Discover Paristique!

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Paristique’s beautiful watercolour interactive map

If you are planning a trip to Paris or just want to learn more about the City of Lights’ history, head to the very cool website called Paristique!

Paristique is an interactive online map where each dot represents an urban element: a street, a square, a boulevard or a parvis (6,840 places in total).
If you want to learn about the origin of a place’s name, all you have to do is click on it and a box explaining the origin and history of that place will open.

Note: the site is exclusively in French!

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An example of a street description on Paristique

Guillaume Derolez, a Google engineer and creator of Paristique, carried out an impressive amount of research about Parisian streets on the no less impressive City of Paris’ Open Data website.

The result is pretty impressive with its gorgeous watercolour map, colour-coded points of interest (white for streets, yellow for squares, pedestrian streets in blue).

So if you have some time to check it out, do not hesitate! A good way to practise your reading skills in French!

 

Source: outilstice.com; paristique.fr; 20minutes;fr;
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You can sit with me

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There is one topic I have always been passionate about, as a teacher, a mother and a writer, and this topic is bullying.

I loathe bullying and my heart sinks every time I hear of bullying stories driving beautiful young souls to despair. I believe that no child should feel alone, insecure or threatened.

So when I see a campaign or an initiative which goal is to help eradicate this sneaky from of violence, I need to share it with the world! And I cross fingers people will get on board and help fight this worldwide epidemic.

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11 useful websites to learn/teach French!

 

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Whether you are learning French or teaching the “langue de Molière”, you probably have found yourself in the situation of trying to find some cool and useful websites to assist you with your French.
And if you indeed have, then you probably know how frustrating this process can be!! So many places to look, so little time, right?

So in order to save you some precious time, I have put together a list of some of my favourite sites, for all levels.

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Understanding the ASSIMIL method – Comprendre la méthode ASSIMIL

Did you know that the first ever ASSIMIL method was published in 1929, a mere 86 years ago?

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ASSIMIL is a French company that was founded by Alphonse Chérel in 1929. The company creates and published many language courses.
With its first “sans peine” collection, the ASSIMIL method became successful thanks to its funny everyday life type dialogues using intuitive learning.
First, the learner focuses on oral comprehension and listens to dialogues that are translated and repeated. This phase is known as the passive phase.
The active phase consists in intuitively reproducing what has been learnt “passively”. The key of its success being repetition and the use of authentic and quality humorous dialogues.
A good old teaching method that is working!

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WIN my latest ASSIMIL French workbook! [Competition inside]

I am very proud and excited to announce the publishing of my latest book!
Je suis fière de vous annoncer la publication de mon dernier ouvrage !

French Workbook 2015

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French for false beginners

This easy-to-use workbook has been designed specifically for false beginners in French. It includes 200 fun-filled exercises (with answers) which follow a logical progression. You will be able to self-assess your level at the end of each chapter. Every aspect of the language has been covered, including grammar, spelling, vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation and accentuation.

– 200 fun-filled exercises (with answers) to learn French
– Tasks include: matching, fill the blanks, find the odd one, unscrambling exercises, crosswords, riddles and more.
– Grammar, conjugation, spelling, pronunciation and accentuation
– Test yourself with our self-assessment tasks

Cahier d’exercices de français pour anglophones   Niveau : faux débutants
Ce cahier d’exercices très pratique et ludique a été conçu spécialement pour les faux-débutants en français.
Plus de 200 exercices à la progression étudiée et sous forme de jeux sont proposés, accompagnés de leurs corrigés.
À la fin de chaque chapitre, vous pourrez également auto-évaluer votre niveau de langue.
Aucune dimension de la langue n’a été oubliée : la grammaire, l’orthographe, la syntaxe, la prononciation et même l’accentuation des mots !
  • Plus de 200 exercices de français
  • Jeux, QCM, exercices à trous, etc.
  • Conjugaison, syntaxe, grammaire
  • Tests d’auto-évaluation

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WIN a signed copy of Adventures of SuperYam: Harry and SuperYam™ [competition inside]

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Meet SuperYam™, the superhero who represents the world of fruit, vegetables and healthy eating!

Harry and SuperYam™, written by Sydney mum Alla Novochenok-Serhan and illustrated by Jay Rollins, is the first story from Adventures of SuperYam™; a children’s picture-book series promoting food education and tackling childhood obesity.
SuperYam™ is the intergalactic superhero who travels to Earth to help Harry, a young boy who gets to discover an exciting and wonderful world of fruit and vegetables and through this journey, changes his perception of healthy eating.

With SuperYam™’s help, Alla is inspiring children to think about their food choices and helps parents to facilitate the necessary changes. SuperYam™ teaches children about benefits of healthy fresh food – where it comes from, how it positively impacts on their well-being and how it can ultimately empower them.
A charming rhyme-filled script and bright, vivid illustrations team up to create an easy and understandable read for young children – a journey they can and want to join. Included in the book is also SuperYam’s™ delicious Vegetable Soup recipe – a way to entice young readers to get involved further; perhaps all the way to the dinner table!

“I wanted to create a bridge between a story my kids would find amusing and their meal times. Kids cant get enough of superheros and so I’ve given them SuperYam™ – a superhero who can guide and inspire, rather than just drive fast cars or shoot lasers – but ultimately still end up saving their world where the number one villain is obesity” says Alla. Continue reading

Le Forum, your French Bookshop in Australia

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Do you know Le Forum?

Because if you don’t, well, then, you should!

Le Forum is a bookshop which was established in Fremantle in 2004. It is an independent bookstore dedicated to bring the best of French culture to Australia’s doorstep. All of their products are also accessible via their online-selling shop and available to be shipped across Australia and New Zealand. If you are in the Perth Area, you can even visit their shop (address below)!

They sell:

  • Australia’s largest selection of French language books
  • French Authors translated into English
  • Resource material for students and French teachers
  • Books about Australia for our overseas visitors
  • DVDs: A selection of French movies subtitled or available in both languages.

In Addition, they organise:

  • Story telling sessions
  • Book club
  • Book signing, meet the author

Events will be announced on the ‘home’ page of their website (see below).

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Another wonderful initiative is French Books on Wheels Inc (Le Van du Livre) which is a registered not-for-profit association in Australia. The project aims at meeting francophiles and francophones and familiarise them with French language publications through cultural exchanges all over Australia. With their partner ‘Le Forum’, a selection of books, magazines and DVDs is for sale in the van.

Working in the Van is Anne Mangeant, who has been living in Australia for 15 years and who represents Bayard and Milan Presse, the educational magazines for children and young adults. Also working in the Van is Jacques Bernard, who set up the first and only French bookshop Le Forum in Australia 10 years ago. He is very active in the Association Internationale des Libraires Francophones (AILF) which is based in Paris.

I have had the pleasure to meet them both and must say that they are extremely nice and helpful! Definitely part of my “Amazing Frenchies in Australia” category!

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So do not waste any more time and go and browse their well-stocked website or shop!

http://www.leforum.com.au/index.html

Le Forum, your French bookshop in Australia
3 Westgate Mall, Fremantle WA
(between Adelaide and Cantonment street)
(08) 9 3355 730 – info@leforum.com.au
ABN
: 45 161 606 496