Best online language courses, improve French blog 02032018

Best online language courses, improve French by Museum of Knowledge

Language programmes can be as diverse as they are unique and the Museum of Knowledge team highlights some of the best online language courses available for students who wish to improve French.


Duolingo focuses on creating bite sized content for language learners. The language learning platform aims to enable students to learn French by carrying out exercises from the various Duolingo modules for five minutes a day using gamification tools. Students are graded accordingly and also receive rewards each time they complete a course module. The Duolingo service is free of charge and users do not require a subscription to learn French on the site.


Busuu, similar to Duolingo focuses on the speed with which students can learn a language on the platform. The Busuu platform aims to enable students to learn French by following Busuu modules for ten minutes each day. Busuu encourages its users to learn French anywhere at any time. Its 22 typical hours of Busuu sessions are said to be the equivalent of one semester of language studies in a traditional learning institution such as a University. The Busuu platform unites native language speakers with those students who wish to learn French from them from anywhere in the world and at any time of the day or night.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is one of the most well known language learning platforms with courses available in several languages and at different levels, from beginners to intermediate level. Rosetta Stone aims to equip students who wish to learn French with the quickest, easiest and most effective language learning tools. Rosetta Stone offers live online language tutors as well as new mobile applications to those who wish to learn French.

With over 20 years in the language learning industry, Rosetta Stone works with in excess of 22,000 educational institutions and enjoys millions of users around the world. Rosetta Stone boasts language learning material in over 30 languages from French to Indonesian.


Udemy offers short language courses to students who wish to learn French at varying levels. Users of the platform can access French language courses often by paying course fees for specific French language programmes developed by individual content providers. Students can learn French at a cost effective price point and develop various skills at their own pace.

Students can undertake a variety of online French courses on the Udemy platform whether these be beginners or intermediate level. Udemy students can develop their conversational French, or simply learn French as a beginner via the platform thanks to the many French language course modules on offer. Pronunciation and French grammar tips are also available on the Udemy platform, offering users with more options to learn French in an accessible manner.




Museum Of Knowledge blog, Easier to learn French or German 23022018

Which language is easier to learn; French or German? by @MOKKnowledge

The Museum of Knowledge team is often asked whether there is a difference between learning one language over another. Do the same skills apply? Which language is easier to learn, French or German? The ease of learning one language over another is dependent on various factors.

A student who has already studied a language other that their Mother tongue is much more likely to be able to adapt to a new language. Therefore a student who has learnt French may find learning German fairly accessible. To compare each language, French and German in isolation of each other in terms of difficulty, some of the most experienced linguists would attest that German is more difficult due to the German accent and pronunciation as well as complex German grammar rules.

Differences in grammar rules may make German more difficult to learn compared with French, but this is mostly because Germanic languages have differing rules that do not apply to the most widely spoken Latin based languages such as French (150 million worldwide speakers), Italian, (60 million worldwide speakers), Portuguese (250 million worldwide speakers) and Spanish (470 million worldwide speakers). Latin languages are also referred to as Romance languages and originally evolved from Vulgar Latin spoken in the Mediterranean regions during the Roman Empire between the sixth and ninth centuries. For these reasons there is great synergy and similarity between the various Latin languages especially in terms of sentence structure and grammatical rules.

Germanic languages include German, Dutch and Afrikaans derived from Dutch. Germanic languages from the Northern Germanic region include Swedish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Danish that are all considered on the whole to be more difficult to learn that Latin based or Romance languages. Why is German more difficult to learn than French?

One of the key differences between German and French is the usage of three genders in German (masculine, feminine and neuter) as opposed to the two genders (male and female) used in French. Some students may find the usage of three genders in German difficult to understand especially because correct deployment is not predictable. Every plural created from a noun differs in German with many irregular neuters and masculine nouns. Once again, those language learners accustomed to learning Latin languages such as French may find this aspect of gender composition difficult to absorb.

In conclusion, the perceived difficulty of German compared to French is based on the fact that German prose requires an alternative learning technique that does not apply when students undertake to learn French. Openness to new learning techniques and composition structures is the most important criteria for those who wish to learn German.