Comprehensible Input Library

What is comprehensible input? 

This is a popular topic in the field of language acquisition, largely thanks to linguist Stephen Krashen and his theory of second-language acquisition. Essentially, comprehensible input is content in your target language that you can understand. You won’t necessarily know what every word means, but comprehending the general message with little or no difficulty is the key aspect here. 

Interacting with comprehensible input not only provides meaningful exposure to the language you’re learning as it’s naturally used, it can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of language learning. Instead of learning abstract concepts like verb conjugations or word order, you’ll be able to interact with the language in a concrete, practical manner. It can be downright thrilling to understand a story, podcast, or video in the language you’re studying. 

Comprehensible input forms an important part of a well-rounded language study plan, and we’ve created this library by scouring the internet for free sources of content at every level. 

How is the library organized? 

This library is organized by content type and by CEFR level. No matter your French level, you should be able to find some type of content that is simple enough for you to understand the message, if not all of the individual words.

At each level we’ve selected reading, listening, and video material that will help you improve your reading and listening skills. Within each category, the resources have roughly been listed in order of difficulty.

A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2

A1

Reading

Bonjour de France

Bonjour de France’s website has many comprehension exercises, including stories and articles with quizzes for A1 learners. Learn to read and understand real-life materials, such as advertisements, posters, and maps. Or, make a phone call, talk about your everyday life, and plan a stay in France. 

Online French Club

Online French Club provides an easy story about a restaurant for A1 learners—both on the website and as a pdf document. There are 9 chapters with a glossary of new words and exercises. You can also listen to a recording of the text on soundcloud. 

Lawless French

In collaboration with Kwiziq, the Lawless French website provides dual texts in English and French. After each article, you can read grammar notes, take a quiz, or check out the links to relevant lessons. At the A1 level, there are three articles about food, the French language, and family.

Lingua 

Lingua’s free online French A1 texts come with multiple-choice comprehension quizzes. Paying members can listen to two separate native speakers read the text aloud. 

Children’s Library

With permission from the authors, the Children’s library has made over 50 easy children’s books available on their website. These books provide context through pictures and help you practice reading natural but simple French. 

Listening

Radio France Internationale

Radio Français Internationale’s website offers over 20 episodes in the A1 listening comprehension series, “Le talisman brisé”. With each episode, you can read a transcript of the audio clip, and then take a short quiz. There is also a PDF available for download with vocabulary and grammar notes. 

TV5Monde

With TV5Monde’s website, A1 learners can learn about movies, music, leisure activities, politics and more in over 100 listening comprehension exercises. Many of these exercises have accompanying videos, transcripts and quizzes. 

Video

Podcast Français Facile

This French-only channel supports you in passing from level A1 to A2 of the DELF. With his subtle sense of humour and warm personality, the host of Podcast Français Facile is clearly invested in your success as a French learner. He often prompts you to respond to questions and will engage you in the learning process. On this channel, you’ll find dictation, phonetic, and grammar exercises, plus dialogues with transcripts. 

Français avec Pierre

Accompanied by his enthusiasm and passion for the French language, Pierre will give you a thorough introduction to practical French. These beginner videos come with PDF files, audio files, and exercises entirely in French. 

French in Action

French in Action is an award-winning 1980s beginner French video course. Each of the fifty-two 30-minute episodes will train both your listening comprehension and speaking abilities. It follows the story of an American and a French student, and addresses key topics such as describing people, talking about work and school, getting directions, discussing food, and more. 

You will listen to dialogues followed by a series of interviews, movie clips, and images that illustrate keywords. A1 learners may at first feel overwhelmed by this French-immersion series, but you will gradually pick up basic vocabulary as you follow along and respond to the narrator’s prompts. Only the introduction is in English. 

Alice Ayel

Alice’s YouTube channel has hundreds of high-quality videos that tell stories, take you around different countries, and teach you about francophone culture. She supports A1 learners with gestures, pictures, and French subtitles. 

Coffee Break French To Go

This series from the Coffee Break Languages series uses French to ask locals basic questions about their lives. You will have two opportunities to listen to the responses: once without subtitles, and another with subtitles. Finally, you will have the opportunity to practice answering the question yourself. 

A2

Reading

Bonjour de France

Bonjour de France’s website has many comprehension exercises, including stories and articles with quizzes for A2 learners. Learn to read and understand real-life materials, such as poems or brochures. Or, learn about a French football team, Fashion Week in Paris, and the future tense. 

Lingua 

Lingua’s free online French A2 texts come with multiple-choice comprehension quizzes. Paying members can listen to two separate native speakers read the text aloud. 

Lawless French

In collaboration with Kwiziq, Lawless French provides dual texts in English and French. After each article, you can read grammar notes, take a quiz, or check out the links to relevant lessons. The material at the A2 level includes interviews, stories and articles.  

LanguageGuide.org

These interactive readings for beginners include recordings by native speakers. You can click to start the audio from your chosen word, or hover over difficult words to see a translation. You can also hover over the punctuation point at the end of each sentence to see an English translation.

Elysian French

There are six short texts for A2 learners about food, winter, sports, Paris, and mon voisin Georges. You can listen to a recording of each section of the text, plus click to identify the main verbs in each sentence.

