The Best Tools to Learn French with AI

Over the last year, I've been fascinated by AI and its potential to change the way we learn languages. And I've spent a significant amount of time exploring tools that allow me to engage in French conversation practice with AI.

The sheer number of available options can be daunting for learners. In this article, I'll share my top 3 picks for AI French conversation practice, providing you with an assessment of each tool's pros and cons.

The Best Tools For Practicing Speaking French With AI

#1: Langua

Best for: Committed French Learners

Langua is an all-encompassing AI platform designed for learners who are dedicated to mastering French conversation skills while also having the option to engage in listening, reading, and vocabulary exercises.


  • The AI conversation feature has a hands-free option, making it possible to converse without pressing buttons.
  • Offers an extensive selection of conversation options, ranging from practical role-plays to stimulating debates and discussions tailored to your interests.
  • Provides corrections and explanations for the corrections provided.
  • The available AI voices are cutting-edge (other AI platforms have voices that sound robotic or have an American twang).
  • When you don't know how to say something in your target language, you can speak in your native language and still be understood.
  • Provides a diverse range of additional resources, including podcasts and videos with AI-generated interactive transcripts, instant translation, and spaced-repetition flashcards.


  • May occasionally overlook corrections due to the inherent limitations of AI technology.
  • Currently does not have a dedicated mobile app, although the platform is optimized for mobile browsers and can be easily added as a widget for app-like access.

Pricing: $10-$25/month (pricing varies based on location and subscription type). Langua also provides a free plan with limited access to comprehensible input features, excluding AI conversation practice.

You can create a free account on Langua and explore it here.

#2 ChatGPT

Best for: Learners who don't want to pay anything

ChatGPT is a renowned AI tool that can be adapted for French conversation practice if you only want to play around with a free option.


  • Can be utilized for basic conversation practice and grammar corrections when prompted.
  • Offers a free version, making it accessible to a wide range of learners.


  • Voice output has a noticeable American accent, detracting from the authenticity of the French speaking experience.
  • Lacks built-in language learning features, such as automatic corrections and translation buttons.
  • The free version is limited to older, less advanced AI models.
  • No pre-designed conversation prompts or exercises, requiring learners to generate their own ideas and leading to repetitive topics.

Pricing: $20/month for the paid version, with a limited free version available.

#3: TalkPal

Best for: Learners looking for a simple AI app

TalkPal is a conversational AI app designed specifically for language learning, offering a range of features for French learners.


  • Provides a number of conversation options, including role-plays, topic-based discussions, and image description exercises (paid version only).
  • Includes a basic plan with limited access to features and a 10-minute time limit.


  • Primarily focuses on conversation practice, lacking additional features such as interactive transcripts or the ability to save words and learn them with flashcards.
  • Voice quality is less natural compared to Langua, with a more robotic tone that may hinder immersion.
  • Some conversation prompts may be too complex or irrelevant for beginners. The discussion I was presented with was 'the most significant moment in human history'. Even as a more advanced learner, it required me to think a lot, rather than focus on practicing my French.
  • Reviews on the Google Play store are mixed, with a rating of 3.6 out of 5 at the time of writing.

Pricing: $11.99/month for the paid version (cheaper with an annual purchase). No free trial available, but a basic plan with limited features and a 10-minute time limit is offered.

Common Questions About Learning French with AI

How can I choose the best AI tool for my French learning needs?

When selecting an AI tool for learning French, consider factors such as the quality of the voice recognition and speech output, the variety of conversation topics and exercises available, and the level of personalization and adaptation to your learning needs. Take advantage of free trials or basic plans to see for yourself whether the platform is well designed and works for you.

How can AI be combined with other learning methods for optimal results?

While AI-powered tools can be incredibly valuable for French learners, they are most effective when used in conjunction with other learning methods. Combine AI conversation practice with other activities like working with a tutor and listening to podcast to ensure a well-rounded learning experience. Use AI to target specific skills, such as speaking fluency or vocabulary acquisition, while also seeking opportunities for real-world language use and feedback from native speakers.

What makes AI-powered tools effective for learning French?

AI-powered language learning tools offer several key benefits, such as the ability to practice speaking and listening skills at your own pace, receive immediate feedback on grammar and pronunciation, and access a wide range of learning materials tailored to your interests and proficiency level. Platforms like Langua and TalkPal provide an engaging and interactive learning experience that can help you build confidence and fluency in French.

What are the potential limitations of learning French with AI?

Despite the impressive advancements in AI tech, it's essential to recognize that these tools have several limitations compared to human tutors. AI may not always detect subtle nuances or be able to provide detailed explanations for complex grammar concepts. Additionally, AI-generated conversations may sometimes feel less natural or contextually relevant than those with a human tutor. It's crucial to view AI as a complementary tool rather than a complete replacement for traditional learning methods. And of course, language is about connecting, so don't miss out on speaking with real people!

Your next steps...

I hope that this article has educated you on the possibilities of working with artificial intelligence to enhance your learning experience. If you're feeling motivated to try learning to speak French with AI, I recommend you start by trying Langua. It's freemium and also has a free trial of the Pro version available. My team and I decided to create Langua because generic AI tools like ChatGPT were not truly meeting the needs of language learners.

Alex Redfern

About the author:

Alex Redfern is the CEO of the language learning startup, LanguaTalk. Holding a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath, he is passionate about entrepreneurship and language learning. Whilst travelling across the globe has has learnt four languages to varying levels. His research on language learning has enabled him to help thousands of people build fluency via LanguaTalk. He has published articles in popular magazines; his article on rapid language acquisition went viral on Medium.