As most people know, the internet is one of the best – and worst – places to learn anything. Anyone can post whatever they want without considering facts. However, there are also many sources of excellent information as well, posted by reliable sources.
Languages are subject to these same conditions. There may be a few sites that claim to be able to help you learn French on the internet, but there are many companies that had proven methods of teaching language long before the internet came along. I personally used two of these methods to prepare for a college exam (a translation test), and they helped me pass with high marks.
This website offers a demo – use it to make sure you like the method. While some of the package deals seem a little pricey, compare them with college fees; the price doesn’t come close to a 5-hour university course. Compound tuition with large class sizes and Rosetta Stone wins by several lengths. I used their subscription service and found it to have greater flexibility than the package plans.
This site made learning French complete for me. The FSI method has been in use for years by the United States government to train military personnel quickly and thoroughly, often to a level 4 proficiency (level 5 being reserved for native speakers). The great news is that the material is now in the public domain. Although I paid about $200US for two courses on tape (used), it is now free and you can learn French – and other languages – at your own pace on the internet with this fine method.
I actually used this to begin my French learning. I think it has some very good information and tips on how to learn French. Language acquisition, in general, is a subject of great fascination for scientists and researchers, and this made the actual process more understandable. I had a lot of linguistic “a-ha” moments on this website.
Of course, there are countless other language websites out there, and you might consider signing up for periodic newsletters that come to you in French to give you practice reading. I also signed up for a French language BBS and wrote essays and letters to my new penpals in the language.
You may also find an obscure website out there that helps you learn French as well. If so, as they say in France, c’est la vie!