From France for learners of French
Regular French listening practice is an essential part of developing your ear and improving your comprehension, and the French audiomagazine Bien-Dire is an excellent tool that can help you do just that. Published in France, this bi-monthly, 52-page magazine includes articles written for every level of French, from elementary to advanced. The features range in length from a paragraph to several pages and cover a wide variety of topics related to French culture, history, and politics. Here are some of the articles from the mars-avril 2014 issue (nº 93):
- Anne Hidalgo / NKM – la bataille de Paris
- La nouvelle loi sur le congé parental
- L’Occitane – la beauté « made in Provence »
- Verlaine et Rimbeau – poètes éternels
- Patrick Laurent, manadier
- L’Aveyron, terre d’émotions
- En voiture – règles de circulation
- La nature en partage
- Les puces de Saint-Ouen
Other features are infos, devinettes, three types of vocabulary lessons (qu’est-ce que c’est ?, les 10 mots, comment dire), interviews, reviews, quizzes, and recipes. Each feature is rated by difficulty as A2 to C2* and includes a vocabulary list.
The one-hour audio CD includes about 2/3 of the the issue’s features read by native speakers, as well as pronunciation exercises and an unscripted conversation that touches on many of the topics from that issue of the magazine.
Bien-Dire Plus is an optional online (desktop, tablet, smartphone) component that includes a series of interactive exercises for each issue of the magazine, delveing more deeply into that issue’s topics. The exercises are again rated by level of difficulty and cover the four French skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. There are also « bonus prof » with tips and additional exercises for teachers using Bien-Dire in the classroom.
You can subscribe to Bien-Dire from anywhere in the world (shipping is an extra €15 / year outside of Europe), and there are discounts for long-term and group subscriptions.
No matter your level of French, Bien-Dire is an outstanding product that can help you improve your listening and reading comprehension, increase your vocabulary, and better understand French news and culture all at the same time.