Ten free, fun and original ways to learn French

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Ten free, fun and original ways to learn French
Clockwise from top left: A parrot, Robert De Niro in 'Taxi Driver', a sweet nothing, and a strange conversation. Photos: Kim Hill, Gomazio ASBL/Youtube, Olivia James, Holly Fisher

Struggling to learn French? Just arrived or been here a while? Not everyone can go back to college, and we can't all afford pricey language schools or private tutors. So here are ten free, easy ways to learn French that you may not have thought of.


French can be a notoriously tricky language to learn. 

There is obviously a big market out there for everything from elite, expensive language schools in France, to online courses and 500-CD audio packages, to private tutors to free websites.

But not everyone has the time or money to sign for a language course or the patience or concentration span to learn online.

So to help those people out The Local spoke to expert authors, teachers, and expat readers to come up with ten original ways to help you master French that won't cost you much at all.

You can try out these techniques while getting fit, lying in bed, going to work, during a night's entertainment, and even making love.

So from now on you'll have no excuse.


This list is by no means exhaustive. Do you have any tips and techniques for how you learned French?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Readers' Experience

Edward Verschoyle says: "You can read as many French books as you want, go to classes, but there is no substitute for speaking with French people every day. I moved to France 11 years ago at the age of 52 with no French. I am now a competent French speaker. Yes I make mistakes, and I learn something new every day."

Food writer David Lebovitz says: "The best way to do it is to be around outgoing French people. They are much more jovial and accepting of mistakes and goofs."

Thanks to American writer Lynn McBride for her expert advice. Her Amazon best-selling book "How to Learn a New Language With a Used Brain" is available at her website Southern Fried French.



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