French books for Beginner 2 to Intermediate 1
Perhaps also of interest:
- Graded readers in French
- Bilingual online texts (FR-E) for various language levels
It would be nice if those graded readers were online. every easy french graded reader is a book through snail mail with a CD for audio
I just came across this list of books that has different rankings based on difficulty. might also be a good place to start. I was able to "obtain" some of them shortly after
Thank you! The problem with this list, which i have come across btw, is that all the 1 and 2 level books are for very small children. I just can't stick with material like that. So far the best book I've found for my level is Short Stories in French by Olly Richards and Richard Simcott. I am able to listen and read at the same time and understand 90% of it at a 75% pacing clip. Sometimes i have to stop and check the idioms and sentences i cant figure out but it is definitely the right level for me now and its also intriguing!
Ah sorry that makes sense. Sounds like you are coming along pretty well! depending how you get your materials I look through the most downloaded on ygg torrent for stuff I might like, though the site took some getting used to, I was able to get a lot of materials from there. a lot of books have audio and text.
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You could use the following resources:
1) "Français Facile" podcast
They offer many mini-dialogs and texts for all language levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) on their website.
If you import these audio files and the transcripts into LingQ you'll probably have everything you need right now (everyday conversations, audio, transcript, SRS).
And best of all, it's completely free! :-)
2) News in simplified and slow French
a) Radio France Internationale (RFI), "Journal en français facile"
(maybe that's already a bit too difficult at your level)
Some episodes are already imported into LingQ:
b) News in Slow French
3) Duolingo Stories in French (usually I don't recommend "Duolingo" for language learning, but their "stories" and "podcasts" in German, French. etc. are quite entertaining!)
4) Oly Richards, "Short Stories in French for Beginners"
5) LingQ resources:
a) WebFeed (filter:s: "Beginner 2 - Intermediate 1") for French:
b) Guided courses
6) Other recommendations by Benny Lewis
Have fun learning
Thank you for taking the time to lay out the alternatives. I've already started to explore News in slow French and Francais Facile. Merci
Really enjoying #4 Oly Richards, "Short Stories in French for Beginners"
I would recommend " le français par la méthode nature" , you can easily find the pdf online , i have used the italian one and definitly would recommand for learning to read , and understand phrases structures. However it comes with the downside of not having any audio's.
I am checking this out now. I havent figured out a way to get the content into LingQ
Maybe look at the news feed. the articles there are great for relevant or expanded vocabulary. Le petit Prince was fun for me, but maybe search up "books with # of pages" depending on what you are looking for.
I don't have any book recommendations for you, but when I was at the stage you were at I moved on to innerFrench: https://www.lingq.com/en/learn/fr/web/course/574237.
One thing that worked well for me is that he speaks more slowly and simply in the earlier episodes and gradually ramps up the speed and vocabulary as you go along.
thanks for this recommendation, I just started the first one and i can understand most of what he is saying and read along at the same time. Really great! Thank you!
I have listened to all the Inner French episodes and have completed over 50 with lingQ. I have subscribed to his progam "build a strong Core" too. Great fun, really enjoy them. Hugo also has videos which I have enjoyed. Now I am listening to talk radio on CBC Radio Canada "Ohdio" app. Great interviews, music and podcasts with very nice Quebecois accents (no transcripts though which can be very challenging sometimes). I love the music and movie reviews and also current events. My favorite is Bien Entendu but unfortunately Stephan Bureau is only on during Holidays. He has some great music shows about traveling. Check it out!!