Children’s Library

With permission from the authors, the Children’s library has made over 50 easy children’s books available. These books provide context through pictures and help you practice reading natural but simple French. 

The French Experiment 

The French Experiment provides texts of classic fairy tales in French, such as the ugly duckling, Goldilocks and the three bears, and Little Red Riding Hood. You can listen to slow audio of the text for free and toggle English translations on and off. Plus, there are some nice images that accompany each story. 

The Fable Cottage

By the authors of The French Experiment, The Fable Cottage also provides texts of classic fairy tales. The stories are different than those in The French Experiment, but they are in the same format. But, the slow audio requires a paid subscription. 

Lucie en France

Published on ThoughtCo, Lucie en France is a reading comprehension exercise for A2 learners. After each chapter, you will see a vocabulary list and a grammar section that identifies all of the verb tenses used in the text. The English translations are hidden at the bottom of the page for your reference. 

Listening

Radio France Internationale (RFI)

Radio Français Internationale’s website offers over 20 episodes in the A2 listening comprehension series, “Les voisins du 12 bis”. With each episode, you can read a transcript of the audio clip, and then take a short quiz. There is also a PDF available for download with vocabulary and grammar notes. 

TV5 Monde

On TV5Monde’s website, A2 learners can learn about literature, the environment, communication, movies, francophonie, and more in almost 200 listening comprehension exercises. Many of these exercises have accompanying videos, transcripts and quizzes. 

Parlez-vous French? 

On the Parlez-vous French website, A2 learners can enjoy short stories narrated by Anne Le Grand — an experienced and enthusiastic French teacher. You will also find vocabulary and grammar notes, plus a quiz followed by a transcript of the text. 

Lawless French

Lawless French offers listening comprehension exercises for A2 learners with transcripts, grammar notes, and quizzes. Some of these are only available to subscribing members, but there are many that you can access for free.

Un Petit Caoua?

Un Petit Caoua? is a French-only podcast for beginners. In each five-minute episode, Paul, the narrator, focuses on a specific topic such as technology, cooking, or musical genres. He will then ask and respond to questions, speaking very slowly and repeating new words and phrases in multiple contexts. 

À Podcasts: pour apprendre le français

In these five-minute podcast episodes, you can listen to natural French conversations between the host and one of his friends. There are 4 types of episodes to choose from:  “Radio Qu’est-ce que c’est” and “Radio Quelque chose” both have transcripts and are intended for upper-beginner and intermediate learners respectively. “La chanson de la semaine” will recommend a French song (though not every week as the title implies). And “les recettes de grand-mère” will give you a new recipe to try at home. 

Video

Easy French

With Easy French, learners of all levels can immerse themselves in authentic French directly from the streets of France. Like in most Easy Languages channels, the hosts will interview  numerous native speakers on a given topic. With each new face, you get to familiarize yourself with different rhythms and vocabulary in spoken French. A2 learners can enjoy some easier grammar topics in the “Super Easy French” videos.

French in Action

French in Action is an award-winning 1980s beginner French video course. Each of the fifty-two 30-minute episodes will train both your listening comprehension and speaking abilities. It follows the story of an American and a French student, and addresses key topics such as describing people, talking about work and school, getting directions, discussing food, and more. 

You will listen to dialogues followed by a series of interviews, movie clips, and images that illustrate keywords. The videos get increasingly difficult, so stick with them even if you find the first couple of episodes easy. Only the introduction is in English. 

Alice Ayel

Alice’s YouTube channel has hundreds of high-quality videos that tell stories, take you around different countries, and teach you about francophone culture. Even if the main focus of the videos is on basic vocabulary, A2 learners will benefit from starting at season 1. You can also challenge yourself with her other playlists. 

Podcast Français Facile

Though this French-only channel is for A1 learners, A2 learners can use it for a review and for enrichment. You can test your current knowledge with quizzes and dictations, improve your pronunciation, or listen to over 100 dialogues to improve your grasp of the French language. With his subtle sense of humour and warm personality, the host of Podcast Français Facile is clearly invested in your success as a French learner. He often prompts you to respond to questions and will engage you in the learning process. 

Français avec Pierre

Accompanied by his enthusiasm and passion for the French language, Pierre will give you a thorough introduction to practical French. His beginner course comes with PDF files, audio files, and exercises entirely in French. Because this course is more advanced than typical beginner courses, A2 learners may still feel challenged by the material. Pierre also has videos to improve your pronunciation, listening comprehension, and grammar. Check out the free transcripts available on his website.

Oh La La, I Speak French!

Oh La La, I Speak French!’s beginner web series will teach you about everyday situations through drama and humor. The episodes are engaging enough that you’ll probably forget that they’re intended for French learners. Try to avoid looking at the English subtitles to get the most out of these videos. 

B1

Reading

Bonjour de France

Bonjour de France’s website has many comprehension exercises, including stories and articles with quizzes for B1 learners. Learn to understand dictionary definitions and children’s words. Or, learn about Quebec, secularism in France, and holidays. 

