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La langue française
La langue française
A comprehensive resource for the French language.

Dictionary, conjugation, spelling, expressions, proverbs, literature and dictation exercises.

In fact just about all you could ask for from a language site.

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Oral Comprehension
Dix stratégies pour échouer en compréhension orale
A somewhat unusual approach from Commun francais setting out ten strategies that will cause you to fail at oral comprehension, rather than tips on how to succeed.

This is not as daft as it might sound since we all sometimes do things with the best intentions that hinder rather than help our progress.
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Spoken French
French Today - Spoken French
French Today is a useful resource if you want to learn about French as it is spoken by the French. This article compares modern spoken French with written French, that's to say what many people are taught when they learn the language. And, of course, having learnt French as it is written, it's hardly surprising that it comes as quite a shock when you encounter a French person speaking how they normally speak, which is quite different.
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Lawless French
C'est or Il est ?
"The French expressions c’est and il est can be tricky because they are synonymous but not interchangeable. Which one to use depends less on meaning than it does on grammar."
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ilini.com
ilini.com
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.
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CEFR - Levels
CEFR
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an accepted reference for evaluating a speaker's ability using 'can-do' descriptors. These descriptors are a bit formal but if you expand this post you will find a table that takes a much lighter approach.
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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.
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Le Robert Correcteur
Le Robert Correcteur
A few years ago I bought the Le Robert Correcteur. It is a spelling and grammar checker for French, something that is incredibly useful if one has the intention of writing in French. But circumstances have conspired to cause me to consider an alternative.

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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.
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