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Re: French resources

Postby Amandine » Mon Apr 08, 2024 9:13 am

My prof on iTalki recommended this little series which is on Arte. Each episode is only between 4 and 6 minutes because it's the chat of two colleagues as they leave work each day so only lasts as long as their walk to the bus stop. All the episodes are there handily in a playlist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zWe0Mn ... 4vEypiHFcG
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Re: French resources

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Mon Apr 08, 2024 8:25 pm

First episode is 6:34m. 22 skits in all.
No transcripts that I could discover, but decent closed captions/subtitles.
I understood very little of the first episode. So perfect for me! :)
Many thanks for the post.
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Re: French resources

Postby Severine » Tue Apr 09, 2024 12:37 am

Amandine wrote:My prof on iTalki recommended this little series which is on Arte. Each episode is only between 4 and 6 minutes because it's the chat of two colleagues as they leave work each day so only lasts as long as their walk to the bus stop. All the episodes are there handily in a playlist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zWe0Mn ... 4vEypiHFcG


Hah, the awkwardness of the first episode is magnificently done! Seems very good for practicing casual everyday speech.
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Re: French resources

Postby emk » Sun Apr 21, 2024 2:24 pm

(I posted this in the Super Challenge discussion thread, but it will probably be easier to find again here. This version has been edited to remove some of the discussion.)

ThebigAmateur wrote:Guys, is there a list of French beginner-friendly books on the forum? I have not read anything in French (except for Le Petit Nicolas) and would like to start with contemporary novels.
There are tons of French novels that I would love to read, but I want to begin with the easiest material. I can't stand not knowing too many words in a book.

This is a great question!

I don't really have a good list of true beginner books, because my first French book was an interesting non-fiction book. I just sort of plowed my way through, relying on lots of guesswork. Sadly, I can't find my copy right now.

You may be able to find some links to beginner books and graded readers in the monster French resource thread. Lots of good stuff there.

Many schools start with L'Étranger, mostly because it's one of the few French books written using the passé composé (the normal spoken past tense). Some people love this book, others hate it. It's easy to find, and worth glancing at. For most other books, you're going to see either the passé simple (which is not "archaic", no matter what some teachers claim—it's the standard written "narrative" past tense of French, used for storytelling), or the present tense.

Le Petit Prince is famous, but actually it can be fairly hard for a beginner. Maybe save it until a bit later.

But the real idea I want to pitch to you is to strongly consider bandes dessinées, and France's culture of graphic novels. France produces a staggering number of really good BDs on just about every theme imaginable. You can find histories, and spy thrillers, and romances, and science fiction, and detailed stories about living in cultures around the world, and biographies of French prisoners of war, and really just about anything else you can imagine. Many popular series like Astérix have been read by basically everyone in France, but the variety is endless.

These BDs often run about 100-150 words per page and the standard format is 48 pages. The language tends to lean more towards spoken dialog, which many students of French need more of. The illustrations make it much easier to guess the meaning of words. And many popular BD series contain dozens of volumes. So if you're looking for "kids books for adults", this is a fantastic place to start looking.

Buying BDs on paper is expensive, but Izneo can provide them in digital format. They even have a subscription version, which is very useful if you want to read more than one BD a month. And unlike many kinds of French digital media, I believe most BDs on Izneo are available in the US.

For other recommendations, I'm super fond of SensCritique. This is sort of like the French version of GoodReads, but for everything. Users can make lists and write reviews, and it keeps track of the currently most popular titles in each category. I have several SensCritiques lists of easyish and interesting French material for people doing a Super Challenge.

The French term for foreigners learning French is Français langue étrangère (FLE). So, for example, you can also search SensCritique for "FLE" and get back several lists of media for people learning French. And once you find a promising list, you can find related lists (sort of like Spotify).
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Re: French resources

Postby ThebigAmateur » Sun Apr 21, 2024 3:30 pm

emk wrote:I don't really have a good list of true beginner books, because my first French book was an interesting non-fiction book.


Thank you so much for your detailed response. What I meant by beginner-friendly was books for learners who want to start reading real native novels, not books for beginner learners. I think I know about 5,000 French words, and although it's not that much for reading books, I believe it's not that bad for starting to read simpler novels either.

What was the nonfiction book? I'm OK with reading nonfiction as well.
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Re: French resources

Postby Kraut » Sun Apr 21, 2024 11:53 pm

This is ASTERIX, reading and explanation combined. Make a transcription and its translation.
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Re: French resources

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Re: French resources

Postby PeterMollenburg » Thu May 16, 2024 12:35 am

I'm going to crudely post my list of French resources (well, basically mainly courses), many of which I own, in the hope that it'll be of some use. I don't have time to edit it, but I just want to post it and if anyone needs clarification (or for me to edit this post, tidy it up, delete it, lemme know).

