Searching for C1 Resources
Greetings fellow French learners!
Do any of you know any good resources for increasing your French level to that of a C1 level?
Over the last couple months, I've found myself around that middle ground between B2 and C1 and I'm looking for ways to accelerate that process. For example, I've done many practice DELF's where I found great success in the reading and listing aspects of B2. Additionally, I've read multiple 300+ page novels in French over the last couple months and I found myself having a good understanding of the plot of the books and character relations. In addition, I've watched several movies and t.v. series/cartoons in French and found myself getting invested with the story and understanding the characters with little to no reference to a dictionary. It even got to the point where I forgot they were even speaking French. To add on to this, I've also had multiple conversations with my francophone friends where I seem to struggle to find certain words, making the conversations a little choppy. But other than that, we can still understand each other and I can still get my ideas across using descriptions and synonyms.
Despite this, I still feel like there's some room for improvement moving towards that C1 level. Thus, the reason why I'm asking for resources. Specifically, I'm searching for ways I could improve my speaking and comprehension but anything can be beneficial so feel free to share.
Honestly? Keep doing what you're doing. I think you're at a level where consuming media (like books and movies, as you've said) in French is going to naturally improve your speech. You obviously know the language, so I would imagine it's really a matter of spending time with it in the real world that will help you speak more naturally. At least this is what my girlfriend (native Russian speaker) tells me about how she was able to achieve C2 level in English when she was still living in Russia and had very few people to speak with.
Otherwise, I believe Practice Makes Perfect offers a couple of advanced level French grammar workbooks, if that's something you might be interested in. I'm at about B1 in French and using their intermediate level books and so far I find them quite helpful.
Sorry I don't have more suggestions, as I'm not yet as proficient as you in French so haven't gone out of my way to look for advanced material. These are just some things I've discovered and tips I've picked up from hanging out with other multilingual folks.
Thank you so much! You're perspective means a lot! I'll look into some of those grammar workbooks you talked about.
I would like to mention franceculture.fr.
You'll discover tons of materials (articles, interviews, discussions, conferences, etc.) regarding various aspects of life. It's an excellent resource to improve both listening and reading skills. Especially for listening, it makes wonders. From very short discussions up to several hours long conferences, you'll most likely find something matching your style and interests that will help improve your French level.
If you want at listening from cultural level this is a good link:
Thank you both very much! I'll be sure to try to implicate these resources into my daily plan!
I'm at a similar point with my Spanish and I think the best thing to do is continue reading and watching tv, I've done some research into the topic and it seems like the general idea is that your brain will get better are better at understanding, because the more you expose yourself to the language your brain will get better at recognizing the patterns of the language and will be able to predict the next words which makes you more fluent. I know it seems like you may not be improving but its just kind of slow progress at this level. I also suggest finding a list of the most common 5000 words or so and find all the words you don't know that aren't cognates, and when you've done that start writing down and learning words you find while reading.
You can find a lot of stuff in the discussions and in the logs at forum.language-learners.org
I could write a list of resources, but I have already written it on the forum many times (and so have other advanced French learners there), so why not just point you to that direction.
What have you read? Also, if you find anything useful, please do share! I'd recommend talking with natives or taking part in whatsapp, skype, discord chats with multiple natives that actually speak the lingo to get more exposure. Attack your weaknesses. What books did you reaD?