Best app to learn French?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by yettimillan, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 28, 2009
    Has anyone tried a few of the French language apps and found any to be useful? I did french school and want to pick up from where i left off. I'm really looking for something that will take me from beginner of good. I don't mind paying either but free would be better.
    Any recommendations?
  2. Ish
    macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2004
    Unless I missed something, when I looked a while back, most of the apps seemed to be more of the phrasebook type. You could always hunt around for an online site. Should you want a French-English dictionary, I can recommend the Collins Pro French-English Translation Dictionary from Ultralingua.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    All the apps for French are awful - even the paid ones. Go to the podcasts section of the iTunes store and download the free 'Coffee Break French' podcasts. It starts from the absolute basics of French and works up to full conversation and more advanced language. There are well over 100 sessions and they're fastastic, and of course you can learn at your own speed. They also have an accompanying website -

    The podcasts are free but some of the website material isn't, but you don't really need the extras.

    Hope this helps!
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009

    Not an app, but an audiobook. The Pimsleur courses are hands-down the best way to learn a foreign language by self-study. I've done the full French and Russian courses (on cassette, remember that technology?). Looks like they are selling the courses on iTunes for about $70 per level (there are three French levels), but Pimsleur is a very popular product to, uh, 'share' if you catch my drift.

  5. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    Get the Rosetta Stone if you want to speak pigeon French.
  6. macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2009
    useful thread - I've just moved to geneva!

    Cheers for the coffee break french podcast suggestion - that looks good, and can't beat free!
  7. macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2009
    I think the apps for language still have a long long way to come still..

    I always support an actual course to immerse yourself in the language such as games and support forums from people in similar positions

    I found this Speak fluent French at your own pace online
  8. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
  9. macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    Try this instead

    Have yet to find a decent language app and I teach modern languages at high school. There is no substitute for immersing yourself in the language. Find a french tutor or girlfriend:)

    I have used the Michel Thomas method to learn Spanish, prior to going to live there for a year and highly recommend it.

    Bon courage
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
  12. macrumors regular

    May 6, 2011
    and ofcourse no one here mentioned michell thomas, the Bescherelle vocabulary, conjugueur etc are all available in app versions which saves a hassle of carrying them around and trying to search anything,

    try iSpeak french, TalkPad french, all better then going to websites and enough to get your understanding of frnech up to pace to practice speaking,

    the ipad is the way to go with language learning, huge market awaiting developers
  13. macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2010
    Developers need to get on this market... definitely a huge hole here.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    French Course in development

    We are currently developing a French course in the same style as our other language courses (Spanish and Italian). It will comprise 10 lessons, start from the very beginning and get you well on your way.

    Since it's still in production, any ideas as to what features you'd like to see would be welcome. If the author of this thread doesn't disapprove you could post your ideas here, or simply reply on our website.

    As with all our courses, it will be a "real" course with interactive lessons, animations, exercises, etc. Audio is added to all phrases and words as well to learn the perfect pronunciation.

  15. macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    Interested to hear user needs


    I've been developing a French learning app over the past few months.

    It's interesting to hear on this thread that people think there is a real hole in the market here still and offerings aren't too compelling. I'd be interested to hear what features people would like to see.

    For reference please try my current attempt (Its Freemium so can try without buying) and let me know your thoughts. "Word and Verb Star"

  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
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  17. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    COMMUNILATOR language translator

    I wanted to let you know about a language translation application new to the :apple: apps store called Communilator™. It is the world’s first mobile phone language translation application capable of recognizing and translating foreign text (books, newspapers, menus, etc.) in 44 languages and dialects captured with the hosts mobile phone camera; of delivering translations to the hosts mobile phone in 3,000 language-pairs; of providing High Quality (HQ) Speech for translations in 21 foreign languages; of Voice Recognition* (4S required); and of seamless integration with SMS and email. It would be very helpful if you needed to learn French, or any one of 54 languages or communicate on the fly. It's not a standard phrase book dictionary based application; the translations are real-time. It's a FREE download with a Full Feature in app purchase option available for a limited time price of $2.99. A very cost effective way to learn a new language. We think you'll like it!
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2011
    Technology solution

    Here is the best way to learn most languages including French on your iPhone/iPad.
    First I can't recommend Pimsleur strongly enough. Throw those mp3s on your device and you will assemble a conversational framework in your head. But Pimsleur seems to avoid vocabulary. This is where the app French Language by LessonStudio is great. That thing blasts vocabulary and the rules to use it straight into your brain. They use mnemonics to get the vocabulary to not leak out of your brain as it tends to do with any flashcard technique.
    Another is Michel Thomas. His is a great adjunct to Pimsleur but faster.
    With MT you can blast through it in a week or two listening for an hour a day.
    Pimsleur on the otherhand is going to take time. 90 30 minute lessons and you will rarely be able to do more than one a day as I found it is best to listen to one in the morning and the same one again in the evening.
    The LessonStudio app is really fast. If you had to learn a language fast then that is your solution.(Like for the trip on Friday) My brain hurt after a while but I found I could come back after a break and do more. I am not joking when I say that you could actually have an extremely basic but useful vocabulary in a long weekend.
    Rosetta Stone... meh ... I would say that there is no way you could start from scratch and end up speaking a language with that but where I would recommend Rosetta is to polish off a basic knowledge. So if you have a basic working vocabulary, can conjugate some verbs, work with adjectives and adverbs then that is when you should hit Rosetta. I don't know the exact number of words but it looks like your vocabulary is going to be a few thousand words when you are done. But that is going to take time.
    As for the costs Pimsleur isn't cheap but you can find it cheap if you look around. Used etc.
    Michel Thomas is a really good deal. Again look around for used, etc.

    LessonStudio is free for the first few lessons and then not exactly cheap after that but for the number of words you get with the add-ons I think it is a good deal. Definitely the best if you are in a huge hurry.

    Then Rosetta, it isn't cheap but for the amount of stuff you get and the time that it will take you to get through it I would say good value for the money. Just save it for last.

    Pimsleur and LessonStudio can go on your iPhone/iPad but I don't think Rosetta can.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2011
  20. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2011
    I found the earworms app to be just their audio squished into an app. I tuned it out too quickly. After a few minutes I realized I hadn't been listening for at least a minute. Same problem with all the oldies like Berlitz.

    Now if Rammstein did a musical language app I could work with that. Although I would probably just end up yelling German at everyone while pounding my fist against my knee.

  21. macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Tell Me More V10
    Speech recognition and individual progress evaluation set this award-winning French learning program apart. Tell Me More Performance provides more than 20,000 lessons / 2,000 hours of learning divided into 12 levels, from complete beginner to expert and then on into business French.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2011
    Tell Me More and Pimsleur are having Black Friday Sales!

    35% off with DOORBUSTER at checkout:

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    I can definitely vouch for the Pimsleur products. Solid product! I'd also recommend Assimil.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
    Have a look at "Learn French with 7 jours sur la planète" if your French is not too rusty.
    It aims at lower intermediate up to advanced level in French : you watch news reports updated every week, read their transcript and study words used in them through games or a study mode.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011

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