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French books and films

Does anyone have any suggestions on some books or films I could attempt to read/watch as someone who isn’t that confident and is nowhere near fluent?

August 12, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

There have been hundreds of discussions of this. There was a discussion of it yesterday (hint), or search (in NEW forum listings, not POPULAR) for French books films or French Goosebumps or the like, which will show up some recommendations of French materials, among the discussions about other languages.

Try what 01LearnFrench01 recommends in Children's book awards in French?, or Listening Practice.

Choose one of your favorite books from elementary school and look for a translation. Always try reading a few pages first of whatever translation you find, as some are much better (i.e., less formal) than others. Myself, FWIW, I almost always read a translation of The Wizard of Oz when starting a new language, and other books like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are just as suitable. IMHO it's always better to go easier rather than harder; harder can wait. For French I started with « Voyage au centre de la terre », by Jules Verne, but would have been better off reading maybe ten easier books in the months it took me to read that one book.

When your French is pretty good--but not before--and you've learned the passé simple tense, try « Sans famille », by Hector Malot (text, recording). Which is old fashioned, intermediate level, and a great story, once it gets rolling.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmeliaJG129

Watching Disney movies (yes, even Frozen!) is a great way to listen to easy French, especially if you are already familiar with them.

Comic books are easy to understand. I read the Raina Telgemire ones in French and understand most of it (and I am a beginner).

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmeliaJG129

You're welcome! (nice profile pic by the way)

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sakura175

I think you can watch your favorite movies or series in French and maybe beginning with English subtitles, then French subtitles and finally without subtitles ! Disney movies are also cool to learn a new language ^^ It's what I do to learn English !

Or you can try to find a French YouTube channel with subtitles if you want to hear more French and to learn grammar and pronunciation !

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sakura175

You're welcome ^^ Hope you'll find time to train your French

August 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dorothy799906

Even if you are not fluent, you can generally get the gist of things by trying to recognise words and string them together. Books or films? Evidently audiovisual is useful for learning, perhaps with subtitles. Song lyrics and poems may be enough. Tintin and Le Petit Prince are illustrated.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/noegvl

There's a french tv show called "A very secret service" on netflix. You can put subtitles on to help you out, it's very funny and will keep you entertained and they often make corrections on others' french so even if it's meant for native speakers, you might get a grammar tip here and there.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/milanholland

Even though the quality is awful, I would recommend the tv series 'Le Café des Rêves' on youtube. It is subtitled and it has good vocabulary that gives you an insight into native language spoken in France, without being too complicated.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gwynnly

I have been reading some kid books J'aime Lire, they should be easy to find online and there are dozens if not hundreds of them. They are very short chapter stories with illustrations on each page that help in case you get lost on what is going on. There are also a short 5 page comic in the back of each which are easier to understand.

There is also Tintin, a bunch of comic books from the 1930's about a detective and his dog. They also did cartoon series based on the comics, I watch the cartoon then read the comic. I was able to find the cartoon on youtube and also Netflix, but I am getting European netflix right now so it might be different according to where you live in the world.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Kirari_

just watch something you are familliar with. I recently watched the spongebob movie in russian on netflix, 10/10

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moogy

Amelie is a really good film ,also Cyrano De Bergerac , Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources. All great stories. Also on Youtube there are the short films produced by ESMA - a French animation academy .There may not be much language content but the animation is fantastic and well worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHwI0Krnm0f2JOwAsxh3MBQ

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you! Will definitely check that out.

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BceOy

How about websites and news? Like Le Monde, for example.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Good idea! Thank you!

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dorothy799906

Astérix

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you! We watched some of it at school and I don’t know how I forgot about it!

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Not everyone on Duolingo is learning French, or familiar with French resources.

Please edit your discussion and change the topic from "Duolingo" to "French".
You'll attract more of the right type of person that way.

Bonne chance !

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Ok, will do! Thanks for the advice!

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunmink

How about actually visiting somewhere in France and trying to communicate with the people there? it might help :)

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

I like your profile picture! Thank you for the advice!

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunmink

or you could watch french movies with english subtitles

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thanks (again)!

August 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Haderezriell

Depending on your level :

Lv1: Disney movies in french (EN sub). It's wonderful for beginners, you hear spontaneous french accessible to children. Cartoons are much more in control of the events than "live" movies, so everything on the screen is here to participate to the meaning.

Lv2: Disney movies in french (FR sub). Will really improve your way of conceiving sentences, and getting your brain to think french. At this point you can add non-disney cartoons, France/Belgium are found of them. Try "Kirikou et la Sorcière" (Michel Ocelot, 1998), "Les Triplettes de Belleville" (Sylvain Chomet, 2003), "Les 12 Travaux d'Astérix" (René Goscinny, Henri Gruel, Albert Uderzo, 1976 (!) ), etc.

Lv3: French movies that will give you an insight of french culture. I have a list for my girlfriend to discover french culture :

  • Jack et la Mécanique du Cœur (2014). Musical animation.

  • Le Roi et l'Oiseau (1980). French poetry put in dessin animé.

  • La Planète Sauvage (1973). Fantasy dessin animé.

  • U (2006). Slice of life dessin animé.

  • Les Choristes (2004). Musical drama. & Le plus beau métier du monde (1996). Both are very representative of the love-hate relationship that french people have with their teachers.

  • Intouchables (2011). Drama/Comedy.

  • La Gloire de mon Père (1990), & Le Château de ma Mère (1990). Adapted from a famous autobiographic novel of Marcel Pagnol. What you will see is clearly representative of the lives of those who grew up after the war. It is taking place in southern France.

  • Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001).

  • OSS 117 (2006). If you understand this humour, you are ready for France. If you don't like it, it's a sign of good mental health.

Lv4: cult movies with vulgar/odd/refined/etc. french. Probably not the best to start learning French. But as soon as you start to get most of the meaning of what's happening in a Disney movie, give these ones a try!

  • La Grande Vadrouille (1966).

  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1990).

  • Les Tontons Flingueurs (1963).

  • La Traversée de Paris (1956).

  • etc.

Hope that helps!

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah506320

Thank you so much! That really helps!

August 16, 2019
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