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We have compiled some of our favorite resources below. Do you want to learn the French language and test your skills? Do you need to plan your next trip to France? Are you just interested in reading about France and the French culture? These articles, books and websites will get you started! Bonne lecture! Enjoy!
Get the scoop from a native. French Girl in Seattle’s Travel Tips series
French Dining Tips. Read it here.
Getting around Paris. Read it here.
Paris Picnics. Read it here.
French Girl in Seattle’s travel essentials. Read it here.
French markets. Read it here.
Learning about France and the French
French or Foe by Polly Platt. Distribooks International, 2003. This is a must read! A funny, informative introduction to cultural differences between the French and the Americans. Written by an experienced American cross-cultural trainer who lived in France for many years. R.I.P., Madame Platt.
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Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong… Why we love France and not the French by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, Illinois, 2003. An in-depth analysis of French society and customs. Very informative.
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Studying French in the US
BBC: Excellent (free) resource by the BBC. Beginner through advanced levels. Visit “Ma France” and learn French with 24 interactive videos.
Audio French: Free online audio French dictionary. Visit this site when you do not know how to pronounce a word!
TV5: Subscribe to the TV channel of the French-speaking world and watch talk-shows, movies, the French news and more. Recommended for intermediate to advanced students.
Radio France International: An excellent resource for intermediate to advanced students. Look for games, and exercises in the “Langue Française” section. Download the “Journal en Français Facile” daily and listen to a simplified (i.e. slower) version of the French news.
Bien-Dire: The magazine I recommend to all my intermediate and advanced students, and a favorite teaching tool at Learn French in Seattle!
Studying French in France
Souffle: This excellent directory lists some of the best French schools. Some of my students have tried schools listed here over the years. Please consult me before signing up. I may be able to provide recommendations and feedback.
Ecole des Trois Ponts, Riorges, France: This is the language school I always recommend to students. Most have been repeat visitors over the years. They rave about the great location (close to Roanne,) the wonderful instructors, and fun activities for a successful immersion experience in la Belle France. Tell them French Girl in Seattle sent you!
Planning Your Trip
France Guide: The official website of the French tourist office. Learn about French regions, and order free travel brochures and maps.
Just France.: An excellent resource to prepare your trip.
Paris Info: The official website of the city of Paris. Do not fly to Paris without visiting this site first! Updated daily.