The Internet has been an invaluable compendium of resources (most of them free and available as apps on mobile devices) for foreign language learners. The resources below are just a few that our school and Alliance members have used in and outside of classes and can recommend.
As many French channels/programs are not available to US viewers without subscription (eg. TV5Monde, CanalPlus, etc.), YouTube offers some past programs for free viewing such as talk shows (e.g. C à vous).
Please be advised that while we strive to ensure that the content is relevant and appropriate, Alliance Française de Santa Rosa is not responsible for the maintenance, integrity, and content of external or third party websites. In addition, some sites “monetize” their free services to consumers by including advertising. The Alliance does not endorse any of these sites nor the companies that advertise on their websites, podcasts and programs.
Quick View of Resources and References below
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but enough to get students started on finding online resources.
- Language Guide French Vocabulary
- Word Reference English-French Dictionary
- Reverso Context Dictionary
- French Verb Conjugations
PRINT & AUDIO/VISUAL RESOURCES
NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT
- Radio France International
- Chante France
- Google Podcast App – Huge selection of French language podcasts which include News in Slow French, Coffee Break French, One Thing In A French Day, La Poudre, Géopolitique – le débat, and many others
- Radios France Podcast App – Another app that provides access to many popular programs from RFI, France Info, RTL, France Inter, Chante France, and many more
- arte – Excellent documentaries and coverage of culture, science, art, and many other topics
Alliance Française de Santa Rosa members are especially fortunate to have access to Culturethèque, with a plethora of French language print (books and periodicals, audio (including audiobooks) and video assets FOR ALL AGES not available online.
If you are a member, do not hesitate to sign up. Once your register, the site is supposed to allow you access to the assets for about two days until AFSR confirms that your membership is current. Once confirmed, you have access to Culturethèque until your membership expires.
Sign up for AFSR Membership to access Culturethèque.
English-French dictionary (with usage/context examples, also available as an app with off-line capabilities; great when you don’t have wifi)
Language Guide: French Vocabulary – Great way to learn French pronunciation, expand your vocabulary and review grammar.
Google Podcast app (Android / iOS)
Some member favorites: News in Slow French, A Cup of French, RFI Géopolitique – le débat, and many others
Radios France app (Android) – Gateway to many French radio programs including France Info, RTL, Europe 1, France Inter
France Radio (iOS) provides a similar selection of radio stations.