Where Can I Learn to Speak French Online for Free?

There are several places online where one can learn to speak French for free. Read on for information about five resources that offer you this language opportunity. Schools offering Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Learn to Speak French Online for Free

The following universities, organizations and companies provide free online resources for learning French. Find out what options each offers below.

Important Facts About Free Online French Courses

Common Courses Elementary French, occupations, encounters, transportation and travel, geography and tourism, food and drink.
Prerequisites None required
Possible Careers Language interpreter, French-speaking sales associate, foreign language tech support specialist, French-speaking customer service executive
Continuing Education Most sites offering free online French courses also offer continuing education courses to brush up language skills
Median Salary (2018) $49,930 (for interpreters and translators)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 18% (for interpreters and translators)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University offers two free introductory French courses online through its Open Learning Initiative. The courses include video-based, interactive lessons, and both courses can be completed in 30 weeks. Language skills for home, work, dining and shopping are some of the topics covered in the courses.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin hosts two sites that provide free French courses, Francais interactif and Tex's French Grammar. The sites include grammar lessons, exercises, videos and sound files that illustrate correct pronunciation.

Annenberg Media

Annenberg Media, in association with WGBH Boston and Yale University, produced the French in Action video series. The series includes 52 half-hour programs that aim to increase the viewer's fluency in the French language through language immersion. Individuals wishing to view the videos must be in the United States or Canada.

BBC Languages

BBC Languages offers beginner and advanced lessons in French. Self-learners can take advantage of the video and audio clips. There are also interactive tests and crossword puzzles. Clues are given in the audio and written form.


The French Language Guide on About.com has lessons that include sound files. There are study tips, practice ideas and tests. Spelling, grammar, listening and pronunciation are also covered.

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