Mes cours/manuels de français

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LISTE DE MANUELS FINIS :

1. First Thousand Words in French
2. Hugo French in 3 Months
3. Colloquial French
4. Usborne French Dictionary for Beg's
5. Michel Thomas Total French
6. Michel Thomas Perfect French
7. Michel Thomas Masterclass French
8. Pimsleur French I
9. Fluenz French I
10. Pimsleur French II
11. French all talk - Linguaphone
12. Learn French with Paul Noble
13. Rocket French Premium
14. Fluenz French 2
15. Mastering French 1 (FSI units 1-6)
16. Pimsleur French III
17. Living Language Essential French
18. Pimsleur French IV
19. Fluenz French 3
20. Rocket French Premium Plus
21. Assimil New French with Ease
22. Rocket French Platinum
23. Pimsleur French V
24. Teach Yourself Get Started in French
25. Fluenz French 4
26. DLI : Headstart for Belgium
27. Living Language Intermediate French
28. CLE : Gram Prog du FR (débutant)
29. Assimil Using French
30. Glossika EN-FR 1
31. Glossika EN-FR 2
32. Glossika EN-FR 3
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TOUTES MES RESSOURCES

Vocabulaire :
1. M Durand's Words, Phrases & Sent's
2. French Vocabulary Lists
3. CLE : Vocabulaire Progressif du français (déb)
4. CLE : Voc Prog du FR (inter)
5. French Frequency Dictionary (5000 words)
6. Bilingual FR Visual Dict. (6000 words)
7. FR - EN/NL speakers (9000 wds)
8. CLE : Voc Prog du FR (avancé)
9. Barron's Mastering French Vocab.
10. V. Dale Groot Beeldwoordenboek (22,500 wds)
11. Mot à Mot New Advanced FR Vocab
12. Streetwise French Dict / Thesaurus
13. Dirty French
14. CLE : Vocab Prog du FR (perfect.)

Tous Mes Manuels et Programmes d’ordinateur :
1. Living Lang. Advanced FR - U2, P123
2. Vis-à-vis - Ch 2, P31, wkbk: P15
3. Fluenz French 5
4. La pron. FR pour de vrai (DVD)
5. Cortina Method : Conversational FR in 20 Lessons
6. The Berlitz Self Teacher French
7. CLE : Gram. en dialogues (déb)
8. Assimil French Without Toil
9. CLE : Voc Prog du FR (déb)
10. Tell Me More (Beginner’s)
11. Le Mauger Bleu I
13. CLE : Gram Prog du FR (inter)
14. Le Mauger Bleu II
15. CLE : Voc Prog du FR (inter)
16. CLE : Gram. en dialogues (inter)
17. Hugo French Advanced
18. Colloquial French 2
19. Ultimate FR Verb Rev. & Pract.
20. CLE : Voc Prog du FR (avancé)
21. Tell Me More (Int-Adv)
22. French in Action
23. Prac. Makes Perf. : Subjunctive
24. Le Français par la méthode nature
25. FSI Basic French Vol 1
26. Tell Me More (levels 1-10)
27. Le Mauger Bleu III
28. French Verbs Made Simple(r)
29. Assimil French
30. TY French Grammar
31. Ultimate FR Rev. & Practise
32. Pract. makes Per. Adv French Gram.
33. DLI French Basic Course
34. CLE : Gram. en dialogues (avancé)
35. Tell Me More (Business/advanced)
36. FSI Basic French Vol 2
37. CLE : Gram Prog du FR (avancé)
38. Linguaphone Français Deuxième étape
39. Peace Corps - Le français basé sur la compétence : Avancé
40. Assimil Business French
41. CLE : Gram Prog du FR (perfect.)
42. French in Action (3rd ed.)
43. Peace Corps - Le français basé sur la compétence : Supérieure
44. Le Mauger Bleu IV
45. Le français des infirmiers
46. Streetwise French
47. Learn French with Jokes 1
48. Learn French with Jokes 2
49. Production écrite : niv. B1 / B2
50. Réussir le Delf B2
51. Préparation à l’examen du Delf B2
52. Activités pour le cadre européen commun de référence : niveau b2
53. Production écrite : niv. C1 / C2
54. Réussir le Dalf : niveaux C1 et C2
55. Dalf C1 : Tests complets corrigés
56. Le Dalf 100% réussite
57. Dalf C2 : Tests complets corrigés
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FR : Apprendre le français

1. Linguatalk Slow French
2. Fluent Fiction - French
3. Un bonbon sur la langue
4. RFI - Journal en français facile
5. Podcast Français Authen...
6. News in Slow French
7. Intermediate French Podcast InterFrench
8. French Etc
9. French News - NHK World, Bulletin d'information
10. Journal en français facile


FR : Le français pour les enfants

1. Encore une histoire
2. Histoires pour enfants de la famille M

1. Nemrod - Une histoire p...
2. Histoires pour enfants à écouter
3. Histoires pour les oreilles
4. Lis-moi une histoire
5. La grande histoire de Pomme d'Api
6. Les 24 histoires de Noël (Pomme d'Api)
7. Kidstory - Les meilleur...
8. La voie des livres
9. Puce à l'oreille (Balados pour enfants)
10. Une histoire et... Oli
11. Les P'tites Histoires
12. Les odyssées
13. Kidico : l'encyclopédie...
14. Maman, j'ai raté l'actu !
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Re: French resources

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Thu May 16, 2024 5:20 pm

That's all? :lol:
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Re: French resources

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