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Reading in French: A Student's Guide to Francophone Literature & Language Learning

Digital Resources for French Language Learning

Muller, T. Paris moderne. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Some of the best digital resources for French are those that include audio. Listening to French spoken by native speakers is one of the most essential aspects of French language learning. Today students are lucky to have a wealth of videos freely available. Again, variety is key: listen to news in French, YouTube videos; follow social media accounts that interest you, listen to audio books in French while you read. If you're an advanced French speaker finding resources is relatively easy. There has been a recent explosion of popular French online streaming series available to US audiences. Suggestions include: Lupin (Lupin) starring the charismatic Omar Sy, Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent) a comedy staring Camille Cottin, Bonfire of Destiny (Le Bazar de la Charité), Baron noir, Maison close, Un village français staring Audrey Fleurot, Engrenages, and Plus belle la vie. Keep in mind the mature themes in many of these series are not suitable for minors. Even if you are still learning it is essential to hear French spoken by native speakers to get a feel for the language and the visual context and verbal intonation can help with comprehension. Increasing the variety of material will help students get a more authentic understanding of French culture. Below you will find cultural institutions and organizations that can be helpful, news sites, and a curated list of online resources for language study. Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque national has some great resources on French Literature in general, and on "Les Feuilletons". The goal is to find something that interests and engages you, so you are more likely to read it for fun.

French Cultural Institutions

Internet News Sites: Newspapers

Online French Language Resources