There are lots of free ways to learn or improve your French language skills. My favorite is by listening to the radio. Tuning into the news on RFI, France Culture or France Info, all of which stream on the Internet, swells my vocabulary, seemingly by osmosis. It also familiarizes me with different accents and varying melodies of speech. I especially like the older announcers, in their crisp, more formal French, and the women with serious smoker’s voice debating the finer points of obscure philosophy (they sound like they’re 80, but who knows?). For the beginner, RFI dedicates an entire section of its site. I encourage novices to listen to The News in Easy French. It sure beats those language tapes.