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The last chapter offered you a useful list of the top French blogs online. We hope that you found some helpful blogs to get you started with French and enough diverse material for you to continue your French language-learning journey. This chapter will talk about podcasts for learning French.
It’s good to balance out reading with listening. For when you are on the go, French podcasts are an ideal way to make progress in French. One of the best things about listening to podcasts it’s something you can engage in while doing other things such as working out at the gym, walking your dog, or commuting to work. You just download the podcast to your mobile device and you’re all set.
In this post, we’re going to recommend some of our favorite French learning podcasts. Let us know which ones you enjoy the most and share this list with a friend who is also learning French.
*Note: We include some intermediate and advanced podcasts for those of you who have already progressed to those levels, and we note that in parentheses next to the podcast titles.
Learn French with Alexa features 15 basic lessons for free, each broken into two parts between 15 and 30 minutes each. Starting from the most basic beginning of ‘Bonjour’ to some etiquette about when to use tu and when to use vouz.
Coffee Break French by Radio Lingua The idea is to use your coffee breaks to learn French. It starts with the most basic vocabulary and pronunciation. The podcast advances to continue more vocabulary and more advanced grammar.
DailyFrenchPod.com (introduces new vocabulary and the presenter speaks slowly to introduce new expressions and words after the dialogues, you hear analysis in English)
Jessica the Native French teacher has one hundred podcasts to choose from, covering a range of vocabulary and grammatical questions from her students and sharing them on the podcast.
Includes dialogues in English with explanations about French culture and language, new words and conversations in French
Johan Tekfak is the host and he includes episodes about different regions of France and Francophone areas of the world, includes episodes about French expressions, and episodes about life in French.
Only a small portion of the podcast is available for free. Full access requires payment.
An abundance of free material where you can listen to conversations revolving around current trends and issues. The short conversations are replayed and analyzed for new vocabulary and concepts.
Now that you see the variety of French podcasts to choose from, we want to let you know what steps to take to get started. The podcasts with the images alongside them are podcasts you can easily find free of charge in the iTunes store. For the other podcasts, you may need to visit their websites for instructions and access. Some material via those websites may require a subscription fee.
1. Download the podcast application on your phone
With an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you should see that the icon already appears on your screen by default. With an Android, you can go to the Google Play Store and type in ‘podcast’ as the keyword, and you’ll have a range of podcast apps to choose from.
2. Determine what skill level you fit in
Look over the list and choose a couple of podcasts that suit your level.
3. Choose one or two podcasts to focus subscribe to (maximum two)
You don’t want to have podcast overload. You can spend a few minutes online getting acquainted with the style and presentation of the podcast and then decide the one or two that best suit your needs and interests.
4. Consider what your current challenges are when you choose your first episode
The point is to jump in at the right level and keep it interesting so you keep motivated to listen to more episodes and make progress with your French.
5. Enjoy learning on-the-go!
As a reminder, the main advantages of podcasts that don’t apply to blogs or videos as much is that you can do other things while listening to them. The next time you’re going for a walk, running at the gym, or commuting to work, listen to an episode or two!
Now that you have an idea of some of the best French podcasts out there, the next chapter will share with you some of our favorite YouTube channels for learning French.