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French lessons by FrantastiqueLearn 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.

   

Idées pour vivre ensemble

Idées pour vivre ensemble
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.

   

Imperfect Subjunctive

French imperfect subjunctiveThe imperfect subjunctive is a literary verb form, meaning that it's reserved for formal, written French - mainly literature, but also history and journalism.

   

Informal Pronouns

French informal pronounsPronoun 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 je

French inversionInversion 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.

   

   

Lawless French Immersion

Lawless French ImmersionFrench videoLove watching French videos but have trouble understanding them? Lawless French Immersion is perfect for independent students who need a bit of help when listening to French.

   

Les Misérables

Les Misérables
Read the first chapter of Victor Hugo's classic French novel Les Misérables, in French and English.

   

LingQ

LingQ
Learn and practice French vocabulary and listening at any level with LingQ, an online learning system and language community.

   

Listening Tips

French listening tips
Understanding spoken French is harder for some students than others. But unlike speaking, listening can be done on your own - whenever and wherever you like. Even so, the best way to practice isn't always obvious - here are some tips.

   

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary
Read the first few paragraphs of Gustave Flaubert's classic novel Madame Bovary, in French and English.

   

Matisse

Matisse
Learn about Matisse, the painter and sculptor who launched the Fauvism movement, in this video visit of the Centre Pompidou exhibition.

   

Ne littéraire

Ne littéraire - Formal French NegationIn formal, usually written French, there are certain verbs and constructions that can be made negative with just ne - the inclusion of pas or some other negative word is not required.

   

News in Slow French

News in Slow French
News in Slow French is a weekly podcast aimed at intermediate-level French students. Native speakers report current events at a reduced but not unnatural pace, making it easier for you to understand without being overloaded by rapid-fire French.

   

Optional Liaisons

French optional liaisonsSome liaisons in front of a vowel or h muet are optional, which means it up to you to decide whether to pronounce them. However, that decision matters: more liaisons means more formal speech, so obviously fewer liaisons means more informal, possibly even familiar speech.