Learn French words for free!

Marie-ClaireIt’s easy to learn French words with these free French audio lessons. The Rocket French team has created online lists of common French words to help you survive in a French-speaking environment.

We’ve included the English translation, audio for French pronunciation, and helpful cultural tips along the way!

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, check out our free audio lessons for learning French phrases and French grammar.

Check out these free audio lessons from Rocket French!

Talking about time

This free online French language lesson is all about learning French time. By listening to the audio lesson, and repeating the French words and phrases, you’ll quickly learn how to ask for the time and how to tell others what time it is.

By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to set up a meeting, appointment, or date in French, and be sure that you will be on time to all your French meetings! Click here for your free French audio lesson

Asking when and where

How do you ask when and where in French? After this free French audio lesson you'll know how to get the answers you need! Listen to the French pronunciation and practice saying these French questions aloud. You'll never have an excuse to be late again! Click here for your free French audio lesson

Getting around town

Imagine you’re traveling in Paris and you need to ask for directions in French… what’s the word for where in French? And how do you get there?

This free online lesson will teach you some essential travel French so you can catch a train, find your hotel and navigate your way around the city. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Directions

Ready to master directions in French? This free audio lesson will give you the essential travel French you need to navigate your way around a French-speaking country.

I wish it were as simple as learning the word for where in French and a few French road signs, but there’s a little more to it than that!

As you may have already guessed, asking for directions in French is relatively easy… but understanding the directions you are given may be a little more challenging.

But have no fear – just listen to the French pronunciation on the audio and practice saying the French words and phrases aloud, as you imagine yourself strolling around Paris or driving through Provence! Click here for your free French audio lesson

Family

In this free lesson you’ll learn how to talk about your family in French. Practice your French pronunciation as you listen to the audio, and while you’re at it – take a closer look at the different ways to say my in French.

Speaking about people in French will also help you understand how the French masculine and feminine principles work.

By the end of this lesson you’ll also know how to talk about more than one person. Click here for your free French audio lesson

The body

After this French audio lesson you’ll know the parts of the body in French – some basic medical French for your language survival kit!

Listen to the French audio and follow the pronunciation, and when you’re ready, practice saying the French words aloud. I hope you don’t need to use it, but you’ll also learn how to say I’m sick in French – just in case! Click here for your free French audio lesson

Weather

Want to know some words for the weather in French?  In this French audio lesson you will learn some French words for weather and how to talk about the conditions.

Is it going to rain, snow, or hail? Will the sun shine all day? Will it be a great day for going to the beach or shall we go to the art gallery instead? You will need to be able to ask about the weather in French before making any plans. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Clothing

This free audio lesson will teach you some basic words for clothing in French. Listen to the pronunciation of the French words and practice saying them aloud until you feel confident.

With these French clothing words under your belt (so to speak!) you’ll be able to describe what someone is wearing, or what you’re looking for when shopping for clothes in France. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Dressing for the weather

Do you need to know some French words for clothes? Well listening closely while I teach you how to name different items of clothing in French. This online French lesson will show you how to identify clothes that are suitable for the conditions.

You are much more dependent on the weather when traveling, because you are likely to spend more time outside. Part of dealing with different weather conditions is having the appropriate clothing… Click here for your free French audio lesson

Shopping

Here’s the ultimate shopping in French lesson for beginners! Practice speaking this essential travel French aloud by following the pronunciation on the audio.

You’ll learn to ask how much in French and where is in French. You’ll also learn the French words for shops, clothes, sizes and more. Shopping in France will never be the same again! Click here for your free French audio lesson

A French menu

Warning: This free audio lesson on French food words will make your mouth water!

But if you want to master the art of dining in a French restaurant AND polish your French pronunciation at the same time, this lesson has your name on it!

I’ve listed some common French menu items with audio so you’ll be able to recognize them next time you’re dining French-style. I’ve also included some common French words and phrases that may come in useful when listening or speaking to the waiter. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Ordering in a restaurant

Want the lowdown on dining in French? In this French audio lesson you’ll learn French food words and other important words and phrases for dining in France.