Lawless French

In collaboration with Kwiziq, Lawless French provides dual texts in English and French. After each article, you can read grammar notes, take a quiz, or check out the links to relevant lessons. In the B1 texts, you can read the opening pages to famous texts or articles on cultural landmarks and holidays. Sometimes these readings include audio. 

Lingua 

Lingua’s free online French B1 texts come with multiple-choice comprehension quizzes. Paying members can listen to two separate native speakers read the text aloud. 

Elysian French

There are three short texts based on longer stories for B1 learners. You can listen to a recording of each section of the text, plus click to identify the main verbs in each sentence. 

Mon Quotidien

This daily teen magazine has informative articles for all ages. Each story is only a paragraph or two, and it includes keywords with definitions in French. The free version allows you to read 5 articles each week. You can also download a PDF version of a full issue from the previous year, or read excerpts from various books. 

Geo Ado 

Geo Ado is another magazine about current events for adolescents. It summarizes prominent news stories, teaches critical thinking, and highlights important global issues that may not make it to the front page. 

Tremplin News 

Tremplin News is a Belgian magazine for both national and international current events. Some trickier words are highlighted in orange, and you can hover over them for a definition in French. Though it’s for youth, the articles are still relevant to readers of any age. 

Maj 

Maj, by Radio Canada, writes short articles about current events for youth. The text identifies key concepts in bold, which will help you understand the most important ideas. This site is notably simpler and more straightforward to navigate compared to other news sites. 

The French Experiment 

The French Experiment provides texts of classic fairy tales in French, such as the ugly duckling, Goldilocks and the three bears, and Little Red Riding Hood. You can listen to slow audio of the text for free and toggle English translations on and off. Plus, there are some nice images that accompany each story. 

The Fable Cottage

By the authors of The French Experiment, The Fable Cottage also provides texts of classic fairy tales. The stories are different than those in The French Experiment, but they are in the same format. But, the slow audio requires a paid subscription. 

1 jour 1 actu

Although this website is for kids, it includes lots of articles to improve your reading comprehension on specific topics. All of these articles relate to current events, but it uses simpler French than you might find on regular news sites.

Listening

Radio France Internationale (RFI) 

Radio Français Internationale’s website offers over 100 listening comprehension exercises for B1 learners with topics from the news: geopolitics, sports, environment, cinema, music, and the French language—just to mention a few. With each episode, you can read a transcript of the audio clip, and then take a short quiz. There is also a PDF available for download with vocabulary and grammar notes. 

TV5Monde

On the TV5Monde website, B1 learners can learn about politics, human rights, the environment, communication, movies, francophonie, and more in 300 listening comprehension exercises. Many of these exercises have accompanying videos, transcripts and quizzes. 

Parlez-vous French? 

On the Parlez-vous French website, B1 learners can enjoy short stories narrated by Anne Le Grand — an experienced and enthusiastic French teacher. You will also find vocabulary and grammar notes, plus a quiz followed by a transcript of the text. 

Le Français à la une

If you struggle with understanding French newspaper headlines, look no further than Le Français à la une. Viviane, an experienced French teacher and journalist, reads out 3 headlines from 3 separate newspapers several times per month. With each headline, she breaks down the expressions, plays on words, and challenging vocabulary that are commonly used by journalists. Read the transcripts of each episode with a photo of the original headline on Viviane’s website, Oui-speakfrench.

Lawless French

Lawless French is a website that offers listening comprehension exercises for B1 learners with transcripts, grammar notes, and quizzes. Some of these are only available to subscribing members, but there are many that you can access for free.

À Podcasts: pour apprendre le français

In these five-minute podcast episodes, you can listen to natural French conversations between the host and one of his friends. There are 4 types of episodes to choose from:  “Radio Qu’est-ce que c’est” and “Radio Quelque chose” both have transcripts and are intended for upper-beginner and intermediate learners respectively. “La chanson de la semaine” will recommend a French song (though not every week as the title implies). And “les recettes de grand-mère” will give you a new recipe to try at home. 

Fleur-de-lis: a French Podcast

Fleur-de-lis is a podcast narrated by Sarina, a French teacher from Quebec. Her episodes seem best for upper-beginners and lower-intermediate learners wanting to transition to immersive French podcasts. You will hear different voices on the show, but everyone speaks slowly and articulates clearly. Sarina and her guests talk about travel, literature, and psychology in these 5-10 minute episode

Mankai Your French

Romain gives you two different series in his podcast, Mankai Your French. The shorter, 10-minute episodes introduce general topics about culture, health, and history. In Mankai Island, a guest must imagine themselves stranded on an island and describe what their island looks like. They then respond to a series of Romain’s questions. You’ll get to hear a variety of voices and join them on their imaginative journey. You can email Romain to get the transcripts or ask him questions. 

Nouvelles en Français Facile

Though the text descriptions are in Swedish, this is a French-only podcast that summarizes current events in easy French. Each episode addresses a few main headlines from recent news. You may hear a short recording of the original broadcast or interviews with locals. The narrators speak slowly and explain common expressions or tricky words in French. 

Ehoui!

