Very important and helpful links to learn and improve French
Hi guys, due another discussion where those links might get lost, I just wanted to quickly share those links with you that cover pretty much everything:
- librivox is fantastic for listening to books (it's free).
- Project Gutenberg is fantastic for reading (it's free).
- Lang-8 is perfect to write texts and native speaker correct them for you (it's free to learn 2 languages, you have to pay to more (but pro tip, you change the languages as often as you want)).
- find conversation partners (native speakers) for free here and there.
- Read french newspaper articles on rfi and le monde (guess what? It's free).
- Two awesome YouTube channels to learn French without purchasing anything are ParapluieFrench and imagiers.
- And very important, you'll find every conjugation form of more than 12,000 verbs on bescherelle (it's free by the way).
- Use About.com for grammatical tips and explanations (no animals were harmed in... ah, I meant it's free).
- A very great language blog and the most viewed worldwide is Fluent in 3 months (...cough... ...free... ...cough...).
Please enjoy =)
Hi ! Thanks a lot for that !
I am a french native speaker and french teacher. Here are some useful links I give to my students so as they can learn french on their own:
• Watch TV in French on France 24 (also on an application for your phone), with subtitles in French or English: http://www.france24.com/fr/
• RFI (Radio France Internationale) (also on an application for your phone), listen to the radio in French and learn the language with exercises and culture thanks to this website: https://savoirs.rfi.fr/en
Every day there is a 10-minute radio news in “easy French” (« Journal en français facile ») with the transcription (written text): https://savoirs.rfi.fr/en/apprendre-enseigner/langue-francaise/journal-en-francais-facile
• This is a great website to learn French from the TV channel TV5 Monde. You can learn from level A1 to B2 and select the language of the menu: http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/en
• Another website from TV5 Monde for beginners (A1/A2) to learn French and discover the French culture with web documentaries and short videos: http://parlons-francais.tv5monde.com
• This is another website from TV5 Monde to learn how to write French properly with spelling exercises/dictations from level A1 to C2: http://dictee.tv5monde.com/
• This is a great website to learn French from level A1 to C1 with a lot of exercises and you can also prepare yourself for the DELF exams: http://www.bonjourdefrance.com/
• This is a good website with 40 hours of exercises to practice your speaking, listening and pronunciation skills in French. It is for levels B1/B2: http://fad-fle.net/
• This is the MOOC French platform. Here, you can follow courses to learn French (for example a 7 weeks A2 French class to discover Paris and the French language and culture with the Alliance française). Stay tuned to see when there are new courses online and when the next sessions begin: https://www.fun-mooc.fr/cours/#filter/subject/langues?page=1=50
Ebooks and audiobooks:
• 500 very famous books of the French literature available for free on the website of the TV5Monde channel: http://bibliothequenumerique.tv5monde.com/
• Thousands of free ebooks from classical French and world literature, all in French: https://www.ebooksgratuits.com/
• Thousands of free audiobooks from the classical French and world literature, all in French: http://www.litteratureaudio.com/
Multilingual dictionaries (translation):
• The most famous French dictionary “Larousse” to translate from and into English, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese and Arabic: http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/bilingues
• To translate complete sentences in context from and to 12 languages (also on an application for your phone “Reverso Context”): http://context.reverso.net
French unilingual dictionaries:
• The most famous French dictionary “Larousse”: http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais
• The very complete “Wiktionnaire” from Wikipedia (also on an application for your phone): https://fr.wiktionary.org
• Another useful dictionary from Reverso: http://dictionnaire.reverso.net/francais-definition/
• A very good website to learn French expressions and idiotic French expressions, along with their etymology and story! Subscribe to the newsletter to receive one expression with its explanation on your email every day: http://www.expressio.fr/
• Some other really precise dictionaries from the « Trésor de la langue française » and « Académie française » (for advanced level C1/C2): - http://www.cnrtl.fr/ - http://atilf.atilf.fr/ - http://atilf.atilf.fr/academie.htm - http://atilf.atilf.fr/academie9.htm
• One good website from the Québec government that explains common grammar mistakes in French and what is correct and incorrect: http://www.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/ressources/bdl.html
French unilingual dictionaries to learn colloquial French, verlan, slang and argot:
• Colloquial French, slang and argot from the 19th century to nowadays: http://www.languefrancaise.net/Bob/Introduction
• French slang, argot and verlan as it is spoken in French ghettos: http://www.dictionnairedelazone.fr/
• Rap is a good way to learn the French slang, and here is a good website to understand the colloquial French of the French rap songs. Each sentence of a song has an explanation to explain its hidden meaning and vocabulary: https://genius.com/artists/Rap-genius-france
There are 160 videos on YouTube in the You Learn French series. The website appears to be abandoned, www.youlearnfrench.blogspot.com , but the videos are logically sequenced and could help a DuoLingo learner get some background in each subject using the videos, before they attempt a lesson.
RFI (Radio France International) as has "le journal en francais facile" (news in easy French). Also available as a podcast. It's still quite hard to understand, but easier than normal French radio.
If anyone has anything they listen to that is easier please let me know as I have been looking for a while.
WOW - merci beaucoup! That is very generous of you MultiLinguiAlex - it is greatly appreciated.
Fair enough, but most users are not aware of such wikis of DuoLingo (and fact I haven't been aware of them until now and I read almost everything here; I know the unofficial guidelines and stuff, but not this wiki). I guess you contacted the DuoLingo staff to provide a link or something to those wikis so that more users can get in touch with them before posting the same things again and again? Thanks for your link =)
Actually, I learnt about the wiki (which is unofficial, by the way, this is why it is not advertised anywhere on the site officially) when there was a discussion to contribute to it for creating help pages specific to each lesson, and to translate it in many languages. About at the same time I heard about it someone posted a discussion similar to yours with a bunch of links and people started adding even more in the comments. Knowing how the discussion section works here in Duolingo (it would inevitably get buried under all the new and more popular discussions), I decided to create a page on the wiki to keep a trace of those helpful links. Now, since the wiki is not referenced anywhere on the site, I post a comment on every discussion like this one to spread the word as much as possible.
Rereading my comment, it may unintentionally be interpreted as "you shouldn't have posted this, since the wiki exists". Sorry, that's absolutely not what I meant! With my comment, I meant that, thanks to people like you posting (and reposting) this kind of discussion, I can talk about the wiki and, sometimes, add new resources to it, but unfortunately, there is no new resources here that is not already on the page of the wiki.
By the way, as any other wiki, anyone is welcome to edit it and add new information. There is no need to create an account, although it might be a good idea if you intend of editing it a lot, so you can keep a trace of what you edited and people can contact you about it of for whatever other reason.
Hi BastouXII, pardon me for not answering you - I think I got more than 5 notifications and thus I oversaw your comment.
I'm aware that this wiki is unofficial, but I thought the DuoLingo staff could provide a link and clearly state that this is unofficial, but as I think about it a second time, they wouldn't do it and that's fine.
I also interpreted your sentence "So we don't need to repost them every month or so." with "let it be", so thanks for clarifying what your real intention was ;-)
As I have much more links than the provided above, maybe I'll create an account in a few weeks, but I'm off as from the day after tomorrow. Thanks for letting me know this possibility, though!