A question I often get from beginner students who made the effort to start learning French and don’t want to loose the knowledge they’ve just acquired is : what can I do to practice during my spare time?

There are a lot of ressources you can use to keep practising such as watching French news, series and movies with subtitles if possible, listening to podcasts, joining French-English conversation groups with Meetups and local organizations, and of course reading books. But the idea of having 200 to 300 pages in French can be sometimes frightening.  What I would recommend is to start with kids or young adults books. The best way to read these books is with the bilingual text and/or with the audio version so that you can also improve your pronunciation.

Here is a selection of books I’ve used myself in English to improve my vocabulary and grammatical style :

  • Charlie et la Chocolaterie (Charly and the Chocolate Factory) de Roald Dahl
  • James et la Grosse Pêche (James and the Giant Peach) de Roald Dahl
  • Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) d’Antoine de St Exupéry
  • Les Aventures de Tintin (The adventures of Tintin) d’Hergé
  • Le Petit Nicolas (Little Nicolas) de René Goscinny
  • Vendredi ou la vie sauvage (Friday or the Other Island) de Michel Tournier
  • La Chouette Idée d’Alexandre Pluche (Alexandre Pluche’sGgreat Idea) de Gérard Glatt
  • Lullaby (Lullaby) de J.M Le Clézio
  • Le blé en herbe (the Game of Love) de Colette
  • Les contes de ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Tales) de Charles Perrault

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