French is spoken by around 150 million people as a native language. Outside of France, Belgium and Luxembourg in Europe it can be found everywhere from North America to West Africa and even on French territories in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Français Interactif – get your start in French with the help of two armadilloes from the University of Texas at Austin. Individual chapters take you through grammar points and vocabulary on different themes. Free to use.

Frantastique – not sure what level your French is at, but want to improve? Frantastique offers tailored online lessons to work on areas of improvement, and sends links to lessons into your inbox several times a week. Paid, but you can try it free for one week.

TV5Monde – a good resource for news junkies. TV channel TV5Monde has developed learning materials in French structured over four different levels and incorporating lots of video and audio content. Users can search for material corresponding to what they want to learn. The site also includes  videos on current news stories. Free to use.

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