Ehoui!’s founder and narrator, Virginie, has a master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language and over 10 years teaching around the world. In her podcast, she teaches you how to interact, speak, and make yourself understood in French. Tune in to topics like how to use different verb tenses, how to understand real-life questions, and which key phrases and vocabulary you need to express your emotions. 

Le Petit Quotidien 

Le Petit Quotidien is a website that provides short informative audiovisual pieces about various topics for youth. The articles are often accompanied by an infographic, which is read aloud by the narrator. You can also check out the keywords and take a short quiz. 

Video 

Easy French

With Easy French, B1 learners can immerse themselves in authentic French directly from the streets of France. Like in most Easy Languages channels, the interviewers will choose a topic and ask the same questions to numerous native speakers. With each new face, you’ll get to familiarize yourself with different rhythms and vocabulary in spoken French.

Oh La La, I Speak French!

Oh La La, I Speak French!’s intermediate web series will teach you about everyday situations through drama and humor. The episodes are engaging enough that you’ll probably forget that they’re intended for French learners. They may be a bit challenging for B1 learners, but try to avoid looking at the English subtitles to get the most out of these videos. 

Français avec Pierre

Accompanied by Pierre’s (and sometimes Noemie’s) enthusiasm and passion for the French language, B1 learners can level up their French with a variety of videos. If you’re not watching one of his lessons on a specific language skill, you can practice your listening comprehension while learning a new recipe, celebrating a holiday, or listening to an interview with French speakers. Check out the free transcripts available on his website.

Parlez-vous French? 

Anne Le Grand, with her Master’s in French as a Foreign Language, delivers French immersion lessons with warmth and enthusiasm. B1 learners can enjoy quizzes, dictation exercises, and information on both formal and informal language. 

Piece of French

In Piece of French, you can enjoy learning expressions and vocabulary in context with new videos every Wednesday. You’ll watch Elsa engage in everyday activities: yoga, eating, taking the train, and baking. But, she does an excellent job of tailoring her language to intermediate French learners, speaking naturally but clearly as she describes her thoughts and actions. She also provides language-learning tips and resources. If you watch the videos on her website, there are exercises to test your grammar and comprehension. 

Wandering French

In Wandering French, Hélène teaches you Québécois French, helps you improve your listening comprehension, and takes you around the world at the same time. Many of her videos introduce topics specific to different countries or cities, such as the boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montreal, ice cream in Syria, or taxi boats in Bangkok. She also has a series called “Québécois 101” that will help you sound like a local Québécois in no time. You can find free transcripts and translations on her website.

innerFrench

In innerFrench, Hugo dedicates his channel to intermediate French learners. He focuses on French language and culture but sometimes dabbles in relationships and health. Many of his videos include funny interactions and personal insights. In each of them, you’ll feel like you’re interacting with a friend who cares about your progress and success. 

Français Authentique

Johan from Français Authentique helps intermediate speakers improve their grammar, pronunciation, and grasp of French expressions. Johan teaches you French through authentic content and provides more than simple grammar lectures; you’ll hear him explain French jokes, explore philosophy, and use common expressions in context. Sometimes Johan’s children will join in to provide adorable introductions to the topic of the day. 

Maj 

Maj, by Radio Canada, produces short videos about current events for youth. They have a fun series called “L’heure du thé” where Quebecois celebrities drink tea while responding to comments from their fans. It may be a bit challenging for B1 learners, but with French subtitles, it’s a great introduction to content for native speakers. 

B2

Reading

Lingua 

At the B2 level, Lingua only has two free French texts with multiple-choice comprehension quizzes. Paying members can listen to two separate native speakers read the text aloud. 

Lawless French

In collaboration with Kwiziq, Lawless French provides dual texts in English and French. After each article, you can read grammar notes, take a quiz, or check out the links to relevant lessons. Most of the B2 texts are openings to famous pieces of literature.

LanguageGuide.org

These interactive readings for advanced learners include recordings by native speakers. You can click to start the audio from your chosen word, or hover over difficult words to see a translation. You can also hover over the punctuation point at the end of each sentence to see an English translation.

Bonjour de France

Bonjour de France’s website has many comprehension exercises, including stories and articles with quizzes for B2 learners. Learn about the bio sector, French news, or the experience of students entering university for the first time. 

Mon Quotidien

This daily teen magazine has informative articles for all ages. Each story is only a paragraph or two, and it includes keywords with definitions in French. The free version allows you to read 5 articles each week. You can also download a PDF version of a full issue from the previous year, or read excerpts from various books. 

Tremplin News 

Tremplin News is a Belgian magazine for both national and international current events. Some trickier words are highlighted in orange, and you can hover over them for a definition in French. Though it’s for youth, the articles are still relevant to readers of any age. 

Maj 

Maj, by Radio Canada, writes short articles about current events for youth. The text identifies key concepts in bold, which will help you understand the most important ideas. This site is notably simpler and more straightforward to navigate compared to other news sites. It’s probably most appropriate for beginning-B2 learners. 

Geo Ado 

Geo Ado is another magazine about current events for adolescents. It summarizes prominent news stories, teaches critical thinking, and highlights important global issues that may not make it to the front page. It’s probably most appropriate for beginning-B2 learners. 

