Watching Youtube videos is an excellent way to improve your listening skills and learn useful vocabulary while having fun but it can be hard to find Youtubers you understand.
After showing you the best Youtube channels to learn French, it’s time to discover a selection of the best French Youtubers to follow in 2018.
A surprisingly high number of French Youtubers and vloggers offer French and English subtitles so you will find someone to follow whether you are a beginner or an intermediate French learner.
- 1 The top French comedy Youtubers
- 2 The best French language and lifestyle Youtubers
- 3 The top French science and history Youtubers
- 4 The top French gaming vloggers
- 5 The best French movie, music and culture Youtubers
- 6 The best French cooking channels
The top French comedy Youtubers
Cyprien is the most popular French Youtubers and creates hilarious videos with subtitles in over 10 languages including English which makes his channel a favorite of many French learners.
Topics include ads versus reality, school, being a geek and things Cyprien hates.
Norman fait des vidéos
Norman fait des vidéo (Norman Makes Videos) has the second most popular Youtube channel (based on the number of subscribers) and even has videos with over 34 million views.
His videos focus on topics such as muscular men, bilingual people, Apple fans (the brand, not the fruit) and video games and are available with English, French and Japanese subtitles.
Le Rire Jaune
Le Rire Jaune (The Yellow Laugh) is another comedy Youtuber with videos about everyday life, Parisians, his mom, the French school system and other random topics.
Most videos come with French and English subtitles.
What the cut
Unlike Cyprien, Norman and other popular French Youtubers, What The Cut follows a clear format.
Each video consists of a selection of 3 videos Antoine Daniel, the creator of the channel, found hilarious.
These are often videos around a specific theme or from a specific country (Japan, Russia…)
Unfortunately, Antoine Daniel regularly makes jokes and speaks incredibly fast which makes him one of the most challenging Youtubers to understand as a French learner.
Luckily, his channel also includes the (NSFW) science fiction audio story Clyde Vanilla.
Much easier to understand, this audio story also comes with French and English subtitles.
Unlike the French vloggers you discovered previously, Studio Bagel is not run by a single person but by a collective of French Youtubers creating comedy videos on topics as varied as asteroids crashes, being in a relationship on Facebook and parody of ads.
While most Youtubers talk directly to the camera, Studio Bagel’s videos include lots of short movies and videos that look more like science fiction movies than Youtube videos.
Golden Moustache creates hilarious videos on topics such as the sexual life of video games, exes, the day the earth stopped masturbating.
Lots of sex and relationships basically.
Videos come with subtitles in over 10 languages.
Andy is one of a few French female comedy Youtubers and creates mostly “VS videos”. Topics include kids VS adults, beginning VS end of a relationship etc.
Natoo creates funny videos about dirty people, her dog, hotels, and other everyday life topics as well as the occasional dance video.
Her videos come with English subtitles.
Seb la frite
Seb la frite (Seb the French fry) makes fun of music video clips (One Direction, Alizée etc) and everyday life situations (in the supermarket, in the bathroom…).
Most videos don’t come with subtitles but Seb speaks rather slowly so it’s not too hard to understand.
Hugo tout seul
Hugo Tout Seul ( Hugo all alone) follows the same format as most other French Youtubers and makes fun of everyday situations such as living in a couple, not knowing what to do etc.
La Ferme Jerome
La Ferme Jérome (shut up Jérome) is a French Youtuber and member of the Studio Bagel collective who creates comedy videos showing him struggling in various everyday situations (skiing, eating a kebab, at a party…)
The best French language and lifestyle Youtubers
Johan is the only language Youtuber in this selection and one my favorite online French teachers.
Creator of Français Authentique, Johan regularly posts videos in which he talks about French culture, idioms, personal development and language learning.
The French subtitles and slow pace make Français Authentique the ideal Youtube channel for intermediate French learners.
Solonge te parle
Solonge is not actually a French Youtuber but a Canadian Youtuber. She discusses her favorite books, love life and life in general.
The French subtitles and slow pace make her channel a must-watch for intermediate French learners who want to discover Canadian French and learn about life in Canada.
My life in the United States
Just as the name indicates, My life in the United States is a Youtube channel created by a Frenchman living in the US.
Yoann frequently talks about differences between France and the US and offers English subtitles which makes him a great Youtuber to follow if you live in France as an expat or simply want to learn more about French culture.
Pl Cloutier is a Youtuber from Québec who likes to talk about Québec expressions, food…and candies.
He is the person to follow if you want to get a québecois accent and learn more about Québec.
Lysandre Nadeau is another Canadian Youtuber who likes to talk about differences between France and Québec, becoming vegetarian and being a lesbian.
French lifestyle vlogger Sananas regularly publishes videos about fashion and beauty and creates makeup tutorials.
Je ne suis pas jolie
Je ne suis pas jolie (I am not beautiful) is run by Léa, a 21-year old beauty vlogger who creates videos about beauty, fashion, and makeup.
Aurélie regularly publishes videos about her children Laura and Maelle and talks about beauty and music.
The top French science and history Youtubers
Scilabus is a science popularisation channel tackling issues such as wearing white in summer, Mike Pence breaking a spaceship and our jewelry making us weak.
