Podcast are a great way to improve your understanding and speaking in French. Just by improving these competences, you are on you way to passing your French exam.
But exactly what are podcast?
Well podcast are prerecorded program you can find online. It can pretty much consist of audio files, video files, documents, or any combination of the three. Podcast consist of different episodes of various lengths.
You can chose to just download the files that you want or you can subscribe to the podcast and get regular updates as they release new stuff. Podcast are pretty great because they are also FREE.
Where to get Your Podcast:
You can download some podcast directly from the hosting website to your chosen listening device or external services such as Itunes, Google Reader, My Yahoo, Net Vibes Etc.
Recommended Podcast for Learning French
For learning French, there are a lot of podcast to learn French out there, however if you are thinking of taking a French exam such as the DELF, TCF or the TEF, Coffee Break French, Yabla french and Learn French by Podcast are a definite must-have. These three podcasts are well developed and are really adapted to the needed of the student who is preparing for an exam.
Podcast for the Level A1 and A2:
Start with the podcast “Coffee Break French” season 1. These podcast which starts with the very basics, is great for true beginners as well as false beginners who just want to get a refresher on the basics. A lot of time is spent getting the learner to focus on pronunciation and sentences structure. All the grammar stuff is clearly broken down and overall the podcast is pretty enjoyable.It provides very good supplementary resources for your DELF A1 and DELF A2 exam or other french exams.
Podcast for The Level: A1-C2
Apprendre.tv: Test de Connaisance du Francais, is available from TV5 Monde. This podcast provides training exercises for the TCF. It is great for anyone who is preparing for the TCF exam. It covers all the areas of the TCF, so you will be working on improving you french with authentic type exam questions. There is also a transcript and hand-out for the exercises located on the podcast. You can download the handout from Tv5 Monde website or you can download it with your podcast.
Podcast for the Level B1 to C2:
“Learn French with Podcast” is on the top of the list. “Learn French with Podcast” offer professional recording on not only formal French but also the day to day French you will find in the streets. All the explanations are very clear and the dialogs are pretty realistic. Using the podcast will definitely give you an advantage over the other candidates.
Transcripts are also available (paid) for all the lessons and are completed with very clear explanation on grammar and vocabulary.
Podcast for all levels : A1 -C2
Yabla French is a great way for French learners who wish to improve their language skills. This podcast is based on the website of the same name. It consist of authentic French videos which covers topics such as include television programs, music videos, interviews, documentaries, and travel. Yabla French provides two download options: Caption only in french or caption with english and french.
The beauty about Yabla french is that it offers video clips for someone who is at the A1 level to someone at the C2 level. For the podcast versions, however does not have the exercise practice that normally comes with the website versions. All in all, this is a great podcast to have to start you off with authentic listening at any level.
Podcast for levels : A2 -B2
“News in Slow french” is developed by Linguistica 360.In the podcast They discuss the Weekly News in simplified french, at a slow pace so that you can understand almost every word and sentence while observing French grammar, and French expressions .
Lessons with transcripts, are published on the podcast website and contain hundreds of learning lessons from beginning to intermediate French.Even though they state that this podcast is for beginner to intermediate, I would recommended that you have completed at least level A1 before considering this podcast. It might be slow but there is a lot of vocabulary and expression that as a total beginner will leave you totally frustrated.
Podcast for level B1-C2
This podcast is called 7 jours sur la planete: Video. As the name says, this is a podcast of videos
Podcast for the Level B1 to C2:
This podcast allows you listen to natural, unrehearsed French on a variety of topics recorded by native speakers in France. These podcast comes sometimes in a video format, so you are able to watch the video, making it a little more interesting.
You can also visit the podcast website and read along with the transcripts to improve your oral comprehension. This podcast is targeted at students or independent learner who want to learn the real spoken language of France as opposed to textbook language.
Podcast for the Level B2 to C2:
France Culture is brought to you by the group Radio France. It allows you to listen to programmes on various topics n a podcast format, anywhere in the world. Topics includes Current affairs, Literature, Art and entertainment, History, Science etc. All of these topics are essential to you Comprehension Orale of your favourite french exam. This podcast based on the fact that it currently all in french and does not have a transcript, is recommended to Levels B2 and above.
Have you tried any of these podcast and want to share your experience with other exam takers or do you just want to recommend another podcast? Leave a comment: