https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger

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?

October 11, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/K333222

"French in Action" from Yale University. You have all 52 episodes online for free.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Link to online "French in Action" course. Click on the little "VoD" buttons to view. You can also buy it on DVD from that site, if you like.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slycelote

Restricted to US and Canada :(

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Too bad, as it's a nice, gentle introduction. This is slightly more advanced, but it is good too, and on YouTube maybe it will be available for you.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/K333222

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.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wyeager84

I heard that it is on Pirate Bay if you are so inclined

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
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J'aime French in Action!

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/K333222

Moi aussi, j'aime FiA !

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RikSha

Merci beaucoup!

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/C02JPXCWDTY3

Michel Thomas, Paul Noble and I think Pimsleur all stress spoken French though not sure about Pimsleur. They all have their fans.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

Ahh, you got there before me. I can vouch for Paul Noble and Michel Thomas. Marvellous.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6

Without doubt these three in my experience, but to give you the french flair when speaking id youtube some pronunciation vids

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

"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.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzBlues

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.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ilwongy

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

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dsimonds

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.

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/charlesplath

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.

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language

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.

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KarateKay

What level is that?

October 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language

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.

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nicfishe

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.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

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.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

Aww - what is that adorable thing?!

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger

I'll tell you this - its not a turtle.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

It doesn't even LOOK like a turtle!

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger

You know what it does look like? A marshmallow. Maybe we can eat it!

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LilPeterPan

WHAT?! NOOO! I want it as my pet.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ME2300

Hmmmm..... I do believe that adorable creature is a puppy. :)

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

> Maybe we can eat it!

Tsk. Spoken like a true carnivore.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ME2300

Hahahah so true lol :D

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KarateKay

It looks like a puppy who did something bad!!!

October 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

That's exactly what I was thinking.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KarateKay

Me too. I don't know french but I would like to try it... By the way... What is that?!?

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pittypatz

If you mean the animal, I believe that is a puppy.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KarateKay

Thanks

October 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

Huwa ġeru imdejjaq ħafna.

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KarateKay

Iva vera. Qas indunajt!!!! Kemm jien cassata!!!

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

Xħin huma 'cassata' u 'qas'?

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KarateKay

Cassata means like didn't realize and qas is like I didn't.

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

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.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

Pimsleur?

RFI journal en francais facile

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jeffers86

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).

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RabhNasr

I suggest Johan's courses because he has a natural method to speak french: http://www.francaisauthentique.com/ read and listen to his 7 rules, if you understand these rules, buy then pack1 and pack2 (or download them for free, they are in net).

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/K333222

Agreed. So there are actually packs 1 and 2 to download for free? I couldn't find them, I'll try again.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RabhNasr

The pack1 is in 2 parts you need download them , try these two links: part 1 http://www.gulfup.com/?p06xD3 Part 2 http://www.gulfup.com/?tzpXKd For pack2 there are 5 parts, the link is in arabic but it is easy: http://www.startimes.com/f.aspx?t=33448771

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/K333222

thanks a lot, have 5 lingots!

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RabhNasr

thank you

October 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Aurelyja

Hi there :) do you still have this course? sadly those links are not working anymore..

August 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Saadial

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

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Samantha204

i do admit it is sooooo cute!!!! like my picture

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Aystia

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.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annykin

Coffee Break French podcasts in iTunes

October 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/aichaivy

i'm french for learning this language you must to talk with and continue to practice ! if you have some question i'm here .)

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/R05L

Pimsleur courses

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Samantha204

how do you post a pic?

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Honore
October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AnimeFreak99

how do u post a picture?

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/A_AbdElhy

it is hard at the beginning. but by practicing the language with someone it gonna be easy

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Libertades

Try out french songs and listening to a french radio!

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KawaiiKiwi21

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.

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