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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 FranceParis 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.
And of course, you can’t go wrong with a poster of a beautiful monument, favorite region, or beloved painting.
The gift of French learning
If your Francophile loves beaches and tropical weather, a month or two studying French in Guadeloupe would be an ideal gift.
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.
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)
The gift of French vocabulary
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)
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)
The gift of French pronunciation
Online series of webinars will help you improve your French pronunciation and listening comprehension with 6 hours of video lectures.
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)
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The gift of French linguistics
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.
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)
The gift of French fun
Team up to play Trivial Pursuit in French.
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The gift of French that keeps on giving
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.
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 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.
The gift of French subscription boxes
Purchase one of these French-themed box subscriptions to delight your Francophile month after month.
- Beauty and fashion
- Bilingual stories for kids
- Gourmet and lifestyle products
- Painting Paris