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!
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;
The biggest festival of French films outside of France!
Now in its 28th year, the AF (Alliance Française) French Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Australia but also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Last year, the AF offered 2,450 sessions nation-wide with a programme comprising 48 movies!
This festival is an opportunity to see the best of contemporary French cinema.
This year, it will be screening from the 7th to the 30th of March, opening with “The Odyssey” (Directed by Jérôme Salle / Starring Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou & Pierre Niney) and closing with the movie “A bun in the oven” (Directed by Nadège Loiseau / Starring Karin Viard, Philippe Rebbot & Hélène Vincent).
The festival will be presenting no less than 45 different movies in total from directors such as Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.
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.
Did you know that the first ever ASSIMIL method was published in 1929, a mere 86 years ago?
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!
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 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
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)!
- 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).
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!
So do not waste any more time and go and browse their well-stocked website or shop!
Le Forum, your French bookshop in Australia
3 Westgate Mall, Fremantle WA
(between Adelaide and Cantonment street)
(08) 9 3355 730 – firstname.lastname@example.org
ABN: 45 161 606 496
Preparing for an oral examination can be very daunting as there is no place to hide!
But don’t panic! It can be a stress-free experience provided you are well prepared and know what to expect.
Below is a list of things to do in order to make your examination a much easier adventure!
1) Your presentation (if any) but not by heart. It must sound natural and authentic, not monotonous and rehearsed!
2) Key words / Linking words / Connecting words: which will help link your ideas together, develop and make an argument.
3) Vocabulary: have an A to Z notebook in which you can record all important new words. Use rich and varied vocabulary.
A to Z vocab notebook
4) Read assessment of past oral exams (http://bit.ly/1KvK2re – http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc_exams/2014/ ). They help you get familiar with the format of the exam as well as with the type of questions asked. This is probably the most valuable tip of them all!
5) Practise responding to a wide range of sample questions (http://bit.ly/1wZxkpb).
6) Record yourself on the webcam or iPhone practising your oral (you can do this with friends whom you feel comfortable with and give each other productive advice and criticism). Watch it and see what you could improve on! If with friends, why not practising as an examiner-student role-play!
7) Practise your numbers.
8) Practise asking questions (also such as « Pouvez-vous répéter la question, s’il vous plaît ? »).
9) Watch French movies or shows with subtitles (SBS for example);
10) If you need a tutor, find a tutor you feel comfortable with, who has adequate credentials and who is familiar with the examination (check my website http://www.estellebox.com for information about SKYPE tutoring lessons);
11) Make sure to maintain eye contact throughout the conversation.
12) Don’t forget to smile (even if you do not feel like it and where appropriate)! Continue reading