extended reading exercises in french?

lancish March 9, 2014, 12:24 pm
I'm wanting to get more practice in 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!
extended reading exercises in french?
torusan March 9, 2014, 2:13 pm
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.
extended reading exercises in french?
lancish March 9, 2014, 5:38 pm
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.
extended reading exercises in french?
roxypalooza March 9, 2014, 6:40 pm
Vous pouvez voir "[email protected] 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.
extended reading exercises in french?
lancish March 9, 2014, 6:53 pm
Ah, le site est super! Et ils parlent lentement! Merci.
extended reading exercises in french?
torusan March 9, 2014, 9:29 pm
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/
extended reading exercises in french?
roxypalooza March 10, 2014, 3:08 pm
commeunefrancaise --> Haha! Fantastique. Ma vidéo préférée: "5 + 1 BIG embarrassing vocabulary mistakes in France" Très drôle!
extended reading exercises in french?
lancish March 10, 2014, 3:22 pm
OMG - j'ai fait le troisieme (... chaud) aujourd'hui! Merci torusami!
extended reading exercises in french?
torusan March 10, 2014, 3:25 pm
MDR ! Maintenant, j'ai peur de demander un "Lubriderm" aussi.
extended reading exercises in french?
lancish March 10, 2014, 3:37 pm
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."
extended reading exercises in french?
torusan March 10, 2014, 3:51 pm
Euh, la musique du film ne commence pas avec "bow-chicka-wow-wow", no ?
extended reading exercises in french?
mbrickley March 12, 2017, 6:58 pm
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.
extended reading exercises in french?
Marie-Claire-Riviere March 26, 2017, 8:01 am
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
extended reading exercises in french?

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