Today I will reveal you a wonderful resource for learning French. It’s called French Today. Some say it’s the best and the easiest way to learn French.
In this review I will walk you through what do they provide and what is my personal opinion about their products and services. I believe that you will enjoy this! Spend the next 2 minutes with me and let’s dig deeper into French Today.
French Today Review
Name: French Today
Price: Depends on the product
Overall Rank: 93 out of 100
What Is French Today?
French Today is a movement created by a native French family, Camille and Olivier. They both have also a U.S. citizenship as they have lived also in the U.S. but back in 2009, the family moved back to France to raise their daughter among her family and enjoy a quieter, more family-oriented life.
Camille has more than 20 years of experience of teaching French so we can confidently say that she is very well qualified. Compared to Francais Authentique by Johan Tekfak who doesn’t have a formal education for teaching French and has fewer years of experience of teaching French. I’m not saying that Francais Authentique would be worse than French Today but I am pointing out how good teacher we have in this program.
In this video, Camille explains what is the idea behind French Today and why their program is so powerful compared to traditional methods.
I am ultimately fascinated how just normal people can create these wonderful resources for learning French. The Internet provides so many exciting opportunities. That’s why I also started LanguagesAreEasy.com so I can help thousands (and hopefully millions in the future) of people to learn languages easily and while having fun.
If I would teach languages in a classroom, I could only reach tens of people at the same time. But now possibilities are much greater.
What Kind of Content Do They Provide?
French Today offers many different ways for you to learn French. Let me list different methods for you:
- High-quality audiobooks
- Youtube channel
- Paris tours with an authentic French guide
- Opportunities to live in a French teacher’s home in a beautiful and authentic French environment
- Skype lessons
- Children resources
As you can see there are many ways how you can learn French with French Today. Instead of providing only a podcast or a blog, you can learn French in real life with their Paris tours or with a total immersion by living at French speaker’s home for a week or so. Let’s take a closer look at their products.
French Today Audiobooks
When I saw that they provide audiobooks, at first I was just thinking, well maybe they have just boring French novel for you to learn some vocabulary. But I was wrong. Their audiobooks are much better than I expected.
There is a real and an interesting story which is easy to follow. Teaching French with a story helps you to grab the authentic vocabulary that you will need in everyday life. But audiobooks don’t only consist of stories. There are also important grammar tips and resources that help you to understand how the language is formed. BUT. They don’t concentrate on teaching grammar in a boring way like many of us are used to study at school. French Today has more contemporary ways of teaching a language.
Then there are also sections where you will learn important phrases and tips on how you can use French in different kind of situations. All of this will practice you to use French in a real life instead of just studying the old textbooks.
Audiobooks are engaging and you don’t need to be passive while listening to them. You can have a free 2-hour sample by signing up on their email list or by downloading French Today application to your Android or Apple smartphone.
Audiobooks have 5 different level so you can choose the one that fits you the best: beginner, intermediate or advanced.
Paris French Conversation Tours
I know from my own experience that even though you would be living abroad as an expat, you won’t learn a new language automatically. You need practice. You need to take conscious action if you want to master a new language. That’s why Paris French conversation tours can be a great choice for you if you are living in France or visiting Paris.
It’s a 2-hour tour where you will have a native French guide helping you to learn important phrases that you would need in an everyday life. You will also have an opportunity to use those phrases right away in real-life situations.
Tour will be arranged around a theme that you can choose beforehand. Here are some examples:
- Village Paris: The hidden places of Montmartre
- Paris Fashion Conversation Tour: Le Marais (hip fashion wear)
- Timeless Paris: The little-known Latin Quarter.
- Paris Pastry and Chocolate Conversation Tours
- and so on.
The price of a tour is 139€ for one person and 19€ extra for the each additional person. I admit that the price is quite expensive and you can find much cheaper ways to practice French. You can look for an event, for example in MeetUp.com or in Couchsurfing and practice French there with local Parisians. That’s what I did when I spent one month in Paris in 2015.
Live One Week with a French Teacher
I think this is a very creative idea to teach French for a foreigner. First of all I must say that this works best for people who don’t need to think about money. Because these opportunities are also quite pricey, around 1500€ per person for a week. But if you take an additional person(s), for example, your spouse, then the price per person will be cheaper.
Here are some details what one week with a French native teacher could contain:
- 15 hours of French classes with a professional teacher personalized for your needs and (and homework if you want)
- Very comfortable accommodation
- Every day a breakfast and a lunch
- At least 2 Excursions/activities in interesting local places in France
- And something more
If you have enough money, then these can be for you very interesting experiences and you can get a nice boost for your French skills in a week. If you don’t have so much money but you are interested in living in an authentic French family, you can try GoAbroad.com.
French Today Skype Lessons
You can get French lessons through Skype with an experienced and a native French teacher. There are currently 4 teachers: David, Vanessa, Olivier and Camille. They all have lots of experience of teaching French and can greatly help you to improve.
The only big problem I see is that their lessons are ultimately expensive. It costs 50€ for one 50-minute lesson. It means that you are paying 1€ for each minute. I wouldn’t recommend paying so much. You can have much cheaper language lessons on Italki starting from 2€/hour or have a look at these awesome French learning online resources.
Blog and Youtube Channel
In their blog, you can find various lessons and tips on different topics. I saw that recently on their Youtube channel their daughter is teaching French vocabulary through Minecraft or Sims. What a creative idea! There are more than 200,000 views on their channel. In addition, they have a Facebook group with more than 53,000 likes.
All this tells us that French Today has already a huge number of followers. Camille and her husband have created a big community of French learners on the Internet. Their work has reached tens of thousands of learners worldwide and you can also benefit from their teachings.
Conclusion – French Today Is Great! What Do You Think?
I was very excited to find French Today. It inspires me how one family can great a huge language learning movement on the Internet that helps tens of thousands of French students worldwide. Their products are very high-quality and provide you a very good help for learning French.
If you have any questions or comments regarding French Today, I will be more than happy to help you out.
Now I would like to hear from you:
Have you ever used French Today? What about other French learning methods? Which one has been your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below! 🙂
As usual, I promise to reply personally to all of your comments within 24 hours. Looking forward to hearing from you very soon!