10 books, 2 films and 2 songs to get more of the French language in 3 months

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I recommend you to choose one method and to keep continue with it for 3 months and see the skills you get with it, then try a different one and make the comparison.

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Fluent in 3 Months

By Benny Lewis (he is polyglot)
He is irish and spent 6 months in Spain struggling to learn spanish, but with difficulties, he was frustrated and changed his approach to learn foreign languages. The author speaks over ten languages including French, Arabic, German, Mandarin Chinese,… He made the challenge of learning a language in 3 months and being good at speaking it, getting fluency. The principles key of Benny’s are : speak from day one, keep the flow going, change your mindset (no excuses), stay focused and determined. Learning a language is not an end in itself, but a way to meet new people and to discover new culture. You will find useful advice with examples of other people’s experiences.

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French in 3 Months 

It is a book and a CD pack. It provides essential grammar, lists of words, key French phrase and model sentences. You can develop communication skills through exercises based on real-life scenarios, and getting fluency. The recordings of the CDs are good. The course is more appropriate to those who want a more deeper understanding than just learning conversational phrases.

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French: Short Stories + Audio Download: Improve your reading and listening skills in French

This book contains simple stories with the most useful grammar structure and usual french words, audio material (with two different speed, the slower and the normal one). Once you understood what is said in the slow version you can move on, and step by step improving your skills, it is good for the motivation. This is a good way to have a immersion-like feeling. They are two version of each text : the dual french and english translation (parallel text), or the version with a glossary between each paragraph. To improve your speaking you can imitate the voice of the narrator. You can assess the comprehension of each story with doing the quizz at the end of each text. It is helpful to learn conversational french. It is good to improve the oral understanding. It is fine to study with it once you have the basics. It is very helpful to practice the oral understanding. It is a better teaching than the university one.     

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Learners : how to learn to read French in 1 month
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800 exercices de conjugaison (conjugation)

It provides revision conjugation sheets, simple tenses of the indicative (80 pages), compound tenses (14 pages), the other modes (80 pages), the concordance of tenses (12 pages), confusions to avoid (10 pages). The sheets are well organized and easy to follow. The theory is on the left page and the exercises on the facing page. It contains 800 questions to practice and the answers to check the skills you get. And an index of verbs referring to specifics pages. It is a progressive learning. Each pages need approximately 5 minutes to study so you can learn a little bit everdyday and having a regular pace without doing too much and being bored

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The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversations Revealed 

This book shows that the french people does not communicate but they converse. The conversations are generally related to the french culture : politic, why talking about money stop the discussion,…Throught encounters with school principals, city hall civil servants, gas company employees, old friends and business people, they show that talking with french people is about having interesting talk, is not about communicating or being nice. It is easy readable. It includes a lot of information about french culture and behavior, based around the theme of the language. If you go in France there is more than learning the language, there are the culture, the country, the people. Speaking is an important part of the culture and the french people love talking. There is a lot of information packed into a little book.

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Communication progressive du français: Niveau intermédiaire (CD inclus)

This book is well organized, the course is on the left page and the activity to communicate is on the facing page. It contains 42 chapters with a A2-B1 related-content of the common european framework of reference for languages. A progressive learning. You can use it for school or for self-learning. It contains a MP3 CD with audio documents and communicatives activity, an assess test with the answers, educational and colorful illustrations. The dialogues are realistic and useful. It gives words for daily situation. It introduces topics of the daily life, it brings it in a progressive way with grammar, and it is interactive. Not comparable with what you learn at the university.

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Another resources are :

Write and Wipe Flashcards: 123

It helps children to learn numbers in an interactive way. It contains 26 cards. One side of each card shows how to form the number and the other side shows a funny visual representation of that number, showing the quantity, and the number in words. It helps to build the child’s counting skills. They are very useful for number recognition, addition, substraction. The cards are good quality, they have a plastic coating to protect them, so you can use them for a long time.

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Beginner : how to learn French for lessons,
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Learn French Words – Household items – English/French Flashcards (English Edition) 

It provides around 100 house-related words on french/english cards. It contains colorful illustrations on both colour and black and white. There is no audio but a accent guide for english people is written beneath each french words. It presents a variety of objects that we use in our daily life, the text is easy to read.

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Learn French: A Phrasebook to Memorize & Learn Everyday Phrases in French

This book is very easy to understand.

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Unforgettable French (2nd Edition): Memory Tricks to Help You Learn and Remember French Grammar,…

It uses memory tricks to learn from the basics to lepassé composé, le futur proche and le futur simple, to people of all ages. It provides the content for the GCSE level. It is plenty of tried-and-tested tricks for the remembering based on sound and idea association.

These are not books but movies. Films are very good resources as well, it is important to amke a balance and let the texbooks to something more immersion-related, it is good for the motivation.

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The first one is

Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain

By Jeunet.
The language is very simple and the story is touching, furthermore it takes place in Paris in France, in the famous area of Montmartre. The main role is played by the famous actor Audrey Tautou, and there is a scene with the famous french comic Jamel Debouzze.

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Among the movies, another one

Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra

By Alain Chabat. This is a funny famous french film with famous french actors. The language is very simple.

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Here are some songs

Les champs Elysées

By Joe Dassin.
It is a very old famous french one. The story takes place in Paris, on the famous avenue Les champs élysées.

Among the songs, another one

Papaoutai

By Stromae.

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Thank you for reading this article !
Thomas 😀

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