Here are a few interesting links I have found about French,
learning French and especially children's computer games for
Online French-Learning Sites
- Tower of Babelfish:
How to learn French to fluency effectively and efficiently.
Gabriel Wyner's ideas really make sense to me, and I wish I'd started
French this way - I still have to translate everything I hear and
say, whereas my children became fluent very quickly via full
immersion in French schools. Gabriel Wyner emphasizes
learning French with NO English translations (just pictures, videos,
CDs etc), plus Anki for flashcards,
an early pronunciation focus, and
frequency lists for vocabulary. He learnt French to C1 fluency in
4-5 months with these methods.
- qcfrench.com has some neat
audio practice lessons, where you can listen to some conversations and
then hear pronunciation of key words. They also have some free worksheets.
has French word lists and online games to help learn nouns, verbs and
phrases. Try their flash cards (with sound) and Lingo Dingo!
has several French language resources. When you place your
cursor over an image, you see and hear the French word for it.
grammar guide uses the same technology. This project is
collaborative. The voices you hear are from local volunteers and most
of the content has been developed and is being developed with the
help of volunteers contributing through the Internet. See
- FrenchLearner.com has
lots of sounds bites and videos in French.
- bab.la is a language portal offering free
online dictionaries, vocabulary trainers, quizzes, games and a
It has a collaborative English-French dictionary.
frenchtogether.com is a useful blog on tools and ideas for learning French.
- The NetTVDB
France page has
an online database of over 20 online TV stations from France,
some of which provide live video feeds so that you can watch French
TV programmes over the internet. The main NetTVDB web site has
1000s of links to TV stations from over 100 countries, offering
live TV and pre recorded TV programmes on the Net.
by Mark Gibbons, is a site designed to help anyone learning French to
practice online free (if you want to use the French sound files,
there is a small charge after the trial period). The site can be
fully customised to your specific level, and data can be requested if
it's not already there.
- A free French
tutorial, which includes a section on French culture.
- A French
Language Tutorial has some useful non-interactive resources for
is a website for people to learn French online for free. It has
topic-based sets of vocabulary, grammar examples, and guides to
pronunciation etc. Not very interactive, but good for printing
and reading off-line.
- The American Association of Teachers
of French has a lot of online links and material.
(Eg. 'Classroom Activities').
Computer Games for Learning French
- KidsSpeak French from Transparent.com gets great
reviews, but I haven't tried it myself.
- Smart Start French (was called "TriplePlay Plus")
seems to only be available second-hand now (for Windows 95!).
This uses the Dragon speach engine to check your
pronunciation. We used this under Windows XP and my
children quite enjoyed it.
Reference Sites on the Web
Writing French accents online
is an online text editor designed for typing French.
It lets your enter French characters easily without memorizing Alt codes or
installing keyboard layouts. You can cut and paste the resulting
text into any document.
Writing French in Emacs
Another thing I find useful is ways of entering french accents in
Emacs (where is this documented?). Typing C-X 8 before various
characters gives you accented characters (assuming that you are
using the ISO 8859 Latin-N character set, which is usually the default).
The ones that are useful for french are:
These all work for uppercase characters too (except "y).
|Character after C-X 8||Character inserted|
|<||Open quotation (<<)|
|>||Close quotation (>>)|
|'a 'e 'i 'o 'u 'y||accent aigu above that character|
|`a `e `i `o `u||accent grave above that character|
|^a ^e ^i ^o ^u||accent circonflexe above that character|
|"a "e "i "o "u "y||accent tr�ma (trema) above that character|
|,c ,C||c�dille (cedille) below that character|
do M-x standard-display-european to display these accents nicely
on the screen (assuming you have the right font on your system).
Try M-x iso-transl-set-language if you type in french all the time
and want more convenient entry. (See the ios-transl Emacs macro package).
Or, if you use VIPER (VI-emulation), see M-x iso-accents-mode.
Information about Different kinds of French Companies
LixFori site Excellent articles by French lawyer.
Explains SA, SARL companies mainly.
Last modified: Thu May 8 08:28:39 EST 2014