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A selection of sites that provide learning materials. Most offer audio and video, and with many you can sign up for a complete course.

I have no commercial interest in any of these sites. They are simply those that have helped me as I've sought to improve my French.
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    Français Authentique

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    Comme une française

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    Français avec Pierre

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    Parlez-vous français

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    Learn French with Alexa

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    French Today

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    Lawless French

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    Parlez-vous French

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    Kwiziq

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    Mastering French pronunciation

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    ThoughtCo

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    Podclub

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    Fluent Language

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    BBC French

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    News in Slow French

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    Podcast Français Facile

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    ilini.com

 
Français Authentique
This site is amazing in respect of the amount of free content on offer. Johan, who presents the site, made such a success of it that he quit his full-time job to devote his time fully to the Français Authentique project. Naturally, he also sells commercial content and more recently started an Academy to bring together like- minded people on Facebook, as well as providing additional content for the members.

Level: Intermediate

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Comme une française
From the title, which means ‘Like a French woman’, you may guess that this is a site that’s aimed at helping you be more French. For the men out there, don’t be put off by the French woman angle. Géraldine, who presents the site, has realised that us men need as much help as the women and the content is now very much gender neutral.

Level: Beginner upwards

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Français avec Pierre
A similar site to Français Authentique that offers free material as well as paid-for courses. The free Blog section includes a large number of short videos explaining different aspects of the language. In many of these, Pierre is accompanied by his wife, Noemi, which makes for a light-hearted double act as she offers examples as he describes the particular subject.

Level: Beginner upwards

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Parlez-vous français
This is is another resource-rich site presented by Patricia. To view all the content you will need to register (inscrire), after which everything is free. The video content is also available on YouTube, and she can be found on Facebook and Google Plus.

Level: Intermediate

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French Today
This is not a resource I’ve used personally but is regarded as one of the most comprehensive sites for learning French. Alexa is a French teacher who offers courses for all ages and levels. You can choose between Beginner, Beginner to Intermediate, or Beginner to Advanced. There is one sample lesson from each of the three levels to allow you to decide if the approach suits you.
Alexa also offers live lessons, allowing subscribers to participate, or you can just catch up with the live videos later on YouTube.

Level: Beginner upwards

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French Today
The site of Camille Chevalier-Karfis. Her approach is to emphasise the difference between written French, as taught in many conventional French courses, and modern spoken French, which can differ significantly. She offers courses for beginners, lower intermediate and upper intermediate, each including recorded material at different speeds.

Level: Beginner upwards

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Lawless French
Laura K. Lawless has a wonderful blog with lots of useful material that is completely free to access. She can also be found at Kwizig, an online learning environment that offers you a short test to determine your level and then will propose a tailored learning package.

Level: Beginner upwards

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Parlez-vous French
A blog with postings from Anne that include learning material, such as vocabulary and grammar, as well as articles with explanations for the more difficult words.

The delivery is at normal speaking speed but it is very clear and extremely well enunciated.

Level: Intermediate upwards.

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Kwiziq
Kwiziq is an online learning environment that offers you a short test to determine your level and then will create a personalised study plan. However, to enjoy the full benefits you need premium membership, involving quite expensive monthly payments. As a regular visitor I was at one point given a one-week premium sampler and found the grammar tests in particular quite addictive, but there's a lot more on offer.

Level: Beginner upwards

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Mastering French Pronunciation
This is a very useful resource for understanding the linguistic basis of the French language. Geri Metz is an American phonetics teacher specialising in French, a language that she says she has been in love with all her life, and this shows. She explains the phonetic construction of words in an easy to understand fashion.

Level: Beginner upwards

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ThoughtCo
It’s worth explaining the background to this site. For many years I used the French section of a site named About.com, where Laura K Lawless provided a great deal of information in respect of French grammar and much else. In 2014, she left to concentrate on her own site, and her role was taken by Camille Chevalier-Karfis. I have already mentioned these two women in above links.
About.com rebranded as dotdash.com, and has split out its wide range of interests. French now resides at ThoughtCo.com. Beneath the modern rebranded site layout, you can still find the earlier material contributed by both Camille Chevalier-Karfis and Laura K Lawless. It’s worth exploring, as there is an immense amount of content available.

Level: Beginner upwards

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Pod Club
This is a web site that offers podcasts for you to practise your comprehension. It features a number of languages so you will need to choose a French author from the list of contributors at Nos Émissions.
The level is quoted as A2/B1, that’s to say the upper end of beginner to lower intermediate, although a beginner may struggle without referring to the transcript.

Level: Intermediate

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Fluent Language
Kerstin is a native German speaker who has studied no less than eight languages. Her site offers very sound advice on language learning, in particular the need to apply what you have learnt by speaking at every opportunity.
Her free PDF 'Guide to Building a Language Habit' is well worth reading even if you decide not to purchase 'The Language Habit Toolkit'.

Level: Generic advice in English.

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BBC French
My understanding is that the BBC was required to cut back on its online activities and this content has been retained in an archive but is no longer updated or actively promoted. It is possible, therefore, that at some time in the future the content will become unavailable, but until then it provides a useful range of materials.

Level: Beginner to intermediate

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News in Slow French
A way of improving your French comprehension by listening to the news.

Although it's subscription-based, there is enough free content to make it worthwhile as daily listening practice.

See my full review on the Bonjour page.

Level: Beginner to advanced

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Podcast Français Facile
Podcasts are great listening practice and this site offers a large number of dialogues at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It is also possible to select content based on the DELF levels A1 through to C1.

Read more on the Bonjour page.

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Podcast Français Facile
Based in Lyon this site offers 5 videos per month for free account holders. There are unlimited videos if you pay a subscription, plus other learning aids.

They are short topical videos with French subtitles. You can also add English subtitles or select a slow motion mode, although this distorts the voices and I wouldn’t recommend it.

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