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20+ Best Pinterest Boards for Learning French Online

Do you want to learn French or supplement your current French lessons with some new exercises? Below are 20+ of the best Pinterest boards for learning French online…

Chances are you’re familiar with Pinterest; perhaps you even have an account. While great for saving delicious recipes and décor ideas, Pinterest is also useful for learning French online.

There are hundreds of Pinterest pages dedicated solely to learning French, many of which are created by French teachers and language experts themselves. From French grammar to French culture, there’s something for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Since we know you don’t have time to browse through hundreds of pages, we’ve rounded up the 20+ best Pinterest boards for learning French online. We’ve even organized them into different categories to help you find what you’re looking for.

So whether you’re a student, a teacher, or just a lover of France, these boards are sure to inspire and educate you.

French Grammar and Vocabulary

1. French Learning from Language Comics: With over 90,000 pins and 21,000 followers, French Learning from Language Comics is a great resource for students. The board features an array of content, including fun French learning games and study tips.

2. Laura K Lawless: Virtual language teacher and creator of Lawless French, Laura K Lawless has a over 1,000 helpful pins for French students. Check out the “French Expressions” and “French Reading Practice” board for some awesome exercises.

3. Brenadette Rego: Language specialist, Bernadette Rego has over 60 boards that will help you learn French. We suggest taking a look at her ” French Games” and “French Verbs” boards.

4. Annette Gilleron: Creator of Learn French Lab, Annette Gilleron has curated tons of great content for French students. We especially love the “Fresh Video Tutorials” board, which features dozens of helpful videos.

French Culture and Travel

5. Let’s Move to France With Annie: Created by Annie—who moved her family to France for a one-year sabbatical—Let’s Move to France is great for those who might be considering moving or traveling to France.

6. Learn French with Talk in French: From French grammar to French music and food, Learn French with Talk in French is your one-stop-shop for learning all things French.

7. Comme une Française: Thinking about moving to France? Comme une Française, created by Géraldine Lepère, has 15 boards all dedicated to French culture. Géraldine will have you fitting into the French culture in no time.

8. Annick-Selfrench.com: Developed by French teacher Annick,  Annick-Selfrench.com features many tools and resources for learning French. She also touches on French tourism.

9. French Today: Created by the founder of French Today, French Today contains 12 boards dedicated to learning French online. In addition to French learning tips, French Today contain boards related to French culture.

French Teachers

10. For French Immersion: Perfect for teachers, For French Immersion offers an abundance of printable resources for learning French. For example, you can access printables for French grammar, vocabulary, and more.

11. Love Learning Languages: Useful for both students and teachers, Love Learning Languages has 10 different boards that cover a wide range of topics, such as French classroom ideas, beginner video lessons, and more.

12. Penny’s Primary Printables: Need some classroom inspiration? Penny’s Primary Printables has an array of resources for French teachers, including holiday and seasonal activities.

13. Teaching FSL: Useful for French teachers, Teaching FSL has several boards filled with engaging teaching ideas. From games to quizzes, there’s no shortage of activities in which you can choose.

General Languages

14. Fiona Busfield-Translator: While not solely dedicated to learning French, Fiona Busfield-Translator has a lot of inspiring content for language learners. We especially like the “Language Funnies” and “All Things France” boards.

15. Sarah @ Baby Bilingual: Do you have a child who is learning French? Sarah @ Baby Bilingual has an array of helpful tips on raising a bilingual child, including language-rich games and crafts for your little one.

16. World Language Classroom: With over 20 boards, World Language Classroom is a great resource for language teachers and students alike. Content covers all aspects of learning a language, from writing, speaking, and reading.

17. Jennifer Wagner: Creator of ielanguages.com, Jennifer Wagner is an expert in language learning. Check out her tips on learning French along with other languages, such as Dutch, Spanish, and Italian.

French Fun

18. French in Normandy: With over nine boards all dedicated to French, French in Normandy has a ton of great information for French learners. We especially like the “French Humor” board.

19. French Language for Bilinguals: Curated by Think Bilingual, French Language for Bilinguals is filled with language resources for kids and adults. From French music to French grammar, this board has over 800 pins.

20. Samantha Decker: Creator of The French Corner, Samantha Decker has curated 12 boards that every French language and culture lover will enjoy.

21. Yippee Learning: Besides language learning tips, Yippee Learning has several boards dedicated to French culture. Check out their “French Decor” and “French Painters” boards.

22.  TakeLessons Learning French: The TakeLessons’ French Pinterest board covers everything and anything French! From culture to language, you’ll find fun articles and images that will inspire you.

Happy Exploring

Learning French online has never been easier with websites like Pinterest. Browse through these 20+ boards to help reach your goals.

Do you have a Pinterest board dedicated to learning French online? Tell us about it in the comment section below and we will add it to the list!

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Guest Podcast: One Thing In A French Day

Podcast One Thing in a French Day

You know the best way to learn French is to practice every day, but where should you start?

One of our favorite ways to study any language is listening to podcasts! Not only do you get the benefit of hearing spoken French, podcasts also contain interesting tidbits of vocabulary and culture you might not get in a textbook. And besides that, podcasts are simply fun.

One of our favorite French podcasts is One Thing In A French Day, a podcast that chronicles one woman’s life in France and presents quick tidbits of daily life in French.

In this guest podcast, Laetitia of One Thing In A French Day talks about visiting a special Parisian bakery with a diabetic friend.

