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With the arrival of spring, many of us want to be on the move and are actively preparing for their holiday. For those planning to visit a French speaking country this summer, we selected a few sites to initiate you in French, and French for travelers websites that will surely be useful.
The following language method is a courtesy of Learnissimo. It includes illustrated phrasebooks, audio, and quizzes to test your skills while having fun. This method, based on everyday French, is perfectly suited to travel and will allow you to learn essential vocabulary as well as correct pronunciation.
Travlang also offers language courses especially designed for travel. You must initially select your native language, then the one you wish to learn. The French course is accompanied by audio files in standard and Quebec French . The vocabulary is divided into the following pages: Basic Words, Shopping and Dining, Travel, Directions, Places, and finally Time and Dates. At the bottom of each page, there is a quiz to test your knowledge.
About’s Laura K. Lawless offers French travel lessons in a newsletter you receive over six weeks. She covers topics such as: Travel Vocabulary, Accommodation, Airport, Directions, Emergency! , Shopping, Ailments, Banking and Money, Restaurant and Transportation. You may also have direct access to all these lessons by clicking on a link that appears on the following page: http://french.about.com/c/ec/22.htm
Have a good trip!
This week, we suggest three French courses that are aimed at beginners and « false beginners », who are those who want to get back to studying French and need substantial revision. We selected these courses due to their organization which follows a logical progression likely to facilitate your learning and help you acquire a solid foundation.
FrenchTutorial.com : Learn French for free with 13 chapters, 160 pages and more than 200 audio files. The French Tutorial is a step by step course covering the basics and pronunciation, as well as grammar, vocabulary and everyday French. It offers audio support for better oral comprehension, a table of contents and an index for faster searches. http://www.frenchtutorial.com/
BBC.co.uk : French Steps : Here is a great online course intended for beginners. Learn practical spoken French with the help of French teacher Hakim M’Barek in just 24 manageable steps. Includes a user guide, syllabus, vocabulary list, grammar tips, pronunciation with audio files, Fast Tracks for revision, progress page and a printable learning log. You can complete the course in 12 weeks with French Steps weekly email tips and encouragement. http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/lj/
About.com : Learn French – French for beginners : Learn French with hundreds of pages written for anyone with little or no French knowledge. Whether you’re just beginning to learn French or picking it up again after a long absence, you’ll find everything you need on these pages. You can subscribe to a 20 week French for Beginners email course, or go to the checklist to get the same lessons organized in a logical study order. You can also access a French proficiency test and the French for Beginners forum on the page.
Good Studying !
Your Bon Français’ team
Next week : intermediate level courses
In the field of language learning, the choice of appropriate material and courses depends largely on the learner’s level of language proficiency. To help you focus your studies and guarantee your success, we offer you today three tests that will help you know where you are on the path to mastery of French.
French Language.ru : Online Test. This page provides a test of 50 questions to evaluate your knowledge of French language. When you have answered all the questions, you will get your level (it is advisable to do this test in less than forty minutes). http://www.french.language.ru/french/onlinetest/index.html
France-Langue.fr : Online placement test. This page offers an online French test that assesses your knowledge of the language. In less than 40 minutes, you can have a clear idea of your writing level. The test includes 6 levels that conform to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For correct results, do not use a dictionary. http://www.france-langue.fr/online_placement_test/fr/index.php
Campus-électronique.fr : test FLE (French as a foreign language). This is a 45-minute-long test in 14 parts for those for whom French is not their first language. It aims to answer these questions: What is your general level (elementary, intermediate, advanced)? Do you understand the spoken language? Written language? Do you have difficulties with grammar and vocabulary? What path should you take to upgrade? http://www.campus-electronique.fr/testfle/
And if you wish to learn more about the different levels of language proficiency, have a look on the GoFrenchGo blog’s post of today.
Have a good week.
Today we would like to give you tips, tricks and advice to help you learn French. The three proposed sites are from people sharing their experience as second or foreign language learners with you, or from publishers specialized in the field of language teaching. You will definitely find in these lists of suggestions something to inspire you and make your work easier.
Ask Oxford.com : Language Learning Tips. Oxford dictionaries provide you with a dozen great tips aiming to help you learn a new language effectively and make the most of the whole experience. http://www.askoxford.com/languages/takeoffin/language_tips/
Language Learning Tips.com : Here on David Bolton’s site, you will find lots of free articles with helpful suggestions as to how you can acquire a foreign language faster and more efficiently, and thus make language learning more pleasurable. In addition, there are essays on how to get the most out of a trip abroad with the goal of perfecting your language skills. You can even download a free E-book that contains ALL the articles in convenient PDF book format! http://www.language-learning-tips.com/
The Language Learning Blog : 25 Tips for Language Learning. You will find on this page creative tips and tricks easy to incorporate into everyday life to help you effectively learn a new language in a pleasurable way. http://thelanguagelearningblog.com/25-tips-for-language-learning/
Have a nice week.
To make your learning experience even more enriching, we have created a complementary companion blog site to Bonfrancais.com. It is a meeting place where you will be able to find one new high-quality learning resource to help you better your French every day.
GoFrenchgo.com (http://www.gofrenchgo.com) will not only direct you to the very best existing online resources, but it will also set you out on a new and exciting cyberspace learning adventure. Un, deux, trois, go! C’est parti!
Visit us regularly. We’ll be there for you!
Let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Diane Lord and I would like to share my passion for the French language with you. I have been teaching French as a first and second language and specialized in school administration and computer-assisted learning for the past twenty-five years. I am also the current director of FSL All.com, an online directory of FREE French learning resources for students and teachers of French as a second language.
FSL All.com now offers over 1,400 free resources to learn French as a second language (FSL) or French as a foreign language (FLE) on the web. New resources are added to the site on a daily basis which makes it a place to visit and re-visit.
I’m pleased to welcome you to this new blog about French as a Second Language Learning.
You will find, in this blog, a series of great tips to improve your French as a second language or as a foreign language. It doesn’t really matter if you are a beginner, an intermediate or an advanced student, for learners of all levels will here find suitable resources to meet their language needs. Our aim will always be to direct you to the best FREE resources available online and that, we believe, can make an important difference in your learning.
When you are a beginner, what can make a difference? How can you learn French fast and obtain great results?
One of the answers to these questions is to visit high-quality directories of first-class French as a second language learning (FSL) resources.
Our first choice is by far http://www.fslall.com. That site was created by experienced educators in the field of second-language learning and teaching. It offers over 1,400 FREE online resources to help you better your French. Take advantage of some of the material it offers and see how quickly your French will improve.