzes.