Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

French dictionary, French<->English dictionary, encyclopedia, and verb conjugator with many examples of usage and audio of pronunciations.

Not just a French<->English dictionary but a corpus of (they claim) over 1 billion translations. Here you can enter whole phrases and see how they have been translated in different sources. Not all translations are reliable so you have to use your judgment, but it can be a huge help when you have a tricky sentence or idiomatic phrase.

WordReference English<->French Dictionary
A great standard French-English online dictionary.

French Wikipedia
No explanation necessary.

Courses, Lessons, and Games

French Games
Aimed at kids and young adults learning French. It has a full set of free lessons, games and tests for learners to use with over 100 topics - both beginner and intermediate.

French in Action
Produced by Yale University, these video lessons use the storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris to teach the language. A good standard course for beginners that’s stood the test of time.

Fun French lessons. Audio and video lessons, vocabulary tools, flashcards, PDF lesson notes, community forum, mobile apps, desktop software and website with free French lessons released every week.

Excellent language learning site from the Defense Language Institute that focuses on both speaking and reading, all downloadable. Choose French, select your level (1-4) and get more specific if you wish. Most lessons have accompanying audio and are based on real-life articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.

Learn French
Free French lessons. Lots of vocabulary with audio and courses dealing with adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender, negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, exercises, etc. to help you with your French grammar.

Learn French Online
A wonderful site for beginners to learn vocabulary and grammar, all with audio included. Games, too! Well organized and pleasant to use.

Memrise – Learn Basic French
Helps you memorize vocabulary through exercises and audio. You must log on with Facebook or create an account to use this site and if you want, it can keep track of your progress and will even e-mail you occasionally to quiz you on what you've learned. There's nothing else like it.

Open Learning Initiative
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
A carefully sequenced, highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment including new video shot in France and Québec with young professional actors. It is designed to be used as a full course of study. This is a real course for serious online learners from Carnegie Mellon University.

Many thousands of lessons that can be as specific as you want, and thousands of tests you can take to test yourself or determine your level of French. For beginners to advanced, it’s all here.


Français facile—aprendre le français
For intermediate/advanced learners. Provided by the UCLA Center for World Languages. Podcasts come with PDF transcripts and are aimed at those who want to learn Russian business vocabulary and cultural/nonverbal aspects of Russian business communication. Level is intermediate and advanced.

Learn French with Alexa
“The Internet’s Favorite French Teacher.” Podcasts average 30 minutes long, so the lessons are substantial.

Learn French with Daily Lessons
These lessons are brought to you by French teachers from Paris. They are best suited for those who already have already had some beginning French.

Native French Speech Podcast
Listen to conversations between Native French speakers and learn about everyday life in France and cultural French topics. Website offers transcripts of all podcasts so you can read along.

News in Slow French
Emphasizes all aspects of language learning from listening comprehension, rapid vocabulary expansion, exposure to French grammar and common idiomatic expressions, pronunciation practice, and interactive grammar exercises. Discusses weekly news, French grammar, and French expressions, etc. in simplified French at a slow pace.

RFI – Journal en Français facile
RFI radio’s daily newscast in simple French.

Useful Tools

Ba Ba Dum
A game that does nothing but teach vocabulary using the words plus pictures and audio that can be combined in 5 different ways -- read and hear, just read, just hear, spell, etc. So addictive you'll hardly notice you're learning!

Larousse Conjugateur
Get the full conjugation of any verb instantly.

Spell Checker
Select French as your language, enter your text in the box (up to 1000 characters) and the program will correct your spelling and put all the right accents in all the right places.

An online French thesaurus.

French Media

BBC French Broadcast – Africa

24-hour live French news feed. Watch this during the next Tour de France.

Watch news programs, TV series, sports, and movies or just watch live TV.
Links to live French radio. Stations of every type in every part of France, Too many to count, but there's at least several hundred.

rfi langue française
RFI Radio’s site for learning French. It has news stories in simple French that you can listen to, read, or download. Weekly exercises using articles from the news. Listening exercises. “Les mots de l’actualité” is a glossary of words commonly used in the news with an article about each to read, listen to, or download.

TV5MONDE USA is the French channel in the US. Watch Premium French films, TV dramas, documentaries, and TV shows subtitled in English.

French Music, Films, and Audiobooks

For more advanced learners, download French audiobooks to play on your computer, iPod, etc. Thousands of them in all genres. You can even select them by length.

Lyrics Training
Learn and improve your French by watching music videos and following the lyrics. Choose “Karaoke” if you just want to follow the French text as it plays (it shows you exactly which word is being sung). There are also tests where you fill in some of the words yourself. Some songs are old but it is mostly contemporary music and music videos, so you get language and culture in one.

Stream hundreds of new and popular movies in French for free. Choose your films by category. Full-length feature films from France, many brand-new. Probably the majority are dubbed but you can see the latest and most popular American movies too. Watch The Hobbit in French!

YouTube French Films with English Subtitles
Youtube is claiming to have over 150,000 so there should be plenty to like.