Listening

Radio France Internationale (RFI)

Radio Français Internationale offers over 100 listening comprehension exercises for B2 learners with topics from the news: geopolitics, sports, environment, cinema, music, and the French language—just to mention a few. With each episode, you can read a transcript of the audio clip, and then take a short quiz. There is also a PDF available for download with vocabulary and grammar notes. 

TV5 Monde

On the TV5Monde website, B2 learners can learn about art, politics, science, environment, movies, and more in almost 200 listening comprehension exercises. Many of these exercises have accompanying videos, transcripts and quizzes. 

Journal en français Facile

Every weekday, you can listen to Radio Français Internationale’s 10-minute summary of current events with a transcript. Through these episodes, you can familiarize yourself with words and concepts that frequently occur in the news. 

Choses à Savoir

Any French speaker or learner will find something that interests them in Choses à Savoir. The producers record between 8 and 15 three-minute podcasts per day and publish them under multiple podcast channels. Learn about science, history, sports, economy, celebrities, travel, sleep, and more — plus, read the free transcripts of each episode on their website. 

Parlez-vous French? 

On the Parlez-vous French website, B2 learners can enjoy short stories narrated by Anne Le Grand — an experienced and enthusiastic French teacher. You will also find vocabulary and grammar notes, plus a quiz followed by a transcript of the text. 

Lawless French

Lawless French offers listening comprehension exercises for B2 learners with transcripts, grammar notes, and quizzes. Some of these are only available to subscribing members, but there are many that you can access for free.

Le Français à la une

If you struggle with understanding French newspaper headlines, look no further than Le Français à la une. Viviane, an experienced French teacher and journalist, reads out 3 headlines from 3 separate newspapers several times per month. With each headline, she breaks down the expressions, plays on words, and challenging vocabulary that are commonly used by journalists. Read the transcripts of each episode with a photo of the original headline on Viviane’s website, Oui-speakfrench.

Mankai Your French

Romain gives you two different series in his podcast, Mankai Your French. The shorter, 10-minute episodes introduce general topics about culture, health, and history. In Mankai Island, a guest must imagine themselves stranded on an island and describe what their island looks like. They then respond to a series of Romain’s questions. You’ll get to hear a variety of voices and join them on their imaginative journey. You can email Romain to get the transcripts or ask him questions. 

One Thing in a French Day

Three times per week, Laetitia talks to you for five minutes about her day. You’ll learn about life in Paris and meet Laetitia’s friends while improving your listening comprehension. Though major platforms only have a handful of episodes, there are over 1900 available on PodBean dating back to 2006. 

Ehoui!

Ehoui!’s founder and narrator, Virginie, has a master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language and over 10 years teaching around the world. In her podcast, she teaches you how to interact, speak, and make yourself understood in French. Tune in to topics like how to use different verb tenses, how to understand real-life questions, and which key phrases and vocabulary you need to express your emotions. 

French Voices

In the French Voices Podcast, Jessica helps you improve your listening comprehension through interviews with French speakers. You’ll hear from authors, planetary scientists, bird watchers, and more in natural French conversation. Make sure to listen to the interview in the second part of each two-part series, as the first part is usually an introduction in English. 

Les P’tits bateaux 

Children ask questions that may never even cross the minds of adults. Every week on Les P’tits bateaux, five specialists respond to five different questions posed by youth. You’ll learn the answers to questions such as, “how do you create a roadsign in a place where one didn’t previously exist?” “Why are children more afraid of things than adults?” and “How long have firemen existed for?” 

Video

innerFrench

In innerFrench, Hugo dedicates his channel to intermediate French learners. He focuses on French language and culture but sometimes dabbles in relationships and health. Many of his videos include funny interactions and personal insights. In each of them, you’ll feel like you’re interacting with a friend who cares about your progress and success. 

Oh La La, I Speak French!

Oh La La, I Speak French!’s intermediate web series will teach you about everyday situations through drama and humor. The episodes are engaging enough that you’ll probably forget that they’re intended for French learners. 

Wandering French

In Wandering French, Hélène teaches you Québécois French, helps you improve your listening comprehension, and takes you around the world at the same time. Many of her videos introduce topics specific to different countries or cities, such as the boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montreal, ice cream in Syria, or taxi boats in Bangkok. She also has a series called “Québécois 101” that will help you sound like a local Québécois in no time. You can find free transcripts and translations on her website.

Easy French

With Easy French, B2 learners can immerse themselves in authentic French directly from the streets of France. Like in most Easy Languages channels, the interviewers will choose a topic and ask the same questions to numerous native speakers. With each new face, you’ll get to familiarize yourself with different rhythms and vocabulary in spoken French.

Piece of French

In Piece of French, you can enjoy learning expressions and vocabulary in context with new videos every Wednesday. You’ll watch Elsa engage in everyday activities: yoga, eating, taking the train, and baking. But, she does an excellent job of tailoring her language to intermediate French learners, speaking naturally but clearly as she describes her thoughts and actions. She also provides language-learning tips and resources. If you watch the videos on her website, there are exercises to test your grammar and comprehension. 

