https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

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

The Wizard of Oz http://recrealire.com/recrealire/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Le_Magicien_dOz.pdf

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/

Le monde (centre-left) Le Figaro (centre-right - http://plus.lefigaro.fr/newsletter) - i read both http://www.telerama.fr/ - culture magazine

http://www.le-dictionnaire.com/index.html Le dictionnaire

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVXiRA9Y7kTadGN_nlzt0Fg

Music:

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

update:

Google Dictionary Chrome Extension - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-dictionary-by-goog/mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja?hl=en

May 24, 2014

29 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kimojima
May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

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).

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

Merci!

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

De rien. Et au fait, votre liste est très utile.

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/WitchofTime

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.

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

Thank you. I will definitely watch this movie.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jrz82

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.

Amusez-vous bien!

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kimojima
May 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Spseptember

Wow, this is really helpful! Merci beaucoup!!

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
  • 2015

Merci! c'est une belle (?) liste! J'aime Coeur De Pirate, aussi.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/phixy

So many choices, so hard to choose where to start, so little time. Many thanks

May 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cephlin

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.

May 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Merci!

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee

Merci beaucoup.

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/himanshujovi

Bon jour. I am learning French through Alliance Francaise institute. Is it possible to self learn using the Echo books ?

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/malexmave

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.

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/japprends

I agree that you should start early, probably now. In fact, Ilya Frank

<pre> http://english.franklang.ru/ </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:

http://english.franklang.ru/index.php?option=com_contentview=articleid=67:french-with-the-little-princecatid=6:2012-01-31-19-04-23Itemid=10

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.

June 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/malexmave

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?

June 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/japprends

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.

June 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Seroxus

I suggest completing it.

May 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

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.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Persikov

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).

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_splendor_

mrc bcp

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rohizzle

nice

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BettyBHancock

Thanks! Have a lingot. I'm at a place where I feel like I need to try reading something.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nenita781

thanks!

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ishwards

Thank you Medard. That helps a lot!

May 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/abluepearl

Merci beaucoup.

June 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CC07

I will track this list~~Merci beaucoup~~

June 14, 2014
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