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My top 4 French learning apps

Learning French has become a lot easier in the past few years, with the plethora of language learning apps that have hit the market. I truly think tech has changed the landscape of language learning itself. 

Previously, you’d have to live in a country in order to immerse yourself in that language. Nowadays, we have access to native French podcasts, YouTube channels, Netflix series, and books all at our fingertips on our iPhones and laptops.

If you’re interested in learning more French and would like to give a few apps a go, here are a few recommendations to start.

Babbel

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

If you’re at a beginner level or pre-intermediate — I actually recommend Babbel. With only lessons taking only 15 minutes a day, it gives you a good foundation in vocabulary, grammar, listening and pronunciation.

Their bite-sized lessons and structure provide a pretty good overview of the French language, as well as an introduction to how it sounds and the important words you should be focusing on.

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Duolingo

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Otherwise, if you’re looking for a resource that’s completely free, I recommend DuoLingo. It’s targeted more for brand new learners but the lessons are absolutely invaluable and with its gamified experience, you should be able to get your 15 minutes a day in pretty easily!

Duolingo is not an app that’s going to get you ‘fluent’ but it will give you a strong foundation into how the French language is constructed, and the basis of how to make your own sentences.

Memrise

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Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Memrise offers a free and paid version of the app. The free version itself is quite useful, and offers petite video lessons on how to speak French casually.

A fun and lighthearted experience, Memrise offers an easy way to tap into French during 15 minute gaps in your day. 

Italki

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

If you prefer a more structured environment rather than following the self-driven utility of language learning apps, then look no further than Italki. They have tutors for every price point, from $5 – $50 per hour, ready to practice French conversation with you on-demand.

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It’s a great way to commit to learning French, by setting aside an hour a week on a Tuesday or Saturday and digging in with another person online. I think that learning French with a partner creates a sense of accountability and will help foster a growing ability towards fluency as you will be routinely committed to express yourself in French to your tutor.


Have you tried these French language apps? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.


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