I have a little secret I need to share...
I'm studying a little bit of French on Duolingo alongside my heavy load of Spanish, but the truth is...I don't really want to learn how to read and write French! I only want to learn how to speak and understand it verbally. I love the way it sounds (even though my mouth cannot yet form many of the words properly, as I have virtually no experience with this most charismatic of languages). What are some good resources that focus exclusively on verbal comprehension and practice?
"French in Action" from Yale University. You have all 52 episodes online for free.
There are all 52 episodes for download on thepiratebay. That's the only place I've found all the episodes. There are also some on Youtube.
Michel Thomas, Paul Noble and I think Pimsleur all stress spoken French though not sure about Pimsleur. They all have their fans.
Ahh, you got there before me. I can vouch for Paul Noble and Michel Thomas. Marvellous.
Without doubt these three in my experience, but to give you the french flair when speaking id youtube some pronunciation vids
"French in Action" that KristianCRO metnioned is very good. There's a link under his post.
The old FSI course is good for pronunciation practice. It is very effective but very boring.
These are good; this set is subtitled (but you don't want that, right?) And look around on YouTube for movies, or just plenty of videos in and about French, like this, this, or this, if you just want to listen to French.
Or listen to audiobooks
There are a bunch of good podcasts. You might like some of these, although there is lots of English in some of them.
I like "Learn French with Victor" , 24 episodes focus on verbal comprehension - each short episodes is repeated from a different slant. The actions also helps to explain what it is about.
listen to some french radio like RFI as well as doing duolingo - doesn't matter if you don't understand much, you'll get a feel for how the language sounds and with time things will start making sense. for speaking, maybe skype? or find a french speaking friend? hope that helps
I tried listening at speed 0.5 (half speed) to France24 this evening, and my comprehension was much better, although French does not sound as beautiful as it should at half speed. :) This is something that can be done on YouTube, not sure about other sites. Well, in any case, it's just a suggestion if you feel frustrated at not understanding the broadcasts, as I do/did.
Great idea. Does France 24 allow you to slow it down?
I had just started going this route myself. I've seen where several people got Harry Potter in english and in french (text) and then also purchased the French audio book. Then using an app (on Mac) like Speed Up that allows you to alter the speed of the mp3 (slow or fast), they would pour over sections of the book over and over. Translating, listening, jotting down notes, etc. It's helped me to print a pdf of the page and just listen to it in french. Then go between the books, google translate and the french audio.
Coffee Break French is my favorite! If your level is higher, you can start looking into RFI's resources (like news in slow French), or checking out some good podcasts. tv5 has French learning resources as well.
Hey, I didn't see the notification for this before... What level is which? Coffee Break French covers all levels from complete beginner to advanced. RFI, I think you'd have to be at least intermediate level to jump in. TV5 has lessons for A1-B2 level. Besides that, College de France puts out nice podcasts if you want more listening exposure; they're often recorded lectures, which I find easier to follow than a conversation on a radio channel.
There's a series called 'Easy French' on youtube but it might be a bit simple for your level, I'm not sure. It's good anyway to listen to the accent and the way they phrase things.
I use Pimsleur. It seems to do a pretty good job and its interactive. Also, a special called Extra French that was done by the Discovery Channel. You can find it on YouTube. It's like a 90s sitcom in easy French.
Me too. I don't know french but I would like to try it... By the way... What is that?!?
If your library has "Mango Languages" it is free and online and you can access it through your computer from home. It emphasizes speaking and correct pronunciation along with reading.
Both good options. Pimsleur courses are good, but very expensive. But a lot of libraries have Pimsleur courses so you can borrow them for free (or a small fee).
Agreed. So there are actually packs 1 and 2 to download for free? I couldn't find them, I'll try again.
Hi there :) do you still have this course? sadly those links are not working anymore..
Songs, Start listening to French songs while reading the song's lyrics And by the time you will get used to it Movies and radio channels are perfect as well
I'd suggest the Assimil new french with ease course. Granted, you'd probably have to do some reading, but it's basically just dialogues.
i'm french for learning this language you must to talk with and continue to practice ! if you have some question i'm here .)
it is hard at the beginning. but by practicing the language with someone it gonna be easy
YouTube children's songs with English subtitles... after all, we are at a similar standard to a French toddler. So children's music or nursery rhymes are useful with English subtitles.