Aujourd’hui, j’ai accompagné une de mes amies dans un endroit où je ne pensais jamais pouvoir aller avec elle : dans une pâtisserie. Mon amie Maryam est diabétique, elle suit une hygiène de vie qui a pour but de lui faire prendre le moins d’insuline possible. Les gâteaux ne sont donc pas au programme.

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La pâtisserie Eugène
Aujourd’hui, j’ai accompagné une de mes amies dans un endroit où je ne pensais jamais pouvoir aller avec elle : dans une pâtisserie. Mon amie Maryam est diabétique, elle suit une hygiène de vie qui a pour but de lui faire prendre le moins d’insuline possible. Les gâteaux ne sont donc pas au programme. Ce qui est étonnant c’est qu’elle ne subit pas sa maladie, elle la vit, elle l’entraîne avec elle, elle lui fait prendre des chemins inattendus. Par exemple, le sport est devenu très important, il lui permet de faire mieux contrôler sa glycémie. Et c’est ainsi que par le sport, elle a vécu une belle aventure : le marathon de Paris. Elle s’est entraînée pendant un an et elle l’a couru au printemps dernier. En ce qui concerne les repas qu’elle se choisit, elle les apprécie avec chaque cellule de son corps, comme elle dit.

Lorsque j’ai entendu parler de cette pâtisserie parisienne dont les gâteaux ont été spécialement créés pour les diabétiques, j’ai pensé à elle. A l’origine du projet, il y a un homme diabétique et très gourmand et un pâtissier.  

Maryam a été enthousiasmée par l’idée et elle était très curieuse de voir l’effet de ces pâtisseries sur elle. Nous y sommes allées cet après-midi. Après avoir longuement étudié la magnifique vitrine de pâtisseries, Maryam a choisi pour nous deux gâteaux : un éclair à la vanille de Madagascar et une tartelette choco-café. Nous sommes rentrées chez elle pour notre dégustation. 

Nous avons partagé les gâteaux en deux et nous avons commencé par l’éclair à la vanille. La vanille, un arôme qui n’était plus qu’un souvenir pour Maryam. C’était une dégustation pleine d’émotions. Cet éclair m’a beaucoup plu, parce que la mousse à la vanille était vraiment délicieuse et le sucre, pour une fois, ne s’octroyait pas la première place. La tarte choco-café était également très réussie. 
Maryam a contrôlé sa glycémie avant la dégustation, puis après une heure et deux heures. Elle avait grimpé bien sûr, mais rien d’incontrôlable par rapport au plaisir ressenti. Merci, cher Eugène !

REPERES
Le site de la pâtisserie Eugène :
http://eugene.paris/

PINTEREST : le tableau de One Thing In A French Day
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TROIS TOURNURES DE PHRASES UTILES
Un endroit
— J’aime beaucoup cet endroit.    
— C’est un drôle d’endroit, entre le salon de thé et la librairie. 
— Que penses-tu de cet endroit ?  

Etre curieux de quelque chose
— J’étais curieuse de voir cet endroit par moi-même.     
— Etienne m’a dit qu’il était curieux de connaître ta réaction. 
— Je suis curieuse de faire sa connaissance. Il paraît qu’il est très sympathique. 

Pour une fois
— D’habitude j’y vais à pied, mais pour une fois j’ai pris la voiture. 
— Allez, Papa, dis oui ! Pour une fois s’il te plaît !    
— C’est vraiment dommage qu’elle n’ait pas pu venir, pour une fois que nous étions tous réunis.  

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Did you learn anything new from this special podcast? Share your thoughts in the comments below and tell us what French podcast topics you’d like to hear next!

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Ultimate Guide to Studying French Pronunciation Online

Ultimate Guide to Studying French Pronunciation Online

Ask any student their biggest struggle in learning French and you are almost guaranteed to hear one thing – pronunciation.

Admittedly, pronunciation is one of the hardest aspects of learning any foreign language. As babies, our minds are very receptive to learning how to identify and reproduce the numerous sounds contained in a language.

This ability diminishes early in childhood, making it more challenging for second language learners to learn how accurately hear and pronounce sounds that are not present in their native tongue.

Native English speakers studying French usually have a harder time learning to pronounce the nasal vowels and French “r”.

French presents the additional challenge that a word’s pronunciation typically does not match its spelling.

There are many silent letters in French, particularly those at the end of the word. A word that looks long on paper may only be a single syllable when pronounced.

When you are first starting to learn French, this makes it challenging to know exactly how to say a word that you see.

This is made even more difficult by liaisons, where these normally silent consonants are suddenly pronounced when followed by a word starting with a vowel.

Improving Your French Pronunciation Online

Do not get discouraged – although French pronunciation can seem almost impossible to a beginner, it is a skill that can be mastered with time and effort.

With practice, French pronunciation will become easier. All you need to do is devote at least a few minutes each day to practicing speaking in French and improving your pronunciation. Before long, you will be surprised at how natural and easy saying things in French feels.

French Pronunciation Guides

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These French pronunciation guides are a great way to learn proper French pronunciation.

They also make great resources to reference when you have a question or want to review later.

The French Alphabet: Every French learner has to start somewhere. The alphabet is the perfect place to start. This will serve as the foundation for everything else you will learn during your time studying French.

This infographic contains the sound made by each letter. Time to start practicing your “ah, bay, say”.

International Phonetic Alphabet: One of the most useful things that any language learner should do, regardless of what language they are studying, is learning how to read the International Phonetic Alphabet (also known as the IPA).

