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Practicing French by watching films!

A lot of people have recommended to me that I watch French films and listen to French music in order to better help me learn French. I have found this to be an invaluable asset, but not in the way I had expected to. At first I watched French movies with english subtitles and listened to a lot of different french music by making an iTunes radio channel for French artists. This did not help me at all. The songs were pretty and the movies were good but I did not learn a lick of French. I spoke with my French professor about this and he gave me some very good advice that I would love to share you the duo community. The subtitles for the films and the variety of the films and music were crippling my chances of learning anything. He could not have been more right. Now I have picked a few select songs that I really like, and I listen to them repeatedly. I translate those songs and sing along with them as often as I can. This has helped me to learn so much about French culture and language. Then I picked one film (Porco Rosso by studio Ghibli) and watched it twice with english subtitles in French, now I watch it in French with French subtitles and it is helping me a lot. I have started saying lines from the film as catch phrases, and I can quote some of the lines as I watch. Picking one very entertaining, fairly short film to watch and re-watch has proven to be very helpful. Even more helpful might be to watch TV shows. They are short, easily repeated, and they draw you in. The more you care about the show, the more you might care about what they are saying. TV shows also revolve around the same topics that they started with. So they will use a lot of the same vocabulary for each episode. There are many websites dedicated to teaching Japanese through Anime, and they have proven to be fairly effective. You can do the same for your french! Or any language! I hope this information is helpful to you.

Practical Goals: 1. Pick 5-7 French songs that you like a lot. 2. Write out and translate their lyrics 3. Listen to those songs on repeat.


  1. Pick a short/interesting film that you love (That can have French Audio [preferably a French film])
  2. Watch it once or twice in French with English subtitles.
  3. Switch to French Subtitles with French Audio and keep watching until you feel its time to switch movies.

  1. Find a great French TV series. I would suggest picking a Soap Opera
  2. Love it forever.
July 5, 2015

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filmfra.com is an amazing website for French films with French subtitles :)

July 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Queen_Aurora

Thank you so much for this resource! :)

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Thanks to Duo, I've started watching movies in French without subtitles when possible. In some cases the English subtitles are unfortunately embedded into the movie (I've seen that on Apple TV).

Keep in mind that the French or English subtitles often don't match up exactly with the spoken French.

Here are some movies that I've watched recently in French: Ensemble, C'est Tout Amelie My Father's Glory My Mother's Castle

These movies or TV series have a French Audio Track (and may or may not have French subtitles) Finding Nemo Anne of Green Gables Shrek Spirited Away Kiki's Delivery Service (Spanish audio also) Howl's Moving Castle Hugo Notting Hill Bridget Jones Four Weddings and a Funeral

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FinnSmyth

For any Studio Ghibli lovers out there. Almost every one of their films has a French audio option, and they voice actors are normally phenomenal.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlyssaGlick

This is very good advice! I would also say that reading French children's books are good. Like the I-can-read books of France.

July 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/scarletxstarlet

I'm going to start doing all of those, merci beaucoup!

July 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/8livk

great advice! i've also been trying to learn french through movies, music, etc and i'll definitely try this approach

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Beenish_khan

Its a good way to learn french by watching french movies. Interesting !

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Queen_Aurora

These are some great tips! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Christy_D2

The Painting is a good one! Available on Netflix!

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sofianesp

I'll recommend some beautiful french movies: - La môme (2007) - Jeux d'enfants (2003) - Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dollabailz

If you like comedies here's a short list of some of the best slap stick french comedy....they're pretty ridiculous haha https://beephonkgo.com/best-french-movies-to-help-you-learn-the-language-and-culture/

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