How many unread emails do you have right now?
I almost always have a notification of 50+ unread messages next to the little envelope icon on my phone.
The majority of emails I receive are prompts to get a coupon here or place an online order there. I simply delete them, send them to spam or ignore them altogether—letting my pile of unread messages climb higher and higher.
I know I’m not alone!
What if we could clear out the junk mail and instead sign up for some email newsletters that would actually be worth reading?
Educational and fun email does exist, and there’s one type of subscription that can actually take your French to the next level: French newsletters!
Believe it or not, newsletters are an excellent way to boost your French language skills, and I’ve got some great subscription ideas to get you started.
Why Learn French with Newsletters?
Newsletters are a great way to regularly receive fresh and exciting content to help you on your French learning journey.
Whether you opt for daily, weekly or monthly newsletters, they’re a nice reminder—that conveniently and regularly show up in your inbox—to keep working toward your language goals.
There are two different types of newsletters you can learn from and both have many benefits.
First, there are newsletters from language sites that provide learning tips and educational material. While normally written in English, these are helpful when it comes to guiding you through the process of learning French and ensuring you have all the necessary resources to reach fluency.
They cater directly to your needs as a language learner and will point you in the right direction when you’re not sure what to learn next.
Aside from those specifically designed for French learners, the second option is to subscribe to newsletters from French companies. Written in French, these are intended for native and fluent speakers, which means they expose you to real-world French used in natural contexts.
Authentic French newsletters encompass a wide number of topics, so you can choose whatever interests you the most. You’ll get the added bonus of learning both the language and culturally relevant information.
Whichever type of newsletter you choose, I’ll get you started with seven great options below!
7 Free Newsletters for French Practice, Learning Tips and Culture
French Learner Newsletters
Love Learning Languages
Love Learning Languages is a site for French and English learners run by two teachers living in the south of France. Their newsletter provides readers with French learning tips and links to free resources on their site.
Subscribers will have access to information about free quizzes, learning videos and French conversation groups.
Additionally, their newsletter provides some interesting information and news about the south of France so you’ll learn about French culture as well.
You can sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of any of their website’s pages.
If you want to get weekly fuel for your French study routine, you can sign up for the free FluentU newsletter from the sidebar of the FluentU French Learner blog.
FluentU offers the best of both worlds when it comes to French learning content: authentic French material that’s been remixed for French language learners.
FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the French language and culture over time. You’ll learn French as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of great content, like interviews and web series, as you can see here:
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive subtitles.
You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used.
For example, if you tap on the word "crois," you'll see this:
Practice and reinforce all the vocabulary you've learned in a given video with FluentU's adaptive quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning and play the mini-games found in the dynamic flashcards, like "fill in the blank."
As you study, FluentU tracks the vocabulary that you’re learning and uses this information to give you a 100% personalized experience.
It gives you extra practice with difficult words—and reminds you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned.
Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
200 Words a Day
Another language learning site, 200 Words a Day offers a weekly newsletter that contains loads of great resources.
For starters, you’ll receive learning tips and articles about French language and culture. You’ll also get to read about a French “verb of the week,” so at the very least, you’ll regularly add new words to your vocabulary.
Finally, the newsletter includes French idioms and proverbs for you to learn—a great way to study new words and phrases through interesting material.
You can subscribe to their newsletter at the link above.
French Company Newsletters
Opéra national de Paris (The National Opera of Paris)
Opéra national de Paris is the official site for Paris’ two great opera houses: Le Palais Garnier and L’Opéra Bastille.
There are actually two separate newsletters you can sign up for from this subscription page. The first is Octave Magazine and the second is 3e Scène (Third Stage).
While both options will have you reading about the latest news in theater, dance and music, Octave Magazine takes you behind-the-scenes of productions and delves into the lives of the actors, directors, singers, musicians and dancers.
Meanwhile, 3e Scène covers the stories of the productions themselves—in other words, what the show is about.
By subscribing to these newsletters, you’ll receive information about the latest cultural events happening at Paris’ two famous venues and read about some of the biggest names in showbiz.
Readers can expect to learn French vocabulary surrounding dance, music, theater, events and more.
As an added advantage to learners, both newsletters are offered in English versions as well so you can subscribe to both French and English and use the latter to reference new words.
La Nutrition (Nutrition)
La Nutrition has the latest news on everything that has to do with healthy eating.
Their newsletter includes information on a wide variety of nutritional topics and keeps you up-to-date on the latest health news.
You’ll receive recipes and cooking tips along with information about medicine, vitamins and healthy ways to diet. You’ll also read about how exercise and your body interact with and change the way food is processed.
The newsletters include a ton of great French vocabulary such as food, cooking, health, fitness, human biology, science and medicine words.
My Little Paris
My Little Paris contains information on all sorts of things having to do with the city of love and other major French cities.
You can personalize your newsletter subscription with your interests. Options include topics such as beauty, travel and children.
Subscribers will receive the latest news, tips and trends when it comes to life in Paris, Lyon and Marseille. You’ll read beauty and fashion advice, insider travel tips and articles about decorating, gardening, news and restaurants.
Learners will gain vocabulary from a wide array of subjects such as beauty, fashion, food and dining, design, travel and more.
Petit Web (Little Web)
Petit Web is a French site focused on technology and business content. Their weekly newsletter is delivered to subscribers every Monday and contains the latest news in business and digital innovation.
Readers will receive marketing tips, stay up-to-date on e-commerce news and learn about interesting brands, entrepreneurs, startups and media groups.
You’ll also get to read about ideas for optimal business management, a bonus for anyone working in this field and looking for some tips.
French learners will be exposed to new vocabulary topics such as business, technology and marketing.
Now that you know which newsletters are worth signing up for, it’s time to unsubscribe from those junk emails and start receiving some great information that’ll help you achieve French fluency!
Camille Turner is an experienced freelance writer and ESL teacher.
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