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Bien Dire Mini-Review: A Must-Have if it Weren’t for the Price Tag

Bien Dire
Price: Free Trial, e-magazines from 9€, e-subscriptions from 49€
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Bien Dire is a leveled reading series that targets a pair of CEFRL levels in each issue (ex. A1-A2, A2-B1, C1-C2). As the magazine only covers two levels at a time, you can step out of your comfort zone without feeling too overwhelmed. Absolute beginners can find a series of free introductory lessons on the site before diving into the magazines.

Each 50-page issue will train your listening, oral, reading, and written skills. You will read a series of short articles with new vocabulary italicized within the text. If you have chosen the appropriate level, you should probably be able to understand about 80% of the content without looking at the definitions at the bottom of the page. Audio files recorded by native speakers accompany both the hard copy and digital versions of the magazine, and there are quizzes at the end of the magazine to test your comprehension.

Bien Dire is a fantastic resource for any French learner, but especially for those who don’t have a lot of free time. You can read high-quality bite-sized articles about French culture, history, travel, news, food, pronunciation, and more.

With limitless cash, Bien-Dire and Frantastique would be the perfect combination to support an avid reader to fluency. You can try two sample magazines on their site to see if the investment is right for you. For English learners, the publishers also produce an ESL counterpart, Go English.

The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

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