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Learning French: helpful links (free)/tips for improving


as I am looking for such things at the moment, I wanted to share, what I have found yet and what I am content with, and I also would be glad if others could add more :)

1) for improving your auding competence: http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/fr/apprendre-francais/dior-impressionne-les-arts-decoratifs-0

Also: Arte live stream. Unfortunately without subtitles :(

Three hours of dialogues, spoken and written: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wQBLJIvyPY

Audiobooks (see also 2b+c and): I use them in combination with the corresponding text. For improving my pronounciation I repeat many sentences I heard.

2) for improving your reading competence: a) newspaper online http://www.lemonde.fr/

b) bilingual newspaper online :) http://www.bielbienne.com (German/French) http://www.editions-entrefilet.fr/Go-English/ (not really bilingual, but with helps)

b) bilingual books (Amazon kindle: La chute de la maison Usher, Dorian Gray => both with Audio on youtube)

c) unilingual books : - from the series "Lernkrimis" (you should speak German in order to use this; they have also audiobooks for each level) - here a list for different levels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ8-pjW1WSQ - and here a source for some free books: http://bibliothequenumerique.tv5monde.com/livre/37/Le-Comte-de-Monte-Cristo

d) French Films with French subtitles: Watching, writing out the interesting vocabularies and learning them Unfortunately it is difficult to find a good one :-/ Theat means: not only one, which pleases me, but where are many dialogues in good French. Until now I have only watched "Inglorious Bastards": There are some interesting French parts. Also not so bad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBZ65a2LXiw With this link you can find other films with French subtitles on YouTube. https://thevore.com/de/franzosische-filme-online/ https://www.youtube.com/user/UnGarsUneFille (Comedy, very quickly spoken (in normal velocity for French)) https://www.youtube.com/user/laminutevieille (ARTE) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nftpRbl7r7w (a very cute series in 12 episodes for pupils learning French; look here for more material: https://www.planet-schule.de/wissenspool/extra/inhalt/extra-en-francais.html)

French youtube channels with subtitels (very quickly spoken and a little bit colloquial): - Cyprian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR6G_Js1BX8 - Norman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWHDlsvw34I

French songs with subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMI1L6R9YQ

e) Grammar sites without exercises: https://dict.leo.org/pages/idioms/frde/idioms8_de.html

f) Grammar with exercises http://www.bonjourdefrance.co.uk/learn-french-online/grammar/exercices-intermediate

I also like this Pons Book : https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/3125627605/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8=1

3) Speaking and writing: for all the following suggestions: if words are missing, look for it in your dictionary and write them down (in order to increase your vocabulary), best in full sentences. For more complex expressions use one of those for examples: https://www.linguee.de/ + http://context.reverso.net

  • speaking: as I do not know any French person I talk to myself in French :) Although there are no corrections as a matter of fact, very helpful.

=> tell how your day has been, tell a problem you are thinking about etc. Self-experience: could become boring by the time and you are tempted to tell allways more or less the same. Nevertheless keep on doing so (because it is good for immersing), but additionally:

=> then try this: Take an old French schoolbook or lend one from the library: There are many suggestions to discuss about (for the class) and the subjects are often very interesting. Example: What ist the difference between art and decoration? What does art mean for you?

=> or this: choose two words randomly or take your dictionary (in your own language), if you just can't think of any, and regard the Google results of their combination: Find an interesting article and use the headline to speak about it - or read the article and try to convey the ideas of each passage.

  • writing: the same as said for speaking skills, point one. Or try to write a Story in French (just invented or one you have read), you can use Google in the way descripted above for suggestions.

For all skills: - Watch "Francais avec Pierre" at youtube (only in French, but mostly with French subtitles). He offers relatively expensive courses but also many videos for free, concerning many interesting subjects, and he is speaking slowly (for a French) and with an accurate pronunciation. You can join his blog and get regularly new input. He offers a test for estimating your level on his page. Advantage: He is a FLE (French for foreigners) teacher, so his videos are very helpful. - google: "FLE B2" or your level, for listening "FLE audio B2" and you will get exercises for reading or listening adapted to your level of speech. - on the weekend take your notes and formulate a sentence for each notated word

I hope, it will help someone. Feel free to add your favorits!

November 23, 2017



Great stuff! Thanks for sharing these great links! Something else I like is News in Slow Languages, for French here is the link: https://newsinslowfrench.com/ You can hear and read news in French in various levels... great for listening practice!


News in Slow French is not free though - this is Radio France Internationale's page for students of French with lots of news stories in French: https://savoirs.rfi.fr/fr which are free.


@Nityaji I cannot found how to start listen the radio. A other link is http://www.franceculture.fr Click "le direct"


Thanks. I look forward to looking at the sites you've indicated.

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    Thanks- I've been wanting to practice more.

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