Episode 14 – Let’s read in French

Coucou à tous,

Welcome to the fourteenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. It’s been more than a year that French Blabla exists and it’s all thanks to you. Today I have a giveaway for you and also my recommendations to find some reading materials when you’re a beginner. Being myself a beginner in Swedish, I know it’s not an easy task. Stay tuned!

In this Episode

  • Why reading shouldn’t be your main language technique
  • How to study actively through reading
  • Reading ideas for beginners
  • A giveaway

Here’s an exclusive shot of me with my beloved Swedish magazine.


I’ve created a resources page where you’ll be able to find all the titles that I’ve talked about in the episode. Putting all them here would make the post way too long so you can click here to access it or you can also find the link in my pink navigation bar.

Tweet: Yes! I can read in French with @editions_didier and @French_Blabla Enter the giveaway now                          41ygq7h9r9l-_sy387_bo1204203200_
Félicitations à Joe !                                              Félicitations à Evan !

Tell me  in the comment section about books that you’ve read and that you would recommend to beginners. 

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9 thoughts on “Episode 14 – Let’s read in French

  1. Daniel says:

    I would recommend to read le petit Nicolas. I don’t know exactly how many books there exist but I know there are different short funny stories about this little boy.

    Another book I recommend is a comic book. That could be Asterix or Tintin or any other bande dessinée. I like comics and for beginners it is great!!


  2. Justin Costley says:

    Le Petit Prince est sans aucun doute un peu plus difficile livre. J’aime “Easy French Reader” de R. de Roussy de Sales. Il y a trois niveaux, et certains du vocabulaire sont dans les marges. Aussi, j’aime lire les livres sur mon tablette parce que Google Translate est disponible en lisant.

  3. Stuart James says:

    Thanks for this post and podcast Caroline. It is difficult to find things to read at the right level. I do like the sound of the Didier ‘mondes en VF’ collection.

    I normally like to read short newspaper articles to assist with my learning. This way you can finish an article in one sitting, even with a dictionary. Though sometimes the language isn’t altogether useful in more everyday situations. Not to mention quite difficult. I can only get Le Monde locally.

    I do have a couple of book recommendations. Firstly is ‘French short stories: Nouvelles Francaises (New Penguin Parallel Text Series)’, edited by Richard Coward. I’m not a fan of reading texts with the direct translation underneath as I feel the eye naturally looks at it ‘to cheat’. But with these stories the translations are on the other side of the page, so you can use it to check. I’ve only read one of the stories so far, but I read it in French first and marked any words / phrases I didn’t think I’d got the correct translation for and then read the English version afterwards to see how the book had translated it.

    The other recommendation isn’t really reading, but it is a book. It is a collection of crosswords by Lexis Rec. The clues are the English words, and the answers are the French translations. It’s good fun, not too difficult, and you learn a few new words on the way.

    • Caro says:

      Coucou Daniel, I don’t know much about audio books but you should look into the authors that you like or some easy French authors like Marc Lévy or books like Le Petit Nicolas or Le Petit Prince for example and check if they have their books in audio format.

  4. tony says:

    Can’t comment on French books but would recommend of you like Swedsih pop music – P3 and in particualr Digilistan (if nothing else will remind you of top 30 + numbers…

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