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20 French Podcasts for Learners

French podcasts are a great way to improve your listening skills, but you might quickly feel overwhelmed after trying to navigate the numerous ones on the internet.

To save you the hassle of spending hours interrogating search engines, I’ve put together a review of the best ones for beginner or advanced level learners.

Here are 20 truly awesome French language podcasts for you to improve your French through listening!


Beginner French Podcasts

1. Coffee Break French 

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Cost: Free, premium content available

Summary: Practical lessons by French language teacher Mark as he coaches his student, Ana.

Why not listen in as someone else learns French? Learning at the same time as somebody else is a fantastic way to make the words, grammar and phrases stick in the mind. 

What’s more, it’s not as intense or as boring as being in the classroom yourself. The lessons are easy to follow, last for about 10-15 minutes and are aimed at the beginner. 

2. One Minute French 

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Cost: 10 episodes for $12, course booklet included

Summary: French language basics to help you converse during a vacation or business trip.

These short, sharp lessons pack in quite a bit of good information for the French language beginner. They cover the absolute basics for you to survive in a French environment.

Yes, it is possible to learn so much with so little material. They may be called One Minute French, but each French-language podcast lasts for two to four minutes.

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3. Easy French Poetry Podcast

Cost: Free

easy french poetry podcast logo Summary: Follow a Frenchwoman reading the most Classic French Poems.

The host of Easy French Poetry reads some of the most Classic French poems. She reads them once slowly so you can repeat them after her and then once more at a natural reading pace. 

You’ll also learn key facts about the authors’ lives, get a chance to listen to an analysis of the poems in simple French and learn new vocabulary. 

4. Parlez Away

Cost: Free

Summary: Conversational French episodes with coaching from an expert.

parlez away logo Babbel’s French Podcast, Parlez Away is great for complete beginners.

You’ll follow the progress of Ted, a Wisconsin native, as he gets conversational in French with coaching from Babbel expert Caroline, from northwestern France.

Various topics, a pinch of culture, common “faux pas,” and many useful tips are waiting for you in this podcast!

Intermediate French Podcasts

5. One Thing in a French Day 

Cost: Free, ebooks available to purchase, transcripts available through newsletter.

Summary: Follow a Frenchwoman through the events of her daily life

Each short podcast concentrates on a different daily event, such as having a croissant after a visit to the hairdressers, going for a nighttime walk and shopping in an organic store. 

They are presented by native speaker Laetitia who discusses each day’s event in normal speed French. Her diction is crisp and clear, and the words are easy to make out.  

6. Cultivate Your French 

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Cost: Free, transcripts available through newsletter

Summary: Practice listening to slow French in bite-sized episodes.

Made by the same creator, each audio track is based on the episode of One Thing in a French Day that is released on the same day. While the other podcast comes out three times a week, this one comes out once a week. 

Here Laetitia introduces the topic in English first and then switches to French, giving you the chance to settle into the episode. 

7. Daily French Pod 

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Cost: Free 

Summary: Listen to short news stories in under five minutes.

This podcast centers on a short news story presented by the host, Louis. He covers a variety of topics such as current events, science news and an occasional dialogue. 

The pace of spoken French is normal speed and each episode is about three minutes long. Although Louis enunciates as he speaks, these French podcasts are not suitable for the absolute beginner.

8. LanguaTalk Slow French 

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Cost: Free 

Summary: Learn about France and French culture through clearly spoken French.

These episodes may not be as slow as the title suggests, but the host, Gaëlle, enunciates and speaks clearly for intermediate listeners and above.  

Gaëlle explains expressions and vocabulary in English and sometimes does interviews that are entirely in French. The topics cover French culture and topics related to French language learning. 

The best part is that a transcript, vocabulary list and learning tips are provided with every episode. 

9. Inner French

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Cost: Free, transcripts available upon signing up 

Summary: Social issues, politics, history and language topics tailored for French learners.

This one is best for confident intermediate learners and above, as it’s entirely in French and the episodes are a bit longer.

The topics covered are a bit more challenging, but Hugo, the host, speaks clearly and not too fast so that you can keep up. 

You’ll have to sign up for a free account to get access to the transcripts. If you’re inspired to learn even more, Inner French also has a YouTube channel and full French courses available for enrollment.

10. French Etcintermediate-french-podcast

Cost: Free

Summary: Common expressions useful for everyday life in under ten minutes episodes.

The site offers many different podcasts, but the two I’d suggest you focus on are “Today’s French” and “Dictée.”

Did you know un aoûtien / une aoûtienne is someone who takes their vacation in August? Well, you would if you listened to French Etc! This is hands down my favorite podcast for learning super useful (and frequently funny) French expressions. Use it to expand your knowledge of common expressions and learn about brief topics with easily consumable podcasts.

On the website, you’ll also find a “Learn French” section with vocabulary lists, grammar, tutorials and les devoirs (homework). The site is run by Anne Guével, a French native and highly experienced language instructor.

11. French Blablafrench-blabla-podcast-logo

Cost: Free

Summary: Audio training that focuses on teaching you to speak like a native (3-10 minutes).

If you’ve been looking for a podcast to teach you true, real French that you won’t find in textbooks or college courses, French Blabla could be for you! Caroline, the host, aims to teach French with passion and enjoyment. She covers a wide range of topics while discussing slang, phrases, and grammar that will have you speaking like a native.

12. Join Us in France Podcastjoin-us-in-france-logo

Cost: Free

Summary: Long 1 hour episodes about French culture, food, history, music, food. 

Learning about culture is a crucial part of language learning, and for many of us, it’s why we started learning a language in the first place! This podcast dives into just about any topic relating to France—and travel in France—that you could think of. With almost 400 episodes to choose from, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest, and you’ll be an expert on France in no time. 

