Mot du Jour - Word of the Day
I copied this from where I posted it at the bottom of another thread. I just thought it would be easier for people to find the links again if it had its own page :)
Great Word a Day online. I know it's not DL but it's excellent anyway.
This is the Mot du Jour Archive page - scroll down and you can click on any of the words on any "old" calendar month to see the definition and a couple of sentences using it (with an English translation). There is also an audio file for each word.
The actual Mot du Jour is written each weekday day on the author's blog page. It is sometimes preceeded by either a Grammar lesson, a french expression, verb of the week, a little quiz etc etc.
The daily blog site is below, but all words are archived to the above link on a weekly basis.
Other daily and weekly learning opportunities are available on the same site. They are listed on the following link if you are interested in exploring other options to supplement DL and help you achieve your goal of fluency.
Thanks, puppy7989. The explanations at about.com are excellent. Cependant, si tu n'apprends qu'un seul mot par jour, tu auras 200 ans avant d'avoir un vocabulaire suffisant pour faciliter la parole et la lecture ! About.com is a bit clunky in that respect, and the "search" function is hardly ideal.
Here's another site that's great fun for learning/translating idioms and other pesky phrases, as well as new words: http://www.linguee.fr/francais-anglais A quick search will yield many side-by-side examples that allow you to see how a word or phrase is used in different situations. You can also switch back and forth from English-French to français-anglais. Let your imagination run wild!
Totally agree - I use it more as an adjunct; I do lots of other things as well. Sometimes there are really interesting words and other times, there are words with which I am very famiiar. I just jump about her stuff, reading explanations from time to time. Sometimes, a few days later I find myself thinking Mmmm, now what did she say about again.
I have come across linguee.fr before (just on a google search for something) - D'après ce que vous m'avez dit, I will go and have a play there soon. Ta.
Well, 365*200=73000 which would actually bring you to the 99th percentile of native speakers (http://testyourvocab.com/blog/2013-05-08-Native-speakers-in-greater-detail). While obviously learning just one word a day would yield fairly slow progress it doesn't mean it's not worth trying (such diligence would eventually pay off as Andy Dufresne showed us :)