The Best Resources for Learning French

One of the best ways to experience more meaningful travel is by learning a foreign language—and there’s no better time than now! Here are my top three favorite resources that I’ve been using to learn French:

Pimsleur French

Frankly, I held out on trying Pimsleur for a long time. It’s from the sixties, and it seemed less sexy than a lot of other apps and courses. But, finally, a very trusted friend recommended it, and I gave in. And I have to say that it is by far the most helpful resource I’ve used. Pimsleur forces you to practice in real time, which is incredibly useful for becoming conversational. And, it’s helped me improve my accent more than anything else—including a private French tutor.

I don’t know what voodoo language-learning algorithm Paul Pimsleur invented, but it freaking works.

Pimsleur French Level 1. (Even though I had some experience learning French, I still started with #1—great opportunity to nail the basics and finetune that good French accent!) 

Inner French

Hugo has a podcast and a YouTube channel, both called “Inner French,” and both targeted towards intermediate French learners. He is delightful, and so is his content! These are my favorite resources for practicing listening skills.

Duolingo

An article about language-learning wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Duolingo! Although not sufficient to become conversational, it is a convenient resource for staying fresh and learning new vocabulary. My favorite feature is “stories,” which take you through fun scenarios that test comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. (Note: stories are only on the web version, not mobile!)

What are your favorite resources for language-learning? Let me know on Instagram @jennathriller.