You're about to read the 2d edition of Bite-sized French resources. If this is your first read, here's what I put together for you this summer. If you've already read and liked last week's list of French resources, then you can skip right to your favorite type of content!
As I regularly browse through the vast Internet to pick interesting French resources for my students, I thought I'd share the nicest ones with my dedicated readers on a weekly basis so you'd have a source you can check regularly when looking for new French material.
These French resources are ideal for experienced beginners, intermediates and some of it such as the writing prompt (I call it Word Bit) will also be valued by advanced learners. The level is always mentioned and I try to pick materials that have subtitles.
To make it easy to consume, I'll always put the length of the resource (typically less than 10 minutes) so you can decide how to squeeze it in your busy schedule. I decided to use the following categories so you'd get enough practice in comprehension skills :
You'll notice there's one French resource per day of the week, 7 in total! That doesn't mean you have to use one per day though, that may be a little too ambitious. You could pick your favorites and add them to your own study time or discuss one of them with your tutor/language partner.
All I wish is for you to enjoy learning French a bit more with material that's right for your level and close enough to how French really sounds when you live in France.
- AUDIOBITS -
A must : One thing in a French day
June episode : L'expo Jardins au Grand Palais à Paris (in slow French)
Length of episode : 3 minutes
Listen if : you live or are planning to go to Paris and want to know about recent exhibitions from the point of view of a French native
Link to podcast website : www.onethinginafrenchday.com
Read out loud : French poets
"Enivrez-vous" poem from Charles Baudelaire slowly read in French
Link to podcast episode : www.soundcloud.com/franceculture
Topics : French culture, Literature
Length of episode : 1 minute
Listen if : you want to make a dive in the dark world of a French poet or you want to train your ear to people speaking slow French
Link to more poems read out loud : www.soundcloud.com/georgesclaisse
- TEXTBITS -
How not to waste money & energy
"Charger son smartphone durant la nuit, un mauvais geste" (in French)
Reading length : +/- 4 minutes
Read if : you're curious about the title as you're interested in taking care of the planet or you're planning to pass a French exam where Environment is a main topic. Link to website of the post : www.presse-citron.net
26 ans, 26 sourires : Vie de miettes
Travel blogger writes about what it means to turn 26 years old (in French)
Reading length : +/- 4 minutes
Read if : you like beautiful personal texts written by young creative people Link to website of the post : www.vie-de-miettes.fr
- VIDEOBITS -
"Bon appétit" : French explained by an American
Where does the expression "bon appétit" come from ? (slow French with subs)
Length of episode : 2.5 minutes
Watch if : you'd like to know the proper way to use "Bon appétit" as it's one of those expressions that is used based on a lot of unspoken rules by nativesLink to Youtube channel : www.youtube.com/user/topitotv
"French moms" by Norman
What makes a French mom so special (French with subs)
Length of episode : 6 minutes
Watch if : you like funny French comedians like Cyprien or Gad ElmalehLink to Youtube channel : www.youtube.com/channel/UCww2zZWg4Cf5xcRKG-ThmXQ
- WORDBITS -
Translation : "We all have someone we love who lives too far away"
If you live abroad, and even for those who don't, then you certainly know this feeling of being too far from those you love, far from those who truly care about you. Well I bet you sometimes feel guilty for choosing to live somewhere else.
I think you may feel that way because that thought pops up in my mind from time to time. Did I make the right choice to leave my family and friends behind? Am I too absent from their lives, am I involved enough in what's happening to them and should I be more worried about their physical or mental health?
These are all difficult questions that are possibly impossible to answer "correctly", and we each need to deal with the effects of our choices. Understanding this was for some part what I believe helped me grow into a more responsible adult. So here goes my prompt for you :
Is moving away from your loved ones too high of a price to pay for you? If it isn't, what is a choice you've made that you sometimes doubt if it was the "right" thing to do?
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