French Reading Material ~ From preschool books to Robinson Crusoe

Everybody knows that reading is the key to knowledge. So why not the same for languages? Whether its studying from a textbook or enjoying a good story reading enhances the mind in many ways. I have just started learning French on Duolingo and though the site has done a lot for improving my French skills, I found myself longing for something to read!

After endless searching and bone-breaking work (roughly 30 minutes on google search) I had found the answer! A beautifully crafted website called Reading A-Z . The well organized website let's you choose from English, Spanish, or French children's books and also let's you select your level of fluency. You can print off the free books or download the files. It gives you the count of words and a list of equally difficult books also on the site. Its incredibly useful and I was very satisfied with how it was all laid out.

I hope you all enjoy the site and I will leave the link below. I am sure that with this site and maybe a pocket dictionary, you will be flying through the French language in no time! Tell me what you think in the comments! Au revoir, mes amies!

April 5, 2015


It is worth noting that, although there is a 14 day free trial, the annual subscription is $99.95 (now what shall I do with those spare 5c?).

The range of reading ability supported seems to be quite low, their correlations page indicates that the most advanced texts would be suitable for 10-11 year old native speakers/readers.

My concern would be more about the relevance of the content to adult learners rather than the level. Books aimed at very young children tend, correctly, to focus on their interests. There is only a limited degree of interest in a story about "A Day at the Zoo" for adults--and I am all too acutely aware of this having a 5 year old son!

To be honest, I'd rather struggle to get through a couple of paragraphs of a newspaper article than face dozens of early readers.

April 5, 2015

Haha I didnt see it that way. As an undergraduate I didn't mind reading children's books but I can see how that's unappealing to adults. Thanks for the wonderful insight!

April 5, 2015

What might be more useful would be materials intended for adult literacy instruction. These would be set at a lower level of complexity but still have content relevant to adult learners. I've not, however, come across any such resources in French, possibly because I don't have the right search terms (due to my limited language skills).

April 6, 2015
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