The French language really does have a je ne sais quoi that makes it so alluring. They say it is the most romantic language in the world, so maybe that is where the attractiveness comes from. Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to learn a couple of French words just for the fun of it or to get those romantic gears going.
I like learning languages, so I thought it would be a great idea to find apps I could use on my phone to start working on my French skills. Since I don’t plan on shelling out lots of money on French classes, my goal was to find apps I could use to learn French for free that would be great for both beginners and advanced learners. After spending some time looking for the best apps on Google, I found a handy site that lists the top French learning apps.
I spent a little bit of time with some of the apps, and I reviewed my top 3 favorites.
Learn French Phrases – Practice French pronunciation with one tap
One of my main goals was to find an app that would help me master my French pronunciation. This is where Learn French Phrases stands out above the rest. Every French word and phrase has been recorded by a native French speaker so you can listen and practice your pronunciation as much as you need. I found the interface super-intuitive, and with just one tap you can listen to the phrase you want to learn. This is great if you are new to the language, or just want to brush up on your accent!
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Even though Learn French Phrases does not offer French lessons per se, the vast selection of phrases and audio recordings are more than enough reason to choose it as one of my top picks. Next time I am in France, I know I will probably be using this great tool to help me get around!
Duolingo – Fun, short and varied lessons for your skill level
I had heard of Duolingo before, so when I saw it mentioned as one of the best French learning apps, I figured it was time to give it a try. To be honest, I haven’t stopped using it since. You start off by taking a placement test (which I’m sure I failed) that helps Duolingo get you started with the best lessons for your skill level. I found the lessons and topics to be really varied, and you learn everything from French verbs, vocabulary, and grammar to common phrases and more! I also really like the reward system. Every time you complete a lesson you earn points, and if you want some extra motivation, you can compete in community challenges too.
Duolingo’s lesson system does a great job at adapting to your learning speed. However, I would have liked to see more detailed explanations for the different grammar rules. If you want to delve deeper into the language, then I recommend my last pick, Babbel.
Babbel – Practice your French conversational skills
My last pick for learning French is Babbel. Like Duolingo, the lessons continually adapt to your skill level. If you need help getting through a lesson, you have access to handy hints, grammar cues and explanations to help bridge your English concepts over to the French language. I also liked the fact that you start practicing your conversational skills from the very start. Another plus I found is that lessons are short, making it easy to digest the new information and walk away excited and more confident in my French abilities.
With just a couple of lessons, I have already covered a variety of conversation topics on Babbel. I did find some of the themes quite random, but that is how it is in real life, right? However, if you only want to focus on the most common phrases and topics, then I recommend you go for my first pick, Learn French Phrases.
These are my 3 favorite apps for learning French. Regardless of your skill level, the best way to learn French is in your front pocket, at no extra cost to your wallet. I hope you find these apps as useful as I do. Have fun and good luck on your French learning journey!