Ressources pour apprendre ou améliorer son français.

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What movies or TV series can I use to improve my French?

Watching movies or TV series are very helpful in learning a language. What such movies or series (french ones, of course) is recommended for a new learner? This is what I experienced in learning ...
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Are there good online resources for the easy translations?

Given that site policy is veering away from 'simple' translations (if such a thing exists!), which on-line resources would you advise people to use?
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Are there good tools for learning to speak French?

I'm a newcomer to France, I've have never had a formal education in French at school (being raised in South Africa), and i'm really trying to improve my French by: Taking lessons once a week, ...
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Oxford 3000 for French

“The Oxford 3000” (PDF listing) is a selection of the 3000 most frequently used words in English. If you know them, you can understand the meaning of more than 80% of the words in a general text. Is ...
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Free online resources for beginner course [closed]

Along the lines of the same question on German Language & Usage, what are good, free online resources for an English speaker to learn French properly from scratch? Ideally, important areas such ...
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Dans quel ordre enseigner le français ?

Mon petit-ami irlandais essaie de réapprendre le français et je me suis fait une mission de l'aider. Je suis italienne mais je suis née et j'ai vécu au Luxembourg, donc je le parle assez couramment ...
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Lack of phonetic transcriptions in French & Audio Dictionaries with Prononciations

When I was learning English, every dictionary that I ever came across with, had a phonetic transcription, so I could easily understand how the word is pronounced. For example, phonetic transcription ...
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Français d'Afrique

J'aimerais beaucoup lire un livre relativement général (pas forcément en français, d'ailleurs) sur le français d'Afrique. Je suis ouvert à des choses assez différentes (livre d'introduction générale, ...
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Where could I find “simple French novels”? [closed]

When I was learning English, there were some “simple English novels”, for example, “Désirée's diary”, or “treasure island”, that is, some classic novels, was modified to a simpler version, with ...
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Books for intermediate French-learners, similar to “Le petit prince” [closed]

I've been learning French for a while. Le Petit Prince is at just the right reading difficulty, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Are there other books similar to this? I'm looking for a novel: ...
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Corpus français (modernes et historiques) / Modern and older French corpora

La mention par Gilles du corpus français de l'université de Leipzig, dont j'ignorais l'existence, me fait poser cette question : quels sont les corpus (corpora ?) français accessibles en ligne, qui ...
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Is there any textbook based on the natural method? [closed]

Question: Is there any textbook for learing French that are based on the natural method? What's the natural method, you say? It is a method of learning the language like a child would, that is the ...
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Is there any video or audio with accurate subtitles or transcripts?

I'm looking for audio or video in French that is accurately transcribed. Preferably, a series or podcast with multiple chapters. Right now I go to youtube, type in a word in French and filter by ...
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Are there any good online resources for English/French parallel reading?

I am (re-)learning French and would like to grow my vocabulary and contextual grammar by reading the same texts in parallel. I know there is a couple of books that do English and French stories side ...
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Is Rosetta Stone effective at teaching French?

I will be learning French for a cycling trip that I will be taking a year from today and am wondering how far into the French language I will be able to get with the Rosetta Stone software. I am ...
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Comment trouver la signification d'un mot que j'ai entendu ?

Parfois, il m'arrive d'entendre un mot que je ne connais pas. Naturellement je ne sais pas comment il est écrit. Comment je peux faire pour trouver ce mot, juste en connaissant à peu près sa sonorité ...
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Are there any sites dedicated to having French subtitles for French films?

I see a lot of French subs for English shows but finding French subs for French media has been difficult. Does France not provide subs for hard of hearing people? Anyone know of any sites that have ...
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Existe-t-il un dictionnaire anglais-français de termes techniques?

Je dois parfois traduire de l'anglais au français des offres d'emplois qui sont techniques (dans le domaine logiciel), et j'aimerais pouvoir utiliser un ouvrage de référence pour confirmer certains ...
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Learning French to follow some mathematics texts

It is slowly being felt by me that learning French will give me access to the rich mathematical literature of France. I will be obliged if someone would please refer me to a source or book where I can ...
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Downloadable French dictionary

I've been searching for a while for finding a French-to-French dictionary and I found nothing. Is there any good such dictionary? Note: I want to use it on my laptop like longman, I do not need any ...
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Where can I find a online resource for assessing French proficiency or vocabulary?

I sometimes organize French language study group meetups. A serious problem is that people show up a wide spread of competencies. Successful study groups do best when most of the people are at a ...
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French language videos for an absolute beginner (free)?

I am trying to learn French. Can anyone suggest videos where you can learn French for free? A brief search throws up videos from Americans who have studied French for only a couple years. I am trying ...
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Comment étudier le français tout seul ?

Mon niveau est presque B1-B2. J'ai un bon vocabulaire (mais il pourrait certainement être meilleur), je me débrouille pas mal dans la compréhension, mais j'ai quelque soucis avec l’orthographe et la ...
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Radio or podcasts for French language learners?

I'm looking for some French radio (preferably available online) which is good for French language learners. Not necessarily for beginners or learners specifically (though don't mind to get ...
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List of French minimal pairs

I'm searching for a comprehensive list of minimal pairs in the French language. At best a list that contains minimal pairs for all possible combination of phonemes. Can you point me to a resource? ...
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Existe-t-il un site où l'on peut recevoir critiques et corrections pour ses écrits ?

