Free Online French Resources

Learn French Online

There are so many free online resources that it is sometimes difficult to know which ones to use, and to identify which ones are good. Cactus has carefully assessed the wide range of free language learning resources available online to provide you with a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable sources of information for learning French. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst taking one of our face-to-face French courses.

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WordReference is a popular bilingual dictionary, and combines its own dictionary with the long-established Collins dictionary. WordReference also includes a handy French verb conjugator and a forum where users can get help with French language related questions.

Reverso is a well-established online bilingual dictionary. It includes an English-French dictionary, along with other handy tools such as a translator and spellchecker.

The CNRTL host the dictionary of the Académie Française, the French language regulator. Its monolingual French dictionary includes all the officially recognised French words. In French only.

Dictionnaire Electronique des Synonymes
The university of Caen, France, is hosting a helpful online French synonyms dictionary.


Forvo is a free and comprehensive pronunciation guide maintained by native speakers around the world. It includes the pronunciation of more than 3 million words in 325 languages.


Memrise is a popular website and mobile app which enables you to memorise French vocabulary. It is a great and fun way to learn new vocabulary in addition to your language course.

Quizlet is a fun and simple website and mobile app which will help you develop your French vocabulary using flash cards.

Cram has a large list of flash cards to help you learn new French words. It also has a mobile app, so you can memorise French vocabulary anywhere anytime.

Language Guide
Language Guide is a project helping French language students to build their vocabulary using an image and sound dictionary.

Mobile app

Duolingo is a fun mobile app which offers a comprehensive series of vocabulary, pronunciation and translation exercises. It is a great way to practice what you learn during your French evening courses while on the go.


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