If you do not know what to read or to listen you should read this post
Le Petit Nicolas series – long and easy to follow
Le Petit Prince
Harry Potter + audio - big plus: easy to follow, long and you should already know story and characters – I don’t know about French edition but Russian version has more than 1 million words
http://onethinginafrenchday.podbean.com/ great podcast from Paris! For upper-intermediate folks, 3 times a week. Plus: first you read and the listen.
candide by voltarie –enlightenment folks are really easy to read
Hobbit, Lord of The Rings
Les Aventures de Tintin – French comic book
Pimsleur – listening, speaking
Cours de francais – linguaphone institute (reading and listening – very slow, rather for beginners)
Civilisations en dialogues - http://www.amazon.com/Civilisation-Dialogues-Niveau-Debutant-Edition/dp/2090352140
La France contemporaine – if you want to know more about france, politics, culture etc. Expensive but worth it.
A Frequency Dictionary of French – 5000 words list – if you want to know the most important words.
French public radio - Journal en français facile (script + mp3- itunes podcast) http://www1.rfi.fr/lffr/articles/001/script_journal_francais_facile.asp
French children's stories http://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories/
http://www.le-dictionnaire.com/index.html Le dictionnaire
Mylene Farmer, Zaho, Benabar, ZAZ, Tal, Joyce Jonathan, Jenifer, Rohff, Christophe Maé, Nolwenn Leroy, La Fouine, Maître Gims, Stromae, Coeur De Pirate, Amel Bent, Patrick Bruel, Calogero
Astérix - comic book, thanks @kimojima
Google Dictionary Chrome Extension - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-dictionary-by-goog/mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja?hl=en
Thanks, Medard !
« Pinocchio » is also good. Like The Wizard of Oz or « Le Petit prince » it is available in many languages, so when learning a new language there will be a familiar story available, which makes things a little easier. Chapters are very short, and it's an amusing story. http://www.ciffciaff.org/fr/content/les-aventures-de-pinocchio et http://www.litteratureaudio.com/livre-audio-gratuit-mp3/collodi-carlo-pinocchio.html (a modern translation; text and audio are available for download on the website linked to).
You should add "Kirikou et la Sorciere" to the list, it's also a pretty easy book/movie and it provides a lot of information about West African cultures.
Merci pour toutes vos suggestions! I have already enjoyed many of the items on your list and there are some new ones I intend to check out. I'd like to share a few sources that have helped me out:
Coffee Break French - A great french podcast in short, manageable episodes presented by some very nice Scottish people. Great for both beginners and more advanced learners with both free and paid content available. Other languages available too. http://radiolingua.com/shows/french/coffee-break-french/
Le Petit Nicolas - I'm assuming that in your original post you are referring to the books, but there are some really great cartoon episodes you can find on YouTube. They're easy to follow and fun to watch!
Garfield et Cie - a great Saturday-morning cartoon show. Search for episodes on YouTube. Who doesn't like this lasagna-eating cat and his friends?
On va s'gêner - a podcast of a radio show. Lots of comedy and laughs, but maybe not suitable for all ages. Probably for listeners who are a little more advanced.
I love to listen to the band IAM, they're a really good hip-hop group for anyone into Hip Hop. They have really good flow and all their lyrics are on rapgenius too.
Bon jour. I am learning French through Alliance Francaise institute. Is it possible to self learn using the Echo books ?
So, I'm just getting started on french (again. Had it in school, hated it because of bad teachers, now trying again). How far along the "tree" should I be to consider reading something like le petit prince?
Thanks for the list, I actually came to the discussion section looking for exactly such a list.
I agree that you should start early, probably now. In fact, Ilya Frank<pre>
would suggest starting immediately and reading while listening to the text. He has a very useful "interlinear" version of Le Petit Prince, along with audio here:
The interlinear text gives translation and linguistic context phrase by phrase so you aren't running to a dictionary every third word and can absorb at a fairly fast rate.
His "method" has you reading with listening in order to put all the language constructs in context, which makes it much easier to learn and remember. This is quite unlike Duolingo with its completely isolated and frequently bizarre sentences that sometimes can not be understood because there is no context. (Again and again I see "Elle branche quoi?" == "What does she connect?" which I sure is meaningful in its original context but here we can only guess.)
Duolingo clearly has its uses (I obviously use it) but things like Ilya Frank can greatly speed things up.
Thanks, I'll take a look at that. Duolingo appearently killed all the ampersands in the link, but I managed to reconstruct it. If anyone wants to follow it, here's a tinyurl that should avoid the ampersand problem: http://tinyurl.com/nydjo9p (attach "preview." to the tinyurl.com if you want to check the link before visiting it)
Edit: It seems like the site does not deal well with french, as there are many question marks instead of letters with accents, at least for me (using Linux + Firefox and Linux + Chrome). Does it work properly with Windows?
I see you are right about the question marks where there should be diacritical marks. I had just downloaded both the PDF and the audio for the book and used them off-line.
For what it is worth, I have only used the site with Linux (Fedora/Kubuntu) and Firefox/Chrome as well. Duolingo doesn't work well either -- Flash frequently crashes, almost always loses the ability to use the page down key, can never access the microphone and occasionally can not play the audio.
I hope the Duolingo team migrates away from Flash towards more robust solutions.
I think that you should start ASAP. Few pages a day. You can try translate first chapter. Then read Wizard of Oz again. You will be surprised how much you can understand.
It depends a bit on you. You will need a good handle on basic sentence structure, conjugations, etc. You might need a parallel text at first and even if you finish the tree you'll need a dictionary in hand )(even though you shouldn't be looking up every word you don't know).