Français Authentique

Johan from Français Authentique helps intermediate speakers improve their grammar, pronunciation, and grasp of French expressions. Johan teaches you French through authentic content and provides more than simple grammar lectures; you’ll hear him explain French jokes, explore philosophy, and use common expressions in context. Sometimes Johan’s children will join in to provide adorable introductions to the topic of the day. 

SolangeTeParle

Solange from SolangeTeParle is a character created by Ina Mihalache. Ina writes, edits, and produces these artistic videos, and she only recently revealed that she is not in fact Solange. She talks about life, sexuality, films, books, and culture. Though her channel is for native speakers, she speaks quite slowly and articulates clearly. This makes it an excellent option for Intermediate learners who are transitioning to native French content. 

Maj 

Maj, by Radio Canada, produces short videos about current events for youth. They have a fun series called “L’heure du thé” where Quebecois celebrities drink tea while responding to comments from their fans. All of these videos have French subtitles. 

C1

Reading

Lawless French

In collaboration with Kwiziq, Lawless French provides dual texts in English and French. After each article, you can read grammar notes, take a quiz, or check out the links to relevant lessons. In the C1 texts, you can read the opening pages to Les Misérables or Madame Bovary.

TV5Monde 

TV5Monde’s website has several articles for near-fluent French learners. They have some funny stories, but also articles about specific aspects of language such as palindromes, latin phrases, and holorimes. 

Listening

Journal en français Facile

Every weekday, you can listen to a 10-minute summary of current events with a transcript. Through these episodes, you can familiarize yourself with words and concepts that frequently occur in the news. 

French Voices

In the French Voices Podcast, Jessica helps you improve your listening comprehension through interviews with French speakers. You’ll hear from authors, planetary scientists, bird watchers, and more in natural French conversation. Make sure to listen to the interview in the second part of each two-part series, as the first part is usually an introduction in English. 

Choses à Savoir

Any French speaker or learner will find something that interests them in Choses à Savoir. The producers record between 8 and 15 three-minute podcasts per day and publish them under multiple podcast channels. Learn about science, history, sports, economy, celebrities, travel, sleep, and more — plus, read the free transcripts of each episode on their website. 

One Thing in a French Day

Three times per week, Laetitia talks to you for five minutes about her day. You’ll learn about life in Paris and meet Laetitia’s friends while improving your listening comprehension. Though major platforms only have a handful of episodes, there are over 1900 available on PodBean dating back to 2006. 

Émotions

Émotions by Louie Média is a popular podcast that explores both the scientific explanations and human experience of emotions. Through interviews with medical experts and powerful first-hand accounts, you’ll learn about what motivates human behaviour while improving your French at the same time. Whether it be shame, frustration, or gratitude, Émotions will take you on a powerful journey through the inner workings of the human experience. Louie Média also produces several other high-quality podcasts for your enjoyment. 

Parler comme jamai‪s‬

Made in collaboration with Les Éditions Le Robert, Parler Comme Jamais discusses the use of language, and what languages say about those who speak it. The host, Laélia Véron, is the author of the book, “Le français est à nous!” Through research and interviews with experts, she explores topics such as inclusive language, dead languages, and whether or not your dictionary has a political bias. Its producer, Binge Audio, also has several other high-quality podcasts for native speakers. 

À Poêle

If you love food and love listening to people talk about food, then you’ll want to check out À Poêle. Every second Thursday, you’ll meet chefs, restaurant owners, or entrepreneurs in the restaurant business. These individuals represent the current and future stars of haute cuisine. The episodes are about an hour long, but you can look in the description to find the time stamps for each topic discussed. 

Radio Canada International (RCI) 

RCI produces a variety of podcasts in French. Most of them focus on the history of Canada, but others highlight Canadian-led projects, interview Canadians about current events, or introduce different topics that are at the forefront of Canadian media. You’ll hear a variety of French-Canadian accents in these engaging series while learning about the past, present, and future of Canada. 

Radio France International (RFI)

RFI has over 100 different podcast channels, most of which are available on major streaming platforms, and all of which are available on their website. Two daily podcasts stand out in particular for advanced French learners: Les mots de l’actualité and De vive(s) voix. 

Les mots de l’actualité dedicates 3-minute episodes to a word from the news. The narrator provides multiple examples of its nuances and how it’s used in context. De vive(s) voix focuses on the French language in all its forms. You can explore how French words affect its speakers, curiosities in the French language, and the influence of Molière on comedy and writers. 

Video

Easy French

With Easy French, C1 learners can immerse themselves in authentic French directly from the streets of France. Like in most Easy Languages channels, the interviewers will choose a topic and ask the same questions to numerous native speakers. With each new face, you’ll get to familiarize yourself with different rhythms and vocabulary in spoken French.

SolangeTeParle

Solange from SolangeTeParle is a character created by Ina Mihalache. Ina writes, edits, and produces these artistic videos, and she only recently revealed that she is not in fact Solange. She talks about life, sexuality, films, books, and culture. Though her channel is for native speakers, she speaks quite slowly and articulates clearly. This makes it an excellent option for Intermediate learners who are transitioning to native French content. 

