Try this site for Audiobooks, lots of German and French, and a number of Spanish texts:
Then use Library Genesis, or some other search engine, to locate the text, so that you can follow along.
Try this site for the Spanish texts of all of Aesop's fables, nice and short narratives:
the audio is available on the above audiobook site. This is a good variation in language practice.
Great suggestion! For German audiobooks and Hörspiele, try http://www.vorleser.net/ (it's entirely in German, but pretty easy to understand). I think the best thing about listening to audiobooks is that the person reading will always keep going, so you have to keep up. Personally, I find that when I read German, I just stop whenever I get to a word I don't know. It gives me the chance to look up that word, but it takes me out of the story and the sort of "immersion" that builds in my head. Audiobooks force you to just go on and guess the meaning of unknown words from context rather than immediately reach for a dictionary.
Thank you very much, guys, for the suggestions of the audiobooks. I usually spend almost an hour a day walking to the metro station and back, and this will keep me entertained! thanks!
I'm a librivoxer, so I'm completely thrilled that you're plugging it, but I think that people should know that these are all public domain texts, which means that they were written before 1923. I know that French hasn't changed much since then, but there might be some languages where older language might be confusing.
Hamish88, thanks so much for your post! I found some great things. I found the audio in Spanish and both Spanish (audio is with the Spanish) and English translations for "The Tall Woman" and "The Organist" - probably could find all or some of the other 3 stories - but I listen in Spanish, read back and forth between Spanish and English... Just read the English while the Spanish poured through my ears... LOVE the old-fashioned (to our ears) stories - they're quite sophisticated and compelling.
http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/9987/pg9987.html START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK SPANISH STORIES (English Translations of): Produced by Nicole Apostola, Charles Franks, Charles M. Bidwell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.
STORIES BY FOREIGN AUTHORS
(1) THE TALL WOMAN .. .. .. .. .. .. by Pedro Antonio De Alarcon (2) THE WHITE BUTTERFLY. .. .. .. .. by Jose Selgas (3) THE ORGANIST.. .. .. .. .. .. .. by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer (4) MOORS AND CHRISTIANS .. .. .. .. by Pedro Antonio De Alarcon (5) BREAD CAST UPON THE WATERS .. .. by Fernan Caballero
"THE TALL WOMAN" IN SPANISH WITH SPANISH AUDIO: http://albalearning.com/audiolibros/alarcon/lamujeralta.html
https://ia600506.us.archive.org/8/items/al-a-lma/albalearning-alarcon_lamujeralta-01_06.mp3 https://ia600506.us.archive.org/8/items/al-a-lma/albalearning-alarcon_lamujeralta-02_06.mp3 https://ia600506.us.archive.org/8/items/al-a-lma/albalearning-alarcon_lamujeralta-03_06.mp3 https://ia600506.us.archive.org/8/items/al-a-lma/albalearning-alarcon_lamujeralta-04_06.mp3 https://ia600506.us.archive.org/8/items/al-a-lma/albalearning-alarcon_lamujeralta-05_06.mp3 https://ia600506.us.archive.org/8/items/al-a-lma/albalearning-alarcon_lamujeralta-06_06.mp3 https://ia600506.us.archive.org/8/items/al-a-lma/albalearning-alarcon_lamujeralta-07_06.mp3
ALL THE 5 STORIES AT THE ONE URL ABOVE, IN ENGLISH:
THE TALL WOMAN by Pedro Antonio De Alarcon From "Modern Ghosts" translated by Rollo Ogden.
"How little we really know, my friends; how little we really know."
The speaker was Gabriel, a distinguished civil engineer of the mountain corps. He was seated under a pine tree, near a spring, on the crest of the Guadarrama. It was only about a league and a half distant from the palace of the Escurial, on the boundary line of the provinces of Madrid and Segovia. I know the place, spring, pine tree and all, but I have forgotten its name.
Amazon has a bunch of Spanish-language audiobooks for $5 US or less. Some classics like Frankenstein or Oscar Wilde, and the productions sound really good. The narrator on Frankenstein, for example, seems to speak very clearly.
Here's a list of Amazon links -- I think almost all of these are under $5 - 10 US:
edit: Here are a bunch more from Audible. Looks like mostly horror/thrillers. Some of them are pretty short, but still - good listening practice for a couple of dollars.
Thanks. There are a lot of French books, including those I have and have read in another language. For those who have some previous knowledge of the language they learn, listening to the book in that language and reading it in your native language at the same time can really help understand the spoken language. I'm going to try it this evening.