Originally developed by a group of French teachers in the late 1880’s, the International Phonetic Alphabet was created so that anyone could sound out how a word should be pronounced, regardless of what language they speak.

IPA is included in almost any dictionary. By learning how to read the IPA, when you look up unfamiliar French words in the dictionary, you will easily be able to determine exactly how they are pronounced.

French Phonetic Transcription Converter: Wondering how to pronounce a word, phrase, or block of French text? Copy and paste it into this phonetic converter, and you will be able to see the IPA symbols for each word.

French Pronunciation by FSL Homework Toolbox: This guide covers every letter of the French alphabet, as well as accented letters and digraphs (two letters that make a unique sound when used together).

The chart lists the equivalent English sound (or their closest approximation for sounds that are not present in English) and an English word that uses this sound. It also provides several French words that contain this sound as an example.

Spell and Sound Pronunciation Guides: This website has created a wealth of pronunciation guides for French students to reference. These guides are quick and easy to use. There is at least one guide available for almost every letter of the French alphabet.

Liaisons: This guide by About.com explains the rules concerning the French liaison. You will learn when you must use it and how it should sound when doing so.

French Pronunciations You Won’t Hear in School: Speakers of any language tend to shorten things when they are speaking without even realizing it.

For example, a speaker of English may say “doncha” instead of clearly annunciating “don’t you.”

This guide explains some of these common shortcuts taken by French speakers. Learning these abbreviated forms will help you sound more like a native while also improving your listening comprehension.

French Pronunciation Guide by Talk in French: This pronunciation guide provides explanations of almost every aspect concerning French pronunciation, including nasal vowels, accents, stress, and more.

Videos are included throughout the guide to model and further expand upon the topics discussed.

French Pronunciation Audio

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These websites contain audio of words and sounds in French that you can listen to in order to hear the correct pronunciation and compare it to your own.

Spell and Sound Audio Lounge: This compilation includes audio of native speakers demonstrating the correct pronunciations for the French alphabet, vowels, nasal vowels, consonants, semi-consonants, the French r, and more.

If you are looking for a challenge, the site also has French tongue twisters.

You might have to start out very slowly, but saying them again and again while gradually increasing your speed is an excellent technique for practicing pronunciation.

French Phonetics: On this website, you will find a collection of French pronunciation audios to listen to, as well as games and quizzes to test what you have learned.

One unique feature of this website is that it can record your voice. This allows you to hear your own pronunciation alongside that of a native speaker’s. This direct comparison allows you to better judge your progress and make improvements.

Phonetique: Although much of this website is in French, these audio examples are intended to help second language learners improve their pronunciation.

It still should be pretty simple to navigate, even if you are new to the language. The site also includes games designed to help you practice what you have learned about the sounds and rhythm of French.

French Audio Dictionary

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Whenever you encounter a word in French you do not know, it is important to look it up in the dictionary so you can learn what it means.

By using an online French audio dictionary, you can also ensure that you will pronounce it correctly when you want to use it in your own conversations.

Reverso: This online dictionary translates between English and French, as well as many other language pairs. Every entry includes definitions, translations, and example phrases and sentences, as well as audio clips of the pronunciation.

Forvo: Forvo calls itself the “pronunciation dictionary”, with the tagline “All of the words in the world. Pronounced.”

The site currently contains audio recorded by native French speakers from around the world for over 100,000 French words and phrases.

If you create a free account, you can add words to the list that you would like to hear pronounced and download mp3s of existing recordings.You can also return the favor by recording pronunciations for people trying to learn your native language.

About.com French Audio Dictionary: About.com has compiled an audio dictionary featuring 2,500 of the most common French words you will encounter.

AudioFrench.com: AudioFrench.com allows you to learn new vocabulary and pronunciation simultaneously.

You will find French vocabulary lists here that are focused on a specific topic, as well as word videos that show the words on the screen while playing the audio recorded by native speakers.

The site also contains verb tables that demonstrate conjugations for regular and irregular verbs.

Lawless French: Lawless French has many wonderful French-learning lessons and resources, including pronunciation guides. Hear audio for each letter, common letter combinations, accents and more.

French Listening Practice

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When you are learning how to pronounce French words, practicing saying the words aloud is only one piece of the puzzle.

Listening practice helps train your ear to recognize the sounds of the French language. By learning what the words should sound like, you can apply this to your pronunciation by attempting to mimic how the native speakers say them.

RhinoSpike: At RhinoSpike, you can upload any French text that you would like to hear read aloud. You could input an article, story, or even something that you have written in French.

Your request will be sent to a native speaker, who will make the recording and send it back to you as an mp3 file. Although the service is free, there may be a queue.

You can bump yourself up on the list by helping others on the site by recording readings of texts in your native language.

Lyrics Training: If you love music, then you will love Lyrics Training.

Watch a French music video while typing the lyrics in the box below. The site instantly checks your work. If you fall behind, the music will pause to allow you to catch up.

If you have trouble understanding something, there is a button that allows you to rewind and listen to the current section again.

You can choose how hard you want the game to be – whether you only want to fill in the blanks for a few words or think you can do it all by yourself. This is also a great way to discover French music and immerse yourself in the culture.

Duolingo: This free app quickly became extremely popular when it was first released a few years back. Although the game provides you with a variety of exercises during each lesson, some of these questions will ask you to listen to a sentence in French and type what you hear.

There is a button that allows you to play the audio slower, if necessary. The app automatically grades your submission for accuracy and spelling before allow to move in the game.

