5 Podcasts to help you learn French
Hello folks! Bonjour à tous !
Today I want to share with you one of the numerous ways to learn a language. Of course, we all have preferences and our own ways to learn, for example, I'm more into videos than recordings, but some of you prefer audio only, since they can be played in the car or during commute hours. So, here we are, I compiled a list of 5 podcasts I recommend to learn French!
PS: I've heard about plenty more great podcasts - don't hesitate to share your favorite below - but this list contains my favorite and totally FREE =P
C'est parti !
I can't thank Caroline enough: I don't like recordings very much and talking isn't my forte (though I love skype classes, face-to-face helps I guess). Therefore I highly recommend her podcasts, which helps get a clearer understanding on how to use practical sentences. On her last podcast, she explains the Perfect tense (L'imparfait) through the use of a fairy tale, and also gives the key to mastering the conjugation as well as exercises to practice. Her soft voice and gentle pace will help you get accustomed to the French pronunciation.
This website, solely dedicated to podcasts and displaying French in its daily contexts is filled with a variety of situations and its the diversity of the examples that will help you prepare yourself and improve your listening skills.
Jonathan's podcasts are not short lessons directed toward a special skillset like both of the previous ones, but rather focus on the study of a language in all its areas. Lastings 40 - 50 minutes, Jonathan offers solutions and discusses learning methods, difficulties that can be encountered along the ay and shares his experience. He also interviews teachers to get their insights. Though the whole website is directed toward learning English (sorry for leading you on like this!) there's a lot that can be taken and applied to your French learning.
This podcast is for you if you have no time to spare, apart perhaps for the minute or so it would take to learn one word (or expression) per day. It's entirely free and the easy to access this channel is useful not only to the busy bees but for those who want to grow their vocabulary steadily with the correct pronunciation.
Though I wouldn't recommend a complete beginner to start here, I believe that my fellow poetry lovers will enjoy these. Yes, poems are difficult, simply because their goal is not to be practical, and they don't use a daily life vocable, but rather to elevate the language to a form of art. If you too enjoy classic literature and poetry, I recommend this podcast. The reading is slow and the narrator walks the audience through the text with ease and grace. Some extra commentary on the text or author are also available to perfect your experience.
For the experts among you, or if you want to fully dive into the language, you can always access a variety of French radios here. These will help you get accustomed to daily pronunciation as well as gives you an insight on France and its culture!