French listening links

Listening to FrenchIf you don’t live in a French-speaking country, it can be difficult to find ways to listen to real French conversations and reports. But there are various tools – including many free ones – available for French listening practice, including online exercises, podcasts, and radio:

Learn French through music – Why and how

Audio books – Free French audio books

French TV – Good channels and great shows

Native French Speech – Podcasts about everyday life, current events, culture, and tourism

News in Slow French – Weekly French news reports specially recorded for French learners

One Thing in a French Day – Thrice-weekly sound files about a French woman and her family

Podcast Radio France – Free app for listening to Radio France podcasts

Podcasts d’Europe 1 – French culture, economics, news, humor, and politics

Radio Canada Baladodiffusion – Canadian culture, politics, society, health, and science

Radio France Culture Podcasts – Programs ranging from fiction to cities of the world

French radio stations – Listening to the news and talk shows provides exposure to French as it’s really (and quickly!) spoken.

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Also see the Dictées section of French writing practice.

Even if you’re a beginner, it can be helpful to listen to French to help train your ear.

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The four basic language skills

  1. Listening to French
  2. Reading in French
  3. Speaking French
  4. Writing in French

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Laura is a French expert and Kwiziq's Head of Quality Control. Online educator since '99, Laura is passionate about language, travel, and cooking. She's American by birth and a permanent ex-pat by choice - freelancing made it possible for her to travel extensively and live in several countries before settling permanently in Guadeloupe. Laura is the author of Lawless French, Lawless Spanish, and other websites and books on French, Spanish, Italian, English, and vegetarianism. She spends most of her spare time reading, playing with food, and enjoying water sports.