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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

"Easy French" - Go Scare Yourself...

Found this series of videos introducing/teaching French through a series of street interviews. It is subtitled in both French and English, which is just as well, coz I'm finding it really hard to follow when spoken at normal speed, although I do get the gist. Kinda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb4zvZdrMz4

Good for listening practice.

There's tons of other languages as well on this channel.

September 10, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ktroseb

Thank you! I just posted a discussion asking if there were websites for audio conversations in french for learning purposes! This is great :)

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

Ah, fabulous. I also found this really, really helpful:

https://radiolingua.com/tag/cbf-season-1/page/3/

That's the beginning with really basic stuff, but conversations happen in the later lessons, and they are fully explained.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlymopsmum

I've used radiolingua (Coffee Break French) on and off for a while now, picking up their more recent podcasts, which I find a challenge, and using their earlier programmes as a reminder and update. I find the programmes excellent and their Scottish accents are swoon-worthy

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

I'm pacing myself right now by using other resources to firm up on the basics before I dive into season 3... I've a premonition that it's going to be quite a leap from the first two.

And yes, their accents make for very pleasant listening :)

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stardust103158

I feel your pain. I'm focused on French now, but I'm also dabbling in Spanish. It is so much easier even from the beginning to understand spoken Spanish than it is to understand spoken French. I appreciate this link since I'm working on improving spoken comprehension.

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

If you can understand this on first listening without the aid of subtitles, then I would say you are reasonably fluent in French. Not sure where the "Easy" bit comes from, other than hyperbole.

There are easier scripted and staged interviews with real French people, like from the BBC, you can listen to if you are still in the early stages of learning. There is probably no benefit in having these interviews in the street, with traffic noise and other distractions going on.

However, this Easy French format does have its place later, to help you attune your ear to the way real people speak to each other every day. So don't get discouraged if it seems too hard at the moment.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MajdS

Thank you very much! Merci beaucoup! I used to listen to old classical songs for listening, but this channel looks much better. After all, everyday speech is what we need! Thank you very much again.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

Just don't get discouraged by expecting to understand everything... I found it very difficult. But I think I've learned a couple of things from watching the first two episodes, so I'm counting it as a success :)

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MajdS

Indeed it is! There is a long journey awaiting! :P

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prky

I have been at this a long time, and I'm still finding words I must look at in the dictionary...have patience, it will come. I like listening to songs also - they help me recognize verb tenses.

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MajdS

Me too! I love listening to French songs especially old ones, any suggestions?

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prky

"Ne Me Quittez Pas" and "Quand On a Qu L'Amour" by Jacques Brel; "Les Baleines Bleues" by Daniel Roure; "La Mer" by Charles Tenet; "Des Lendemains Qui Chantent" by Francoise Hardy; "Sympatique" by Pink Martini Enjoy!

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MajdS

Thank you very much!!!!! I'm sure I will enjoy all of them!!!!

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CokiFinch
September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/e-strano

Merci!

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/photomaster15

very helpful

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/avanade

Merci, madame! ;) Watched the first episode.It reminded me of my 6 months spent in Paris as an exchange student several years ago.

Well, in my humble opinion, Spanish & Portuguese native speakers seem to speak a lot faster than the French.My theory is that such is due to the former being relatively more emotional.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

It's not so much the speed, I think, as the huge number of homophones that French seems to be littered with, plus skipping (what are to me) random syllables. I must confess, I gave up during on episode #3 and am now listening to this instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8cXVVcKRI4

Oh well, it's early days...

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NYC-Rocker

This one is more my speed too at this early stage. ;) Thank you for the link, SimoneBa.

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howardsends

merci!!

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NtateNarin

LOL! I had a good laugh when you said to "go scare yourself." I LOVE Easy French! Even though they speak fast, I like the fact that you get to experience how real Parisians (and other people around France) speak. Plus, the topics are sometimes fun and goofy! Like if they believe in intelligent life outside of Earth (if I remember correctly).

Definitely a recommended site!

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimoneBa

I have every intention to return... maybe in six months down the line, so that I can revel in the progress that I've made (or rather, will have made). And since I do love quirky topics, I really look forward to getting to the point where I can understand more of these vids without stopping every five seconds to catch up on the subtitles :)

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NouveauHousewife

Awesome, thanks! That was so much fun to listen to and try to comprehend!

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/x.thg.xo

its not easy to do 2 languages at once though. thats why im just focused on french

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prky

I agree - I started in Spanish, and switched to French, and have been concentrating on French ever since.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/x.thg.xo

yeah. but if i were you i would have finished spanish first, because then you get really good at multiple languages... just saying...

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/x.thg.xo

plus if you like french, stay passionate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReikoYamamoto

Nice.

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shadowhawk.js

I use to think Parisians talked ridiculously fast. I thought that the first time I came across this video on Youtube studying the language. Watching it again though, I know enough words to make out a sentence, and they don't seem any faster than English speakers to me now. Which is good to know :).

Merci pour la vidéo!

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/The_100th_Dog

Thanks for the suggestion I can use this to help me understand the languages better.

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Romtex

Great link, merci beaucoup!

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brownponytails

C'est parfait! Merci beaucoup!

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/x.thg.xo

this is awesome thnx bbz xx

March 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeSmilga

Merci

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