Claude Convers at Mrs. Dalloways

Books & Tools Recommendation


Recommended Verbs and Grammar Books

Essential French Grammar — by Seymour Resnick

Grammaire Progressive du Français — Edition CLE
   (All levels are good but as a beginner, use the orange one)

Conjugaison Progressive du Français — Edition CLE
 La Conjugaison / Verb book — Bescherelle


Online Support, Grammatical Tools, and Podcasts

Wordreference Dictionary

Reverso French English Dictionary and Conjugator

French Dictionaries and Thesaurus

Le Point du FLE, for grammar and exercises

Learn French with the BBC

Pronounciation with acapela

Coffee Break French
News in Slow French


Recommended Books

Easier readings:

• Commissaire Maigret — Series by Georges Simenon

• Le Petit Nicolas — Series by Sempé / Goscinny

• Le Petit Prince — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

• L'œil du loup — Daniel Pennac


Intermediate to advanced readings:

• Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part — Anna Gavalda

• L'échappée belle — Anna Gavalda

• La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert — Joël Dicker (un auteur suisse romand)
• Le livre des Baltimores — Joël Dicker
• Un avion sans elle — Michel Bussi

• Classics by Jules Verne, Guy de Maupassant, Marcel Pagnol

• Murder Mystery by Boileau-Narcejac, Guillaume Musso, Fred Vargas


Online French Magazines, Newspapers and Stories

Even as a beginner, you’ll be surprised to see how much you can understand. However, chose a subject of interest to you, it will make reading much easier.

Free Ebooks

Online Magazines in French

Contes de Perrault

Contes Africains


French-Speaking Media

One of the best way to learn with effortless effort. While practicing your French ear you’ll have the feeling to be in another country.

French TV and Media

Radio France

Radio Television Suisse Romande —

Unusual Documentaries on Mystere TV

Listen to French Tales on Librivox


Listen to French Singers

Print the lyrics, it will help tremendously with comprehensions.

Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf, Juliette Greco, Charles Aznavour, Jacque Brel, Françoise Hardy, Barbara, Françis Cabrel, MC Solar, ex-Madame la Présidente Carla Bruni, Stromae...


Watch French Movies

You'll find many wonderful French movies and series on Netflix, YouTube, at your library or even, maybe, at a video store near you. Watch with or without French or English subtitles. Here are a few favorites:

• Les Intouchables — The Intouchables

• L' élégance du hérisson — The Hedgehog
• Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain — Amélie
• Les choristes — The Chorus
• Il y a longtemps que je t'aime — I Loved You so Long
• Au revoir les enfants

• La guerre des boutons
• Les yeux jaunes des crocodiles

• Le prénom — What's in a Name?