Learn French by Podcast

Reviews For Learn French by Podcast

Do not try to use this podcast if you are trying to learn. Awful planning, with irrelevant words that a beginner doesn't need. They shove so much down your throat without starting with the very basics. Wasted hours of my life trying to listen to this podcast before realizing there are 1000 better ones out there.
How can I download the pdf with the transcripts ? I appreciate if somebody can help me with that
I’ve learned quite a bit with this podcast, but recent episodes have the volume too low. So I end up having to max out the volumes to hear the speakers. Please turn up the volume when recording new episodes. Merci!
This is a great podcast, they cover a lot of topics in each episode. You can listen to it a few times a learn new things each time as your knowledge of the language improves. It's also quite good for learning how to speak French, with full expressions and phrases. It's a bit hard without the downloadable lessons, but extremely useful. One of the best french-learning podcasts I've heard.
I can speak French fluently, but haven't had the opportunity to practice where I live. These are excellent podcasts for expanding the language! Lessons are in a few minutes of dialogue and then the key words and phrases are broken down. Short enough to do it everyday without feeling like a chore, and with a great quality of vocabulary words, phrasing and scope of subjects. Haven't tried the pdfs yet but excited to do so after reading the other reviews!
Up until a short time ago I was able to play all podcasts. Now I am only seeing the latest 20 listed. Has something changed? Can anyone help?
I have done all of the episodes and has helped me to build lots of vocabulary. I'm using this in conjuction with memrise and conversation class via Skype and my french has improved tremendously. Good Job!
I really enjoy listening to this podcast. The French instruction is so accessible.
What a stupid program. You will spend hours trying to get it on your computer. Not easy to download.
Great for learning french. I took some french in high school, and now I listen to these podcasts to keep it fresh in my mind.
I rarely rate podcasts so this alone tells you how impressed I am by learn French by podcast. The warmth , delivery and clarity of Hugh's voice draw you in and the structure of the lessons is very comprehensive, bringing to life a range of everyday scenarios and equipping us with vocabulary for almost any situation in French! Well done!
I've spent money on a number of learn French resources. Some have been decent...some pretty poor. These are fantastic. Far and away outstanding. I recommend you buy the guides as well. I've focused on the intermediate + advanced lessons (primarily the later ones). Some of the earliest lessons are aimed at beginners...I have not tested those...

3/5

By G 22
This series is not bad its just more advanced than I thought. I do not take French classes but I want to. Since I am trying to teach myself, i have tried to listen to this. I would recommend this series for people who are taking French classes and also know the language grammar well.
I have been studying French for the past several months and I listen to a lot of podcasts and other online audio for French learners. I love this podcast and find myself listening to it over and over again thought the week on my iPhone. It is a good chunk of time with enough variety and new information that I haven't gotten bored with repeating the episodes at all. I really hope they continue to produce new episodes. It really works for me. My friend wants one in Spanish, too. Merci beaucoup !!
This is a helpful podcast for beginners, but the lessons are very scatter-brained, with no apparent rhyme or reason to the selection of material covered in any given lesson. Coffee Break French is far superior, especially for beginners.
I have studied French for 3 months, on and off. Just downloaded the newest one about Facebook and listened to it. IT IS AWESOME!! So basically, you listen to a conversation, then he explains what the conversation is about, explain key word/phrase, and let you listen again to get the whole conversation. Many realistic situations and words to learn in a perfectly designed format. HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you have basic French skills already. These are definitely intermediate or advance levels, so if you are still struggling over simple words, then this is not for you. Thanks for providing this great podcast!!!!
Started on Jan 5th without almost no French. Studied 1 hour per day on my commute...just completed my first french-speaking vacation. I'm amazed at how much I've learned in just 6 weeks. Buy the guides too. They are a great help!
I love this podcast. Wish I was fluent already ... I'm just a beginner but I understand so much. Great job with explanations, sounds, grammar, and perfect narrators. Makes me think instead of only repeating words.
I love this, it's so helpful.
I studied French in college and then on my own off and on and i find this is a great way to refresh my listing comprehension skills. The dialogue relates to current topics and teaches up to date phrases! Highly recommend for intermediate level students. It may be hard to follow for beginners if you don't have the PDF. I don't have the PDF, but will look into getting it.
Tried many French podcasts! This is the best!! Even without PDF 's you can learn. But I highly recommend going online to purchase PDF. When I started using them I have been learning faster. And the extra info in the PDF is very very useful. Worth every dime!! Le plus meilleurs!
I started listening two weeks ago. These podcasts make me think rather than simply repeat phrases. I have been studying French for only eight months, but I am amazed at how much I have already learned.