News in Slow French: This weekly podcast covers top news stories from around the world, as well as a brief segment at the end covering grammar, vocabulary, or an idiomatic expression used in the episode.

One of the biggest advantages to this podcast is that, as the title suggests, the speakers speak at a slower pace than usual. This makes it easier for beginners to follow along and allows advanced students the opportunity to hear the words said slowly and clearly.

Transcripts are also available for the episodes.

Coffee Break French: Designed to be enjoyed during a “coffee break” or any other time you have a few minutes to practice your French, Coffee Break French is a series of brief, 10 to 15 minute podcasts that are fun and interesting.

These lessons cover everything you need to know about the French language, including vocabulary, grammar, culture, and of course, pronunciation.

The show’s four seasons start at “bonjour” and gradually build to cover topics for advanced learners, so there is something here for everyone. The episodes are available for free, but you can download a set of transcripts and worksheets to accompany them if you wish.

FrenchPod101: This podcast uses both audio and video lessons to help you improve your pronunciation, expand your vocabulary, and discover the French culture.

Lessons range from beginner to advanced. Every podcast is labeled according to its difficulty level so that you can find material that is perfectly suited for your needs and abilities. You can find even more video content on the FrenchPod101 YouTube channel.

 

In addition to using these resources, working with a language tutor is one of the best ways to quickly improve your French pronunciation.

Because they will be working with you one-on-one, they can provide you with instant feedback on your pronunciation to correct any minor errors before they turn into bad habits.

Your tutor will also be able to address any questions about French pronunciation that you have and offer pointers to help you pronounce the many beautiful sounds of the French language.

Do you know any other great resources for studying French pronunciation online? Share them with us and our community of language learners in the comments below!

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The 12 Best iPhone Apps for Learning French

The 12 Best iPhone Apps for Learning French

 

Learning a language is a wonderful challenge. It can open up new opportunities, allow you to converse with new people, and serve as a tool on your travels.

The French language is used throughout the world in places like France, Canada, Belgium, Haiti, Monaco, and many other countries.

If you’ve embarked on a journey to learn French, there are some apps that will support you in your endeavor. Here are 12 of the best apps to learn how to speak French.

 

1) TakeLessons

For easily accessible French lessons on the go, the TakeLessons app is the perfect resource no matter your skill level. You can also join free online group classes for your first month as a new student.

With the TakeLessons app, you can learn French from a professional no matter where you are. The app is available for both Android and iPhones.

 

2) SpeakEasy

This offline book of phrases comes in handy when you’re learning French.

Use flashcards, basic phrases, numbers, days, greetings, and more. SpeakEasy has a simple and appealing interface that just about any user can navigate.

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3) French Translator & Dictionary + 

VidaLingua offers the #1 French-English translator and dictionary on iPhones and iPads with advanced features and bonus content. The app also includes a phrasebook, verb conjugator, vocabulary quizzes and flashcards.

It allows users to attach notes, audio, and images to dictionary words. This app will become your new favorite learning companion!

 

4) Open Language French

If you plan on using French in a more formal setting, Open Language French will be the ideal app for you. Geared more toward internationally-accepted foreign language teaching guidelines, you’ll follow a course of instruction that’s more linear in nature.

It may not be as fun as playing games, but Open Language French is one of the most comprehensive language apps out there.

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5) MindSnacks

MindSnacks has won awards for best educational app, and it continues to delight users with a fun and lighthearted teaching style.

Designed by experts, MindSnacks manages to make learning French exciting and addictive. Grammar, context and real-world vocabulary has never been so entertaining.

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6) FluentU

One thing often heard from foreign language learners is how much TV, movies, and videos helped them learn a new language. Maybe it’s seeing things acted out as they’re spoken, or perhaps it’s the nuances in people’s expressions.

Whatever the reason, FluentU is a video-based learning app that teaches language through cool real videos from around the world.

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7) MOSAlingua

There are over 3000 phrases to learn on MOSAlingua’s app. The timed repetition has proven effective for many users, and you can easily change levels as you progress.

The app was designed to save time, money, and keep you motivated. Think of it as a personal language coach in your pocket.

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8) Memrise

Are you someone who likes to laugh and finds humor the best method for learning? If you are, Memrise is probably the ideal foreign language app for you.

It uses quirky concepts and hilarious images to get you speaking French in no time. You can even compete with friends to see who can reach language goals first.

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9) Busuu

Busuu is basically a social network for learning French and other languages. There are both adult and kid versions to download. Use the games and audio grammar lessons, or reach out to someone in the Busuu community for help.

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10) HiNative

Not every tip is available through learning courses. Sometimes the best answers come from those who actually speak the language.

Get the HiNative app so you can receive answers to all your French language questions from the people who actually speak it daily.

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11) Brainscape

Flashcards can be an incredibly useful tool for learning a new skill. If you want to create your own French flashcards, Brainscape is an app that will allow you to do so.

You can also look for already-made flashcards that work well for you. Use the app for French, or any other subject you’re interested in learning.

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12) Babbel

Babbel combines its mobile app with its website to form an excellent foreign language learning platform. You’ll be able to polish your pronunciation, learn new phrases, conjugate your verbs, and more in this top-rated program.

The goal is to retain the information in your long-term memory so you can use your new French language skills for years to come.

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Technology brings forth innovative ways for all types of students to learn and acquire a new language. Use these best apps for learning French in your daily life when you have a spare moment. It’s a great way to support learning French. Between classes, private lessons, conversational meet-ups, and a few apps, you’ll have French down before you know it.

