are there any good french tv shows

I am trying to look for real world practice for french skills. I wondering if anyone knew of any tv shows, musicians, books, etc

merci beaucoup

September 27, 2014


You should watch les revenants. it's on netflix with english subtitles.

September 28, 2014

not sure if i really want to watch it, first 2 minutes a bus falls off a mountain haha

September 30, 2014

Some French movies that I like (albeit, I'm probably quite a bit older than you)

  • le fabuleux destin d'amélie poulain
  • La Haine
  • une vieille maîtresse
  • Fauteuils d'orchestre
  • 37°2 le matin
  • Un, deux, trois, soleil
  • Paris, je t'aime
  • Ma vie en rose
  • Paris (2008)
  • trois coleurs bleu
  • trois couleurs rouge
  • Pieds nus sur les limaces
  • Naissance Des Pieuvres
  • Ma Mère
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles
  • À la folie... pas du tout
  • L'Auberge Espagnole
  • Les poupées russes
  • Haute tension
  • Soeur Sourire
  • L'âge d'homme... maintenant ou jamais! ...
September 28, 2014

There are a few musicians I do enjoy. Massive Attack has a few french songs since they change out their lead singer quite often. Also, Thievery Corporation is very good. I also like listening to Camille, my favorite is Ta Douleur (video is kinda funny as well). Books wise, if you haven't had a chance to read Le Petite Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, you should. That is one of those life changing books. Movies I enjoy are Cyrano de Bergerac, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, and Micmacs à tire-larigot. TV shows on the other hand, I don't get much into TV, I feel most of it is a waste of time. However, there are a few public channels from Qubec you could check into. I learned much of my listening skills through talk radio... gives a good chance to practice listening while holding a conversation in another language.

Go from there, and you will surely find some good things to branch off from.

De rein.

September 28, 2014

Bonjour KentSeaton,

What are the names of Massive Attack's french tracks/what album(s) are these tracks on?


October 1, 2014

I know Silent Spring is one of them off the "Collected" album. I know there are others they have done, but this is the only one I can remember the name of.

October 1, 2014

Great track! Mais, Je crois que des mots de cette chanson sont aléatoire. De toute façon, merci encore!

October 3, 2014

Il ne semble aléatoire. Je n'ai pas trouvé une bonne traduction. De rein, je suis heureux que vous avez apprécié.

October 4, 2014

La Haine is a good French film :)

September 28, 2014

C'est pas la chute qui compte, c'est l'atterissage ^.^

September 28, 2014

TV shows - I enjoyed Clara Sheller when I watched it several years ago. Sort of a comedy with awkward social situations, though I don't remember all of the details.

Book-wise, well, I liked Hector Malot's Sans famille and En famille, though they're a bit sad at times. Le petit prince is always good. Brigitte Aubert does some entertaining, though gruesome, gory, and often weird detective novels and thrillers. I also enjoy some French Canadian authors - Héloïse Côté is pretty good for fantasy and Joël Champetier is very good. His novel Montréel is very nice alternate history/fantasy and RESET : La voile de lumière is top-notch science fiction. This question is pretty broad though, and honestly if you are reading your first novel in French, most of these are probably too difficult.

Musicians - well, many French musicians sing in English, like Daft Punk. But there are exceptions - Zazie, Little, Kaolin among others - all of these are pretty pop-y. Now I listen to a lot of French Canadian musicians and groups: Tricot Machine, Ariane Moffat, Karkwa, Les Cowboys Frigants, Les Colocs, Les Trois Accords, etc.

French Movies: Potiche, Le placard (aka The Closet). French Canadian movies: De père en flic, La sacrée, French Immersion (somewhat bilingual, very Canadian), Bon Cop, Bad Cop (bilingual, very Canadian). All of these are rather silly comedies. If you're not very familiar with Canadian French accents, you might have trouble at first, but these movies are hilarious and 100% worth it if you're into comedies.

September 28, 2014

I studied French for 5 years in middle and high school, which included my class directing a French novella, La Longue Lettre, together. I always felt I was a strong reader than speaker or listener. Do you think I should give one of these books a try? Or does French has any YA literature I could try?

September 28, 2014

Le petit prince is the easiest (and by far the shortest) of those I listed. You probably could handle it. The others are much more difficult, and I find Héloïse Côté's series Les voyageurs challenging at times even though I'm basically fluent, started studying 10+ years ago, and use French daily at work and off. The first ones of these that I read were the Hector Malot books, which are a bit older but I got through them okay after 5ish years of high school and university French and some self-study. You might try those.

There was a thread recently about childrens' literature:

As for YA, I'll admit I don't know it as well as kids' books, but you could try the Faubourg St-Rock series - a bunch of sort of coming-of-age-y novels about teens. There are several authors, but the novel I read was pretty good. Anne Robillard writes a lot of YA fantasy. What I've read of it is a bit New Age. It's okay.

September 29, 2014

I already read le petit prince, in like year 2. I'm mostly doing a refresh and trying to learn how to actually speak/understand French when spoken, while advancing my vocab in the written word. Middle school grade is probably where I'm at in reading, however I struggle with understanding what is being said. I also have days graphic so I struggle with writing french too headdesk

September 30, 2014

try reading English books in french

September 28, 2014

although i dont really have much experience with French movies, ill give you my 2 favourites. Both of them are canadian, so you might find the accent difficult to follow.

"Bon Cop Bad Cop", a comedic thriller which is slightly bilingual (although mostly french) about an ontarian and quebecois cop who are forced to work together to solve a murder. This movie is one of my favourites of all time in any language - and if you like comedy/thrillers/crime movies i would highly recommend it

the second one that i would suggest is "Starbuck". it's a comedy

as for tv, i just watch news on french CBC (i don't even know what the channel is called). but that probably isn't available to you if you are outside of canada(i don't really know)

from my experience, the best french music/tv/movies seem to come from quebec, but that's my extremely biased viewpoint (canada ftw!)

September 28, 2014

I watch TV5 (only French) and EURCH/Euro channel (different languages including French). Many movies come with English subtitles.

September 28, 2014

Have you tried French in Action? It is a program for learning French. It seems like it gets fairly advanced by the end of the series. I'm really just starting French, but I can read better than any other skill, and knowing Spanish helps with that. There is also Extra in French, which is all in French. I also just found a multilingual band called Stereo Total, that has songs in French, German, English and Spanish.

October 2, 2014

Vous pouvez trouver quelques bonnes idées sur mon blogue sous les éléments culturels : J'aime surtout les webséries sur (si vous êtes au Canada...). Pour des livres, des récits courts sont bons pour pratiquer le français, comme par exemple les nouvelles de Guy de Maupassant :

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