October 29, 2013
Publisher Antosch & Lin Languages
Price $7.99 per month or $71.88 per year
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
You know a language website is good when you and your husband spend date night (though I confess I have a visceral aversion to that odd expression) playing around on it. French-Flashcards.com is French flashcards on steroids!
This is a creation of a British-based company by the name of Antosch & Lin Languages. It is a husband-and-wife team, and they seem pretty language-obsessed to me. (That is a compliment.)
Unlike with paper flashcards, here you can use excellent audio recordings with native speakers to learn and practice pronunciation skills.
Unlike with some other electronic flashcard sites I have been on, this one is scrupulously edited and utterly professional.
Unlike with VocabuLearn, which is audio-only and which I happen to be rather fond of, you can have a combined visual and auditory experience to reinforce your French vocabulary from multiple angles simultaneously.
On French-Flashcards.com you will find many options for drills and study—multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, word lists by subject—and a bunch of ways to customize the site to make it work better for you. Therefore, don’t just try a couple of things and think you know what is there!
To fully appreciate the power of this site, you will need to click through the links and settings and options along the left-hand side of the site. There are quite a few of them, but the features are clear and intuitive—not my standard experience with some of the more feature-rich electronic language-learning products.
This is a highly unfrustrating site.
On top of that, the price is a bargain, especially since—hold on to your foreign-language dictionaries, linguaphiles and polyglots!—the $7.99 monthly fee gets you access to all 12 of Antosch & Lin’s language sites: German, Italian, Korean, Chinese, etc. That is just crazy good fun.
Even for French alone, it is totally worth it.