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News in Slow French
News in Slow French
The short video on the home page of this site offers you a way of moving on from a plateau, that's to say you've reached a certain level but want to improve. The idea is to achieve a degree of immersion by listening to the daily news.

In my book I've suggested this approach as a useful strategy, referring specifically to the RFI Savoirs site operated by Radio France International. News in Slow French is based on the same idea but caters for a wider range of abilities. There is a section for beginners entitled Get up to Speed (G.U.T.S.). This starts from the very basics, with introductions in English, and as such differs from the sections for intermediate and advanced users, which present French news stories in French. In my opinion RFI Savoirs is arguably more challenging than even the advanced level of News in Slow French, which they call Change of Pace.

There is limited free content but this is fundamentally a subscription-based course and it's not cheap. What's more, News in Slow French, which is deemed intermediate, has it's own subscription, as does G.U.T.S. (beginners) and Change of Pace (advanced). That's to say each requires a separate subscription.

For News in Slow French, a one-year subscription to the lowest (Bronze) level costs $109.90. Subscribing gives you access to the complete audio files and full transcripts. Silver membership ($169.90/annum) releases grammar tuition, while Gold ($179.90) adds pronunciation practice. And there's also an audio only subscription, without transcripts, for $59.90.

However, the free content is sufficient to allow you to listen to a few minutes of news every day, which is great for maintaining your comprehension skills. The first part of the transcript of each free audio file is also available.

I have installed the iPhone version and it can be a bit confusing when you first open the application, as you are presented with a login dialogue. But there is also a button for free content, which will give you access to the free files. (see screen image)

An Android version is also available.

And you can even add a skill to Amazon Echo devices should you have one. Just say, "Alexa, ask slow french to play the latest episode", and she will oblige.
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