Cyprien 

Cyprien is one of the most popular French YouTubers on the internet, and he doesn’t disappoint. You can enjoy his short sketches about modern life: dates, theft, choices, and Cyprien’s many thoughts on technology. Plus, you’ll keep up to date with the latest slang and trends in under 10 minutes. This channel is like a binge-worthy Netflix series you can enjoy while improving your French at the same time.

Norman Fait des Vidéos

Norman is a comedian and another famous French YouTuber. He often produces entertaining sketches about random topics, such as Halloween, barbecues, cats, video games and Harry Potter. Other times he will produce vlogs, or collaborate with other famous YouTubers, like Cyprien, Natoo, and Ludovik. The variety of his videos will keep you interested and entertained while improving your French at the same time. 

Osons Causer

The producers of Osons Causer engage in extensive research and discussions before producing each video. They make the news and politics accessible to everyone and bring important global issues into the spotlight. Though the videos are fast-paced, the narrator’s explanations of finance, geopolitics, and environmentalism are easy to understand. Though they provide commentary on current events, they explore the ins and outs of each topic, beyond what typical news outlets provide. 

Rad

Rad, the ‘journalism laboratory’ of Radio Canada, gets input from its online audience to provide high-quality journalism. Its reporters go into the field to investigate topics such as health, language, the environment, and current events. The team puts a strong emphasis on interacting with people and learning about their perspectives. This is an excellent resource for anyone learning French from Canada. Though much of the focus is on Quebec French, you will also hear accents and dialects from across the country.

DirtyBiology

Léo both entertains and educates his audience with his discussions about biology. These videos will teach you about zebra stripes, whether cancer is a living organism, and the answer to the question: are you sure you’re alive? When Léo doesn’t know what to talk about, he answers questions from social media and films his research process.

Nota Bene

Nota Bene will take you through the history of Europe and the world. Whether you’re interested in science, social issues, economics, politics, or the military, the presenter’s clear narration and animated voice will keep you engaged. With Nota Bene, you will improve your listening comprehension while exploring topics like the eruption in Pompeii, secret societies, and historical events that influenced popular movies. 

The Golden Moustache

Similar to Studio Bagel, The Golden Moustache also produces parodies and short sketches. Many of their videos focus on alternate plotlines for popular movies, such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Saw. They also have their own premium series called Les Emmerdeurs, set during World War II. With French subtitles by your side, you can enjoy laughing and learning at the same time. 

C2

If you’re ready for material at the C2 level, congratulations! At this point, there should be a great deal of native content (content that doesn’t intentionally cater to language learners) that will make useful comprehensible input. You’re ready to join 77 million native French speakers in discovering a whole new world of content.

Reading

At the C2 level, you should be able to interact with more texts that weren’t designed for learners. Using the internet in French is a great way to get exposure to virtually unlimited native content, and a tool like Readlang can help you navigate the French-only environment. It’s a free browser extension that lets you perform one-click translations on any page you visit — pretty nifty.

News

News outlets can be wonderful sources of input once you’re at the C2 level. Not only do they include useful language for talking about a variety of current events, they can provide a meaningful connection with the life and culture of a French-speaking country you’re interested in.

International – TV5Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique

Europe – Radio France Internationale (RFI)

Africa – Jeune Afrique, BBC News Afrique

Algeria – Liberte

Belgium – rtbf.be

Canada – Radio Canada, TVA Nouvelles

France – Le Monde, 20 minutes, France 24

Guinea – Media Guinee

Haiti – Le Nouvelliste

Madagascar – L’Express

Morocco – Le360

Switzerland – Le Matin, swissinfo.ch

Listening

Émotions

Émotions by Louie Média is a popular podcast that explores both the scientific explanations and human experience of emotions. Through interviews with medical experts and powerful first-hand accounts, you’ll learn about what motivates human behaviour while improving your French at the same time. Whether it be shame, frustration, or gratitude, Émotions will take you on a powerful journey through the inner workings of the human experience. Louie Média also produces several other high-quality podcasts for your enjoyment. 

3 Bières

Trois Bières is one of the most popular Québécois podcasts — it was even nominated for best comedy podcast at the Canadian Gala Les Olivier. The three main hosts take topic suggestions from their listeners on different social media platforms and put the suggestions in a bag. They then randomly pick a subject to discuss together over a beer. Over the course of an episode, the team will choose three different topics (hence the name, 3 beers). Sometimes they invite famous Québecois artists or comedians to join them, too.  

Les Baladeurs

It’s not enough to call the individuals profiled in Les Baladeurs “travelers.” These are adventurers, and they will take you on a journey to relive their most challenging and thrilling experiences around the world. Join them as they Rock climb in Morocco, bike the Karakoram Highway between China and Pakistan, compete in the Whitbread sailing race around the world, and more in this high-quality series. 

Génération XX

Génération XX interviews female entrepreneurs about their projects and experiences. Learn about their professional and personal lives; let them inspire you with both their failures and successes; and gain more motivation for your French studies and personal endeavours. Though the series has ended, there are 100 episodes available on the Génération XX website and major streaming platforms. 

