Your Favourite French Media
Hello everyone, I hope you're heaving a peachy january!
Do you know any good French media to study from? It can be anything, Youtubers, bloggers, gamers, tv-shows, movies.
Great post! I can't wait to see the responses :)
My favorite: RFI Savoirs: https://savoirs.rfi.fr/
It takes a while to learn your way around but it's fantastic. They do news articles (which I don't really take advantage of yet) and they also have articles and interviews, sorted by difficulty level (A1, A2, etc.). They are audio articles and they have written transcripts, and quizzes to test your comprehension. It's actually pretty wonderful. I have to replay, and replay, and replay, and frequently resort to looking at the transcript. But it's super helpful!!
Also depending on what country you're living in (your bio doesn't say), you might want to take a look at French in Action, which is a video course designed for French learners. It's only available in the USA and Canada, however. http://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html
I also recommend French in Action for mid-level learners. Once you get past the short intro of each video, it is all in French, so you get a good immersion lesson. I was able to buy an old copy of the associated textbook from Amazon for less than $10.
As long as you don't listen to BFM TV or ITV/ Tv-shows in general, everything looks fine for me. I know that some students of my high school make shows on a web-radio, it can be interesting : http://lp2i.radio-delta.fr/player/ (The shows are only during the week though) Depending on what you are interested in, there are A LOT of awesome french youtube channels: My favourite one is dirty biology, (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtqICqGbPSbTN09K1_7VZ3Q) I seriously recommend you to check his videos ! And finally if you're interested in history the channel " confession d'histoire " is very funny (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzj9-ZfpJ74vYv1RZzAWTVg)
1jour1actu.com news for french teens, but really high quality. I especially like the 1jour1question daily video
fr.brainpop.com short educational daily cartoon on history, art, science etc. with a little comprehension quiz
https://short-edition.com/fr/ short fiction, poetry, cartoons many with audio. The jeuness section has easier reads and 'le moteur d'envies' dice is a fun way to select a random short story.
Podcasts: for learners: Coffee Break French. More advanced (not directed at learners): transfert by slate.fr (personal storytelling) Aujord'hui l'histoire from the CBC (history) France Culture: lecture histoires d'enfance (guests talk about and read their childhood favourites)
On youtube: Mofy (really sweet animated series, orignally in Italian but you can find some epidodes in French) perfect for beginners.
Rue Sésame: French version of Sesame Street, I think Sesame Street is the best show for learning any language
Animated series: Miraculous Ladybug et Chat Noir. Kick-ass superheroine. Set in Paris, what's not to love!
Game: Pocket Camp, tons of vocab and greetings. This is how I learnt most of the Spanish vocab. Generally I like to search the app store for any games with a French language setting.
Your comment reminded me of quite a few things.
I'd like to cast another vote for Coffee Break French, it's quite good.
I've looked at Rue Sésame a bit and it's good but hard to understand some of the muppets because of the weird voices. But lots of visual aids so it balances out :)
I've seen lots of folks talking about Miraculous Ladybug but I'm not familiar with it. Peppa Pig is for very little kids and can be fun. It's on YouTube.
You have a ton of resources I'm not familiar with, so thank you for your post!!
I have been watching Nathalie FLE blog for intermediate French learners a few times per week. She speaks clearly and I don't have any trouble understanding her. I also watched the ExtraFrench episodes with my son. It's at a fairly low level, but I think it was about right for my son.
I also watch France24 news on-line. They are harder to understand. Mostly it's talking head show type stuff (economy, politics), and I can only stomach about 15 to 20 minutes at a stretch, but it's important for vocabulary and listening comprehension.
I was watching Hook-up Plan, a series on Netflix (for that one I used English subtitles). I think I watched one full season, but I haven't watched that for a while.
When we were in France over the summer my son and I found many US and UK cartoons dubbed in French. That was fun. Cartoons are one genre that can generally be successfully dubbed because the mouth movements are vague and inexact. I watched Simpsons, American Dad, and Mr. Bean, among others. (I've also seen Simpsons, American Dad, and King of the Hill in Spanish in various countries.) Those types of shows might be available in French on line, maybe on YouTube or Vevo or something like that.
My favorite is LeMonde on-line. It's a regular newspaper. Unlike WaPo or NYT, it doesn't seem to cut you off after you have reached a certain amount of free articles each month, although certain articles are available to subscribers only. The news is not only of France, but of the world, and the coverage is thorough. It's really good for building vocabulary.
Here's another vote for the cartoon "Sherlock Yak, Zoo Detective". 51 fifteen minute episodes featuring a yak who investigates crimes in a zoo, and offers three suspects at the end of each episode for the viewer to help determine the criminal. It's very funny, especially Hermione, the yak's sidekick. I found episodes on Youtube
I dropped cable altogether and subscribed to Sling TV; it's internet TV. It offers a bundle of French TV channels for about $5 per month called French Bouquet (in addition to the base fee.) The programming is not outstanding, but there is a "made for USA" news channel, a movie channel, travel shows, and a cooking show from Belgium that I enjoy (and I usually don't like cooking shows.). Watching has helped my listening comprehension and taught me things about France that I didn't know. I have enjoyed several movies including "Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue" which was outstanding.
first of all, thank you for commenting on my post, it was actually my first time publishing something on duolingo and i mentioned that i was french canadian so my favorite french movie has to be les intouchables, it's a classic and it's based on a true story. get your tissues ready, you're going to cry.
Je l’ai vu. Génial. Les Américains l’a refait en anglais et il y en a le publicité maintenant.
Spotify has been my favorite tool! In addition to the France Top 50 chart, you can search for "français" and find thousands of playlists in all French genres curated by Spotify staff and normal users alike.
The strategy I usually use is:
1. Listen to the song as many times as you want. More advanced users can try to gauge the meaning of each line, while beginners can listen for individual words.
2. Look up the lyrics. See if you recognize any more words when you have the text in front of you.
3. Find a lyric translation to figure out the meaning of words and phrases you don't know.
4. Use whatever system you have to learn as many new words as you want.
If you're not a total beginner you can watch this channel about linguistic :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCofQxJWd4qkqc7ZgaLkZfcw You'll learn a lot.
J'aime Sherlock Yack Zoo detective. It's an animated series episodes are about 15 minutes long, about a yak who runs a zoo, and investigates crimes there. It's very funny, and it's great for learning a lot of animal names. Look for it on Youtube.