Connaissez-vous un site où l'on pourrait publier ses écrits et puis avoir des critiques et des corrigés par la communauté ?
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Learn French from music — resources?

I am looking for resources for learning French from music. (Not just adequate music, but the totality of resources, like written French Lyrics, translation, English version etc.)
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Quelle est l'origine des phrases qui sont écrites sous forme abrégée dans les SMS ?

Je me suis rendu compte qu'il y a quelques phrases (sous forme abrégée) qui sont utilisées dans les SMS. Quelle est l'origine de ces phrases ? Est-ce qu'il y a une entreprise ou un groupe qui les ...
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French school ebooks to download

Je suis un étudiant de français langue étrangère, et j'utilise une nouvelle méthode pour apprendre cette langue. Avec cette nouvelle méthode, j'apprends à lire en premier, donc écouter, puis écrire, ...
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Histoire du français

Je suis tombé sur cette vidéo aujourd'hui. Et je voulais savoir s'il existait une vidéo du genre pour la langue française ou s'il existait au moins une page web de référence sur l'origine et ...
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Online French dictionary for mathematics

I am reading a book and several papers in mathematics which are in French. Sometimes I have problems in translating (understanding) some words or phrases. I am looking for some online (or ...
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Is there a resource showing conjugation of French verbs together with a pronunciation of all forms of the verb?

I am looking for some resource (book/website/...) that, for any french verb, would show me not only how to conjugate it, but also how to pronounce individual forms of the verb. For a chosen french ...
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How would I check for vulgar meanings of words..?

I just stumbled across the verb 'venir' - to come. I was wondering if it had a similar set of meanings as it would in English (to come to some place, and also to orgasm). Are these translations ...
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Any recommendations for online radios for beginners? [closed]

I listen to french podcasts while driving and it helps me a lot but when I am not driving like when I am at work I'd rather listen to radio, any online French radios that is a mix of music and talk ...
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Where can I find large French texts in .txt format ?

I need to download a long roman/novel in .txt format as a reference so that I can analyze it for some kinda of concordance and finding phrases that I can use as examples. By this way I can improve my ...
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Advanced french for business and customer service

I did French till high school and I can speak relatively well but with an accent and a lack of fluidity with words. I will starting a new customer-facing role dealing with IT projects and I ...
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French grammar resources without technical grammar terminology

I'm a beginning learner and I'm looking for recommendations on a book or site with super-simple to understand French grammar rules. The thing is a lot of sources say stuff like "like an infinitive in ...
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Où trouver des sources fiables sur les gentilés ?

Il n’est pas rare de se demander comment on appelle les habitants d’une ville, d’une région, d’un pays, … Or, contrairement à d’autres langues, le français connaît peu de règles en la matière. On ...
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Améliorer mon français pour obtenir une maîtrise en droit

Je voudrais trouver des vidéos pour améliorer mon français (obtenir un niveau universitaire). J'ai besoin d'améliorer mon écriture en particulier. Je compte faire une maîtrise en droit et j'ai peur de ...
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Y a-t-il un équivalent de vocabulary.com en français?

Vocabulary.com est un site incroyable qui personnalise un programme d'apprentissage de vocabulaire pour les anglophones de tous niveaux, de niveau débutant jusqu'à niveau très avancé. Y a-t-il ...
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Learning a bit of French with not much time

A native English speaker who I follow on twitter, who's speaking (in English) at a programming conference in Paris tweeted What's the best way to learn a tiny bit of French in a week? A week in ...
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French word list with genders

I have been looking for a list of French nouns with corresponding gender for a machine learning experiment. So far I've only found lists of words without gender, or small lists including gender mostly ...
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Ressources pour décortiquer et éplucher des tournures idiomatiques

Je me hasarde à dépister une ressource ou un dictionnaire français, soit sur Internet soit téléchargeable, qui discourt de et expose le dessein, la genèse, la structure, voire l'intuition, des ...
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Les nouvelles en français avec les transcriptions

Pour améliorer ma compétence d'écoute, je voudrais suivre les nouvelles en français. Ainsi, je cherche une chaîne qui fournit la transcription pour l'audio et la vidéo. Jusqu'à présent, je n'ai pu ...
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Good and simple book series for beginners like Oxford Bookworms series

As an English learner, I found Oxford "Bookworms series" and "Dominoes" very useful to enhance my reading skill and my English vocabulary. For example, about Bookworms series, each book in the series ...
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A good iOS app to learn Medieval French

Any advice for someone who wants to get started on Medieval French? I would like to hear about some suggestions.
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French word families

Does anyone know of a website or book on French language word families, something along the line of Howard Keller's German Word Family Dictionary? I'm interested in French word roots and the verbs, ...
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Recommended grammar textbook for self-study

There are French grammar textbooks written in my native language. However, most of them are either too simple (containing not enough information) or too hard (contain many information but less ...
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Y a-t-il des émissions françaises qui ne sont pas trop difficiles ?

Je prends AP French Language & Culture et je ne peux pas écouter le français sans difficulté. Les émissions d'actualité de tv5monde sont d'un bon niveau pour moi mais je cherche d'autres émissions ...
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Why don't French dictionaries show all conjugations?

I checked Dictionnaire de l'académie française, and found they don't show all conjugation when they explain être: Je suis, tu es, il est ; nous sommes, vous êtes, ils sont. J'étais. Je fus. ...