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French Podcast

conversation, lessons, and culture

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Why News in Slow French?
We are at the forefront of creating immersive language learning content. Created by an international team of linguists and journalists, our one-of-a-kind program has been enjoyed by individuals, schools, and universities since 2011.
Always on point. We call it “virtual immersion.” Each week, we bring you fresh ideas, conversation and culture, designed specifically to boost your comprehension so you can stop translating and follow the discussion.
Efficient learning
We emphasize key aspects of language learning, using real language in way that makes sense. Our method makes it possible for you to listen, read, and start thinking in French.
Always on
French language on the go – at your desk, in the classroom, on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Learn French. Stay informed.

Get ready for immersion – build your French language skills to express yourself and understand someone else.

Listen to the news in French, follow the conversation with the interactive transcripts, and you will be amazed to discover that you know more French than you think!

We offer various subscription levels to meet your needs, from an audio-only French podcast to a rigorous educational course including interactive transcripts of international and French news stories, grammar and expressions lessons, quizzes and pronunciation.

See for yourself if our program is right for you! Our free demo episode will give you a sense of what we offer without having to sign up for anything.

Not quite there yet? We’ll help you get up to speed. Our French for Beginners program takes you on a journey from basic French sentences to full immersion in French conversation, step by step. Make this your first French podcast!

Ready for more? Try a change of pace. Our Advanced French podcast takes you to the next level of immersion. It’s a collaboration of French news writers, journalists, and linguists bringing you a mix of cultural insights, opinions, in-depth news analysis in real, everyday French.

Our Philosophy – learn faster by going slow

Our goal is to entertain, inform, and educate our users in active language learning. We present our programs at a pace that allows you to follow along and better absorb information. In doing so, we actually put you on the fast track to a deeper understanding that ultimately leads to meaningful results.

No gimmicks!

We want you to try our program for yourself before deciding if it’s for you.
  • You don’t have to register to navigate the entire site or try our demos.
  • Subscription packages and prices are clearly outlined.
  • We are proud to be entirely funded by the support of our subscribers and we do not accept corporate sponsorship.
  • No automatic renewals! We consider it to be a bad practice.

Ready to try? Our free demo episode is a complete episode that aired just a few weeks ago.

What people are saying about us

Many of our subscribers have shared their praises and thoughts on what we do. Here is just a small sample:

I have tried to learn French for years but have always given up quickly. Your way of learning is the best I have seen and makes it easy to understand with the quick translate design. Excellent!

Jon V., New Yorkshire, UK

Using News in Slow French has been an incredible experience for me. After just a couple of months, I am amazed to find that I can actually understand what Catherine, Julie, and Rylan are saying. Not 100% of the time yet, but I am definitely improving all the time. I try to spend time with News in Slow French every day, and my progress has been significant! Thank you!

Alice B., Maryland, USA

For many months I hesitated signing up for the paid version of News in Slow French. Now that I am a member, I wish I would have signed up sooner! This is a wonderful and stress free way to improve your French - and it is not just textbook French, but living breathing French…. It is so much richer in content than other learning media I have tried. I originally learned with Rosetta Stone, which was good for initial building of sentences and vocabulary. I realized I was still translating in my mind…. Then I found News in Slow French. After a very short time, I realized that I was understanding the podcast without mentally translating everything. I actually listen first in my car, then I go home and do the lesson on line to see how much I got. This is really amazing. And all the lessons are archived for my enjoyment whenever I want if I miss a week.

The iPhone App instantly linked with my car's interface - and works great. I like coming home and easily mousing over words I do not know - and I like that the translations are not totally literal - instead they convey the intention of the phrases. Also - I never had much time to follow the news in English - let alone French. I like the mixture of current affairs selected, they are helping me stay up with world news. I also like hearing the opinions and reflections of Rylan and Catherine - and the comradeship they reflect in their discussions. To top it off, the language lessons and expressions round off the program in such a way as to teach painlessly.

This is probably the most satisfied I have ever been with any service. Keep up the good work!

Jan D., California, US