French food is renowned as being among the best in the world. Now you can learn about ordering food in French so that you’ll have a great experience dining in France. Click here for your free French audio lesson

At a French restaurant

Planning on eating at a restaurant in France? This free online French audio lesson on eating in French is at the top of the menu!

Whether you are missing a piece of cutlery or a napkin, or the waiter asks what type of water you’d like, you’ll be able to speak French to get what you need. And after you’ve finished your meal you’ll be able to thank the waiter too. Click here for your free French audio lesson

French wine

After this free audio lesson you’ll be talking about wine in French like an expert!

Whether you’re looking for some local French wine to accompany your picnic in the countryside, or you’re planning some serious wine tasting in France, I’ve got you covered…

I’ve made a list of some essential French words about wine with audio, so you can listen to the French pronunciation and practice saying each word or phrase aloud.

You’ll learn everything from how to ask for a glass of red wine in French to finding your way around the wine regions in France. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Meals in France

Eating French food is the easy part, but can you talk about French meals - in French?

After this free audio lesson on French food words you’ll know how to talk about daily meals, and what to expect when eating in France.

I’ve also included the French words for some of my favorite food, so you’ll never go hungry! Click here for your free French audio lesson

Famous French food

Want the lowdown on some famous French food? This free French lesson with audio will have you pronouncing bouillabaisse and foie gras like a pro!

You’ll also learn what to look out for when you’re traveling around the French countryside. Remember, a life lived in fear is a life half-lived, so don’t be afraid to try new things! Click here for your free French audio lesson

Finding accommodation

You’re tired of traveling and need a place to sleep, but how do you ask for a hotel in French? In this French audio lesson you’ll learn how to find suitable accommodation in French.

You’ll learn how to ask for different types of French hotel, or perhaps you’d prefer a hostel or a camping ground?

Once you’ve got a recommendation for good accommodation in France, you’ll also find out how to find transport to get there… Click here for your free French audio lesson

Booking a hotel

How do you book a hotel in French? In today's free audio lesson you’ll learn how to make a hotel reservation in French like a pro and impress your travel companions!
 
By the end of the lesson you’ll be able to say how many people and nights you’re booking for, ask how much it costs, and understand the answers in French as well.Click here for your free French audio lesson

At the hotel

Knowing these French travel words will make your stay in a French hotel much more comfortable!

After this free audio lesson you'll be able to ask for what you need in French, find your way around the hotel, and share any concerns you have with the hotel staff. Click here for your free French audio lesson.

At the airport

If you want to travel in France, you need to know what to say at the airport in French. This online French audio lesson will teach you some important words and phrases you’ll need at a French airport.

You’ll learn how to find the departure hall, how to ask for a window seat, and how to know when your flight is boarding; all you need to know to get you on the plane in French. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Emergency French

You never know when you'll need this emergency French. In this online French audio lesson you’ll learn how to understand the emergency procedures on the plane in French, as well as other key pieces of information.

You’ll learn how to ask for things from the cabin crew and how to speak French to airport officials. Soon you’ll know exactly what to say on the plane and at the airport to make it safer for you to travel in France.  Click here for your free French audio lesson

Medical French

You never know when you’ll need to know some medical French. This online audio lesson will help you learn medical French phrases just in case you ever need to visit French doctors or a French hospital.

You may need to access health care in France if you’re feeling unwell or if you pick up an injury. This French audio lesson will show you how to communicate your symptoms in French, and how to contact an ambulance or the fire department if necessary. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Health

You never know when you’ll need to talk about your health in French, so it’s best to be prepared.

After this French language lesson with audio you’ll be able to say if you’re not feeling well, and recognize the French words for a health shop, natural medicine and more.

But it’s not always about medical French…

Ever heard French people saying santé when they raise their glasses for a toast and wondered what it meant? It’s the expression for cheers in French! Click here for your free French audio lesson

Technology

Need to know how to navigate a computer in French or use the phone in French? This free audio lesson is for you!

If you want to know how to connect, send or download and more, check out these essential French words for using everyday technology.

Next, listen carefully to how you pronounce the French phrases for making a phone call in French and leaving a phone message. Click here for your free French audio lesson

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out our free audio lessons for learning French phrases and French grammar.

I hope you find these free French language lessons helpful. Don’t forget to sign up for our Free French course before you go! Happy learning!

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