The videos are available with French and English subtitles which makes the otherwise complex vocabulary easier to understand.
Dirty Biology is all about…You guessed it! Biology!
Videos come with English and French subtitles and explore topics as diverse as Darwin and the Pokemon, humanity and the health consequences of GMO’s.
E-penser (e-thinking) is entirely dedicated to science and technology.
Topics include being left handed vs right handed, special relativity and insane things your brain can do without thinking.
Most videos come with subtitles in English and French.
Nota Bene is a French Youtube channel dedicated to history.
Topics include the history behind Game of Thrones, Norse mythology, and the biggest military disasters.
Videos come with French subtitles.
Histony discusses history with a heavy focus on French politics and answers questions such as who is responsible for the first World War or how to Sarkozy and other politicians use history to their advantage.
Osons Causer (let’s dare have a chat) is a fast-paced Youtube channel dedicated to social issues such as Facebook, law reforms and freedom of the press.
The fast pace is counterbalanced by the presence of occasional French and English subtitles.
Cyrus North’s Youtube channel is all about philosophy, Nietzsche, and metaphysics.
The Youtuber regularly discusses topics such as the existence of God, existentialism, Greek philosophers etc.
While these topics aren’t the easiest to understand, the English subtitles make Cyrus North a great French Youtuber to follow if you are interested in philosophy.
The top French gaming vloggers
joueur du grenier
Joeur du grenier (player from the attic) is a French Youtuber specializing in retro video games and playing consoles.
Most videos show him playing games such as Pacman, Link or Street Fighter and talking about their history.
The vocabulary of video games isn’t easy to understand but most videos come with English and French subtitles.
Squeezie is a popular gaming Youtuber publishing videos about video games, his life and other random topic.
Speedgame has one goal: finish video games as soon as possible, something he does extremely well.
Unfortunately, he also speaks incredibly fast.
This and the absence of subtitles make it a Youtube channels for the most advanced French learners only.
The best French movie, music and culture Youtubers
Le fossoyeur de film
As its name indicates (the movie grave-digger), le fossoyeur de films comments and criticizes movies while gently making fun of the worst movie clichés and incoherences.
Le cinéma de Durendal
Movie critic Durendal talks about the movies he just watched. This includes well-known movies like Star Wars and Marvel movies as well as less well-known movies.
In addition to movie critics, Durendal also comments on technology and culture in un of technologies like 3D in Pourquoi j’ai Raison et vous avez Tort (why I am right and you are wrong).
The topic isn’t easy to understand, luckily most videos come with French subtitles which makes Durendal’s channel a great cinema channel to follow if you love cinema.
if you love cinema and video games, Crossed is the French Youtube channel to follow!
Each chronicle published by vlogger Karim Debbache’s is a critic of a movie adapted to the cinema like Super Mario Bros or Sonic and the occasion to make fun of some not so successful adaptations.
PV Nova is one of my favorite French Youtubers as well as a member of Les Franglaises, a theatre troupe paying tribute to the greatest American and British pop hits by translating them literally into French and adding hilarious choreographies.
His Youtube channel is full of music experiments that show how to create a song in a particular genre such as reggae, chill funk new disco and summer songs.
These are supposed to be parodies but PV Nova’s songs often sound better than the ones I hear on the radio.
French Youtuber Tyllou specializes in classical music analysis with a particular focus on music from the world of fantasy.
Titles include music from Lord of The Ring, Game of Thrones and a lot of popular video games.
La Brigade du Livre
La Brigade du livre (the Book Squad) debunks literary clichés, explores the world of authors such as Stephen King and offers great book recommendations.
A must-follow Youtube channel for bookworms and an excellent way to find your next great French read.
Ginger Force compares books and comics like Asterix to their not always successful movie adaptation.
This is one of the few French vloggers in this category to offer French subtitles.
Code Mu’s Youtube channel is all about words. Long words, short words, weird words.
Throughout his vlogs, the French Youtuber explores meanings, sounds, spellings and even lengths.
The best French cooking channels
A selection of the best French Youtubers wouldn’t be complete without mentioning cooking channels.
Benjamin Dariouch from Naturacoach has created what is, by far, my favorite French cooking channel.
While most Youtubers focusing on health talk about Acais bowl, Manuka honey, and other trendy foods, Benjamin Dariouch focuses on science-based nutrition, delicious healthy recipes (try his naturola!) and the impact of our food choices on our health and on the planet.
Hangover Cuisine features what you would expect from a Youtube channel with such a name: lots of not so healthy food.
Recipes include cheesy French classics like raclette , American recipes and lots of recipes you could use to cure your hangover.
The French subtitles make Hangover cuisine one of the easiest French cooking Youtubers to follow.
Launched in 2007, Hervé Cuisine claims to be the first French food channel launched on Youtube and features lots of mouth-watering desserts such as a tarte au citron (lemon pie), macarons au chocolat (chocolate macarons) and a few savory recipes like Indian cheese naans,
Some videos come with English subtitles.
French Youtuber Alice Esmeralda is all about healthy vegan food.
Her channel is choke full of ideas to lead a healthy lifestyle such as meals to go and vegan alternatives to popular meat-based dishes.
And you? Who is your favorite French Youtuber?