Parler comme jamai‪s‬

Made in collaboration with Les Éditions Le Robert, Parler Comme Jamais discusses the use of language, and what languages say about those who speak it. The host, Laélia Véron, is the author of the book, “Le français est à nous!” Through research and interviews with experts, she explores topics such as inclusive language, dead languages, and whether or not your dictionary has a political bias. Its producer, Binge Audio, also has several other high-quality podcasts for native speakers. 

À Poêle

If you love food and love listening to people talk about food, then you’ll want to check out À Poêle. Every second Thursday, you’ll meet chefs, restaurant owners, or entrepreneurs in the restaurant business. These individuals represent the current and future stars of haute cuisine. The episodes are about an hour long, but you can look in the description to find the time stamps for each topic discussed. 

Radio Canada International (RCI) 

RCI produces a variety of podcasts in French. Most of them focus on the history of Canada, but others highlight Canadian-led projects, interview Canadians about current events, or introduce different topics that are at the forefront of Canadian media. You’ll hear a variety of French-Canadian accents in these engaging series while learning about the past, present, and future of Canada. 

Radio France International (RFI)

RFI has over 100 different podcast channels, most of which are available on major streaming platforms, and all of which are available on their website. Two daily podcasts stand out in particular for advanced French learners: Les mots de l’actualité and De vive(s) voix. 

Les mots de l’actualité dedicates 3-minute episodes to a word from the news. The narrator provides multiple examples of its nuances and how it’s used in context. De vive(s) voix focuses on the French language in all its forms. You can explore how French words affect its speakers, curiosities in the French language, and the influence of Molière on comedy and writers. 

Nouvelle École

In Nouvelle École, Antonin invites French entrepreneurs and artists to talk about their life. This is a channel for anyone looking to be inspired by individuals who carved their own path to follow their passions. Though the podcast has ended, Antonin has interviewed over 85 different people.

La Grande Librairie

La Grande Librairie is a popular show and podcast that greatly influences book sales in France. In each episode, four writers are invited to talk about their newest piece of writing. If you’re looking for a new French novel, essay, comic, or anything in a literary form, these episodes can point you in the right direction. 

Video

Netflix Series

While simply watching a French-language show or movie is certainly worthwhile, extra studious learners can take advantage of Language Learning with Netflix (LLN), a freemium extension for the Chrome browser. It grants users the ability to easily navigate bilingual subtitles, save words, and more.

There are quite a few quality French-language movies on Netflix, meaning you’re likely to be able to find at least one you find binge worthy. Check out this list of shows to see what strikes you. You may also want to check out the LLN catalogue of content that has high-quality French subtitles.

Cyprien 

Cyprien is one of the most popular French YouTubers on the internet, and he doesn’t disappoint. You can enjoy his short sketches about modern life: dates, theft, choices, and Cyprien’s many thoughts on technology. Plus, you’ll keep up to date with the latest slang and trends in under 10 minutes. This channel is like a binge-worthy Netflix series you can enjoy while improving your French at the same time.

Norman Fait des Vidéos

Norman is a comedian and another famous French YouTuber. He often produces entertaining sketches about random topics, such as Halloween, barbecues, cats, video games and Harry Potter. Other times he will produce vlogs, or collaborate with other famous YouTubers, like Cyprien, Natoo, and Ludovik. The variety of his videos will keep you interested and entertained while improving your French at the same time. 

Osons Causer

The producers of Osons Causer engage in extensive research and discussions before producing each video. They make the news and politics accessible to everyone and bring important global issues into the spotlight. Though the videos are fast-paced, the narrator’s explanations of finance, geopolitics, and environmentalism are easy to understand. Though they provide commentary on current events, they explore the ins and outs of each topic, beyond what typical news outlets provide. 

Rad

Rad, the ‘journalism laboratory’ of Radio Canada, gets input from its online audience to provide high-quality journalism. Its reporters go into the field to investigate topics such as health, language, the environment, and current events. The team puts a strong emphasis on interacting with people and learning about their perspectives. This is an excellent resource for anyone learning French from Canada. Though much of the focus is on Quebec French, you will also hear accents and dialects from across the country.

DirtyBiology

Léo both entertains and educates his audience with his discussions about biology. These videos will teach you about zebra stripes, whether cancer is a living organism, and the answer to the question: are you sure you’re alive? When Léo doesn’t know what to talk about, he answers questions from social media and films his research process.

Nota Bene

Nota Bene will take you through the history of Europe and the world. Whether you’re interested in science, social issues, economics, politics, or the military, the presenter’s clear narration and animated voice will keep you engaged. With Nota Bene, you will improve your listening comprehension while exploring topics like the eruption in Pompeii, secret societies, and historical events that influenced popular movies. 

Studio Bagel 

Studio Bagel produces sketches, parodies, and funny advertisements. They even have their own YouTube Original mini-series for your enjoyment. If you’re a fan of College Humor, you’ll probably enjoy this team of comedians.

The Golden Moustache

Similar to Studio Bagel, The Golden Moustache also produces parodies and short sketches. Many of their videos focus on alternate plotlines for popular movies, such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Saw. They also have their own premium series called Les Emmerdeurs, set during World War II.