Once your child is ready, try out the French Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff. Your child might be ready very early on. Watching other kids speak a different language and have fun can help motivate children to want to learn a foreign language. There’s no need to watch any longer than a child is interested.
FRENCH CROSS-CURRICULAR SUBJECTS AND OTHER FUN STUFF
National Geographic is published in many different languages. From the USA website you can select the country you would like. At the time of this writing it’s a dropdown menu in the top right corner of the website.
A very popular lifestyle magazine that has been around for many years. You can find Elle magazine in many languages. I will list some of them here. If you don’t see the language listed here, try an internet search for it.
Elle Magazine in French.
Madmoizelle.com is a website and a YouTube channel aimed at women. It covers very girly topics like fashion, beauty tutorials, hair tutorials, but also covers books, cooking, and video games. Great for learning about culture.
This channel has short documentary style clips featuring careers that people have in France.
There are multiple French radio stations.
Travel Materials for Native Speakers
French Consulate: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/·
Guide Michelin. www.viamichelin.fr·
FNAC. This website sells tickets for events in France. http://www.fnacspectacles.com/. The English version of the web site is http://www.fnactickets.com/, however most of the description text is in French. You can research things like tickets to the Louvre or Disneyland Paris.
GUGGENHEIM BILBAO App. Available for Apple devices. You can take a virtual visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. There are photos of the exhibits, an interactive floorplan, and a history of the museum.
Travel materials that a native speaker would use.
French Search Engine/etc
French Daily TV
You can use this website to find links to many news stations from many countries, in many languages.
“Free-to-Air” TV. You buy and install the satellite and receiver setup. After that, you can tune in to many foreign language channels broadcast from other countries. There is no monthly fee.
Here is an explanation: It Still Works.
The FTA List website has many tv channels, radio channels and podcasts produced by native speakers, for native speakers. You can search by language.
Galaxy 3c are two major channels. You can watch some of the channels via the internet.
Disney XD FR: https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyXDFR
Monde de Titounis.
A preschool/K French cartoon channel. Most of the videos and are 30-50 minutes. Intended for young native French-speaking children. https://www.youtube.com/user/ssebastienn/videos
News magazines and websites.
Le Monde News
Le Point News http://www.lepoint.fr/
L’Express News http://www.lexpress.fr
France 2 – This website is a French TV channel that has tv series, documentaries, pop culture, kids’ shows, movies, comedy, and sports.
Arte – This website has current events, pop culture, travel, movies, science, history, music, tv shows, ezines.
Canal Plus – This is a French TV channel that is subscription-based.
TF1 – This is a French TV channel website that is subscription-based.
Seb la Frite. A YouTube channel that discusses popular music, including American rap music, so yes, there is cursing. The pace is slow and there are written words flashed on the screen, making it a little easier for getting started with listening to YouTubers. https://www.youtube.com/user/SeblaFriteOfficiel
LinksTheSun. A YouTube channel that critiques popular music. There are often subtitles in English. https://www.youtube.com/user/LinksTheSun
Radio France app. You can listen to music and other French radio on this app. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radio-france-actu-culture-musiques-en-direct/id310211433?mt=8
If you’re not sure what kinds of artists to search for, you can use FNAC to view singers and music groups. https://www.fnac.com.
Ptit Atelier. This channel has tutorials for crafts, including Harry Potter crafts. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6d2vsY77TIjUJIBvwxa05w
Les lubies de Louise. This channel has sewing tutorials. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2opFYzrwCH5iY7SxJbc3eQ
This is a website selling international food, which is interesting to look at (it has items like a $65 jar of cherries).
A cooking show in French. Most videos are under 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qxftC5pwxJZsfuLrlClJA
Another cooking show in French, but focused more on making “fast food” style food using better ingredients. https://www.youtube.com/user/FastGoodCuisine
La cuisine est un jeu d’enfants
Cartoons, so cute!
Toopet. A channel dedicated 100% to animals. They give tips on how to care for many types animals. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxGJgYyHiYkRyuUWjgShOTQ
Le Gran Galop. The is the show based on “The Saddle Club” books, dubbed in French. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3W55BK8eNrVSkkuVQTjJrg (You might have to use Hooktube to watch).
This website has planned activities where students use websites from other countries to explore Baroque art. There are four levels. Level A is designed for younger students. French, Italian, and Spanish.
