Franche est essentialement englaishe ouithe les endinges funnies et lottes de vowelles et les adjectifs en alle les places ronges.Clint Jackson Baker (in John Cowan's Essentialist Explanations)
French is a Romance language spoken in France, part of Belgium (Wallonia), part of Switzerland, part of Canada (Quebec) and other parts of the world. French has an estimated 150 million native speakers.
- Paul / Langfocus: La langue française: The French Language (YouTube, 19 minutes, 03.09.2017).
- Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF): La langue française dans le monde (YouTube, 5 minutes, 20.04.2015).
- Lionel Hosxe: FRANCAIS - FLE - Exercices de diction (3 minutes, YouTube): video with pronunciation exercices; the listener is expected to repeat sentences spoken by the teacher.
- netprof: Exercices de diction (3 minutes, YouTube): video with advanced pronunciation exercices; the listener is expected to repeat sentences spoken by the teacher).
- netprof: Exercices de diction (4 minutes, YouTube): video with advanced pronunciation exercices; the listener is expected to repeat some tongue-twisters spoken by the teacher).
- Comment faire des exercices de prononciation ? (Minute Facile on YouTube, 2 minutes, 27.10.2013): Stéphanie Morozier demonstrates a few exercices that actors use to improve their articulation. (The two phrases she uses are “piano panier, panier piano” and “Ton thé t'a-t-il ôté ta toux tenace?”.)
- FrenchSounds: YouTube channel of a bilingual (French and English) linguist that focuses on French pronunciation.
Improving Your Voice
- Gilles Pesnot:
Sublimez le timbre de votre voix
(11 minutes) and
Sublimez (part 2) le timbre de votre voix
These two YouTube videos describe exercices for singers and public speakers.
The London School of English has a video with a somewhat similar purpose: 5 Public Speaking Tips for Your Voice (15 minutes).
- Alexis Santin: L'homme qui TRANSFORMÉ ma voix + 1 exercice pour améliorer votre diction (5 minutes, YouTube). Although the video claims to be about improving your voice, it only explains a technique to improve your articulation. (Most of the video is really about a voice coach that helped Alexis Santin.)
- Enzo Duval: Comment avoir une belle voix : 3 exercices: a 6-minute video that explains three exercices that should make you more pleasant to listen to.
General Resources for Learning French
- Le Point du FLE : Apprendre et enseigner le français, website maintained by Hélène Weinachter.
- RFI: Journal en français facile: the news in simplified French.
French Language Stack Exchange
a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the French language.
For example, Are there good tools for learning to speak French? and Comment enseigner le français à ceux qui le connaissent déjà un peu ?
- Français Authentique (with a free course and a community) and its YouTube channel Français Authentique. The videos on the YouTube channel are in French and have French subtitles. Below are some of the playlists from the channel:
- Français avec Pierre (with a free course) and its YouTube channel Français avec Pierre.
- Comme une Française and its associated YouTube channel were created by Géraldine Lepère and provide French language lessons and lessons about the subtleties French life. See for example the playlists Conversation en français (these videos are in English, in spite of the playlist's title) and Everyday life in France.
- Nathalie FLE is a website by Nathalie Porte that has a blog, online courses and a YouTube channel. The YouTube videos are in French have no subtitles (except those automatically generated by YouTube).
- Home Language is a YouTube channel with many videos for learning French. The bulk of the videos is in the playlist Apprendre le français, which contains more than 100 videos. The videos are in French have no subtitles (except those automatically generated by YouTube). The channel has several other playlists that contain only a few videos. For example Réussir le DELF (4 videos in French with French subtitles).
- Learn French with Frencheezee is a YouTube channel by a native speaker of French named Cindy. The YouTube channel contains many videos and playlists such as French Basics: French Lessons for Beginners, French Pronunciation, French Grammar Lessons and French Phrases. You can find the lessons also on the website Frencheezee, which also contains other useful information, such as a list of bilingual books.
- Französisch lernen mit Vincent: YouTube channel with hundreds of videos, many of which are organised in a few playlists, e.g. Phonetik, Konjugation & Grammatik. The website where these videos are used is Learn French with Vincent.
- La Francophonie : essence culturelle, nécessité politique 2016: a seven-week course by the Institut International pour la Francophonie (2IF) (not to be confused with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, which is also involved in the course). The course runs from 5 October till 14 December 2016 and requires 3 hours of study per week.
- Orthotypographie, Orthographe & Typographie françaises, Dictionnaire raisonné.
