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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Learning on October 23, 2022
Find out where to find French articles to read to improve your language learning and how text to speech software helps.

    French articles to read

    French learners of all ages and language comprehension levels need a variety of study materials. Without it, they can’t develop their French language skills quickly enough. But getting to the same level as a Francophone takes serious dedication.

    Reading in French is one of the best methods of accumulating more knowledge and expanding one’s understanding of the language, and articles make excellent resources, given their broad availability.

    How reading helps you learn French

    There are several ways in which reading helps you learn French. As a foreign language, French isn’t the most difficult for native English speakers. However, expanding your vocabulary requires you to learn new words and new grammar. Reading exciting content can help you remain engaged and focused enough to absorb grammar and word meanings.

    Studying French requires going through the same steps as learning your native language as a kid. Much of it revolves around connecting symbols, words, and sentence structures.

    Reading helps you see and process words in various contexts and gain a deeper understanding of French vocabulary, and that doesn’t even account for the additional exposure to French culture.

    Quick tips for French reading practice

    The following tips can help you improve your reading skills and speed when studying French (la langue française, or le français.)

    Pick familiar material

    One of the most important things you can do when learning a new language is to read something you already know. Read the same book or article you read in English (Anglais,) but read it again in French. It’s much easier to pick up the context and clues to deepen your understanding of the language if you already understand the content.

    Select less complex texts

    Reading a children’s book might not initially sound exciting, but the short sentence structure and straightforward passages of children’s literature make it easier to focus on learning unfamiliar words. Even better, you may want to find something with accompanying audio, perhaps the popular BBC “Learn French” series.

    You don’t always need to read about current events—short stories for French children or short texts with some French will do just fine.

    Lingua is a platform where French teachers share texts for beginner and intermediate students. You can find free texts and exercise PDFs without a premium subscription.

    Stick to your comprehension level

    Not everyone who wants to read French is a beginner. Selecting your content should account for your current French language comprehension skills. For instance, beginners may want to stick to brief social media posts or short articles.

    But intermediate French students can start reading news articles and books they know in English. Advanced French learners can delve into more complex content like unfamiliar novels, native literature, long-format news articles, and other higher-level content.

    Use flashcards

    Digital flashcards can help you learn and remember unfamiliar words without being too disruptive to your reading experience. The more you practice with them, the more you will retain their meaning. Many flashcard platforms also have quizzes to help you test your vocabulary even further.

    Use audiobooks

    Ear training is a significant part of learning French. It’s not enough to read words—it’s essential to hear them. Reading books or articles with accompanying audio versions is one of the best practices.

    Listening and reading separately can cause you to miss crucial grammar structures or entire words. Using both senses improves your exposure to vocabulary and accelerates the learning process.

    Useful sources of French articles

    Mon Quotidien

    The Mon Quotidien newspaper is great for those with the language skills of a 14-year-old. It has simple topics, grammar, and sentences and can help beginners.

    You can do it online if you want to access it outside France. Add a TTS reader, and you have enough for material to practice your French.

    1 jour 1 actu

    A news site for kids, the website has many simple texts useful for improving French reading comprehension skills.

    Le Parisien

    Known as The Free Parisian or Le Parisien Libéré, this news publication dates back to 1944. Its articles cover international affairs and national news.

    The language comprehension skills required are for intermediate language learners. Much of the news regards Paris and its suburbs.

    Le Monde

    Le Monde is one of the most recognized newspapers in the world. It has a vast array of topics and enough long-format journalism to help intermediate level and advanced learners or French speakers to pick up new vocabulary.

    Le Figaro

    As the oldest French newspaper, it is another excellent resource. You can accelerate your language learning by turning on the English translation feature in your browser. Go back and forth between an article in both languages to understand the context easier.

    Also known as “Le Journal en Français Facile,” the RFI news service covers many topics. But the difference is that it does it with simplified articles and easy-to-understand language. Even better, the news summaries have text and audio versions.

    You can use this reading material resource to enhance your listening comprehension before heading to France to party with the locals or practice your dictation and writing.

    Speechify—The text to speech reader that helps you learn French

    When learning French, Speechify can be the best tool for your educational pursuit. The text to speech reader fully supports the French language and can convert French text, including news articles, into natural-sounding speech.

    Speechify’s human-like voices and correct pronunciations can help you associate words with their meaning in different contexts, improve your spelling, and enhance your listening skills. Speechify can accompany digital and physical text materials for you to use both senses when learning.

    Try Speechify and accelerate your French learning experience today.


    What are the three types of articles in French?

    The three (trois) French articles that correspond to the English “the,” “an,” and “some” are definite, indefinite, and partitive articles. Articles in French are “un”/”une” as well as “le”/”la”/”les”—all of which depend upon the “gender” of the noun and whether or not the noun is singular or plural.

    What is the difference between “le” and “la”?

    In French, people use “le” when referencing masculine objects or people and “la” for their feminine counterparts. “Les” is the gender-neutral plural version of “the.”

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