Welcome to ListenToFrench.org, the sister site to sonsenfrancais
The site sonsenfrancais.org was started to provide listening practice in French at an advanced level for English speakers. There are many resources on the internet for beginners: there are audio magazines which will take you to an intermediate level, such as Authentik en français, as well as magazines such as Champs Elysées at a more modest level. If you find the material here just too difficult - don't get depressed, check out BBC French, TV5 Monde, or Radio France Internationale.
If your ambition is one day to be able to watch and understand any French film or television programme, and you already have a good level of French, you will find many hundreds of video clips here - mostly of five minutes, with text, subtitles which can be switched on or off, and an audio only version. This site offers video clips which are mostly rather more accessible than on sonsenfrancais.org - but even if you find them difficult to follow, watching with subtitles will help you improve your listening skills.
The big change in 2012 has been the provision of Flash video which can be viewed in the browser, with the subtitles, and a considerable increase in the number of visitors. No-one really knows how to teach listening, so I try out new ideas all the time. But the object remains the same - to help you improve your aural comprehension skills with the widest possible selection of videos extracts from French television programmes.
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This is the French TV programme guide I use. Essentially the chaînes principales and TNT.
If you see a programme coming up that would make a good extract - email me !
Here's a site well worth visiting. It's the French radio station for the French who live in London. However, because many British people also listen to it, the broadcasters speak rather clearly - by no means beginner level, but easier than France Inter or Europe 1. Try the Reécoutez/Listen again links
If you're new here - here's a good place to start
Here are the New Songs
08 February Here is a French news team going ho-ho-ho at the idea of eating insects.
10 February A good ol' American film about how it's not that easy to be President of the United States. Air Force One.
12 February And now a clip from a rather good docufiction from France 3 about the unlikely saviour of Paris at the end of the war - Dietrich Von Choltitz
14 February The rise and rise of La Maison Dior, from the documentary series Des racines et des ailes
16 February Five minutes from a very nice adaptation of Treasure Island from France 4 and the BBC
18 February The tension is mounting in Signé Furax. In episode 056 La dernière enquête de Max Blafard, the journalist meets a terrible end
20 February Learn something about the old gas street lamps of Paris with Échappées belles.
22 February We call her Tinker Bell. For the French she is la Fée Clochette.
24 February So how was the great Pyramid of Giza built ? Révélation des Pyramides did a good job of setting out the mystery
28 February Now here's a real Joker - Jack Nicholson in Batman.
02 March A nice piece from Des racines et des ailes on the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris.
04 March And another documentary clip, this time on the composer Jacques Offenbach.
06 March A regular favourite on this site is David Suchet hamming it up as Hercule Poirot.
08 March Episode 57 of Signé Furax and it's a corker ! Vive Fouvreaux !
Because of events in my personal life I won't have time to make daily posts in the immediate future. However, the two sites offer between them 60Gbytes of audio and video - you should find plenty to amuse and instruct.
Bon courage les amis !
If you need the video in format .avi, that is also possible
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Clips by level of difficulty
What does 'level of difficulty mean ?'
Level 1 should be very clear and immediately comprehensible - typically documentaries with voice-overs.
Level 2 gives the ear more to work on - often news items where interviews are inserted, or anglo-american films dubbed into French
Level 3 is to aim for in the future - often comedy sketches which can be followed with the text or subtitles
If you want to watch French TV at home read this
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