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extended reading exercises in french?

lancish

I'm wanting to get more practice in <supervised> reading of French. Not just picking up a french magazine, but using something where I can easily look up words I don't know or get explanations of figurative usage, etc. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

toru e

Not a reading source, but a good reference is wordreference.com. It can translate simple idiomatic expressions, so it's a little broader than a standard dictionary. To be honest, I found that for me, the best way to improve my reading was writing, so I joined italki.com and post short paragraphs every now and then for community correction. I don't use their tutors, but the community has been helpful. It's also helpful reading their comments on other postings to gain insight on structuring.

lancish

Thanks, wordreference seems good (though I like http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/dictionary/ quite a bit). To see how a phrase is actually used in French, linguee.com is great - it'll show you example after example in actual text, with the translation in a language you choose.

roxypalooza

Vous pouvez voir "Extr@ French" avec les sous-titres. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAZxBB3JZTj7w3caHHt37WBmqVXSLyhw5 C'est bon, parce-que vous pouvez lire avec le scénario et comprendre la situation sans traduire.

lancish

Ah, le site est super! Et ils parlent lentement! Merci.

toru e

Ah, okay, une autre suggestion pour des vidéos. Comme une Française est un site que spécialise des expatriâtes qui habitent en France. Géraldine parle de sujets quotidiens, par exemple: qu'est-ce qu'on dit quand on prend l'ascenseur, ou on fait du shopping dans un magasin. http://www.commeunefrancaise.com/

roxypalooza

commeunefrancaise --> Haha! Fantastique. Ma vidéo préférée: "5 + 1 BIG embarrassing vocabulary mistakes in France" Très drôle!

lancish

OMG - j'ai fait le troisieme (... chaud) aujourd'hui! Merci torusami!

toru e

MDR ! Maintenant, j'ai peur de demander un "Lubriderm" aussi. :)

lancish

Je pense que votre commentaire est déjà classé X pour ce forum ;) J'ai obtenu un sourcil levé quand j'ai dit a quelqu'un française "le film est pur jouissance."

toru e

Euh, la musique du film ne commence pas avec "bow-chicka-wow-wow", no ? ;)

mbrickley

A few short written pieces, using the words in a lesson, would help beginners (like me) begin to think in French.  I realize I could buy a children's book, but having a lesson end with a few fairly short "stories" that incorporate the words we have learned at that point - would be a huge help.  Even a children's book would be difficult at the beginning - but if Rocket wrote the story, they would know what words and grammar we understood at that point in the lessons.

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour mbrickley,

I like your idea! This is not on our to-do list at the moment but I will pass the idea along and see if we can't include this in some future developments.

Keep up the good work and don't hesitate to keep the suggestions rolling. We are here for your language learning after all.

À bientôt,

   -   Marie-Claire

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