Bonne chance!

 

What helps you study French? Share your favorite apps, games, and study guides in the comments below!

 

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10 Cool Sites to Learn French by Podcast, Video, or Blog

9 Cool Sites to Learn French by Podcast, Video, or Blog

Is it possible to learn French by podcast? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares a few great podcasts, blogs, and a YouTube channel that can help you learn French faster…

When you’re learning French, consistent linguistic exposure at and just above your level is vital. It can help you reinforce your current level, and help you raise your level through context clues and direct introduction to new vocabulary.

Podcasts and other online mediums are an excellent way to do this. Below are a few podcasts that can help you improve. At the end, you will also find one YouTube channel and two blogs listed.

While the focus and organization of these types of sites is sometimes a little bit different, they can also provide some similar types of linguistic support.

Podcasts


1) Learn French by Podcast

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Learn French by Podcast on subjects such as superfoods, migrants, grammar points, expressions, and user questions. The podcasts provide interesting information in French, and a discussion about the language and grammar used in the course of the podcast.

They also include a vocabulary list available before listening.


2) The French Podcast

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The French podcast includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced podcast conversations in French. It also contains motivational interviews with people who have lived in France.

The creators focus on natural language conversations. Each podcast includes a pdf with a transcript and vocabulary. Both the transcript and vocabulary usually come out after the conversation.


3) DailyFrenchPod

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Daily French Pod offers daily podcasts in French with conversations by native speakers. The beginning introduces the podcast in French, and recommends the College de Paris.

The daily conversation is then presented with an explanation. For intermediate to advanced podcasts, most new vocabulary is explained in French. The conversation is then repeated. Most are accompanied by a PDF Podcast.


4) French Blabla

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French teacher and native French speaker, Caroline, offers classes in French and, more recently, has begun to blog about French language. Her blog posts include audio, and website visitors can subscribe to receive her posts by email. Follow her on Twitter also at @French_Blabla.


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Podcasts illustrate various elements of life in France through contact with real-life situations and contact with French people and places. The listener can also download a transcript. Most were done between 2007 and 2008, but are still available online. Sometimes the recordings lag a little.


6) One Thing in French a Day

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Three days every week, Laeticia, a French woman, posts several minutes of commentary on her children, watching television, a museum exhibit, or whatever other interesting tidbits she might dig up in her day.

The audio is available along with the beginning of the transcript every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on her website. Listeners can subscribe to her newsletter for the full transcript.

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7) Learn French with Vincent

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Learn French with Vincent, otherwise known as Learn French and Have Fun, offers a collection of videos for learning French. Videos include grammar points such as verbs and prepositions; vocabulary lists on topics such as body parts and clothing; and a 2-hour beginning French video.

8) French Possum

French Possum features an abundance of videos about French culture and language, covering everything from history, traditions, and food. All videos are in French with English subtitles, which is a great way for students to hear and practice proper French pronunciation. As an added bonus, full bilingual transcripts in French and English can be found on the blog, French Possum. 

Blogs:


9) Oui, c’est ça!

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Includes comics, francophone history, and music for French learners and francophiles. While the blog is more visually-oriented than some of the podcasts listed above, many of the articles contain recorded segments – isolated words and phrases, or recorded versions of the typed French or bilingual transcript.

Posts are also classified as beginning, intermediate, or advanced, so you can gauge whether or not it will be close to the right level.


10) French Language Blog

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This blog contains the fewest auditory resources and includes the most English of all the resources listed in this article. Its articles are primarily in English, but include interesting passages, words, and phrases in French.

They also present interesting tidbits about France, French-speaking places, French grammar, French culture, and the French perspective on the world. It also occasionally links in interesting videos (which contain audio), such as a humorous song about coffee posted earlier this month.

 

So, if you’re studying French on your own or you need additional practice reviewing, listening, and speaking, take heart! There are many French resources available (often for free) that can help you advance yourself.

Have you found any great French podcasts or websites that you enjoy studying with? Share them with us in the comments below!

CarolPost Author: Carol Beth L.
Carol Beth L. teaches viola and violin in San Francisco, CA. She currently plays viola in the San Francisco Civic Orchestra and has been teaching students since 2012. Learn more about Carol Beth here!

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Commonly Mispronounced French Words - And Their Correct Pronunciation

Commonly Mispronounced French Words And Phrases – And Their Correct Pronunciation

Commonly Mispronounced French Words - And Their Correct Pronunciation

Whether you’re new to speaking French or you’ve been studying a while, it’s never a bad idea to work on your French pronunciation. Language tutor Emmanuel M. shares some of the most common pronunciation mistakes…

Taking on the French accent can be a difficult task for many non-native speakers because the language relies heavily on pronunciation.  If you want to be understood, you have to speak French properly. But don’t fret! With plenty of French pronunciation practice, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the language.

Tips On Pronunciation

Most of the time mispronunciations are due to people forgetting the basic French rules. For example, a very common mistake I hear all the time is either pronouncing the last consonant of a word or forgetting to pronounce it if the word ends in “e”.

For example, “petit” and “petite” are pronounced like this:

 

Another example would be “bon appétit” and “bon appétite” which are pronounced like this:

 

A mistake I also hear all the time is not pronouncing the last consonant of a word when the next word starts with a vowel. For example, “C’est un plaisir” where the “t” is pronounced because the next word starts with a vowel. However, in “C’est bien” the “t” is not pronounced because the next word starts with a consonant.

