Without a doubt, French is one of the most popular foreign languages for people from the United States or the United Kingdom to learn. The beautiful nasal sounds, extensive amount of cognates, and vast amounts of resources make taking up French a fun adventure. However, despite all these positive aspects of French, a student will quickly learn that writing the language well and mastering the accent can be frustrating affairs. This is no excuse not to learn French though! As an official language in 29 countries and with well over 200 million speakers French is still a very influential world language. Learn French and you can talk with most of West Africa and spend time exploring the cultures of France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer French. Check out the review here.
Fluenz is a software program which has been well received by language learners. It uses a tutor system rather than pure immersion like its competitor Rosetta Stone. It may or may not be available in your country.
Pimsleur French Conversation Course
Pimsleur is an all audio program for language learning. The French Conversational course has 16 lessons, each 30 minutes long, for a total of 8 hours. If you like the method you can graduate and buy the full version, which is significantly more expensive.
French Made Simple
This book has many reading exercises but also includes basic grammar and lots of vocabulary. Answer key included. Good for someone who already has some French background or the motivated beginner.
Total French - Michel Thomas
This audio program includes 12 hours of listening material in addition to a CD for being able to read what you are listening and speaking. The CD also includes exercises. The method is tutor-like, in that you are listening to a teacher teach two students (with you being the third).
501 French Verbs
Includes the full conjugations of 501 French verbs. Also includes extensive information on verb usage, example sentences, grammar notes, audio CD, and a translation of over 1000 verbs.
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Joan of Arc
Teenage heroine who aided the French cause during the Hundred Years War against England.
She is probably France's most known queen.
Invented Braille, the system which helps blind persons to read. He himself was blind.
Hugo is known for writing Les Miserables.
Known for creating the French empire in Europe...at least temporarily.
Wrote the books The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers amongst others.
One of many well-known French painters. He is categorized as Post-Impressionist.
Creater of the world famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
One of France's most recognizable actresses. She starred in Amelie and also The Da Vinci Code amongst others.
One of France's most famous philosophers.
Charles de Gaulle
Military officer and stout President of France over very turbulent and important periods of France's history.
One of the central figures in the French Revolution time period
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
He wrote The Little Prince, a childrens book which has been translated into dozens of languages.
Famous Impressionist painter
This famous French film follows Amelie, a young waitress from Paris who finds an old treasure which inspires her to do good for others. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards. The film is in French but English subtitles are included.
Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart
Author William Alexander writes about his experiences living in France and his struggles and triumphs with the French language.
The Story of French
How did French come to be and what sort of impact has French had on the world? The 'Story of French' addresses such questions in an attempt to bring the story of this beautiful language to life.