5/5

By jantso
The best French teaching podcast. Good not only for beginners, but also to intermediate students. Great job!!!
I'm using this a refresher and it's comprehensive without being too slow. Oui, c'est très bien!
I have studied French before and am using this podcast as a reminder/refresher. Lessons start with a dialogue in French, which is then separated into easy to digest sections and explained with some detail. Finally the entire dialogue is repeated, usually with me understanding most or all of what is going on by the end of the podcast. The narrator speaks mostly in English, and others speak almost only French. One note to speakers of American English: The narrator uses British English (sounds like an Irish accent to me), so occasionally there is an extra translation issue. Two examples: I had to look up the phrase "to sit an exam" to find out it means "to take an exam." The letter Z is pronounced "Zed" instead of "Zee," etc. Overall I highly recommend this podcast.
I searched through many different podcasts, of a few languages in fact, and found this one to be very effective. The learning style is more on par with higher level professional paid courses. If you're looking for a "list" of grammer and conjugation, don't look here! (and that's a compliment!) Not only is the learning structure very well done and well prepared and presented but the material is accesible and presented for different skill levels - reference the visual lesson title graphics. I highly recommend this podcast.
This podcast is really great. It's very thorough and goes over a lot of possibly unfamiliar terms and expressions for the listener. I definitely recommend it! :D
I have tried all the French learning podcasts and found this to the best by far for anyone who already has a basic foundation. (If you are a total beginner check out Coffee Break French.) In this podcast the prof, Hugh, is a native English speaker. He explains even subtle points very clearly. He works with native French speakers who do the dialogue or role play on which each lesson is based. This is presented twice in succession at the beginning of each lesson. Then Hugh goes through the vocabary and grammar points in the dialogue or role play, usually with the assistance of Emelie, who has a beautiful voice and clear pronunciation. Finally, we hear the dialogue one more time. It is the perfect structure for learning. I have also checked out other PDF support materials available for other podcasts from their web sites. None of them hold a candle to the ones produced by Learn French By Podcast. I hadn't spoken French since the 2 years of study in college (35 years ago). Within 3 weeks of podcast practice my comprehension, accent, and fluency are better than ever.
Mon homme et moi ... We are learning French and are enjoying it a lot. Merci!
This is a great podcast to use. I am currently learning French and this will help me a lot.
Love this podcast! I'm an intermediate-advanced french speaker, and this is great practice for me.
Hugh and Emily awesome... I really appreciate explainations in english. keep up the great work!
excellent extended french dialogue on current events and applications to daily life. for an intermediate audience.
I love the conversations, current events, and dialogue between people. highly recommended.
I wouldn't exactly say this is for french learners at beginner's level but for those with basic knowledge of the language and seeks to improve on it, this, for me, would be the most helpful podcast on the subject. Language learning through current events and relevant subject matters really work! No excessive comments in english, unwanted music, gaps,... It gets even better when you get your hands on the whole transcript (although these are not free) because then it actually simulates a classroom-learning experience. It contains explanation of key grammar points, construction, vocabs & expressions, etc... Their format, imho, would be comparable to "audio-magazine" style language learning programs with costs running up to $$$! I 'd say for what they offer, this one's a real good find. To LFBP: hope you continue your good work and honest passion in helping people like myself who simply just want to learn good french.
This gives one structure when learning the French language. I have listened to a few of the other podcasts, but this one gives one the framework along with pronunciation instead of leaping into dialogues.
There are several podcasts for learners of French fortunately, and most of them are very helpful. I find this podcast, however, to be the best. It is pedagogically sound, only uses English occaisionally, and professionally recorded. If you have a rudimentary foundation in French, and have struggled for years to get out of the beginner's level, I think this podcast would help turn around your French learning experience. Highly recommended.

2/5

By aldenf
i got this podcast because i wanted to learn french. all it is is a guy explaining french. not a good choice for beginners.

1/5

By CaitMcC
I'm learning the wrong verisions of the verbs and they go off on tangents
I'm working pretty hard to retrieve my 40 year-old French in anticipation of a trip to Paris to take French classes next month. I've tried various of the podcasts, and this is my favorite. I have benefited a lot from listening, then reviewing the pdf files available (for purchase) on their website. I started just listening, and have found the pdf files so useful that after I signed up for them, I started the series all over again. I'm very pleased with the results. This system is well worth my time and effort.
Very good at explaining basic french. Also good for a review in the case you've forgotton some french. Love it!
I've been learning French by myself and i like to listend to "Learn French by Podcast" as i'm exercising and while i'm at work so i've learned a few things! It's great that they actually use actual French that you would use in everyday life, plus the acompaning pdf so you can not only learn you can understand how to write it it too! Merci... Merci beaucoup! A la prochaine!
i went from almost an f to an a in french thank you so much for helping
This is an excellent podcast! Together with books and listening to TV5 Monde, I have taught myself French. Thank you so much!!
This is by far the best French podcast I have tried. It has the perfect balance of English and French, and for a small fee, you can download all the show's scripts, as well as all the archives and new shows. Very professional.
I'm living in France right now, so I know that the language presented in this series is real-life French, and that says a lot, since most courses don't teach you the language that is actually spoken. While the podcasts alone are useful, you really want to have the PDFs, too, because they solidify what's presented orally, and contain even more useful information; as a graphic designer, I can attest to the fact that the information is beautifully presented.
This is far and away the best french language course I've come across on iTunes. I can't believe it's free. It's definitely not for "beginning beginners", but I think most anyone can gain something from it. If you're a beginning beginner, repeated listens are highly recommended. What I like about it the most is that the situations they describe are things you can actually use and see happening in real life. Once again guys, thanks for putting this out there, I listen to it religiously.
While I think there's too much English for an ideal French lesson, this podcast helps me stay on top of my French and learn phrases as they're actually used in conversation today. I appreciate that the lessons follow a predictable format and are well-organized. The only complaint I have is that the lessons have gotten longer, so they require more of an investment of my time than when I first subscribed.
I agree with many reviewers that this is targeted for people who have at least some French. Each podcast is labelled for the audience and I feel it is quite accurately done. The beginner podcasts are clearly not intended for intermediate students but are still great for refreshing one's French. If you have a least a little French this is for you. I was taking French for less than a year when I first found this and I have significantly increased my fluency from using this. Very professionally done and the guides are comprehensive.