Gifts for French Lovers

Gifts for French lovers
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Cadeaux pour les Francophiles

Wondering what to buy for the French lover on your list? Check out these ideas ranging from fanciful to practical – at least one is sure to thrill your favorite Francophile.
 

The gift of France

Eiffel TowerA Trip to France

What could be better for a Francophile than a trip to France? Check his or her schedule and then start shopping for plane tickets and hotel reservations.

French festivals: Fête de la musique | Fête de l’olivier | Nice Carnaval
 

Paris from Above

If a real trip to France is out of the question, how about a virtual one? Take a look at this breath-taking collection of aerial photographs of Paris.
 

Starry Night by Vincent Van GoghFrench Posters

And of course, you can’t go wrong with a poster of a beautiful monument, favorite region, or beloved painting.

More: Travel and culture articles | Travel French lessons


The gift of French learning

Learn French in GuadeloupeHomestay immersion in Guadeloupe

If your Francophile loves beaches and tropical weather, a month or two studying French in Guadeloupe would be an ideal gift.
 

Progress with Lawless French

A subscription to my co-branded site Progress with Lawless French includes weekly writing challenges and dictées, an interactive Brainmap, unlimited kwizzes, and infinite learning potential! Buy your favorite Francophile a PwLF voucher or learn more.
 

Bon Usage 2017Le Bon Usage

The bible of French grammar – the most thorough French grammar book that exists. It has been republished more than a dozen times and is a must for fluent speakers. This is the book that native speakers refer to when they want to understand or explain some aspect of French grammar. (French only)

More: French grammar lessons | French learning tips and tools


The gift of French vocabulary

Grand RobertLe Grand Robert

For a French lover, particularly one who loves words, there can be no gift better than Le Grand Robert, a veritable encyclopedia of the French language. This single CD-ROM replaces 6 enormous books: 100,000 words and 325,000 quotations, in an attractive and easy-to-use interface. The detailed definition for each entry includes pronunciation, etymology, historical uses, register, regionalities, and examples from literary and historical sources, and everything is hypertexted so that you can jump from one word to another. This is the dictionary that native speakers rely on, and what I recommend whole-heartedly for everyone, particularly advanced and fluent French speakers. (French only)
 

Le Grand LarousseLe Grand Larousse illustré

A combination French dictionary and encyclopedia in beautiful full color. The 178,000 definitions are shorter and more accessible than their Grand Robert counterparts. Purchasing the hardcover book gives you access to the internet version. (French only)

More: French vocabulary lessons


The gift of French pronunciation

The 38 Elemental Sounds of French

Online series of webinars will help you improve your French pronunciation and listening comprehension with 6 hours of video lectures.
 

Savoir Dire

An in-depth analysis of each French letter and sound with corresponding listening exercises; a comparison of American English and French sounds; and explanations of French rhythm, silent letter patterns, and much more. (book and online sound files)

More: French pronunciation


The gift of French linguistics

The Story of French

This is a definitive analysis of French as it is spoken around the world. An in-depth, compelling, and above all affectionate look at the language of love, The Story of French should be required reading for all Francophiles.
 

Le français dans tous les sens

A fascinating book about the French language – where words come from, why they are spelled the way they are, how French is spoken in different countries around the world – learn all this and more. (French only)

More: French linguistics | French spelling


The gift of French fun

French Magnetic Poetry

A fun little tool for learning and practicing French on your refrigerator or locker.
Learn more:  Magnetic poetry
Buy it:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk
 

Trivial Pursuit – French Edition

Team up to play Trivial Pursuit in French.

More: French fun and games


The gift of French that keeps on giving

FluentU videos

Vast collection of subscription-based, real-life video content for all levels, including news, music, and movie previews. Each FluentU video includes captions, translation, and the option to click any word for its definition and example sentences. Subscribe to FluentU.
 

Think French audiomagazine

A subscription to the online Think French audiomagazine offers 12 monthly issues packed with articles on a variety of subjects related to France and other francophone countries, including travel, history, news, culture, interviews, book and movie reviews, recipes, and idiomatic expressions, plus access to the archives. Guaranteed to keep your favorite Francophile happy for a year or more! Subscribe or learn more.
 

Yabla - French videosYabla videos

Yabla French is a subscription site with a massive collection of original videos featuring native speakers to help you learn and practice French at any level. Its state-of-the-art dictation tool alone is worth the price of admission. Purchase a gift card or learn more.

More: French listening | French videos
 

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The gift of French subscription boxes

Purchase one of these French-themed box subscriptions to delight your Francophile month after month.

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