Non-Tourist French

I'm enjoying using DuoLingo, but the prevalence of "tourist French" is starting to grind me down. You know what I mean -- "the third street to the left," "This is an interesting museum," "Where is the bathroom?" All that stuff.

I don't know if the forum moderators will allow this question, as it's sort of a flee-from-DuoLingo question, which I don't intend! I plan to keep using DuoLingo, as it's quite good at doing what it does ... but I don't plan ever to be a tourist.

Can anyone suggest an online resource that approaches learning French more from the angle of reading a simple book or a newspaper? This would, of necessity, include a lot of past tense, and I'm sure the vocabulary would be rather different.

Thanks for any tips!

May 8, 2019


You are right. Duolingo is great but on enought on itself. Here are several websites I use: (great Journal en francais facile)

And I also watch french movies with french subtitles, read children books, and attending French dinners once a week to seize the French atmosphere and chat with French speakers

May 8, 2019

Try the TV5monde course. It is aimed at those taking French nationality exam. Also free.

May 8, 2019

I like RFI. They have an edition called Journal en français facile, which includes the transcripts with the broadcasts. You can improve your reading and listening at the same time. It's also on Podbean so you can listen to it while you drive too.

Another great site is TVMONDE5. They too have a section devoted to French learners and divided by level. It's excellent. TVMONDE 5 Langue française.


May 8, 2019

Though it may seem very touristy at first; remember that organic conversations can be about anything. It helps to have a general understanding of random words here and there nd then get more detailed as time goes on. Also, with learning other tenses besides the basic present. It's much easier to grasp an understanding of sentence structure and conjugations when you are familiar with how things should sound like to begin with. the beginning of learning any language is always the most frustrating because you feel like you are applying so much of yourself and not being able to see where it can all be applied. It's not until later on when you realize you just half held a conversation or understood a paragraph that you start to see it working.

May 9, 2019

Kwizik for grammar, one thing I like is it is very flexible. Readlang (not so much a course as a tool to help you read online). BliuBliu another site that is based on reading and listening to comprehensible input.

May 8, 2019

Just keep going. It gets more and more interesting as you progress. Also, if those questions are boring you, try typing only (no word bank) to see if you really can recall those words. It will be good practice even if you never have to use them.

May 8, 2019

Thanks for the great suggestions, everyone! Plenty here to keep me hopping for a while.

May 8, 2019 You'll find many great tips there any further questions are welcome.

May 8, 2019

Maybe Mango Language Learning. If you get it free through a library it's really great

May 8, 2019
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