Learning French Online – Is It Possible?

Have you ever tried learning French online? Is that even possible? Why, yes! With so many resources at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever before!

Long gone are the days when books were our only option to learn a language. Those long, boring books were a nightmare, but luckily now, we have way more options to choose from. We can even study from the comfort of our own home.

What’s even better, some of these resources are free! If money is tight, studying online is a good start. Many of us did it and then hired a tutor.

So, where can we study online? Let’s take a look!

 

YouTube

 

YouTube logo

Believe it or not, YouTube is full of learning resources including French. You can find anything (or almost anything) you need for your learning. 

If you’re looking for grammar lessons, you can try YouTube. If you want to practice your listening skills, you can try it as well. The same applies if you want to learn vocabulary or have more specific questions. The options are endless!

Many French teachers upload their courses to this online platform. Well, they’re basic lessons or previews of their courses, but they help a lot. This is how I started learning French.

We have to remember it’s a business, so we can’t expect everything to be free. But hey, we didn’t have these resources in the past. Nonetheless, YouTube is a good starting point. 

Not only can you take courses on YouTube, but you can also watch movie clips, music videos, vlogs, news, and lots of other content. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner, you will always find excellent resources on this platform.

 

Language Learning Platforms

Student taking a language class online

If you’re serious about your learning, you should consider hiring a private tutor. It’s not as expensive as you might think. Hourly rates are as low as $5!

By hiring a tutor, you will be able to progress more efficiently. Each tutor has a different teaching style. Some are more formal, while others are more laid back. 

You don’t have to study with the same tutor all the time. You can try studying with a few and compare. I have done it, and it has worked for me.

One of the best things about these platforms is that you can set your own schedule and study at home or wherever you are. You can pay for a single lesson or buy in bulk and get a discount. Think of it as a marketplace where lots of tutors offer their services. 

Some of the best platforms out there are Verbling and iTalki. However, not all platforms give you the option to hire a tutor. Some of them only host learning resources and forums where you can get quick answers to your questions. If you want unlimited access, you have to go premium. 

 

Language Apps

Duolingo on Google Play.

Have you ever heard of Duolingo? It’s probably the most famous learning app in the market. However, it’s not the only one.

Among its competitors, we could mention Memrise and Babbel. These apps are great, especially for beginners. They are gamified with images, flashcards, audio, and video. You get awards as you advance levels. You won’t get bored at all.

They are very convenient. You just download them to your phone, sign up, and you’re good to go! It doesn’t matter if you have an Android or iPhone.

Some of these apps are free like Duolingo, while for others like Babbel you have to go premium to access all features.

Who doesn’t have a smartphone these days? Besides, you can try as many apps as you want and see which ones work best for you. You don’t have to restrict yourself to just one app.

 

Language Exchange Sites

Woman chatting online

Did you know that many people are constantly looking for native speakers of certain languages? Many French speakers are willing to help someone with their French in exchange for help in another language.

I have followed this strategy, and it works. That’s how I found native French speakers who have helped me a lot. They help me with French, and I help them with Spanish in return. It’s a win-win.

A great site for finding native speakers is Conversation Exchange. You just sign up and start looking for native speakers of your target language. You can filter them by location, gender, age, communication preferences, etc. Many of them are willing to chat with you on Skype or Whatsapp. You can even meet them in person once you have known each other for some time.

What I like about this site is you don’t need to be at an advanced level to start using it. Let’s say you’re a beginner in French. Well, there must be a French speaker that wants to learn your native language but is a beginner just like you. Since you’re both beginners in your target languages, chances are you will get along nicely.

Another option for exchanging languages is Tandem. This is not a site but an app. It’s similar to Conversation Exchange, although I would say it attracts a younger crowd.

 

Social Media

Social media

We can’t just ignore social media. Some people don’t like it for several reasons. We won’t talk about that here. However, it’s a great way to learn and/or practice your French.

Many French teachers have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and upload content there regularly. You can follow them and learn new things every day. It may not seem much, but it all adds up to your learning. 😉

Another reason to use social media to learn French is that many newspapers and magazines upload content there. Some of the most famous French newspapers are Le Monde and Le Parisien.

Reading online newspapers is a great way to enhance your vocabulary and grammar. You will learn formal French as compared to what you would learn somewhere else.

At the same time, you can learn a lot of expressions from native speakers by looking at the comments below the articles. Isn´t that great?

 

Bottom Line

There is no excuse for not learning French if you really want to. The Internet has so many resources at your disposal, both free and paid. It’s not necessary to spend a fortune to learn.

You can study from the comfort of your own home or wherever you want. If you hire a tutor, your lessons can be as formal or informal as you want. Learning French doesn’t have to be boring!

Thanks to technology, the world is connected in real-time. You can contact someone thousands of miles away and have a video conversation. This was not possible before.

You can try all of the options above and see what works best for you. Take your time, and you will learn for sure.

What do you think? What would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments below. Au revoir!

 

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8 thoughts on “Learning French Online – Is It Possible?”

  1. Sacre bleu! lol I have looked for some good online resources to learn french (and german) so thank you for this well researched article.  Youtube really is such a good place to start, and I did not even know about conversation exchange.  I will have to try that it seems like a fun way to make some friends and also learn a language – great!

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    • Hey, John,

      You’re most welcome! There are many resources online, and some of them are even free! Isn’t that great?

      I highly recommend Conversation Exchange. I have made good friends and have been able to practice the language.

      Let me know how it goes. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. I have never talked to anyone who learned to speak French or any other language online.  Have you?  This seems to be a method that should work for many, and if you were on a platform where you were speaking to someone for a portion of the class, you should be able to get some of the pronunciation correct, or close.  

    I have a definite Texas Twang and laugh when I hear myself recorded.  It is really bad!  However, with an online class, it seems that you could replay as often and whenever you wanted.  This should give you some assurance of being able to gain a reasonable command of at least some social parts of the language.  I have never taken any foreign language and don’t really know how to start.  Is there a best practice theory? Or do you just dive right in?  Is French the best language to take on first? Thanks, Sami

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    • Hey, Sami,

      Talking to native speakers is a great way to learn and/or improve your learning. I’ve done it for a couple of years, and it has worked great.

      Don’t worry about accents. They’re hard to eliminate and even impossible at times. What matters is that you’re able to understand and speak the language.

      There’s no such thing as a right or wrong way to start. I would recommend you learn some vocabulary and grammar first either by yourself or by taking classes and then look for a French speaker to practice with. This will make things easier for you.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  3. Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say I really enjoyed going through your article as it contains valuable information one can hold on to. I would really love to learn French as it is a language of love, and it would also help me when traveling around. I sure will try out the options you listed here. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Hello there! This is an amazing review you have got here. For some time now, I have been downloading videos on Youtube so I can watch and learn at my leisure time due to the nature of my job as it is very hectic. I will take your advice on getting a private tutor. I think that will help me better.

    Thanks!

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    • Your comment is much appreciated. 

      YouTube is a great source of information. It can be a great way to start building some vocabulary and understanding some French concepts.

      For tutors, I recommend iTalki or Verbling. Check them out. You don’t have to spend much.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Reply

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