This summer, I want to help you continue practicing your French with interesting, surprising, and entertaining resources.
For example: French news! French newspapers, radio stations, and TV news channels are excellent (and often free) resources for improving your reading and oral comprehension skills.
You might already know about TV5 Monde, the international French channel. But today, I want to share with you what news outlets I personally use and read!
Bonjour I’m Géraldine, your French teacher. Welcome to Comme une Française.
Today, like every Tuesday, I’ll help you get better at speaking and understanding everyday French.
C’est parti ! (= let’s go!)
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1 - Le Monde (weekend)
Le Monde (= literally “The World”) is le journal de référence (= the French newspaper of records.)
I’m a subscriber of its weekend edition, where you can find cultural notices and a recap of the week.
You can subscribe to the online edition if you’re living abroad. It’s always interesting to have a foreign take on the news! (That’s why I also subscribe to The Guardian, a newspaper from the UK.)
BE CAREFUL, though — it might be hard to unsubscribe! You’ll need to send une lettre recommandée (= a certified letter / a registered letter) (here’s the form) to the newspaper.
2 - Le Un
Le Un (= literally “the 1”) is a fascinating newspaper, created in 2014.
Its gimmick: it’s all in one.
– One (big, folded) page
– Once a week
– One topic
– One-hour read (for French readers!)
You get an in-depth look at a topic, from a variety of viewpoints: analysis, poetry, philosophy…
It’s an interesting newspaper, and can be really fun to read.
3 - Arte Journal
Arte Journal (= “Arte Newspaper / Arte Newsflash”) is just the newsflash (in video form) from the TV channel Arte.
Arte is a French – German TV channel, with a consistently European point of view. It’s a (relatively) highbrow channel, and the opposite of clickbait!
I watch their news almost everyday. It only lasts 15 minutes and it can keep you up to date, in French.
4 - France Bleu
They broadcast music, local news, and some national news as well.
Le truc en plus:
Discover more resources in 5 French radio stations to improve your French
5 - France Musique
If the greatest modern world music on FIP isn’t enough, you can check out France Musique. It specializes in classical music (or rather “western cultivated music”) and jazz, and it’s always surprising, impressive and moving.
You can find tons of concerts, recordings, and podcats, over on their website.
Find more fun learning resources with the next lesson:
Comme une Française Summer: Comprehension Resources
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