NaRT. A YouTube channel for learning about art. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQq9fMRQhXOyOZeageaj6ag
La Sphère Créative. A YouTube channel showing many art techniques. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUQUExfH2SFip_H6V3XokFw/videos
ChaDraws. A YouTube channel with drawing tutorials, mostly for cartoons like Pokemon and superheroes. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX68a-5rjX3K5rO_BiZ26kA
Madame Patachou. A YouTube channel where Madame Patachou makes tiny models of food. I don’t know why these are so popular, but they are. https://www.youtube.com/user/JungleJuliaCreations/videos
Primum Non Nocere. This is channel that discusses medical topics in French, in an entertaining way. Most of the videos are about 10 minutes long. If you’ve got a high schooler who is interested in biology or medicine, it’s fantastic. There are some curse words and some more adult topics, so be aware and decide when your child is ready. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9BnGZLT4iPaJtDOXYwQuHQ/
Khan Academy Francophone. It’s Khan Academy. In French! https://www.youtube.com/user/KhanAcademyFrancaisLa statistique expliquée à mon chat. Translates to “Statistics Exampled to My Cat.” YouTube channel where a guy explains statistics…to his cat. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWty1tzwZW_ZNSp5GVGteaALa Minute Science. A YouTube channel with short explanations about science. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwBn4dgV3kxzvcCKN3TbQOQMédecine sans frontiers (like Doctors Without Borders). Documentary news style clips about medicine in other countries. Some videos are published in English and French. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehLcXRfxHHyMfNEBwFj3BQ
Santé. A natural health magazine. www.sante-mag.com.
Miss Book. This is a YouTube channel that talks about books, including Harry Potter and other books your child might have read already in English and could try in French. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddG3IvAfiRU&t=206s
Le Magazine Littéraire A French Monthly Magazine about Literature.
Le Fossoyeur de Films. This is a YouTube channel that talks about films. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwbV8cTR4yBgFdfa_BXV2OA
Films du Quebec. This website discusses films in Quebec. http://www.filmsquebec.com/
AtoZMapsOnline has historical maps, written in other languages. I’m able to access the website for free by logging in with my library card information. Check your own local library to see if they have a library membership.
Dave Sheik. A YouTube channel that talks about history. Most of the videos are in the 5-10 minutes range. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5eOLQO5VUEFJukNg9cl5jg
Confessions d’Histoire. A YouTube channel that talks about history, but covers it from a certain historical figure’s point of view. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzj9-ZfpJ74vYv1RZzAWTVg
Sports news in French.
Sports news in French, from Canada. http://www.rds.ca/
Carla Et La Gymnastique.
A girl who does gymnastics. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFazZLBeNoc5DG3gXcBW9Dg
YouTube Celebs and Entertainment
Swan the Voice: Neo & Swan
These are two elementary school boys who have an extremely popular YouTube channel. They play around and do fun kid stuff, and it’s very cute. They open toys sometimes, which will probably make your children beg you for the same toys. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzYC9ss2P77Ry2LzIDL5Xsw
Lévanah SOLOMON’s Family
A family with girls who sing and have a cute YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/StephaneFrance100
A young girl who sings and has a cute YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcGgTRwPxH-IzxGzB7mZr0Q
A young boy who has a teen-oriented YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPWr3uoZ8VaO9aIlIpXT3zg
A fun vlog about a family. https://www.youtube.com/user/pitchounne61000/videos
Délires de Max.
This is a typical entertainment show. Meant for high school to adult, check content to be sure your child is ready. There are a lot of pop culture references, which makes it confusing but culturally educational.
McFly & Carlito.
This is a typical entertainment show. Meant for high school to adult, check content to be sure your child is ready. https://www.youtube.com/user/LeFatShow/featured
Cyprien talks really fast and the topics are more adult, with cursing. https://www.youtube.com/cyprien
Norman is popular French YouTuber. I couldn’t find videos with cursing, but most YouTube videos of this type seem to have it. https://www.youtube.com/user/NormanFaitDesVideos
Joueur du Grenier.
The “gamer in the attic” who talks about video games on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/joueurdugrenier/videos
A woman YouTube blogger who is extremely popular. She talks about beauty and makeup and other girly topics. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC99LgIedzGD1GirhFGldfUQ
People (sometimes Americans) react to various cultural things from other countries, such as food, music, and YouTube channels. You might have seen similar channels done in English, showing stuff like Irish or Korean people reacting to American food or beer. This is the French version. This is an easier intro to watching native speakers because there are subtitles in French while the Americans speak in English. There is cursing, in English and probably also in French. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14yqBsmpY5DT4tL1DNfg6w