It can be difficult to adjust to a new country when you don’t know the language. Fortunately, there are tons of programs in Paris that can facilitate learning French in low-cost environments. The following are just a few fun and creative options for learning French in the city.
Franglish is a program that fosters casual conversations between English speakers and Parisians in local hot spots. They organize speed-dating style events every week in local bars and restaurants where partners talk for 7 minutes in English and then 7 minutes in French. Prices can be as low as €8 for students, includes entrance and a drink. It’s a great way to learn French in a stress-free environment and meet new friends in the city! Click the link to check their calendar.
Lost in Frenchlation is a service that provides French cinema with English subtitles for foreign students. The program runs out of Studio 28, Paris’ oldest cinema, Club de l’Étoile, and Luminor cinema. Drinks and mingling are offered before or after each film, providing an opportunity to meet other foreign students in the city. Lost in Frenchlation allows you to enjoy French cinema and learn the language in a creative way. Click the link to see their upcoming showings.
Polyglot Club is an organization that provides a multitude of programs for learning French and other languages. It also hosts a public forum where people can post about events in the city or offer language tutoring. The events posted can range anywhere from club parties to skiing excursions. Click the link for more details on upcoming events and to register.
Every week Cité Universitaire’s Library hosts public conversations in different languages for all students. You do not have to be a Cité Universitaire resident to participate. Simply visit the website for more details and contact the library to register for the next event.
Another great way to learn French is through phone apps. You can practice your language skills easily with these apps, during your daily commute or right before you go to bed. Some apps will even keep you to a schedule and will remind you when it’s time to review again. See the list below for our recommendations.
tolktoo is a great French startup that helps international and native students from the same school to exchange cultures and practice languages together. On the tolktoo app, you enter the languages you speak, those you want to learn, and your interests (music, sport, career…) The app then matches you to other similar students and within a few minutes, you can start a conversation in French with a new French friend! Interested? Go tell your school about tolktoo! Contact: tolktoo@
Duolingo is a great app that focuses on repetitive practice in different modes of learning. It mixes speaking, listening and translation exercises in short challenges that keep you on your toes and encourage you to pass the level. The app keeps track of your progress and will send you daily reminders to keep going. Go to the app store to download the app for free or click the link for more information.
Memrise uses pop-culture and Internet trends to help you learn different languages. Its main focus is vocabulary and it helps you memorize terms by associating them with popular memes submitted by the community. It makes learning both accessible and fun! Go to the app store to download for free or click the link for more information.
If you like games, this app is definitely for you. Similar to Duolingo, Mindsnack challenges the user in different mini-games that are focused on vocabulary, grammar, and listening. The user interface is quite charming and makes memorization fun! Click the link for more information or download the app for free in the app store.
If you are serious about perfecting your French and wish to do so in a professional, academic environment, read this article for recommendations on different courses offered in Paris for the more serious student. Bon courage!