French novels you can read at an intermediate level

French immersion
Reading in French can feel quite intimidating and if you don't pick a novel at an appropriate level for you, it will feel overwhelming. If you don't enjoy it, chances are you will give up but it's worth making an effort to overcome the first hurdles and to start getting used to reading in French. I've curated a short list of contemporary authors and French novels you can start reading at an intermediate level. In this post, let's find out the many benefits, like how you will stop translating in your head before you speak, and how to get started. Choose the books wisely I'd like to share with you my personal experience with English.The first book I read was Harry Potter. I assumed it would be easy because it…
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French reading intermediate level: shorter alternatives to novels

French immersion
French reading at intermediate level can be complicated. When we're writing we usually use a wider variety of vocabulary and more complex sentences. You probably haven't been exposed much while you were learning French unless you've studied at post-secondary level. However, if you want to reach an advanced level and enjoy the richness of French literature (and even classic movies) you take the plunge and dive into pieces written in French. I know I focus a lot on test preparation but we all need to take a break from studying sometimes. Reading is a great way to stay immersed in the language while enjoying a relaxing time. The following list focuses on shorter pieces of content to get you started and keep your motivation up as you notice your progress!…
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French conjugation rules: the big picture

Exam preparation: pass the DELF, DALF, TEF and TCF!, Understand French grammar
Strategy for learning French conjugation rules French conjugation rules are complex but the more you stress about it, the less proficient and fluent you become. Then it's a vicious circle fueling your insecurity in French. I believe with a methodic and stress-free approach, you can finally get a good understanding of the foundations of French conjugations. Read til the end and dowload my visual guides about the past tenses (relationship between imparfait/passé composé/plus-que-parfait), the conditional and the subjunctive. Finally, add a lot of focused practice (listening and speaking) and you'll start to have an instinctive feel for what sounds right. Let's see focus on the steps it takes to become fluent with the conjugations. How to chunk down the French conjugation rules Here are 4 things to keep in mind…
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DELF writing exam: how to prepare (DELF, DALF, TEF, TCF)

Exam preparation: pass the DELF, DALF, TEF and TCF!
Summary- French exams: what you are really tested on- How to write a French essay- Why it's important to structure your texts and use logical connectors- How having structure lowers the stress level- Why work with a coach to prepare an exam- 4 typical outlines to write a French essay The DELF writing exam and the oral presentation can seem like daunting tasks but with good preparation, you can succeed! There's one thing to keep in mind when you're taking a French test like DELF, DALF, TCF or TEF. You're evaluated both on the "mechanical" quality of your language (grammar, spelling, pronunciation) AND your ability to express your point of view. The following advice work both for the writing and oral tasks. As you move further up the levels (B2,…
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Speak French fluently: first, learn to manage your stress

Stressless French Learning
You're dreaming of a time when you'll be able to speak French fluently but every time you open your mouth you freeze. You also seem to forget words you've learnt. Stress can be paralyzing and it's hard to get out of "panic mode". Let's look at 3 ways to "lift the fog" that's slowing your brain down and preventing you from speaking to the best of your beat abilities. You'll notice that all 3 ways invite you to reconnect with your body and use some kind of mouvement. As with everything, you need practice so I'm including some activities for you to experiment and find techniques that might work for you. Try each one a few times (2-3 a week) for a short period of time over the course of…
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How understanding the connection between your brain and body will help you improve your French

Stressless French Learning
It will help you in 3 ways at least. #1: At any moment, bring the tension down Speaking a foreign language is stressful so it's important to practice some techniques to be able to bring the tension down and not let your emotions take control. When you start to feel the panic rise, it's comforting to know you have at least 2 or 3 techniques up your sleeve to make it go away. And if the techniques require nothing but your own body (like breathing and visualisation), you know you can apply them wherever and whenever you need. #2: Bring back focus to your conscious brain Once your mind is cleared of that stress-generated fog, your conscious brain can stay in control of things and learn efficiently. Whatever it's confronted with will be analysed,…
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Songs to practice French

French immersion
When you need to take a break from studying but still want to immerse yourself in the French language, why not put on some music? It's a great way to learn new French words, to practice pronunciation and listening comprehension. I've selected mostly clips with lyrics so you can sing along. There's a variety of old and new songs, different styles of music. Find the ones you prefer and then follow Youtube's suggestions to find more songs you like!
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Step 3: How to speak French with confidence

Speak French with Confidence
A question that often comes up is "How can I speak French with more confidence?" In this series, my goal is to make you feel better about the French you can speak and to overcome your inferiority complex. I’ll try to explain why the French are so rigid about their language and how you should react like a French person would (hint: say "Merde")! In the second step, you learned about the French background regarding their language and some actions you could take to adapt to the local culture (for example invest in a good autocorrect and work on your pronunciation). I hope you realised that your own mindset is very important and why you shouldn't feel discouraged if people correct you or switch to English when speaking with you.…
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How to speak French with confidence: step 2

How to speak French with confidence: step 2

Speak French with Confidence
In this series, my goal is to give you some background and resources to help you build up confidence to speak French. Feel better about the French you can speak and overcome your inferiority complex! I’ll explain why the French are so rigid about their language and how you should react like a French person would! (hint: say "Merde") If you haven't already, read step 1. How knowing about the cultural background will help you speak French with more confidence Put yourself in the shoes of your French conversation partner for a moment. That’s a classic conflict resolution technique. First, try to see the situation from your opponent’s perspective to get a better understanding of what’s going on. Then adjust your way of thinking and behaviour to avoid your emotions…
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First step to speaking French confidently

Speak French with Confidence
In this series, my goal is to make you feel better about the French you can speak and to overcome your inferiority complex. I’ll try to explain why the French are so rigid about their language and how you should react like a French person would (hint: say "Merde")! French is hard but you're speaking it! It’s not an impression: French is a complex language. I’m not going to tell you the whole story today but I just want you to know that in the 17th century, with the creation of l’Académie Française, some Frenchmen decided to dictate some rules and to make the language so complex that the uneducated wouldn’t be able to master it like the nobles and aristocrats who had time to study. French is a deliberately…
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