Great podcasts to listen for French learners
Podcasts are back!
This immersive and fun medium has seen a surge in popularity in the last couple of years and has proven to be a very effective way to learn a language.
Here are some of the reasons why:
They can suit your level and specific needs
With so many available podcasts, students are sure to find the right choice for them. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an advanced learner: we guarantee there's a podcast out there for you.
Available whenever and wherever
We often hear our students say they would love to watch a series or read a book in French, but they can’t seem to find the time or place to do it. Podcasts are a great solution as you can listen to them while driving to work, doing home chores, exercising or walking the dog!
It develops your listening skills
Being able to listen and understand different accents and new words is vital to master a language. A podcast offers a perfect insight into comprehension, vocabulary and proper pronunciation.
So, which podcast should you be listening to to improve your French? Our lovely teachers have a few recommendations based on level.
* For beginners (A1/A2): “Learn French by Podcast"
This podcast is a great starting point for beginner students.
Their episodes focus on how to use French in everyday situations, like going shopping or asking for a taxi.
In case you don’t feel too comfortable at the beginning with only listening to the French conversations, they offer “PDF lesson guides”. With them, you can have a visual context of what you’re listening to (however, be aware that while the podcast is free, the “lesson guides” have a cost).
Available on iTunes or Spotify.
* For intermediate learners (B1/B2): “One thing in a French day"
This peculiar podcast is one of our favorites. A Frenchwoman called Laetitia shares with listeners around the world what a typical day in her life can be!
Listeners get to enjoy conversations about holidays, cooking recipes or dinner with friends.
The episodes are original and are great for listeners that want to consolidate what they have learned in class.
Available on iTunes, Spotify or her website.
* For advanced learners (end B2/C1): “French your way"
If you were once fluent in French but have not practiced it for a while, this may be the right podcast for you.
The episodes focus on the specificities of the language, like slang expressions or professional vocabulary. You can also find insightful interviews with people of different backgrounds, challenging you to expand your comprehension of the language.
Available on iTunes, Spotify or their website.
These are just some of the thousands of podcasts you can choose from to learn and practice French. Try listening to them regularly and make sure to search deeper for any podcast that covers topics that interest you and that suit the level you have.
Remember that the more you can immerse yourself in the language, the better and faster you’ll be able to master it. So, make sure to check out our recommendations of great books and films to practice as well.