Saturday, April 23, 2016

Free Resources To Get You Learning, Reading, Writing and Speaking French

Learn French by Podcast
Learn French with Alexa
Rocket French
Français Authentique
Easy French Poetry
One Thing in a French Day
Cultivate Your French  
Learn French with Daily Lessons
News in Slow French
Le journal en français facile
Daily French Pod (website)
French (website)
Learn French by Podcast (iwebsite)
Je (website)
One Minute French ( website)
Learn Out Loud: Survival Phrases (website)
French Pod 101 ( website)

the catalogs of the “Language learning” section within the Podcast section of the iTunes store

2.) Radiolingua Network — Coffee Break French

3.) 4.)   Livres Audio Gratuit


5.) News in Slow French

6.)   iTtunes Bonus Tip:

enter the itunes store, and scroll down, all the way until you see 4 categories titled “explore,” “features,” “Help,” and “manage.”
Below the category that says “manage,” click on the link “change country.”
we want to find more French podcasts, so try changing your country to France or some other country with French as official language.

7.) and the forums;

8.)  Google Translator
9.) —  “the coolest dictionary known to Hombre”

10.)  Anki SRS Virtual Flashcards

11.) Facebook Language options – Change your facebook to French
12.)  Wikipedia en francaise

Also, it’s very good for subject specific vocabulary.  Just check out the wiktionnaire


Wikipedia entry on French Grammar

12.) The Wikibooks and Wikiversity French Courses.

13.) Foreign Service Institute Free Language Courses

14.) The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

15.) BBC Languages guide to French

16.) Six newspapers in French

17.) TV5 Monde

18.) National Geographic en francaise

19.) Lyrics Training

20) xkcd  webcomics

21) 14 French Worksheets Websites Worth Getting Worked Up Over

22.) – “All the words in the world. Pronounced”

23.) The Open University – french Podcasts and Free language course

24.) Enhancing French Skills

25.) Francais interactif
26.) The Internet Polyglot: french Lesson Catalog
27.) The Omniglot Forum

32.) – A free educational website for language exchanges via Skype

33.) Verbling Global Language Exchange Communities

34.) Memrise – Online Community Language Learning

35.) The Genius App — Spaced Repetition Memorization by

36.) Duolingo — “Free Language Education for the World”

37.) Quizlet Online Language Learning and Virtual Flashcards

38.)’s French Language Learning Resources

39.) Conjuguemos

40.)  Pictolang

37.) – I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years Article.

38.) French proverbs

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Finding the time

"There are good and bad times to study, and people often fail to take advantage of the good ones.
Early in the morning: by rising 15 minutes earlier, you can read a page of Russian a day.
At lunchtime: you could practice Italian for 15 minutes rather than chatting with office-mates.
Before dinner: a session with your vocabulary cards may help pass the time, and no rule forbids learning a language with a martini in your hand; in fact, it may lower your inhibitions.
I knew a man who used his shaving time to learn Chinese. He posted a few Chinese characters on his mirror every morning and looked at them while shaving. It cost him a nick or two, but within a few months he had learned 500 Chinese characters solely while shaving."

Paul Pimsleur; Learn Languages

"Learn how to keep your flash cards handy. Whip them out and flash test yourself the instant you find yourself with the time. (The person you’re walking with stops to look at a shop window. You’ve read the menu, finished the newspaper, and the waiter hasn’t come yet. The clerk has to validate your credit card. There’s a line at the bank or at the ticket counter. The elevator seems to be stopping at all floors.) Learn how to draw those cards out and start flashing even if all you’ll have is five seconds. If the person you’re telephoning doesn’t answer until the fifth ring, he’s given you time to go through two or three entries. Learn to be quick. I’ve learned how to master a whole new Chinese character between the time I dial the last digit and the time my party says hello."

"You can learn a language in twelve months using only those moments you didn’t realise you had. Moments we instinctively bid goodbyes to include those spent waiting for and riding in elevators, waiting for the person you’re dialing to answer, waiting while he puts you on hold, waiting for a long outgoing message from someone’s answering machine to reach its conclusion. There are those moments when you’re helplessly trapped – when someone who’s too good a friend to hang up on delivers an unending narrative requiring no verbal participation on your part beyond an occasional grunt, groan, “dear me,” “gee whiz,” or other appropriate interjection to let him know you’re still there. It’s usually safe to divert some of your attention from your friend to your flash cards.
What do you normally do when you’re waiting in line at the bank, the post office, the airline counter, the bus or train station, or the supermarket checkout counter?
What do you do while you brush your teeth? You could be listening to a language cassette. What plans have you made for the time you’re going to spend waiting behind your steering wheel at the gas pump? Or waiting for the rinse cycle? Waiting for the school bus?
You get the point. An honest, thorough scrutiny of your normal week will yield dozens, even hundreds, of minutes that can be put to work learning your target language. And don’t forget, a scrap of time need be no longer than five seconds to advance you closer to your goal.
Arrange your life so you will never be caught without something to study in your target language. If you carry a briefcase or a pocketbook, your grammar book or newspaper, even your dictionary, can be your companion. Phrase books are usually so thin they easily fit into a coat pocket. There’s nothing holy about your foreign language newspaper. Cut off a page and fold it up and carry it with you, along with your highlighter.
Certainly we can all agree there’s no excuse ever to get caught without flash cards. The instant you get stymied – in line at the cash machine, waiting for a store clerk, etc. – pull out your deck of flash cards and get to work.
When you’re walking through town or through the park, jogging, riding in a bus or train too crowded for reading, or driving or riding in a car at night, obviously you can’t play with flash cards. These are, however, also hidden moments that offer exquisite opportunities for foreign language infusion. (Use that time to listening cassettes.)

- Barry Farber; How to Learn Any Language

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

female polyglots

I just realized something...

There's plenty of female polyglots, but WE DON'T COUNT BECAUSE WE ARE "GIRLS".
Why? Because guys see it as a pissing contest :D
It's not because of some misogyny or so, it's not that boys think girls can't do it as well as they can, it's just that in their mind we don't compete in the same category. So it doesn't matter if I am better than all the boys, I'm still not in the competition, simply because I'm a girl.

That is also why some guys are so openly hostile about Benny Lewis (Fluent in 3). He's "cheating". He isn't playing by the rules, but still claims the achievements. And while doing that, he's happily traveling the world and reaping the benefits, while the more studious and silent boys sitting in their studies doing it "the right way", have most likely never even been outside their country...

Anyway, I'm going to do a Paavo Nurmi. Keep pissing, boys, I'm out.

Here's a couple of female language bloggers and vloggers
(not saying they are female polyglots, not saying they aren't...)