I am trying to learn French. Can anyone suggest videos where you can learn French for free? A brief search throws up videos from Americans who have studied French for only a couple years. I am trying to learn from someone who has a genuine French accent. Any ideas?

  • Do you want a video lecture, or a movie ?
    – oli
    Oct 23, 2012 at 14:56
  • I am in the same situation, I've been watching french preschool programs on You Tube and reading preschool books too.
    – BanksySan
    Oct 23, 2012 at 15:12
  • I think @oli mentions a good hint. I, personally, consider movies more helpful than video lectures since situations, conversations and such are more natural than in lectures or tutorials.
    – Em1
    Oct 23, 2012 at 15:28

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If you are really serious (meaning you can stick with it), I suggest French In Action (FIA), which can be found on YouTube and other places, including here at learner.org. It consists of a total of 52 half-hour episodes, for 26 hours of language immersion. It is well worth going through them all.

If you know absolutely no French, you should look into Rosetta Stone to get acquainted with the language. Unfortunately, it is not free. Even with Rosetta Stone, I recommend FIA.

  • I used Pimsleur as complementary listen-only course when I started studying French. It was nice for walking around listening to the lessons. It is really basic though, a "bonjour, comment allez-vous" kind of course.
    – yms
    Oct 29, 2012 at 19:54

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