Explore the French language

What sound does a French duck make? How does French in Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland differ from Standard French? Discover our additional resources and learn more about French language and culture. 

Effective French: French writing conventions

This guide aims to provide basic guidelines for writing good French.

Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary app

Our unabridged French dictionary is available as an app for iOS and Android. Find out more about this and other Oxford dictionary apps.

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Useful phrases in French

Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting France.

Cita de la semana

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana

(1863–1952)

Spanish-born philosopher and critic

French resources for schools

Free classroom resources and activities to help students get to grips with grammar and learn to love vocabulary.

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    About the French language

    Learn more about French, the third most spoken Romance language after Spanish and Portuguese.

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