- French Together: website by Benjamin Houy that offers a French language course, a list of resources for learning French (most resources are not specific to French but to learning languages generally) and a blog with categories such as How to Learn French, French Vocabulary and French Grammar.
YouTube channel be a certain Hugo who originally studied at a business school in Paris and later ended up working at the Institut français in Warsaw, Poland.
The channel's motto is
Learn to think in French. See also the website innerfrench.com.
- Follow my French is a YouTube channel by Aurella, a native speaker of English who is learning French. Not all the videos on this channel are about learning French; some videos are about trips to Paris. The channel has many playlists about learning French, for example 'Follow My French' Video Series (Formerly 'Fortnightly French') (50 videos in early 2018), French Learning Method Updates - How I'm learning French [Self-taught] (15 videos in early 2018), Recommended videos for new subscribers in 2017 (19 videos), Language Learning Apps, Software & Programmes (10 videos in early 2018) and Lesson Style Videos - Learn French with me (11 videos in early 2018).
- Lawless French: website by Laura K. Lawless, an American creator and writer who lived in France for five years.
- Jean-Michel Kalmbach: La grammaire FLE pour étudiants finnophones.
- L’Obs: La conjugaison des verbes français.
- Gouvernement du Québec: Banque de dépannage linguistique (BDL): La grammaire
- French Grammar Lesson Index, The LEAF Project (no date). The LEAF project is an American project that operates from New York. Its resources are available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
- French Grammar Lessons, Lawless French (by Laura K. Lawless).
- La conjugaison des verbes français, L'Obs.
- Grammaire française is a YouTube channel focusing on grammar. The videos were created by Iryna Punko et Kanstantsin Tsedryk for the Canadian website Grammaire française. The videos are in French and have no subtitles (except for those automatically generated by YouTube).
- Grégoire, Maïa; Thievenaz Odile:
Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau intermédiaire. 4ème édition. CLE International, 2017.
This is a book with grammar lessons that also contain exercises for the CEFR levels A2 and B1. There is a separate answer key: Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau intermédiaire - Corrigés. 4ème édition. CLE International, 2017. ISBN 978-2-09-038104-7.
- Boulares, Michèle; Frerot, Jean-Louis:
Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau avancé. 2ème édition. CLE International, 2017.
This is a book with grammar lessons that also contain exercises for the CEFR levels B1 and B2. There is a separate answer key: Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau avancé - Corrigés. 2ème édition. CLE International, 2012. ISBN 978-2090381191.
- Grégoire, Maïa; Kostucki, Alina:
Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau perfectionnement. CLE International, 2017 (2012).
This is a book with grammar lessons that also contain exercises for the CEFR levels B2, C1 and C2. There is a separate answer key: Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau perfectionnement - Corrigés. CLE International, 2012. ISBN 978-2-09-035360-0.
- Penfornis, Jean-Luc:
Grammaire progressive du français de affaires- Niveau intermédiaire. CLE International.
This is a book with grammar lessons that also contain exercises for the CEFR levels A2 and B1. There is a separate answer key: Grammaire progressive du français des affaires - Niveau intermédiaire. CLE International.
- Boulares, Michèle; Grand-Clement, Odile:
Conjugaison progressive du français - Niveau intermédiaire. CLE International.
This is a book with lessons verb conjugations that also contain exercises for the CEFR levels A2 and B1. There is a separate answer key: Conjugaison progressive du français - Niveau intermédiaire - Corrigés. CLE International. ISBN 978-2-09-038451-2.
Note: some of the sites listed below cover both grammar and spelling. This is because in French, correct spelling often requires an understanding of grammar.
- Bien écrire sans fautes: a YouTube channel that focuses on grammar, conjugations and spelling. The videos are used on the site Bien écrire; they are in French and have no subtitle (except for those automatically generated by YouTube).
- Projet Voltaire is an online service that teaches French spelling. The service also has a YouTube channel Projet Voltaire.
Learners of French sometimes ask how they can learn the grammatical gender of nouns and whether there are any rules to infer the grammatical gender from the spelling of nouns.
Grammatical Gender of Nouns
- Is there any general rule to determine the gender of a noun based on its spelling? is a question on French Language Stack Exchange. There are a few cases where the ending of the noun helps, but many such rules have exceptions. See especially this detailed answer.
- Is there a method to learn which grammatical gender a noun in French has? is a question on Language Learning Stack Exchange.
- What strategies can I use to learn the gender of irregular nouns? is a question on Language Learning Stack Exchange that asks about strategies that can be used for languages in general, not just French.
