Best French adult newspaper for learner of 12 months.

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elsmandino
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Best French adult newspaper for learner of 12 months.

Postby elsmandino » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:21 am

Hello.

After 12 months of French, I am getting fairly proficient at reading and understand quite a lot of what I read (though certainly not every word).

I tend to practice with online newspapers but have noticed that my ability to read each of them varies by quite a bit.

I started with 1jour1actu (a children's newspaper) but quickly tried to make the leap to adult newspapers.

I have tried Le Monde, but struggled with the reading level - it seems to be a very intellectual paper and way above my level.

I tried 20 Minutes, which is great for short stories but I found that it was full of slang and colloquialisms that I am not ready for, yet.

I then tried Le Figaro, but found that the articles that they wrote about were not particularly wide-reaching (i.e. it was a bit boring).

I have finally settled on the Parisien, which seems to be just about right - interesting, plain French and of an intermediate level.

It would be interesting to hear the experiences of any other French learners.
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Re: Best French adult newspaper for learner of 12 months.

Postby DaveAgain » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:36 am

elsmandino wrote:I have finally settled on the Parisien, which seems to be just about right - interesting, plain French and of an intermediate level.

It would be interesting to hear the experiences of any other French learners.
I don't read newspapers very often, but at one time I used to read some articles from ParisMatch.com every day.
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Re: Best French adult newspaper for learner of 12 months.

Postby Speakeasy » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:05 am

@elsmandino, there are so many good French language newspapers that it is hard to know where to start. Still, as no one else is likely to mention it, I suggest that you browse through “La Presse”, a Quebec daily newspaper which now exists only online.

La Presse (Montréal, Québec)
https://www.lapresse.ca/

Going further, in the event that your level of French is not quite up to the challenge posed by native media, you might wish to consider the “Think French” monthly audio magazine …

Think Language audio magazines (French, Spanish, Italian) - LLORG - October 2016
https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=4784

Yes, competing audio magazines exist, but not at this price.
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