You're about to read the 4th 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.
I've already written a post about Which French teacher will help you improve but this is a new series that will list new French bits and pieces that I found valuable.
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 -
Le test du Marshmallow : Les topos
What connects marshmallows to success in life? (in intermediate French)
Length of episode : 5 minutes
Listen if : you're interested in what makes a person successful (or not) in life or you thought the title was intriguing. It's very interesting philosophically speaking!
Link to podcast channel : www.mercialfred.com/topos
3 minutes pour comprendre l'actu
"L'incroyable histoire des disparus des Diablerets" (miscellaneous news)
Link to podcast episode : www.rtl.fr/actu/societe-faits-divers/l-incroyable-histoire-des-disparus
Topics : French culture, Local news
Length of episode : 4 minutes
Listen if : you're interested in miscellaneous news and discoveries or you're kind of a beginner at listening to authentic French material
Link to more short French news : www.rtl.fr/emission/trois-minutes-pour-comprendre
- TEXTBITS -
"Avant, j'étais Française" says Léa
A French teacher writes about her cultural identity crisis after moving abroad
Reading length : +/- 7 minutes
Read if : you'd like to read about the perspective of a French who lived abroad multiple times, what she learned about cultural differences and how she grew through that experience. This is a beautifully written post that I recommend reading! Link to website of the post : www.leacafe.org
Why do Americans smile so much?
Merci Alfred investigates the cultural origins of this "weird" habit (in French)
Reading length : +/- 5 minutes
Read if : you'd like to be in touch with a bit of French humor or you're curious about the historical origins of the bright smile North-Americans use on a daily basis. Link to website of the post : www.mercialfred.com
- VIDEOBITS -
Avez-vous déjà vu? : Mini tv series
"Un crime pas parfait du tout" will make you smile or even laugh (French)
Length of episode : 40 seconds
Watch if : you're just starting with French comprehension or you'd like to learn with short yet fun little bits of French humor.
Tout est vrai (ou presque) : Omar Sy
Omar Sy's life explained with small objects and humor (slow French)
Length of episode : 3 minutes
Watch if : you'd like to hear Omar Sy's (almost real) biography or you're trying to practice with intermediate to advanced French materialLink to video playlist : www.arte.tv/toutestvrai
- WORDBITS -
"What matters isn't who will let me go ; it's who will try to stop me"
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Let's talk about what it means to be brave. Does it mean doing what you think is right even when your surrounding says you shouldn't (like this quote implies)? Or is it about acting on what you believe is the right choice even when you're afraid of the consequences for yourself and others?
Well first of all I don't think being brave is what people call "being a hero". We all act in a certain way because we decide that it's the best choice we can make, or because we're afraid on going on a different, more difficult path. But most of us aren't trying to live like in a movie trying to do the right thing at all costs even if it means self-sacrifice.
What I do is usually dictated by my principles, my responsibilities and my past experience in life, sometimes I use intuition and other times logic. To me, being brave does not mean being fearless. It means choosing the difficult path no matter what because you know it's the one that will benefit you most and the people you love.
What about you : is being brave the opposite of being a coward? When do you feel you're being brave and what matters most to you in the end? Is it about what will be in your way or what will help you grow and be a better person?
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