Best resources to immerse yourself in the French language

If you’re preparing for a French test, you should focus mostly on the second category but if you’re aiming for a C1 or C2 level you should also get some exposure with more formal language.

Best resources for formal language

You can read newspapers like Le Monde, Le Devoir (Canada), Courrier International (translation in French of articles from all over the world).

Read classic French litterature and some of the contemporary writers (André Malraux, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Albert Camus, Georges Simenon, Amélie Nothomb, Jean-Christophe Ruffin, Delphine de Vigan…).

Listen to France Culture, Radio France International, Radio Canada go to conferences if you live in a francophone country.

Site web utile: quand on lit un article, il est intéressant de savoir si le journal est plutôt neutre, conservateur ou progressiste. Voici un site qui répertorie les principaux journaux français: Connaître l’orientation politique des principaux journaux français

Best resources to learn French: standard to casual language

Read:

Watch TV5Monde and French (or francophone) TV in general.

Listen to podcasts, TedTalks and some Youtubers (in their mid-thirties, for example Norman, Natoo and Paul Taylor, or over if possible because there’s clearly been a shift in the language in the last decade).

Watch movies and series on Netflix but select the ones adressed to kids or to an older audience (35 and over). One of my favourite series in that category is “Call my agent” (“10%-Dix pourcents” in French) because it’s casual workplace French, the dialogues are very realistic and actors are fantastic.

Best resources for very casual language and recent slang

I’m not an expert in that one (not my generation!) but here are a few suggestions to start with.

Dictionnaries

Le dictionnaire de la zone
TV5 Monde : “Le parler jeune pour les moins jeunes

Francophone rap, RnB and other singers

Maître Gims
Soprano
Aya Nakamura
Orelsan
Eddy de Pretto
Angèle
Hoshi

Youtube channels
Streetfrench.org for explanations about the slang
Youtube channels made by people in their twenties or younger
French reality TV

About Cathy

Cathy Intro is a certified Neurolanguage® coach helping aspiring French speakers improve their language skills to live their life and socialize in French with confidence. She has a strong focus on active listening, cultural awareness and self-understanding. She believes clear grammar foundations are key to reaching fluency in French but that it shouldn't be taught with a linear textbook-approach method. Her role as a coach is to empower the learner, ignite curiosity and provide support to reach the objectives with no waste of time and efforts, in a positive and fun environment.

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