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Free French Resources

There are so many 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 French language resources. Below you can find a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable French language resources. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst learning French with Cactus.

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French Dictionaries

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

CNRTL
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 French synonyms dictionary.

Pronunciation

Forvo
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.

Vocabulary

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

Cram
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.

Guides & Articles

French Articles
Cactus has a great selection of articles and guides about learning French. From adjectives to useful phrases and cookbooks. Discover the best resources to help you learn French with Cactus.

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