French

Grammar

I’m sure there are a lot more resources out there, but I generally try to stick to one or two when it comes to grammar. I have the Basic French Grammar and Complete French Grammar workbooks and use the following sites as supplementary info:

Lawless French
My (free) grammar bible for now. It offers comprehensive summaries for most of the conjugations I’m learning right now, accompanied by clear, straightforward examples.

Français Avec Pierre
A Youtube channel that offers a wide variety of content targeted at French learners, including grammar lessons, vocabulary, expressions and insights on French culture. Overall, a great channel to start with!


Reading

Content for reading and listening – this is where I try to diversify and have as much fun as possible!

The Fable Cottage
Fully voiced fables and fairytales in French, completed with English translations that you can toggle on and off, and lovely, colourful illustrations. The narrator speaks slowly enough that even I, a lower immediate learner, have little trouble following.

The French Experiment
Crafted by the same creators, they have some stories that aren’t currently listed on the Fable Cottage. The stories follow a similar format – fully voiced, with optional translations.


Listening

Inner French
A literal god-send, Hugo offers podcasts and videos on various topics, from insights on French culture to thoughtful discourse on the process of language learning. He speaks clearly but not too slowly, which makes his content perfect for intermediate learners. The podcasts come with transcriptions, and the videos are captioned in both French and English.

Norman Fait Des Vidéos
He’s hilarious, and some of his videos come with CCs in both French and English. What’s not to love?

Le Grand JD
He makes videos on a wide range of topics – anything mysterious or interesting goes. Two of his latest videos are on freakishly looking, lesser known animals and supernatural stories. I find his videos really interesting to watch, and while they don’t come with subtitles, he pronounces things really clearly and he doesn’t speak too fast.

Anastesia
I love, love her voice. She speaks really softly, and there’s just something very soothing about listening to someone with a voice like that talk about books. I believe she majored in literature and she has a great series on french books and literature in general.

Natacha Birds
I found this channel through Anastesia’s recommendations, and I really love her videos. She makes all sorts (pretty much anything she wants, it seems), but my favourites are her storytelling ones, where she stitches together beautifully shot clips and narrates the whole thing with a voiceover. She can speak a little too fast sometimes, but her clear enunciation makes up for it – even Youtube’s auto-cc feature has little trouble catching up.


Other Content

King’s Quest
A graphic adventure game that comes in 5 episodes – the first one is free on steam. While it’s originally made in English, it’s also fully voiced in French, complete with French subtitles. The game is fun and easy to grasp (very little action, so it’s great for non-gamers – it works more like a storybook that you can click around on), with picturesque visuals and vivid language like that of fables and fairytales. The voice actors speak clearly and slowly, making it perfect for intermediate learners.

Street French
A Youtube channel that offer bite-sized videos on French culture, vocabulary and expressions. It’s run by a bilingual couple – Maya, a native Parisian with a lovely voice, and Charlie, an American who’s been learning French and living in France for many years. They offer really interesting insights on language learning and inter-cultural relationships from time to time as well!

French Hotteok
A lovely channel with a pretty niche audience – people who speak/are learning both French and Korean. It’s run by two friends, Somin, who’s French, and AJ, who’s Korean, and the videos are a mix of fun, informative videos on French and Korean, cute little French animations, and them trying to teach one another their own native tongue. All videos are subbed in French and Korean, which makes it perfect for people who are learning both – I often feel like I’m studying two languages at the same time just by watching them. Their chemistry is amazing, as well, which really makes the unlikely combination of French and Korean work.


Miscellaneous

Collins French-English Dictionary
I’m using the Collins dictionary for now and so far it’s served me pretty well.

Linguee
It has huge pool of natural sentences that are great for learning vocabulary in context. It’s my go-to whenever I find myself struggling to word something, or wondering about the natural way to express a certain idea.

Reverso Context
I use it interchangeably with Linguee. You need to pay to full access its library of sentences and I’m still trying to decide whether or not it’ll be worth it as I’m generally not a fan of subscriptions.

Forvo
Pretty much the only form of pronunciation guide I have right now, since I’m not taking any formal lessons.

Language Learning with Netflix
An awesome google extension that lets you watch netflix with bilingual subtitles. Click here to see my review on it!