Throughout the podcast you’ll also find episodes specifically about the French language. Keep an eye out for those!

13. Talk in Frenchintermediate-french-podcast

Cost: Free

Summary: 30+ minutes episodes discussing French systems and cultural issues.

Especially great for those of you who are at a lower intermediate level (or would like to learn a lot about particular issues but fear you’ll get lost in an extended French podcast), this one is largely in English, but includes specific points and vocabulary in French to supplement your cultural learning.

There’s no better way to learn French than from a native French teacher who specializes in teaching it to non-native speakers, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from Talk in French. You’ll learn lots of useful information about French culture and relevant vocabulary.

With his podcasts, Frédéric covers a range of fascinating and useful topics. Uniquely French holidays, weird French superstitions and regional French culture are among the themes you’ll hear about. 

Advanced French Podcasts

14. French Voices

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Cost: Free, transcripts available to purchase

Summary: Interviews about people’s jobs in naturally spoken French conversation.

To bridge the gap between upper-intermediate and advanced, French Voices is a good one to practice listening to French conversation. 

Jessica, the host, interviews French people from all walks of life about their livelihoods. She speaks with a diplomat, a stay-at-home mom, musicians, artists and even a spiritual medium.

The audio is entirely in French, but there’s a summary and vocabulary list in English provided for every episode. 

15. Géopolitique

Cost: Free

Summary: Short episodes on international relations and political news.

Géopolitique (Geopolitics), by France Inter, a part of the Radio France network, is a short and snappy podcast on international news with each episode clocking in at a maximum of four minutes. 

Each episode has a short summary on the website, along with additional resources, like maps and references. The best part is that there is a transcript of the episode which will allow you to follow along. 

16. Grand reportage

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Cost: Free

Summary: In-depth, sensitive, on-the-ground audio documentaries.

During the week, Grand Reportage (Great Report), by Radio France International, draws attention to the diversity of lived experiences in the face of political conflict and environmental issues. 

Episodes are uploaded daily and are accompanied by a written article. That way you can get the best of both worlds by reading and listening to the story content. 

17. Sur les épaules de Darwin

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Cost: Free

Summary: Beautiful and eclectic soundscapes with readings of texts by scientists and poets alike.

Sur les épaules de Darwin (On Darwin’s Shoulders) is hosted by Jean-Claude Amelson and each episode is centered around the marvels of the natural and human world.

It’s an intersection of science and art, and Amelson’s narration is poetic and full of depth. The website provides a summary and a list of sources which you can explore further if you want to dive more into the topic.  

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18. News in Slow French 

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Cost: Free trial with subscription

Summary: News stories read out in slow French.

News in Slow French is a podcast series where news stories are read out in French at a much slower speed than you would hear on the television or radio.

The enunciation is perfect, allowing the listener to hear every word distinctly. It’s slow French that will help you learn quickly.

Each podcast is broken down into a number of sections, and features different stories, conversation between the hosts, a few points of grammar and some common idiomatic expressions.  

19. Learn French by Podcast 

Cost: Free, full transcript and exercises available to purchase

Summary: Natural-sounding conversations about everyday matters.

Learn French by Podcast is a comprehensive series of audio lessons for beginners all the way through to advanced language learners.

The episodes discuss everyday situations such as discussing a football match, introducing yourself and buying travel tickets. Each podcast is divided into different sections, so that the listener gets the most out of every episode. 

20. French Pod 101

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Cost: Free, subscription version available 

Summary: Comprehensive French language learning through audio format.

French Pod 101 has a deep pool of French language podcasts for all levels, from the absolute beginner to the advanced French language speaker.

Each lesson offers a mixed bag of language learning goodies including dialogues, cultural insights and plenty of information about traveling through and living in the country.

The podcasts are hosted by a native French teacher and a native English speaker who’s also fluent in French. If you’d like to know about French Pod 101, check out our full review here

Why Listen to French Podcasts?

In case you didn’t get the memo, learning French through podcasts is extremely effective. So why should you listen to French podcasts?

  • There are podcasts for all levels of French learners.
  • Podcasts are delivered in an easy-to-use portable format that allows you to learn when you want and at your own pace.
  • You control the flow of information delivered to you.
  • They let you get a sense of French culture, and all you have to do is put on a set of headphones.
  • The best podcasts are produced very professionally, and they’re often free and come with transcripts.

In other words, it’s an immersive way to learn and entertaining, too. As this video suggests, there are a huge range of podcasts depending on your French level and interests. 

If you love listening but would like to add a visual component as well, you can use videos to your advantage.

Try watching French videos on YouTube to practice everything you learn from your French podcasts or access more structured learning through a specialized language learning program.

How to Actively Listen to French Podcasts 

  • Translate. Start off with an oral translation (French to English) to get yourself warmed up, and then move on to a written translation, working as literally as possible. I recommend working with a 30-second clip.
  • Transcribe. Next, write down exactly what you hear, as you hear it. This exercise also works best with 30-second clips. After you have completed a written transcription, read it aloud. This is a great way to practice speaking clearly, quickly and precisely, essential for oral fluency. 
  • Outline. After listening to an episode, make a summary. Try to condense your outline into a single paragraph, paying close attention to transitions. This is for checking your understanding and practicing your French comprehension. 
  • Reformulate. At the end of each podcast, try to reconstruct the episode orally, as if you were explaining the podcast’s content to a friend. Make an audio recording and play it back to yourself. How can you improve your intonation and pronunciation?
  • Express yourself. Once you have done all of the above, insert yourself into the episode, as if you were there yourself with the host. What would you say? How would you respond? 


Podcasts are a great way to practice your French listening comprehension, hear the natural flow of the language and even throw in some reading practice with transcripts.

So what are you waiting for? Get listening to some French to get closer to fluency today!

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