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Learn French Apps Aren’t Created Equal

You’ve probably stumbled on several apps that promise to make learning French fast, easy, and fun. Gamified solutions to learning French abound but the effectiveness of this kind of language learning method is questionable. Cutsy cartoon characters might encourage you to gobble up more French vocabulary words, but without the tools to speak French in real-world conversations, those apps fail to bridge the distance between memorization and the deeper learning that inspires you to speak for yourself.

This is where Rosetta Stone’s wealth of language learning experience benefits you. With over 25 years in the industry, we know a thing or two about how to help language learners make real connections. Our methods not only focus on teaching French in context but leveraging technology to customize your learning in our award-winning mobile app. Rosetta Stone combines the best of both worlds with French lessons that fit your learning style and your schedule.

What are the best apps for learning French?

French, widely regarded as the language of love, is spoken by over 220 million speakers across five continents. If you’re eager to become one of them, you’ve probably been searching online for the best way to take French lessons. It’s likely that a traditional classroom doesn’t fit your busy schedule or your budget, so self-serve language learning apps are appealing. After all, our lives are mobile now, and we need learning solutions that reflect that.

When you’re in the market for a language learning app, however, keep in mind that not all approaches to learning French are created equal. While you might memorize the words for “please” (s’il vous plaît) and “thank you” (merci) what you really need is an app that helps you adapt French phrases for different situations and audiences. Feeling comfortable speaking French is not only a factor of how confident you are thinking on your feet but also how much you grasp a certain je ne sais quoi that identifies native speakers.

Rosetta Stone’s approach to learning French doesn’t just encourage deeper connections—it defines everything about how we build language lessons. French words and phrases are contextualized in conversations, accompanied by a speech-recognition engine called TruAccentTM that offers instant feedback on your pronunciation. The purpose of Rosetta Stone, is to teach you how to speak the language, not just know some phrases. That begins with your very first French lessons where our app encourages learners to say bonjour and au revoir out loud until you sound like a local.

Learn how to say "Excuse me, where could I find the best crepes? " (Excusez-moi, où est-ce que je peux trouver les meilleures crêpes?) like a native French speaker.

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Features of the Learn French Rosetta Stone app

While some methods of learning French are more effective than others, it’s also true that each learner is different. Some prefer to listen and engage with audio content, while others get more out of exercises that solidify concepts. Schedules can also complicate how you might choose to learn French. Some days you can only sneak in a few minutes of listening on your commute. On weekends, you might have the freedom to binge lessons on your own timeline.

Rosetta Stone has an award-winning app that gives you the best of both worlds, combining cutting-edge technology like augmented reality with customization options. Life is mobile, and Rosetta Stone’s Learn Languages app is up to the challenge.

1. Seek & Speak

Turn your smartphone into a French practice partner . Use your iPhone to have French scavenger hunts that identify everyday objects and help you learn from your surroundings.

2. Your Plan

Design a learning strategy and schedule that fits your life with Your Plan. This customization feature lets you dial in which material you want to study and incorporates motivational reminders to keep you moving. Available for French on Android devices.

3. Phrasebook

Rather than hunting and pecking through lessons for the right term, find practical greetings like salut ! or everyday phrases such as excusez-moi ? in one place with our handy French Phrasebook. Perfect for travelers because it works offline—no international data plan required.

4. Audio Companion

Sometimes, you can’t gesture, speak, and engage freely in your current environment. Audio Companion® lessons are perfect for those moments and lets you continue to make progress with downloadable audio versions of your lessons.

5. Stories

One of the best tricks in the book is to immerse yourself in French. Rosetta Stone offers interactive Stories that let you read along with native speakers, training your ear and letting you get a feel for pitch-perfect French pronunciation.

6. Translations

Don’t let that one word you can’t remember hold you back. Using the long-press gesture in our French app calls up a handy translation function that can keep you progressing onto the next lesson.

How learning French with the Rosetta Stone app is different

The latest technology, fun features, and customization are critical components of an engaging app, but what makes Rosetta Stone truly different is not the application but the substance of your French lessons. As far as we’re concerned, the goal of learning the French language is simple, and it’s not about acquiring vocabulary or memorizing verb conjugations. Rosetta Stone focuses on giving learners the confidence to thrive in real-world conversations.

The Dynamic Immersion® methodology

Experts agree that immersing yourself in French is an effective way to learn the language. Our lessons knock this concept out of the park by using a learning environment that mimics the real world and layering concepts in ways that allow you to build gradually towards feeling confident speaking French.

Hear the difference TruAccent makes

One of the advantages of using Rosetta Stone’s app to learn French is that it comes with the ability to practice and get feedback on your accent embedded in every lesson. Our patented speech-recognition engine compares your voice to native and non-native speakers, allowing you to fine-tune your pronunciation until you can say it like a local.

Let our customers speak for themselves…

The best part is you don’t have to take our word for it. Rosetta Stone has an award-winning app that has earned 4.8 stars in the Apple store and lots of kudos from our users.

“I absolutely love this app! I’ve always wanted to learn French and now I can with ease. It’s way easier learning on this app than in school in my opinion…”—LeopardLover

Check out the reviews at the Apple app store for yourself.

The glowing reviews don’t end there. Pop over to Android and see what Rosetta Stone users have to say.

“This is THE MOST FUN app I have ever used for language learning. And I have used many. It doesn’t rely on grammar and spelling memorization like so many apps do which can make the process of learning boring and frustrating, and makes you not actually acquire the language in the most intuitive, immersive and natural way possible. Rosetta Stone is different as it does NOT make you translate anything, so you end up THINKING in the target language, which leads to fluency much faster. Do recommend.”—Paris Williams

See more reviews over at the Google Play store.

Is learning French with an app difficult?

Let’s be real. Learning a language can be challenging, but that’s why it’s an endeavor worth investing in. Once you’ve embraced the idea that learning French is a journey and not a destination, you’ll find satisfaction in making progress towards your goal of becoming a confident French speaker.

Come along with one of our Rosetta Stone users, Nathalia Ramos as she uses the latest features from the Rosetta Stone app to transform her trip to Paris.

Here are a few ways the Rosetta Stone app makes learning French easier and more convenient.

Learn anytime, anywhere

Life is mobile, and Rosetta Stone can definitely keep up. Our app lets you pick up where you left off with French lessons that sync across devices. Whether it’s your desktop, tablet, or smartphone, we’ve saved your spot so you can get right back to where you started from. Downloadable features also let you prepare for Wi-Fi dead zones and avoid data charges.

Customize your learning

Get French served up the way you like it but using different features to expand upon learning and support your lessons. Whether you enjoy listening to the cadence of French spoken by native speakers in Stories or play scavenger hunt with Seek & Speak, there’s an app (and a feature) for that.

You get what you put into it

One of the questions beginning language learners often ask is what they can expect on their way to becoming a French speaker. The answer is the same no matter where you are at in your journey—you get what you put into it. Your ability to succeed and gain confidence is simply a factor of how much time you invest in practicing and your persistence in overcoming obstacles and making learning French a priority.

Download the app and start learning French today with Rosetta Stone.

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Surround yourself with whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app.

Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation.

The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

Learn today with Rosetta Stone.

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