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I have just started to learn French with a private tutor. I have a little previous knowledge and I am looking for resources of short stories (in beginner level) so I can practice in my free time.

Can someone refer me to easy reading material (pdf, site, etc.)?

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Start by having a look at Bonjour de France. They have some reading material (on top of the boring grammar exercises). Knowing your age group (child/teenager/student or adult) might help us to find suitable material. –  Laure Jul 10 '14 at 18:42
Thanks. adult. Though the content is not important. –  rails Jul 10 '14 at 18:45

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I suggest reading news - loads of them. TV5, Canoe, Radio Canada, Figaro, Le Monde - from anywhere.

Also, you can find many ebooks in French for free on Amazon:


But as you - just like me - are still a beginner I don't think those ebooks are a good call.

I am afraid I don't know any other online material but I did find some interesting books for French learners in a local bookstore. They are obviously not free and they are written in "easy French" if you like. Basically they took some novels from French literature, such as Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon, and made them easier to read. Perhaps these ones are a good call for you - personally I find them great:


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Thanks. And how about reading material? –  rails Jul 10 '14 at 21:23
IDK many online reading material TBH but I have augmented my response to include few references. Hope it helps. –  cldjr Jul 11 '14 at 0:34
@cldjr: Other questions are asking for video, audio, or online ressources, you can move parts of your answers there. I'm sure it will be useful. –  Stéphane Gimenez Jul 11 '14 at 8:44
@StéphaneGimenez yup, good idea. Did not pay attention to what he'd asked and started writing all that. Will scatter those resources info across various questions. Thanks. –  cldjr Jul 12 '14 at 19:00

Ressources de lecture FLE (Français Langues Étrangère) accessibles gratuitement sur internet.

Bonjour de France
Voir les sections :
- Histoire de la Francophonie (niveau avancé seulement)
- Civilisation Française (de débutant à avancé)

Polar FLE
Une histoire policière accompagnées d'exercices de compréhension qui s'adresse aux personnes qui veulent se perfectionner en français langue étrangère. Vous pouvez sélectionner votre niveau à chaque étape de l'enquête (de niveau débutant à avancé). Un pré requis de 50 h. de français langue seconde est demandé.
Des explications préalables sont données en allemand, anglais et espagnol

Beaucoup de ressources pour l'apprentissage du français langue étrangère, des informations bien sûr, mais aussi des jeux, etc...
Pour trouver de la lecture il faut aller dans la rubrique langue française.
Par exemple :
- Des légendes canadiennes
- Les expressions imagées d'Archibald
- Lettres d'Haïti
- Les fables de La Fontaine

Sur le site américain EdHelper (pour enfants débutants) on trouve de très courts passages de lecture dans la section French Daily Reading

Il était une histoire
Des histoires, des contes, des anecdotes à lire et à écouter pour les enfants.

Culture Française
Le site d'un professeur de FLE qui a mis en ligne de petits textes de lecture très courts.

Des contes à lire
Pour les enfants (mais pas forcément faciles)

1- Don't hesitate to ping me on chat if explanations in English are needed.
2- This is a community wiki to be completed by everyone who feels like it.

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