 

Remember, this applies every time a word ending in a consonant is followed by a word starting with a vowel.

 

Common French Words And Their Pronunciation

Now let’s get more specific and discuss a few common French words that you most likely will use when practicing your French. A ton of new French learners tend to pronounce these (and others like these) incorrectly, and if you want to learn French, you have to master at least these sounds. You may or may not have the whole French accent down, but regardless, just try your best to at least get the sounds of each word right – whether or not you sound French, it’s not necessary.

Rather than go through this list and try pronouncing them yourselves, then listen to the correct pronunciation to see if you got it right.

 

Bonjour/Au revior —— Hello/Goodbye

Croissant/Crêpe —— Croissant/Crepe

Aujourd’hui/Demain —— Today/Tomorrow

Zéro/Un/Deux/Trois —– Zero/One/Two/Three

Quatre/Cinq/Six —– Four/Five/Six

Sept/Huit/Neuf/Dix —– Seven/Eight/Nine/Ten

 

Common French Phrases And Their Pronunciation

Next, let’s focus on phrases and sentences in French. Pronouncing words can be tricky and difficult for those who don’t have the accent or the pronunciation down. And sadly, speaking sentences can be even more difficult and tricky because of the natural flow French demands of its speakers. In French, if you mispronounce a word or stumble over a phrase within a sentence, the entire sentence itself can become jumbled or result in the other person not understanding what you just said or were trying to say.

There is a distinct flow in French when speaking correctly and new French learners might have a tough time getting the flow right. Let’s try pronouncing the following sentences and phrases to see how well you do. Read them out loud yourself first then hear the correct pronunciation to see if you got it right.

Répétez s’il vous plaît? —— Repeat, please?

Quel âge avez-vous? —— How old are you?

A tout à l’heure. —— See you later.

Comment dit-on ___ en français? —— How do you say ___ in French?

Ce n’est pas grave. —— It’s alright.

Parlez-vous anglais? —— Do you speak English?

Parlez lentement, s’il vous plait. —— Speak slowly, please.

 

How did you do? If you had trouble that’s okay – just keep practicing. If you did alright but didn’t have the accent that’s okay too – just keep mimicking other French speakers. And if you did great well that’s wonderful! French is a difficult language but give it time and you will be a great speaker!

 

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Emmanuel M. teaches singing and songwriting exclusively online. A California State University, Fullerton graduate and native Spanish speaker, he also teaches essay writing, study skills, and Spanish. Learn more about Emmanuel here!

 

 

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4 Proven Ways to Practice Your French Listening Skills

4 Proven Ways to Practice Your French Listening Skills

4 Proven Ways to Practice Your French Listening SkillsAs you learn to speak French, you also need to learn how to listen in a new way so you can understand this beautiful language. French tutor Annie A. shares four proven ways to improve your French listening skills…

Understanding French can be quite a challenge, even if you can read the written language with comparative ease. To many English speaking students, whole sentences in French sound like one long word.

One reason for this confusion is that French pronunciation uses something called a liaison. Liaisons join the sounds of each word together, for example if one ends in consonant and the next one starts in a vowel . Furthermore, French is spoken very quickly. From the point of view of English speaking students, French words sound very different from the way they are written.

In order to solve these problems, a few tested French listening practice methods can be used.

Listen

First of all, listening to French is going to be the best way for you to get used to the sounds and the intonation of this beautiful language. You might enjoy listening to French radio, podcasts, or music. Or, for enhanced French listening practice, watch French TV, YouTube videos, movies, and series with subtitles on. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the language. Find material that interests you and you will train your ear with repetitive listening.

Read

Text with audio is another way of improving your French comprehension. Reading while listening is highly effective if you do it on a regular basis. It helps you connect the sounds you hear with the written word. With practice, soon you will understand the audio without the text.

Actually, it helps a lot if you are listening to material consistent with your level of understanding of grammar and vocabulary. In this way, you can make much more sense of what is being said and it reinforces your previous knowledge. This will integrate the language skills you are learning. Speaking, reading, and writing practice all complement each other and improve overall language and listening comprehension.

Talk

Another effective French listening practice strategy is to have regular conversations with a fluent francophone. Make time to practice conversation with your French speaking friend in-person or online via Skype. When you are talking, you must process what you’ve heard and respond within a relatively short time frame. Over time, your comprehension of spoken French will improve dramatically, and you will gain confidence in your new language skills.

Write

Write down what you hear during a listening exercise to hone your listening and writing skills. You can also take notes in French while listening to a French podcast or radio program. Just make sure the level of difficulty of the material you’re using is appropriate to your capabilities. You don’t want to get overwhelmed or burned out on your study of French!

I believe that listening  is the most difficult skill to develop when learning French. It will take time to improve your listening skills. There is no shortcut. The untrained ear has to be trained. However, if you practice listening to French every day, you are sure to improve!

For more help improving your French language skills, work with a qualified private tutor. French tutors are available to work with you in-person or online via Skype depending on your location. Find your French tutor today! 


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Annie A. is a French instructor whose lessons are conducted exclusively online. Teaching for the past 12 years, she found her passion for the language while studying in Paris as a teenager. Learn more about Annie here!

 

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Learning French Interview With Benjamin Houy of French Together

Learning French: Interview With Benjamin Houy of French Together

Learning French Interview With Benjamin Houy of French TogetherIf you want to learn to speak French like a native speaker, go straight to the source! Benjamin Houy is a native French speaker who has spent the last three years teaching French through his wonderful blog, French Together. French Together is one of my favorite blogs for learning French online, so I was absolutely delighted to get the chance to ask Benjamin a few questions.

