Resources

At the AFSR Foyer

The AFSR library with free WIFI access is open to all members. Students are encouraged to use it to perfect their French.

Depending on your literary preferences, there are many genres you can choose from. Among the 700+ books our médiathèque (multimedia library) offers, there are many classic fiction novels, but also sci-fi, thrillers, theater plays, poetry, non-fiction, bandes désinées (comic books), as well as francophone literature from all over the world. Our collection of polars (crime novels) is particularly popular among our students.

There is also a bibliotheque jeunesse open to readers aged 3 to 103! And our cuisine and wine related collection is growing.

We welcome donations!

Please call us at (707) 543-8151 or email us at info@afsantarosa.org to schedule an appointment to browse and check out materials.

Online

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

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 synonyms – https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/

Word Reference English-French dictionary screen capture

English-French dictionary with usage/context examples – https://context.reverso.net

Reverso Context English-French dictionary screen capture

English-French dictionary with usage/context examples, also available as an app with off-line capabilities (great when you don’t have wifi)https://www.linguee.fr/francais-anglais

Linguee English-French dictionary screen capture

Simple but quick site with French verb conjugations at your fingertips: http://www.conjugation-fr.com/

Screen capture of French verb conjugations

Great way to learn French pronunciation, expand your vocabulary and review grammar. http://www.languageguide.org/french/vocabulary/

Screen capture of languageguide.org french vocabulary

Arte offers free content – excellent documentaries, coverage of culture, art, science, etc. https://www.arte.tv/fr/

Screen capture of arte home page website

Radio France International – also available in many languages. http://www.rfi.fr/

Screen capture of Radio France International website

Google Podcast app for Android and iPhones – Google Podcast link

Some member favorites: News in Slow French, A Cup of French, RFI Géopolitique – le débat, and many others

Screen capture of Google Podcast download page

Chante France – French chansons and ballads – https://www.chantefrance.com/

Screen capture of Chante France home page