Work on your French listening comprehension with this funny video by a French teen.
Some French consonants have two different pronunciations due to a pronunciation feature called assimilation.
Practice is the key to improving your French, and just 15 minutes a day on some kind of French activity can make a huge difference. Check out these ideas and draw up your own schedule.
The DALF C1 will test you on the four language skills in French: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Here's some info about what to expect as well as tips on how to prepare for the test.
Learn a bit about teaching French as a second language while working on your own language skills.
Learn about the official French proficiency tests: DILF, DELF, and DALF.
In many words the letter e is potentially silent, a characteristic which has three French names: e caduc
, e instable
, and e muet
. Though e muet
is the most common term, e instable
is the most accurate.
If you have trouble with French pronunciation and/or listening comprehension, The 38 Elemental Sounds of French
is just what you need: a webinar series by Idahosa Ness.
Learn French by following the adventures of Victor Hugo as he explores the Francophone universe. The humorous videos and comics are suitable for post-beginners aged 15 and up, and include a variety of accents as well as slang.
Ideas collected from kids on how to live well with each other. The grammar and vocab are fairly simple, but the young narrator speaks quickly, so it's great listening practice.
The imperfect subjunctive is a literary verb form, meaning that it's reserved for formal, written French - mainly literature, but also history and journalism.
Pronoun usage and pronunciation varies greatly between formal and informal French. Much of what you learn at school is formal and doesn't reflect how French is actually spoken. If you want to sound more French in informal situations—not to mention understand what you hear—you need to be aware of these pronoun differences.
Inversion with the first person singular je
is a little trickier than with other subject pronouns. It's also very formal and therefore rare, so one of those grammar concepts you need to recognize but not necessarily use.
Listen and laugh as you work on your French listening comprehension.
Read the first chapter of Victor Hugo's classic French novel Les Misérables
, in French and English.