Learn French with French Cafe


Don't forget to visit Jean-Louis' page for more French language resources! (Click here)
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---All Levels---


1) If you are stuck on a word, you can get help from ALEXANDRIA, the most powerful translation dictionary available online. Just select the source and target languages (for example French => English) among more than 22 languages! ALEXANDRIA also provides full conjugations (click on "conjugation" on top of the result page).
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO GO TO Alexandria.


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2) WORDREFERENCE.COM is an excellent translation dictionary which is interactively coupled with a powerful forum, where users (registration is free) discuss the translations of thousands of expressions and phrases. You can post your own requests and help others with their linguistic problems. Conjugations are also available.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO GO TO Wordreference.com


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---Beginner Level---

1) In this suspenseful detective story, you step into the shoes of Lucas, a British journalist, who wakes up one day in a Parisian hotel with a package containing 20,000 Euros and mysterious instructions from a stranger called Nadia. Investigate and learn French with the help of the audio material, the scripts, the exercises and the quizzes. CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO START.
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2) In this other adventure, you play the role of Eva, a young woman who gets involved in a secret mission to save the French republic from an elusive and dangerous enemy. Learn French as you follow her in her frantic chase through Paris and its darkest historical landmarks. Complete with bilingual audio, scripts, vocabulary, grammar, and quizzes. CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO START.



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3) This French course is organized around 36 everyday communicative situations and will help you get by in French, from asking for directions and ordering at the restaurant to buying clothes. Each theme is illustrated by short dialogues, with grammar, quizzes and very useful speaking and writing exercises where you can play the part of the characters in the dialogues. CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO START.





4) The following links from Earworms Rapid Languages will open two cool phrase booklets with over 200 short sentences and expressions each, which accompany the "Rapid" audio methods sold by the company. The booklets are free (in PDF format) and you can save them to your computer!

Click on the picture below to open the first booklet:


Click on the picture below to open the second booklet:

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---Intermediate Level---

1) This comprehensive course is structured around 72 short videos categorized in 24 everyday life subjects. Complete with bilingual subtitles, full transcripts, extensive vocabulary lists, grammar explanations and interactive exercises and games! CLICK ON THE PICTURE.


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2) This page will help you improve your French vocabulary. Choose a subject and a page ("Fiche"), and match the pictures with the correct translation. Choose "French" in the home menu to start. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.


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3) Listen to Radio France Internationale's news in simplified French, and read the complete script of each newscast! The page also contains links to short interviews and sound bites about French culture.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE.




4) Frenchpodcasts.com is a website full of free French podcasts about various, real-life topics, presented in the form of conversations or interviews with native speakers at normal speed. In addition, full transcripts and English translation are provided! This is a great website that will help you improve your listening comprehension skill. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW.


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---High-intermediate Level---

1) This page presents short articles in French about European and French-speaking cultures, but also about more general topics, such as health, politics and the environment. Each article comes with audio, some vocabulary, grammar explanations, and exercises. Further reading is suggested through links to French-speaking media. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.





2) French is a much more demonstrative language than English. There are many gestures and facial expressions which carry very specific meanings and communicate powerful and instant messages. Explore these 45 gestures commonly used in French, and don't hesitate to ask for more explanations or even for a little demonstration at one of our French Café meetups! :) CLICK ON THE PICTURE.





3) This is a charming blog which is perfect for French practice. A small slice of a Frenchwoman's day in France and in French, each blog entry is a well-written, almost literary text, and comes with audio! Just right-click on "POD" next to the title of a post and make sure that your open the audio link in a separate window, so as to be able to listen to the author and read the text at the same time. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.


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---Advanced Level---

1) Le fait du jour presents excerpts of Radio France Internationale's newscast in simplified French (see #3 in the Intermediate section) with multiple choice exercises. This is a great way to improve your listening skills while staying in touch with international and French news. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.


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2) Zoom.in is the largest producer of online video-news in Europe. Choose daily among 120 short videos to get the latest news in national (French) and international news, economy, sport, culture, music, cinema, celebrity gossip and more! CLICK ON THE PICTURE.


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3) Forget about clichés and watch how the French see themselves and the world with the daily 8 pm newscast of France 2, the French national channel. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.




4) Watch the daily newscast of TV5 Monde, the international french-speaking channel. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.


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5) Swear and gripe like the French and never lose an argument again with this extensive collection of slang expressions and phrases. Sentences are put into context and come with full audio. CLICK ON THE PICTURE.



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