Easiest Ways to Learn French

Instructor: Jessica Keys
Une seule langue n'est jamais suffisante! (One language is never enough!) And while modern technology makes it more convenient than ever to learn French at your own pace and style, mastering a foreign language still takes a lot of practice and study. Read on for some suggestions on how you can easily squeeze a little more French into your day.

Use Software or a Smartphone App

A few well-known software suites for learning French are Berlitz, Rosetta Stone and Rocket Languages. Language software typically makes use of interactive multimedia lessons, virtual flash cards and even speech recognition for speaking practice. With most suites, your progress is tracked, and your skills are tested as they would be in a traditional course.

Such programs can be very expensive, but some offer a free trial period so you can try it to see if it's right for you. Also, smartphone apps may provide more inexpensive and varied options. For example, DuoLingo works like a game and is completely free.

Pin Down the Basics

If you have already started learning French and are looking for a fun way to review greetings and vocabulary, check out's own French Flashcards; practice at home or on the go, anywhere you have a computer, tablet or a mobile phone!

With these digital flash cards that are also printable, you can reinforce word association by adding a French (or bilingual) label to your furniture, household objects and appliances. Seeing and interacting with these words every day is a great way to nail down vocabulary; it may even catch on with family and friends!

Take a French Course (If You Aren't Already Taking One!)

While self-study is a viable option, you may find a group environment more supportive, accessible and motivational. If you are a working adult, many community colleges offer beginning, intermediate and advanced French courses during both daytime and evening hours, and even online. It's a more traditional route and may be expensive as well, but it's a great way to make study buddies.

Alternatively, covers the fundamentals of the French language in this Basic French: Help & Review course. Our entertaining and easy-to-follow lessons were crafted by experts in the language, and designed with accessibility in mind. Here, you may study anytime, at your own pace. You can even test your knowledge with a quiz at the end of each lesson!

Practice Speaking and Listening With Fellow Students

Set aside a little French Time every day if you can and commit to speaking and writing in only French, whether it's in person, over the phone or even online. The more frequently you use the language, the more you will create word associations, recognize cognates (loan words) and pick up grammatical patterns that will aid retention.

While communicating with a native speaker is ideal, not all students are fortunate enough to know somebody fluent in French! If you live in or near a more urban area, you can try looking for a French club or meet-up group for similar-minded students who are also looking to hone their communication skills. Also, there are websites for language learners such as Italki where you can sign up for one-on-one Skype lessons with a native speaker.

Immerse Yourself

This doesn't necessarily mean you have to live in a French-speaking country for a long time! While it's helpful to travel to a French-speaking country, you can still immerse yourself in the French language right at home. Try watching French movies and television, and reading French books, magazines and newspapers, even comics! Browse French websites; you can get started on France24, or check out French versions of popular websites like YouTube, eBay or Amazon.

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