Several tools to learn French

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Here, in this page I introduce you the websites, the book, an app,... I suggest you to use to learn the French language.

Word Reference

The first one is Word Reference. It is an online dictionnary. You can translate from French to English and from English to French, but there are as well others languages like Portuguese, Italian, Spanish,... You do not know what is the pronunciation for a word ? Word Reference is not a simple dictionnary, you can as well look for how to pronounce the word you want, so you can get the French accent version, but you can even get the canadian accent version. Word Reference gives you as well many translation of the word you want, and more than that it even gives you little sentences that you can build with the word you choose.


The second one is Linguee. It is a dictionnary as well. Maybe, sometimes you will not find the word you want on the Word reference website. Linguee is nice for that. You will find some transcription of expressions on the Word Reference website but not in context. With the Linguee website you can have transciptions of the word you want in context. It gives a lot of examples with a few phrases, these are extracts normally from official sources, official texts.These texts are in French and English.

L’Obs la conjugaison

The third one is L’Obs La conjugaison. You will find the different groups of verbs (the first group-the second group-the third group), all the tenses (present-past-future-...), the French conjugation is hard to learn and to understand, so it is hard to use when you are talking to someone. The use is very easy, you just need to write the verb you want to now more in the search bar, then you will see all the tenses for this specific verb.


The fourth one is le Bescherelle. It is like a dictionnary but specifically for the conjugation. How can we use it ? It could become your best friend for life. It is similar to the previous book. It gives the verbs with all the forms and all the tenses. Indicatif, subjonctif, impératif, conditionnel, infinitif, participe passé, gérondif. It gives you a list of verbs, but the bad point is that you do not have all the verbs. So, I suggest you to use le Bescherelle on the internet instead of using the book version. It gives you examples of how to conjugate those verbs. Let us an example, the verb protéger. This a verb from the first group of verbs (these verbs have an –ER ending). At the end of the book there is a list or an index in which you will find more verbs compare to te list at the beginning of the book. If you can go on the internet whenever you want, obviously you do not need to buy the book version.


The fifth one is Scribens. It is for the following actions : if you need to make an email in the French language to a person, or uf you need to let a comment under an article and you do not want to be wrong, you can have a feed-back on the spelling and the grammar with this tool.


The sixth one is Google. If I want to be sure how to write a word, what is the right form for a specific verb. I write down on Google and if I did not write the word in the right way it gives me a feed-back and the correction for the right spelling, it can gives me as well an example of  a sentence with this specific word.

Google translate

The seventh one is Google translate. It is very useful, and it is more efficient today than a few years ago, it is getting better and better. If you want to translate big sentences, maybe it is not the right tool to use : the transcription will not be always 100% right. You can translate words or part of sentences from French to English or English to French to understand better, to be sure of what you understand. One important thing if you want to get a good transcription is the punctuation, I suggest you to have a good punctuation to get the right could be used as a dictionnary as well.  

8 – Memrise

The eighth one is Memrise. One reason is that you can choose a course because some courses are made already, to increase the number of words you know. The other one is you are able to build your own course, so when you know the words you want to learn, you can build the course you want ! So, what you are going to learn the next time you will open your cell phone you will learn exactly what you want to learn. It is free.

9 – Italki

The nineth one is Italki. You can find it online. It is a good one if you « fighting » oral comprehension and accent. To be good at speaking the French language you have to have a language partner, you have to talk with someone. Italki is a nice thing for that. You can study on your own, but sometimes having a talk with a native speaker is important to see where your level is. The courses are affordable.

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