No matter what level you’re at in your study of the French language, Benjamin’s insights are sure to be illuminating and inspirational!

1. You’ve mentioned on your blog that traveling abroad to teach French was a life-changing experience for you. Would you like to share a little more about that experience?

Sure. In 2012, I went to South Korea to teach French and English as part of the Service Civique (a volunteering program). I mainly decided to do that because I wanted to travel and discover a new culture, but I ended up enjoying teaching a lot. I stayed in Korea for six months, and this wonderful experience gave me the desire to live abroad and help people better learn languages.

2. What have you found beginning students struggle with the most when learning French? How do you recommend they overcome these obstacles?

After teaching French to many students and talking to many French learners, I am convinced that the biggest struggle is motivation. Most students consider French to be a complicated language and simply don’t believe they will ever speak it. This idea that learning languages is complicated and that one needs a special talent to succeed is the main reason why students fail. That’s a shame, because everyone can successfully learn French given the right tools and methods. What I would recommend French learners to do is to actually focus on how to learn French before they even start learning the language. Something as simple as using a Spaced Repetition Software would allow many students to double the amount of vocabulary they learn everyday for example.

Many students also struggle with pronunciation, and that’s completely normal when you learn a language you are not used to. The best way to improve your pronunciation and understanding of the French language is first of all to regularly listen to spoken French. It’s also important to avoid simplified English pronunciation like “bawnjour” that are supposed to be easier for English speakers to pronounce. The problem is that these pronunciations are often far from the real pronunciation. If you learn them, English speakers may understand you, but French speakers won’t. If you want to learn the pronunciation of a word, listen to a recording (you can find recordings on Forvo or Rhinospike), and try to imitate what you hear. You could even record yourself and compare the pronunciations. This takes more time, but you will be happy you did it when the time to speak comes.

Talking about speaking, lots of French learners are terrified at the idea of speaking French. Again, that’s completely normal. But it’s important to remember that speaking is one of the best (if not the best) ways to learn a language. When you speak French, you improve your listening skills, you train your brain to use the language, and you even learn grammar, because you automatically imitate what you hear and learn from the way people speak.

That’s why I recommend French learners speak as soon as possible. If you know how to introduce yourself in French, you are ready! You can find people who will be happy to talk you via websites like Couchsurfing. Your first conversations will be short and slow, but you will quickly make progress. You may even make French friends and this could give you a huge motivation boost.

3. What has teaching French taught you about your language that you hadn’t noticed before?

It taught me a lot about the way the language works. As a native speaker, I never think about the construction of the sentences I use, I never wonder whether I should use “le” or “la” or whether a word is feminine or masculine. This all comes naturally. Teaching French taught me to care about that. I now take a lot of time wondering how the language works and taking notes when I find a great explanation of a concept so I can later use it to help make French easier to learn.

4. What is your favorite French lesson to teach? What do you enjoy most about it?

Besides showing students how they can better learn French, I really enjoy grammar hacks. What I call grammar hacks are rules that make learning and understanding French grammar immediately easier. I love it when student can suddenly understand a concept and immediately apply what they learned.

For example, many students never know whether a word is feminine or masculine. What they don’t know is that the gender of French words is mainly determined by its ending, and that you can actually guess the gender of a noun with over 80% accuracy if you know what endings are masculine and what endings are feminine (you can find the list of endings here).

I also enjoy teaching from real French, that is French the way it’s spoken by people in the streets. I like to use TV series or music to motivate students and then explain the different sentences.

5. What would your advice be to a student who is just beginning to learn to speak French and would like to one day become fluent?

Believe in yourself. You may have failed at learning French before, you may think you are too old to learn a language, you may think French is simply too difficult. But the truth is, you can and will speak French fluently one day if you work hard and don’t give up.

 

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10 Essential Study Tips for Learning French

10 Essential Study Tips for Learning FrenchWith the right study plan in place, you can make learning to speak French a lot easier! Take this advice from French tutor Carol Beth L. to create a study plan that is, in a word, magnifique!

If you are learning French or know people who are, you may have realized that many people have different ways to approach learning new things. What works well for you may not work well for another person, and vice versa, and each approach may have varying results. When it comes to learning French, here are a few things you can try.

1. Take a class

This is a very effective method for many people – provided, of course, that they are diligent and keep up with homework and studying on their own. Depending on where you take your class, those without much time may be able to find a class that does not require much homework. Language conversation classes often have very minimal amounts of homework. Keep in mind, however, that classes with little or no homework outside class are unlikely to allow students to advance very quickly on their own. This is also true of classes that meet less frequently, since learning a language takes constant repetition.

2. Find a tutor

If you don’t have time for a class, need individual help with your class, want to go at your own rate, or need to accommodate a complicated or busy schedule, a French tutor may be able to help. Tutors typically help just one person at a time. If it is appropriate to you and your tutor, some tutors may accept more than one student in a subject at the same time.

3. Set aside time on your own to study

Usually, those without a schedule for keeping up with regular practice on their own advance less quickly because they do not study as much or at all. Some people begin learning French knowing that they will not have much time to study on their own. If this is your case, be sure that your methods can accommodate this. If your time is limited, keep a set of vocabulary flashcards or a small notebook with vocabulary and grammar notes with you at all times, and you can pop them out when you have a minuted or two free. You can also find great resources online to help you practice, such as blogs and YouTube videos for learning French.

