Bonjour, and welcome to what I hope is an eclectic mix of French content that reflects my day to day encounters with news, commentary and learning materials, mainly from a variety of francophone sources that I follow on social media.
An analysis of a paper entitled "A Critical Period for Second Language Acquisition", this article delves into the source data to correct the impression given by some journalists that becoming fluent in another language as an adult might be impossible.
In France, the issue of the feminisation of the names of professions has been a recurring debate, at times lively. In a perhaps unexpected move, the Académie française, guardian of the language of Molière, has agreed in principle to the adoption of feminine titles where these don't already exist.
An interesting article that reports how bilinguals not only have the ability to switch between two languages, but how each language can influence how they perceive time in terms of the future and the past.
Another new film review in the Cinema pages. This time a comedy centred around a middle-aged woman whose life is falling apart because of her jealousy of everybody around her. It's funnier than it sounds!
I've added a new film review to the Cinema pages. If you find the French country life appealing, you should love this documentary that follows the lives of a group of family farmers in the Périgord region of southwest France.
Podcasts are great listening practice and this site offers a large number of dialogues at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It is also possible to select content based on the DELF levels A1 through to C1.
Yet another app to help you with your French. This time it’s dedicated to vocabulary. As is increasingly the case these days, it’s subscription based with limited free content to entice you in. However, with five minutes of free content a day it provides you with a useful regular vocabulary refresher. There are prompts inviting you to upgrade to a subscription and occasional advertisements.