HOW DO I KEEP UP MY FRENCH?
Listen to French
- Watch movies in French, preferably with French subtitles rather than English subtitles.
- Watch French television, such as TF1 or France Télévisions.
- Listen to French songs on YouTube and then find their lyrics. Popular artists in France include: Christophe Mae, Gregoire, Joyce Jonathan, Zazie, Gerald DePalmas, Christophe Willem, Benebar and Nolwenn Leroy.
- Listen to French radio stations, such as NRJ.
- Visit Vous Voulez Rire and listen to jokes and funny stories in French.
Read in French
- Order a book or comic book from Amazon or Powell's and read it in French!
- Read news stories online at sites like TF1.
- Look up anything that interests you on the French version of Google. Try searching for your favorite museums, monuments, or cities. Search for information on your favorite author or browse French recipes.
- Browse the City of Paris website.
- Read French poetry on Poésie Française.
Write in French
- Keep a journal and write in it every day. Don't worry about grammar. Look up vocab words if you need them.
- Create a free account with Livemocha.
- Start an email correspondence with a former classmate.
- Create a free account with Livemocha.
Skype once a week with a former classmate.
Other fun tricks
- Set your cell phone's language setting to French.
- Set your Internet browser's home page to a French website, such as a French news or word-of-the-day page.
- "Frenchify" your bedroom! Surround yourself with French: put French labels on furniture, appliances and walls, buy or create French posters, and use a French calendar.
- Are you a list-maker? Do it in French!
- Think in French while performing routine actions. For example, when walking to the refrigerator, think "J'ai soif" or "Qu'est-ce que je vais manger?" Consider the conjugations of "se brosser" while brushing your teeth and hair. When getting dressed, state the French name of each item of clothing you put on.
LANGUAGE LEARNING TOOLS
Tennessee Bob: 10,000 French-related links. Find new websites, including many that allow you to practice your French vocabulary and grammar.
Wordreference.com: Bilingual dictionary
Linguee.com: French/English dictionary with short translations in context. This is an especially useful tool for idioms and other phrases that that don't translate easily.
Laboratoire d'Analyse et de Technologie du Langage: Look up a word in French and find the translation of that word and English words that are derived from it.
The ARTFL Project: French/English dictionary
Dictionnaire Electronique des Synonymes: 55,000 French words and their 410,000 synonyms
Encyclopaedia Universalis: French-language encyclopedia
Votre dictionnaire encyclopédique: Interactive French dictionary for children
Acquiring French Vocabulary (Tennessee Bob): Links to numerous general and subject-specific French-English and English-French dictionaries. Also includes links to vocabulary lists, quizzes, practice tips, crossword puzzles, games and more.
The ARTFL Project: Conjugate French verbs
French Grammar Central (Tennessee Bob): List of links to thousands of websites that provide grammar lessons and activities.
La Conjugaison: Choose from multiple skill levels and practice your French conjugations.
Tennessee Bob: 10,000 French-related links. Learn about French literature and culture by browsing the Internet.
Libération: French daily newspaper
Le Monde: French daily newspaper
France Télévisions: French television station
TF1: French television station
CBC Radio-Canada: National public radio broadcaster of Canada
La Guingette: Audio features for French language learners
Radio France: French radio broadcaster. Every other Monday there is a new selection of articles written and commentated in RealAudio.
RFI: The leading French radio station for international news
NRJ: Hit music with video clips
Africa 1: African radio station in French
Classic 21: French radio station
Fréquence Banane: French radio station
Listenlive.eu: French radio station directory with live streaming
Culture & Literature
Le Louvre: Browse the expositions of Paris's famous museum.
La Bibliothèque Universelle: A collection of numerous French texts you can read online, including The Communist Manifesto, Zola's J'accuse, Cyrano de Bergerac, works by Flaubert and much more!
France in Images (Tennessee Bob): A list of websites offering photo archives of France
Vous Voulez Rire!: An interactive site for those that like to laugh. Features jokes, humorous literary and cultural texts, as well as links to online resources that portray literary and cultural humor in French-language publications.