Make Your Phone or Tablet Bilingual
Mobile devices make it super easy and fun to integrate French into your life beyond the classroom. Watch the news in French while eating breakfast, play a game or read up on your favorite subjects in French while riding the bus, and listen to a French radio station in your car. Pretty much anywhere, at any time you can improve your French doing stuff you do anyway. And if you’re in a more studious mood, there are apps with lessons too.
|Front Row French||Beginner||Work on reading and listening comprehension of simple phrases while earning points that allow you to unlock the next level.||free||iOS|
|LinguPenguin English- French||Beginner||Developed for preschoolers, this app uses animated pictures with audio of the vocabulary.||free/upgrade options||iOS|
|Duolingo||Beginner/Int||Makes learning a game. The app rewards you with hearts for learning.||free||iOS/Android|
|iTooch Ecole Primaire||Beginner||An app for French elementary school students to help them with the official curriculum for math and French.||free||iOS|
|iTooch College||Int/Advanced||Like the previous app, but for French high school students and with lessons in math, French, physics and chemistry.||free||iOS|
|Améliorez Votre Français||Advanced||Improve your grip on some of the finer details of French grammar and expression with lessons and exercises.||free /$1.99 premium||iOS, Android|
|La Conjugaison||All levels||A reference tool for verb conjugations. Also features a thesaurus.||free||iOS, Android|
A quick note about TV. Because of licensing issues, US shows that are dubbed and broadcast in France will usually not play in the US. If you really want to watch NCIS, you can get around the regional restrictions with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that makes it look like you’re in France.
|France 24||Live streaming TV news and programming. It’s like French CNN.||free||iOS, Android|
|France TV Pro||Loads of live streaming TV channels that give you access to TV series, talk shows, cartoons. Even gets you some material that is normally blocked. Not all the channels are in French, some of them don’t work, and some of the video on demand are not what you expect, but there’s still a large variety of quality programming. Explore to find your favorites.||free||iOS, Android|
|M6||A French TV channel that’s not included on France TV pro, plus its two subsidiary channels.||free||iOS, Android (6play)|
There are several good apps that allow you to listen to multiple French radio stations on both iOS and Android. Search “French radio” and pick the one that looks best to you. I use France Radio FM.
As far as radio stations, I recommend starting with France Info or Europe 1, since news casters generally enunciate nice and clearly. For an advanced challenge, try Rire et Chansons, a channel that alternates between songs and comedians who have a tendency to talk faster than a valley girl overdosed on double shot lattes. Call in shows are a good way to hear a lot of different voices engaged in conversation. Basically, just explore and find what you like.
|Le Monde.fr||Major French newspaper.||free||iOS, Android|
|Hugo, Victor, collecte de livres||Exactly what it ways, a collection of Victor Hugo’s writings in French.||$2.99||iOS|
|Blagues||French jokes. I can’t guarantee they will all be funny, but it’s free.||free||iOS, Android|
|Le film français Magazine||Magazine style app all about French film.||free||iOS|
|Le cinema français||Trilingual app about French cinema.||free||iOS, Android|
|Bible+ Français||The holy book in French.||free||iOS|
|Bible en français||The holy book in French.||free||Android|
|Adj&Opposite||Beginner||Word game||free/$1.99 upgrade||iOS|
|4 Images 1 Mot||Beginner||Matching words to pictures.||free/upgrades options||iOS, Android|
|Le Pendu||Int/Advanced||Hangman. There are actually several different versions in French. Oddly, none of them seem to be available on both iOS and Android. Options to look for – setting a level and playing with friends.||free/$0.99||iOS, Android|
|Word Hex Français||Advanced||Word find game. The app doesn’t include instructions and it took me a few tries to figure it out. The letters are randomly generated, find a word and slide your finger over the letters. If it’s a real word, they will light up and you’ll get a little lightning bolt as a reward. Then tap the little red button that lights up in the top left of the game board, the used letters will be replaced with new ones. Find as many words as you can before the clock runs out.||free/$1.99 upgrade||iOS, Android|
|Sept Petit Mots||Advanced||Given a set of letter groups and clues, find the correct word. A fun challenge.||free||iOS, Android|
|EA Scrabble||Advanced||The Electronic Arts app has an option to play in French.||free/$1.99 premium||iOS, Android|