- Beyond memorisation and time, how can you master grammatical gender in French? is a question on French Language Stack Exchange.
- Jennifer Wagner: French & German Comparative Tutorial I: Learn Two Languages Simultaneously. This article is part of a longer series on Learn French and German Together.
- Laura K. Lawless: Tips to Improve Your French Vocabulary, ThoughtCo., 28.06.2017.
- Houy, Benjamin: How to Easily Guess the Gender of French Nouns with 80% Accuracy, French Together, 16.09.2015, updated 10.06.2019.
- Lectures faciles ?, Français Language Étonnante, 04.10.2014. (CC BY-NC-SA)
- Where can I find graded readers for French?: a question on Language Learning Stack Exchange.
- Larousse: Dictionnaire de français (monolingual French dictionary) and Dictionnaires bilingues (bilingual dictionaries: French-English, French-Spanish, French-German, French-Italian, French-Chinese and French-Arabic) by the French dictionary publisher Larousse.
- TV5Monde: Le dictionnaire multifonctions: monolingual dictionary, synonym finder, conjugations, French-English dictionary and English-French dictionary.
- ATILF: Le Trésor de la Langue Française Informatisé TLFi.
- Le Dictionnaire: monolingual French dictionary. (It is not clear who created it or where its content comes from.)
- Office québécois de la langue française: Le grand dictionnaire terminologique (GDT).
- Trésor de la Langue Française informatisé (TLFi).
Exams and Certificates
- Agence de Promotion du FLE: Les Tests et Certifications de français: overview of tests and certificates offered by several organisations.
- Perrot, Yann: Level C2 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), DELF DALF (no date).
- Préparer et Réussir le DELF B2 et le DALF C1: a six-week course provided by a Tunisian and Moroccon educational institutions that prepares learners of French for the language exams for Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) and Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF). The course ran from 16 May till 7 July 2016 and it is not year clear whether it will be repeated.
- Lescure, Richard (…):
Le nouvel entraînez-vous DALF C1/C2.
CLE International, 2007.
A book that helps learners prepare for DALF.
- Certificat Voltaire: a certificate specifically focusing on orthography.
- Where can I find an online resource for assessing French proficiency or vocabulary?, a question of French Language Stack Exchange.
- BonPatron: an online French spelling and grammar corrector.
- Grammalecte [fr]: Firefox add-on that helps you use correct grammar.
6 Vloggers to learn French
(innerFrench on YouTube, 11 minutes, 23.04.2019).
Vlogs are a good way to make yourself familiar with informal French speech. The recommendations are the following: SolangeTeParle (by a woman from Québec who lives in France), Gregsway (by a certain Grégoire from Belgium), Antastesia, Le coin d'Élodie, Guillaume Ruchon (from Lyon) and Julien Fabro (also from Lyon).
- Linguisticae: YouTube channel focusing on language. See also Linguisticae on Twitter and the website linguisticae.com.
- C1 - Culture - Parler comme les Français (Julie Alors learn French, 14 minutes, 21.01.2019).
- Can You Parler Franglais?: funnny YouTube video about mixing French and English, spoken in a mixture of French and English. (By Nathan, an American who is fluent in French.)
- My Favourite Resource to Learn French Online, Lindsay Does Languages, 09.11.2015: a review of the online learning platform Frantastique.
How I learn to sing French songs (for language learners)
(YouTube, 11.09.2017, 7 minutes) and
How to find French music (for language learners) - TIPS & ADVICE
(YouTube, 22.11.2016, 12 minutes).
Aurella is a native speaker of French who is learning French. In the first video she explains how she learnt to sing “Elle me dit” by British singer-songwriter Mika. The steps are applicable to other songs.
- Spk Frnch: An Exploration of the French Language: a blog by Ruth Cassel Hoffman, Ph.D. Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago.
- Radio or podcasts for French language learners? A question posted on French Language Stack Exchange in 2013.
- Institut français: private company that offers French language courses.
- Alliance Française: Alliance française Paris Ile-de-France, Aalliance Francaise de Toulouse, Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe: private company that offers French language courses.
- Gerny, Daniel; Aschwanden, Erich:
Barlez wu Fransai? Ein umstrittenes Französischbuch löst einen politischen Sturm aus,
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 18.10.2019.
This is about the teaching materials published under the title Mille feuilles. These materials are very expensive and use a teaching method that differs significantly from what the parents of the current generations of school pupils are used to. Instead of teaching grammar directly, the materials take a “natural approach”. However, a review has shown that proficiency levels in primary education remain significantly below the targeted levels.