4. Be consistent long-term

Learning a language doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen without regular practice. If you stick with it only a short time, or study sporadically, you are not likely to advance quickly. If you have a set time every day or even 3-4 times a week to study, practice, and reinforce what you have learned, you will progress steadily.

5. Connect with others who speak French locally

Find a French language meet-up, conversation groups, or start your own. Depending on your area, Meetup.com can be a valuable site to find other francophiles. Sometimes universities or colleges may be able to help you find francophone connections. The Oldenborg Center at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, for example, organizes foreign language conversation tables at lunch time for its students. Community members must pay for their meal, but are otherwise welcome to join. Try searching online for French conversation groups in your area.

6. Watch French movies

Depending on your level and interests, this could include cartoons, children’s movies, comedies, documentaries, or any one of a number of other genres. Lower level students often start with subtitles, but transitioning to watching without subtitles when you reach the right level can be a big deal – it means you are understanding enough to follow everyday conversation. Remember also: subtitles don’t necessarily have to mean English subtitles. For many students, French subtitles for the spoken French can be as helpful as or more helpful than the English. By following spoken and written French simultaneously, you are reinforcing both forms and the connection between them.

7. Keep a diary or journal

Even at a low level, you can do this. Use the limited language you have and find a few simple things to write something about your day. I began this at the end of my first year of French from middle school, and when I came back to school after the summer, I had one of the best retention rates in the class.

8. Read in French

When you see how the experts write, you will begin to pick up on patterns they use. If you are not very advanced, look for children’s books, such as fairy tales or comics. Asterix et Obelix and Tintin are two popular French comics series.

9. Travel to a French-speaking country

This is perhaps not for those on a tight budget. If you have money to set aside for a vacation or study program abroad, however, it can be a wonderful opportunity. Some exchange programs will allow for classes or homestays that will permit a French immersion environment. As a tourist, you can also see the country, go on tours (including tours in French), and learn about its history. It may take a higher linguistic level and more persistence to convince people to speak to you in French if they know some English. Even if they use their English to try to help you, however, people will appreciate your efforts to speak French.

10. Get a penpal

You might exchange only a few letters or emails, or you could find a life-long friend. Either way, it’s a another way to practice your French and learn about a native-speaker – and for them to learn about you. Penpal programs are out there, often because the programs’ founders value the international exchange they foster. A few websites that offer penpal services include Students of the World, interpals, and mylanguageexchange.com.

Working with a tutor is one of the best ways to improve your French quickly. TakeLessons tutors are available to help you learn French and many other subjects either in-person or online via Skype. Schedule your French lessons today!

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Carol Beth L. teaches French lessons in San Francisco, CA. She has her Masters in French language education from the Sorbonne University in Paris and has been teaching since 2009. Learn more about Carol Beth here!

 

 

 

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Learn French Online: 5 YouTube Videos to Get You Started

These days it seems like guides to almost anything are available for free online, and learning French is no exception. While these videos are no substitute for taking French classes or studying with a French tutor, practicing with these videos is a great way to study!

Absolute Beginner French (Pronunciation) from KDO Learning

Let’s start at the beginning (which is a very good place to start), which is of course with the ABCs. This video takes you through the French alphabet, first by giving you names for the letters and then by demonstrating the pronunciation of each one with some useful words as examples.

The KDO Learning channel doesn’t provide extensive vocabulary lessons, but there are some more helpful pronunciation guides, plus French literature videos that will help you get the sound of the language.

Learn French with French 101 – Common Words & Phrases from The Travel Linguist

If you’re planning to travel to a French-speaking country before your command of the language is solid or simply aren’t confident in your ability to keep up with French at native speeds, this video’s selection of phrases is an important resource. Getting these expressions, including, “Could you please repeat that?” and “Excuse me,” into your vocabulary will get you out of a tight spot while you’re learning.

The Travel Linguist has a wide selection of videos in a variety of languages, including a lot of solid, basic French vocabulary.

Learn Basic French: The best basic French toolkit from Fluenz

Continuing to expand your choice of vacation destinations, this guide provides some more helpful words and phrases for traveling in a Francophone country. The primary focus is on basic repertoire to help you through situations like visiting a restaurant or taking a cab. However, this video will give you tools useful for many other goals.

Fluenz has several more YouTube videos, and a link in the video description will take you to a site with some interactive exercises to help you learn French online.

Beginners’ French: Video Lesson One from JeFrench.com

Had enough of stock phrases and ready to get deeper into the language? This video introduces the subject pronouns (I, you, she, and so forth), plus the verbs “to eat” and “to like”, and guides you through forming basic sentences. That may not seem like much, but a solid grounding is important if you want to learn a language well.

This video is the first in a playlist of similar lessons, and the JeFrench website, though it requires a signup, has more free videos to guide you.

French for Beginners: Units 1-6 from Imagiers

Fair warning: this video is almost nine hours long, so it feels almost like cheating to only count it as one. Still, the length makes it sound more intimidating than it is: six units of beginning French lessons are collected here, containing vocabulary, grammar, and more. It’s an excellent way to grasp the fundamentals of the language. And after all, there’s no rule stating you have to watch the whole thing in one sitting! (In fact, please don’t.)

Imagiers has many more lesson videos available, including much shorter lesson-by-lesson breakdowns of the units contained in this video, so you can control your pace.

Whichever videos you choose to watch, have fun, and enjoy the opportunities you have to learn French online. Keep a positive attitude and practice listening and speaking as much as you can. Bonne chance!

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