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Not exactly a series per se, but I found "Qui veut gagner des millions?" to be very interesting to watch to improve my own French. The questions (and answers) are comparable to the English version, with say 50% being cultural (which I mostly hadn't a clue on, but learned a lot from) and 50% being general knowledge (which I knew or could guess at in English), ...


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This may sound obvious, but avoid translated movies/series - pick ones which are natively in French. There aren't that much of French series, though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_television_series. I'd probably recommend starting with animated series, being targeted at children the langage may be easier. The "Once upon a time..." (Il était une ...


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This may be off-topic (downvote if you think so!) but I think books are just as useful for learning a language as movies, if not more so. I especially recommend the Harry Potter series, for the following reasons: It was written for children, so it's fairly easy to understand, especially the first two books. It's very long (the English version is about ...


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I don't think the case you describe is a translation to begin with. When translating a work of art for a different speaking country than the author's, yes, we would have an attempt of translation, good or bad. Here, in the case of a commercial product, the choice of the foreign version's title has almost nothing to do with the purpose of being faithful to ...


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While I was on it, I looked more generally: In France, using English expressions is so "hype". 7 examples of titles "translation" remaining in english (more examples among the comments) 15 titres de films en anglais traduits … en anglais – topito In Quebec, French is serious business so they always translate the title, even if it doesn't mean ...


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In French, the phrase bad trip is used to describe a bad experience as a consequence of the consumption of drugs or alcohol. Gueule de bois doesn't imply any negative connotation over what happened the night before, and only relates to alcohol, not drugs in general. According to the French article in Wikipedia, the title was inspired by another movie with a ...


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Here are some observations while learning French. The French spoken by native French is very fast. For beginners its very hard to catch up. Also the pronunciation is not always clear or sometimes there is no distinction between two words. As our brain is not trained yet for these sound patterns, for beginners its hard to understand. For beginners, I would ...


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If you're fairly new to French, then I'd suggest you try watching easier French films with English subtitles on them. You want something that doesn't have a lot of slang (argot) in them. Comedy films often work well, as do quite a few RomComs. There are loads of films in this category that you can watch, so your easiest way is probably just to watch out for ...



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