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In the last chapter we shared some French online exercises with you in order to help you get started in understanding how to construct sentences in French. In order to make progress in French, you’ll need some practice with French-speaking people. The best way to learn French is through live language lessons. In this chapter we’ll share our guide to French lessons online with you.
In order to make the most out of your online French courses, you’ll also have to spend time offline studying French. It’s important to remember that consistency and motivation on your side are the key factors to your success in learning French. If you’ve been following along in the last chapter, you may have already added vocabulary to the Anki app in your smart phone and studying the structure of the French language and building up your vocabulary. There is a an open source website you can go to, called tatoeba.org where you can find a lot of words and some expression and complete sentences already filled out for you. So you may consider downloading target sentences and vocabulary to the Anki app by choosing pre-made material from Tatoeba. You can review your French material offline and the more you learn offline, the more you’ll be able to take advantage of your online French lessons in order to progress in the French language.
Here are our top suggestions for French lessons online:
InternetPolyglot.com Here you will be able to play picture games, typing games, guessing games, matching games and word searches. The disadvantage is that you do not have access to a live teacher. The advantage is that it is free.
LivingLanguage.com You can use the website or the app in order to study vocabulary, sentence structure, play games and review. The disadvantage is that you need to pay a subscription to use the service. The advantage is that Living Language has live tutors. The disadvantage is that the schedules might not suit your needs.
RosettaStone.com The online platform aims to help students learn to read, write, speak and understand French. There is also an app for students to use in order to advance. The advantage is that there are frequent promotions for Rosetta Stone, so you may be able to purchase a subscription at a discount. Another advantage is that you have access to live tutors, but you might have to share the session with up to three other students. The disadvantage is that the schedules are not flexible and might not suit your needs.
iTalki.com At Italki you can do French lessons online directly with a professional French instructor or with a community French tutor. There are more than 120 professional French instructors registered at Italki and more than 160 community tutors registered to offer you French lessons online. You need to set up an account and buy Italki credits first. Then you can spend the credits on the French online lessons. The advantage of Italki is you can find a time that suits your needs. The disadvantage is that Italki doesn’t have any material to help you learn French when you are not talking with your tutor or instructor online.
FrancaisAuthentique.com At Français Authentique, you can find French lessons online. The founder Johan sets up time periods for people to enrol in the Académie, for example the next enrolment period is for September 2017. The online course includes video, PDF files, audio material, a private Facebook group, and a private WhatsApp group. The advantage is that you get a lot of structured material and motivation to learn French and that Johan keeps the groups to a limited size to ensure quality. The disadvantage is that you need to wait until the enrolment period in order to start the course and that you may find the material too advanced if you are an absolute beginner, but if you are not a beginner you will find yourself more challenged than with the other material of most other French lessons online.
Rype We saved our own Rype French lessons online for last. You just need a laptop or a smart phone. The advantages of Rype are that it is affordable and that you can use the online marketplace to connect directly with fully-vetted professional French teachers and that you can find lessons at any time of the day to suit your schedule. You don’t have to pay by the lesson like Italki. You’re not limited to specific times like Living Language and Rosetta Stone and you get access to private lessons. You also get a free trial. So what are you waiting for? Try Rype now and get started with your French lessons online.
Now that we’ve talked about French lessons online, in the next chapter we’re going to talk about French for kids, for those parents who want their children to group up bilingual and have strong French skills as an adult.
10. French For Kids