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innerFrench YouTube channel
I was introduced to this YouTube channel by a Tweet from Language Crawler. This guy not only speaks very clearly and at a manageable pace but his videos also cover some really interesting topics.

In the case of the few videos I've watched comprehension without subtitles would, I believe, require an intermediate level of French.

I look forward to exploring more of his material.
Based in Lyon this site offers 5 videos per month for free account holders. There are unlimited videos if you pay a subscription, plus other learning aids.

They are short topical videos with French subtitles. You can also add English subtitles or select a slow motion mode, although this distorts the voices and I wouldn’t recommend it.
Language Fluency
How do we measure language fluency?
If you mention to somebody that you speak a foreign language the response often will be to ask whether you are fluent. But what is fluency?

This article considers that question.
Les Locutions Latines

Les 47 locutions latines les plus utilisées par les francophones

Les locutions Latines
An article in French from the site La Langue française. We are told that these 47 locutions, or phrases, are omnipresent in French literature, being used to show culture and refinement. But in some cases the usage has become so popular that they are now used naturally in the day to day language.
Learning vocabulary
Success in memorising word translations using four different methods.
Learning vocabulary
Taken from an article that considers memorising techniques - The Art and Science of Remembering - this particular example considers recalling the translations of foreign words flashed on a computer screen. Four groups used different methods and were tested a week later.
Hello in different languages
Five reasons English speakers struggle to learn foreign languages
An interesting article from The Conversation giving five reasons why English people might find the acquisition of a foreign language difficult. These are:

  • Noun gender
  • Gender agreement
  • Formal and personal forms of you
  • Applying the 'case system'
  • The effect of mood - verb inflection
MIT Learning Language Report
MIT Scientists prove adults learn language to fluency nearly as well as children
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.
Drops app
Podcast Français Facile
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.
Drops app
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.
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