How to learn French for free

To learn your favorite language, you can follow French courses in a school ... But there are also many other ways that are just as effective and completely free.

Learning French

To learn your favourite language, you can take the traditional route – attending French classes at a school or reading books in French... But there are also lots of other ways you can complement these options, which are equally effective and, best of all, completely free. First, if you are learning French at our school in Antibes on the Côte d’Azur, you will be able to communicate with the locals. Talking about the weather, asking someone to help you, and describing what you are going to do today are all simple discussions, but they are always beneficial. Don’t hesitate to engage in conversation with your neighbours, on public transport or in shops. Do you find that people reply to you in English? No problem: just explain that you are a student and continue to speak in French. If you are in town, don’t forget to visit libraries and media libraries as well. It’s a great chance to borrow DVDs and CDs or flip through some magazines. The Internet is also very useful for self-taught students. Make sure to check out websites like "Le Français et Vous" (French and You) – that’s our educational website, as you’re no doubt aware. Free grammar exercises and French games are available under the Sur les galets (On the pebble beach) tab, while under Sur les pavés (On the cobblestones), you’ll find cultural information. Consider also checking out YouTube, where some Internet users have posted videos of French songs complete with lyrics so that you can read the text while you listen to the song. There are also complete films in French. Finally, don’t overlook media sources, such as free newspapers, radio and television. You can easily find free magazines such as 20 minutes or Direct matin on public transport or on the street. And it’s equally easy to listen to podcasts of your favourite programmes produced by the major radio stations (France Info, Europe 1, RTL, etc.). So as you can see, the possibilities are endless. Now, you just need to get down to work!

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