Videos are, probably, the best media to learn a language.
You can hear and see people talking, in a clear context of communication, and observing their body language, the expressions on their face even when they aren't speaking. It might be slightly different from the way you use your body in your own language. All these elements are part of the communication.
In addition, the content of a video can be funny, useful, moving, so it works with your emotions and this is very important, because the experience of watching becomes meaningful to you, and you'll remember it.
Usually we're not conscient about all that, we just watch. But our brain swallows it all.
There is so many channels that you can get lost looking for some free French tips.
So here is a very eclectic list of some French channels we recommend, because they're authentic, interesting, useful and you can have reliable French subtitles.
A little - but very important - advice : watch the channels which theme/subject appeals you.
1. History with les Revues du Monde...
The idea : Charlie Danger, History and Archeology lover, always dreamed to be Indiana Jones. She deals with very original subjects in her amazing videos.
Why : Original topics, specific vocabulary, perfect subtitles.
Le "plus" : General knowledge and excellent conversations starters
...and with Confessions d'Histoire
The idea : The History told by the persons who lived it.
Why : Funny, understandable, useful for your art of conversation and there is a lot of idiomatic expressions and some interesting slang.
Le "plus" : Excellent subtitles.
2. Cinema stories with Blow-up from Arte
The idea : Talking about films, actors, directors, music composers, etc.
Why : Cinema is an important part of French culture, so you'd learn some stuff
Le plus : Bad subtitles but very clear voice off.
3. DIY in French with Wear Lemonade
The idea : Tutorials about sewing, painting, cutting, doing beautiful projects.
Why : Because it's very rewarding to make nice stuff with your hands.
Le plus : Multiplication of skills
4. Laugh with Cyprien...
The idea : Making funny videos, he's one of the most famous French guy on Youtube.
Why : Because he's good. And he ar-ti-cu-lates well. You can check also Norman ;)
Le plus : Excellent subtitles.
... and with Golden Moustache
The idea : Funny videos
Why : Because it's really good and full of French references
Le plus : French humor (of course there is one !) + excellent subtitles
5. Watch short films with Les Parasites
The idea : Group of young actors, writers and directors making short movies.
Why : Unique stories, excellent actors, good direction.
Le "plus": Excellent subtitles.
6. Practice Yoga with Sandra Insoha
The idea : Every Tuesdays, Sandra posts a new video for a yoga session.
Why : Dynamic, restorative yoga for all levels. (Because it's good for your body and soul!)
Le "plus" : Subtitles don't work, so you can focus on the practice and the landscape ;)
What about you chéri ? Do you watch French Youtube channels? Any favourite one ?
Thanks for joining the conversation in the comment section below and sharing your experience and point of view in English or French! Merci :)
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Reading French newspapers to learn French is tempting, especially if you're a news addict.
You can read them at the café or online. Also, it's a good way to learn new words and expressions, and it remains an interesting exercise, as articles and especially titles are full of cultural references.
Everybody knows about Le Monde, Libération, Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Obs, and l'Equipe for the sports fans, so here are some recommendations regarding newspapers you could read :
Depending of your level, you have many options.
What about you chéri ? Do you read French newspapers ? Any favourite one ?
Thanks for joining the conversation in the comment section below and sharing your experience and point of view in English or French !
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