Listen to the Languages of France & French around the World

Corpus de la Parole is a great site for anyone interested in the languages spoken in France and the DOM-TOMs. If you’ve ever wanted to hear what Alsacien, Basque, Breton, Francoprovençal, Picard, Occitan, or Reunion creole sounds like, there are audio files and some transcripts available.  There is also a lot of information on the various languages and creoles spoken throughout the territoire of France, especially in Guyana, Tahiti and New Caledonia. The site is written entirely in French, of course, and designed more for linguists because of the terminology used.

A link on Corpus de la Parole led me to the Phonologie du français contemporain site, which includes a teaching French section with several extraits of French speakers reading texts and having conversations, all with transcripts (but no translations.) Most of the material is designed for the advanced level and includes several accents of authentic language in Europe, Africa, and North America. I wish I had found this site earlier!

For beginning learners of French, TUFS Language Modules offers 40 dialogs in either standard French or Quebecois French with options for French and/or English subtitles.  They are scripted and rehearsed so not quite as authentic as other resources, but still helpful for those who are just starting out in French, and especially for those who need help with the Quebecois accent.  The Swiss French version should be online around June 2011.

Languages of the European Union, Traveling in the Schengen Area, and Using the Euro (or Not)

+-*The European Union’s official web portal, europa.eu, is translated into the 23 official languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish. Each page on the site has the same layout regardless of language so you can easily compare […]

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Thank you Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland for your Multilingualism

+-*The other main countries in Europe that speak French are Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland; however, they do not just have French as an official language. Belgium also has Dutch and German; Luxembourg has German and Luxembourgish; and Switzerland has German, Italian, and Romansh. What that means for language lovers is that certain websites have multiple […]

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What would you like to see on ielanguages.com?

+-*Now that I have more free time, I plan on working on ielanguages.com full time until at least Christmas. I have a lot of ideas and plans for improving and adding to the content, and of course I’d also like your input on what to add. What would you like to see on the site? […]

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Portugal and Portuguese: First Impressions

+-*Portugal was a nice break from the strikes in France last week and I am already planning to return to see more of this adorable country. Lisbon is one of those capital cities that makes you forget how many people live there and the fact that it is such a large city. The subway was […]

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Lisbon & Sintra, Portugal

+-*I adore Portugal. ___________________________________________________ Lisbon & Sintra in the Photo Albums Views from Lisbon & Sintra on YouTube Travel Tips: Lisbon, Sintra, and Lisbon airport Portuguese Language Realia

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We’re off to Lisbon, Portugal!

+-*This week is my last trip of the year and I’m off to Lisboa / Lisbon, Portugal, with David. The pictures I’ve seen online of the Portuguese capital look incredibly beautiful, and the guest house I booked, Residencial Vila Nova, looks really nice and in a great location. Plus it’s still 20°C and sunny there […]

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Pour les francophones qui veulent apprendre l’américain / For French speakers who want to learn American English

+-*Après quatre longues années en tant qu’enseignante d’anglais, j’ai envie d’aider les francophones à apprendre la langue des States, ou l’américain comme disent les français. Même si la plupart des manuels scolaires sont écrits en anglais britannique et la plupart des profs parlent anglais britannique, mes élèves et mes étudiants voulaient toujours mieux comprendre l’américain […]

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The French Language Outside of France

+-*The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) just published La Langue française dans le monde 2010, its most recent report on the state of the French language in the world today. It will be in bookstores October 21 (éd. Nathan, 26€), just a day before the XIIIème Sommet de la Francophonie takes place this weekend, […]

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Expat Exhaustion: All Grèved Out and All Franced Out

+-*Perhaps you heard that there was a strike this past Tuesday in France against the pension reforms. Perhaps you heard it was the 5th one this year, and another one is already scheduled for next Tuesday. Perhaps you heard that the government has already passed the reforms anyway. Even though most people protesting only took […]

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