Bonjour tout le monde !

Second round of French elections today, so I'm avoiding the news for a while. I'm being very diligent: playing with different French learning apps.

All modesty aside, my co-branded site, Progress with Lawless French, just keeps getting better and better - it's the perfect way to really master those tricky French grammar rules. We're getting close to adding a vocabulary component and a dictée feature, but in the meantime, here are some other sites that focus exclusively on vocabulary and listening.

Babbel lets you pick vocabulary topics that interest you and says you'll "learn grammar intuitively as you go." It includes speech recognition; cultural topics; and special sections on idioms, abbreviations, and phrases for everyday life.

Bliu Bliu promises "no grammar, no rules, just pure fun." To assess your initial level, you're offered a series of words which you rate as either easy or hard, and the system then estimates the size of your vocabulary as a baseline for suggested texts. The 30 days French challenge includes weekly group meetings with a native-speaking host.

LingQ provides authentic content with new vocabulary highlighted for you. If you know the word, you just click to remove the highlight. If there's a word you don't know, click to learn what it means and have it show up in future texts.

For a comprehensive independent learning system, combine one of these vocabulary-focused sites with grammar-based Progress with Lawless French.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook where I post le mot du jour and on Instagram for a meme-ified French expression every day.

Bon dimanche !