Sunday, 18 August 2013

Top 10

I've been researching youtube French learning sites..... mainly because I want to get hold of some lessons I can stick on my mp3 player and listen to when I'm out walking le chien etc.... 

A quick search found a blog called Brainscape which has a sort of "Top Ten" youtube French learning sites which I have been going through.... although I still don't really know if I can convert them to mp3 or if they would be any good in sound-only.

One of the best-reviewed ones on their list is CoffeeBreak French .... here's a sample episode.... basically a "student" called Anna is taught French in various beautiful Parisian locations ( bonus).... as you will see...

Another one that was well-liked was called thefrenchguy3000 ..... here's a sample episode of him's about Past Participles ... he doesn't always wear that bloody vest by the way ... 

I suppose different styles suit different people ... here's the whole Top 10 list if you want to try some of the others .... thanks to Mr/Ms Brainscape ...

Here are the Top 10 French YouTube channels I found (you can find the top Spanish YouTube channels here): With 14,988 subscribers, this channel has a lot of videos, 49,685 to be exact. They’re all on different things, quizzes, vocabulary, grammar, but some of them are ridiculous. This channel has a video of 20,000 vocabulary words, running over 13 hours in length. .
2. jremy7: Jremy7 gives “Basic French lessons”, explaining the intricacies of the French language to the viewer. I like the shortness of the lessons, which are 4 -10 minutes each, and it helps that he pronounces everything correctly. In some lessons he even uses a white board to write things out.
3. Learn French: has short videos of vocabulary words and random phrases followed by a short quiz on the lesson. It’s in a radio talk show format structured around everyday dialogues presented by a native French speaker and a native English speaker. They also have an entire website that has more resources; however, though they advertise it as free, there are fees that pop up here and there. I would just stick to their videos.
4. This channel is much less structured with no themes and follows no logical order as it jumps from pronouns to conjugating random “-er” verbs. It is presented in a very simple format so that there are no distracting pictures or colors anywhere.
5. lsfrnch: The channel is for people who like reading PowerPoints. In most of the lessons, there are pages with all the words written up as the speaker, in a thick French accent, reads the words while highlighting them irritatingly with his mouse.
6. thefrenchguy3000: This is a hilarious channel led by a guy who is NOT in fact French. The combination of him trying to be cool, his French with a weird twang, plus his random anecdotes makes it a very amusing experience from which you can still learn something. If anything, check this guy out because as he says in the video “Anyone Can speak French (2) “la plage”‘: “I truly believe in my heart of hearts that anyone can speak French.” His enthusiasm is breathtaking.
7. French by Phone: teaches with this sweet French woman named Jacqueline who instructs almost completely in French with English subtitles here and there. One thing that must be noted is that while this is a popular channel, she does not go over basic grammar and vocabulary. So if you are lost, it might be better to go to another channel so you can learn those rules before coming here.
8. Learn a Language by learnalanguage: I question why this channel is one of the more popular channels. Steven, who is the teacher, speaks softly and slightly unclearly at times, and teaches grammar and vocabulary, followed by a sentence construction. I only wish he had some visuals on the screen rather than just the lesson number
These last two are general language channels very helpful all the same!
9. Learn Languages: The accent of the teacher is not very good but the lessons start with general conversation. Words are introduced then followed by a mini-test. It goes kind of fast but, you are encouraged to write the words down, not just speak them. What I like about this channel is that the videos are divided into different themes AND the teacher usually always does a recap of the previous lesson. Not bad!
10. The Radio Lingua Network: On this channel, CoffeeBreak French!, the user learns with Anna, the student, who is instructed by Mark, the teacher. This duo is so enthusiastic and helpful as they situate each lesson in different parts of Paris, that you can’t help but feel that you are undertaking a foreign journey with them.

Any feedback would be nice ... either as a comment or to my email

And now, some lovely French music as usual ... Camille  and Paris with yet more Paris locations ... 


  1. Love all the youtube videos! My students get really excited when there is a new video to watch. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Crumbs... a real comment from an actual person !! As you might have noticed, I tend to write my own comments just to make it seem as though I have actual readers. Sad, but true. I wish I was young enough to do Primary French Immersion. Best wishes from ray ....