Learn French on… Discord? How to Hack This Gamer Chat for Language Learning
Welcome to a virtual world of non-stop French learning.
A French Discord server will connect you instantly with French speakers and students.
You might already think of Discord as a place for gamers, but you would be surprised how many opportunities there are for French speakers to practice texting and chatting together on this platform.
You just have to know where to look.
We will help you unwrap this totally out-of-the-box language learning tool and take your French game to a whole new level.
Just What Is Discord, Anyway?
Remember how I said “out of the box?” Discord, although not designed for French learning specifically, can become an invaluable resource to unconventional French students who are ready for speaking and writing practice.
Discord is a voice chat platform for gamers—yep, gamers!
Released in 2015, Discord was designed to be a low-resource platform for gamers to communicate in real time while competing or teaming up in a video game. Following the tradition of Internet Relay Chats, subgroups not related to video games have been created, including French chat groups!
Back in the day before internet forums, Internet Relay Chats permitted discussions in real time between several users. Discord basically re-creates this dynamic of real time group chats, but with the added possibility of voice chats.
Although Discord contains pay features, its basic functionality is absolutely free.
I have not once been prompted to pay for anything I wanted to use on Discord. It is only when you want to use special features such as extra emojis that you would have to pay.
Learn French on… Discord? How to Hack This Gamer Chat for Language Learning
How to Get Set Up on Discord
Obviously, before we can use Discord to practice French writing and speaking, we need to make our account. It is fast, easy and free!
The link is the invitation that every user needs. But do not worry! Discord automatically accepts you if you click the link.
After this you can write in any sub-section you want.
Discord groups generally have several sub-sections on the left panel. For example, you might find “word of the day,” “correct my French,” “general discussion,” etc. On the right panel you will see all active users and their languages.
Finally, on the extreme left you will see a “+” symbol that you can use to look for and join other Discord groups without having to search in Google.
How to Best Use Discord to Get Quality French Practice
Now that you are set up, how do you best use Discord to practice your French writing and speaking? Nothing could be easier!
At first it can be demoralizing to be constantly corrected, but this is how you learn, and until you actually start using French actively, you will not know the mistakes you are making.
Similarly, many groups are “French-English” exchanges, and native French speakers are there to improve their English as well. Language learning is a team activity, and group chats always have etiquette rules that should be respected.
As luck would have it, I have taken the trouble of revealing to you my favorite Discord servers below.
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Where to Find the Best Discord Servers for French Learning
So by now you should be convinced that Discord is an excellent resource for the budding French student, but you might be asking, “are there any servers you recommend?” Yes! I have compiled a list of French servers that will give you a never ending source of writing and speaking practice!
Learn French: Learn with Others at Your Level
With good reason I mention Learn French first. Having over 2,000 members and generally over 200 active at any one time, Learn French offers a thriving community of language learners. The first thing you will need to do to post is take a test to evaluate your level, after which you will be placed in a “class” with other users.
Then you can post in sections including “grammar help,” “introductions” and “face to face,” among others. If you are looking for structured and progressive French speaking and writing practice, Learn French is for you!
French International Server: Chat with Native French Speakers
The French International Server is designed to be a general chat space for French native speakers, so this is probably best for advanced learners. It can be a great way to just start speaking and writing French.
The French International Server also has a continuous voice chat section. To activate, make sure you have a microphone or headset connected, navigate to the voice section at the bottom of the topics panel and upon clicking you will be connected automatically and can start talking.
French: Join a Large and Active Language Community
This was the first Discord server I joined because it has a little bit of everything. Also, with over 6,000 members, it is the largest community I found dedicated to French.
There is no test to evaluate your level in this server, so you have to be honest with yourself. After providing the information requested in the “welcome” section, you can post to such groups as “vocal-texte,” “general discussion,” “culture” and many more.
Also, there are several voice groups you can join, but they do not always have a lot of participation. Due to the variety of groups and the size of the French server community, this server is appropriate for all levels of learners. But if you are looking for structured practice, you should stick with Learn French.
French Servers for Games and Hobbies
If you are an advanced learner and simply want to participate in Discord servers for French speaking people, even if they are not geared towards language learning, Discord offers several topic-specific servers. These are great areas to learn specific subsets of vocabulary.
You can find even more by browsing the servers on Disboard with the français tag. Just be aware that some are NSFW.
With Discord servers, you gain access to an active and growing community dedicated to language practice. By committing time to learning French on Discord, you will be on your way to fluency!
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