This list includes French audio or video supplements so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – audio or video from native speakers is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add Songs or rhymes, Audio or video from native speakers, Conversation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Games, Crafts, Self-review, Fun/ Student Choice, Grammar, and AP study supplements. Finally, once your child is ready, try out the French Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff
FRENCH SUPPLEMENTS THAT ADD AUDIO OR VIDEO FROM NATIVE SPEAKERS
Lingotopia is a new favorite game of my oldest child. The first day he played, he collected over 100 words (some new and some he already knew). Their official website description says that “Lingotopia is a language learning game about being lost in a city where you don’t speak the language.” I think the concept probably resonates with a lot of kids because my own kids have made up stories on their own about being lost in a city and having to learn the language to survive. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, and seems to indicate that more languages are coming, including Greek.
Here is a little teaser trailer for the Lingotopia game:
Easy Languages YouTube Channel and website. Has short videos, around 5 minutes or so, in series covering many languages. French, Spanish, Polish, German, Russian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Hindi, Mandarin (Chinese), Croatian, Cantonese, Thai, Ukrainian, Filipino (Tagalog), Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Swahili, Vietnamese, Malay, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Mongolian, Miskito, and Serbian. https://www.easy-languages.org/
AlphabTV YouTube Channel
The AlphabTV YouTube Channel has a couple of really good videos to help with French pronunciation, and there are also a lot of videos that would be good for virtual travel around France.
Sesame Street is called “5 Rue Sesame” in French.
Sesame Street in French and Spanish: Sesame Street – CinderElmo – French & Spanish
DVDs. Rent at the library or buy on Amazon for movies that you already know. Many DVDs have a Spanish or French soundtrack, but Arabic is harder to find. Be sure your DVD player can play them. You might need a region-free DVD player or some sort of DVD converter or reader.
YouTube. Older students can use this to subscribe to the YouTube channel, and/or find more foreign language channels on IHeartRadio, Pandora, or Podcasts that are related to YouTube channels. I am listing some channels here, but there are many more.
This is an online, free course. Our library has subscription so we’re able to get the full course for free. It is said to be for grade school through high school. The website describes the course as such, “Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.”
This is an app. Some stories are free, but you can pay for more stories if you want. It says you can “Learn Languages with Audio Books”. The app will read books aloud to you while you view both languages, which makes it much easier to figure out what you’re hearing. You can adjust the speed of the reading, go back and click on words you don’t know. Beelinguapp
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 the two largest foreign content satellites. You can watch some of the channels via the internet.
The TuneIn Radio appallows you to find podcasts and radio in foreign languages. It’s a great search feature.
Free Podcasts at Openculture.com .
Blue’s Clue’s has been translated into 15 languages.
Be extremely careful searching this on YouTube because here are “fan dubs” that are probably not appropriate for children. It is called “Jeu de Bleue” in French, but I haven’t located many episodes that are easy to access.
Petite Ours Brun – has many holiday episodes.
Rock and Learn, Learn A Language: Numbers, Colors & More (Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German & English)
Rock and Learn, Learn A Language: Numbers, Colors & More (Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German & English) DVDs in French, Russian, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese. These DVDs are basically like animated flash cards.
Yabla.com says they have “Language Immersion with Authentic Video” It costs about $10/month at the time of this writing. Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, German.
The Fluentu.com website says “FluentU brings language learning to life with real world videos!” It costs about $10/month right now. The videos have interactive captions. They have Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Russian, Portuguese.
Watch Netflix or Amazon Prime movies in other languages – there is a language selector, sometimes subtitles available.
Watch Netflix or Amazon Prime movies in other languages – there is a language selector, sometimes subtitles available. Be very careful of content – other countries have different ideas about what is appropriate for children. Click on Audio and you can select the language. At the time of this writing Amazon Prime limits what languages you can access in the United States. There are also categories such as “French Language Children and Family Movies,” which will show movies that were originally in French, but not all movies that are available with French soundtrack. Spanish is the most common language available for me, but French, Portuguese and Chinese are reasonably available on Netflix. For example, Wakfu is a French cartoon available now on Netflix. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakfu_(TV_series)
The Ielanguages.com website has free online lessons, plus many links and recommendations. There are links for “realia” in the foreign language, such as ticket stubs, signs, and receipts. There are also grammar tutorials and audio, some of which is spontaneous and unscripted from native speakers. You can purchase e-book courses for some languages. The courses vary by languages. The website says, “The most popular courses, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, include interactive exercises and audio recordings created by native speakers.”
Their website says, “TripLingo is the ultimate tool for international travelers. Learn essential phrases, instantly translate your voice or connect to a live translator, get a crash course on the local culture and so much more.” There is a language package that has audio, includes slang, and can translate images. Good for planning a real or pretend trip. There are culture notes, travel tools that help with currency conversion, and a tip calculator. You could make a really fun project out of this.
Playmobil has videos in multiple languages on their YouTube channel. There are some very short videos, usually commercials, and some that are up to about ten minutes long.
I can easily find videos in German, French, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Lithuanian, and Spanish.
French Radio at Radio France – The website has many options, including podcasts, and videos. The music often seems to be in English, but the speaking is in French.
This is a web series for kids. The videos are about 5 minutes long and feature young kids in a classroom. There are English subtitles on a lot of the videos.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a children’s show that is not as well known as Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues, but is popular with preschoolers. It is called Le Village de Dany in French and there are many free episodes, along with other kid’s shows, on this YouTube Channel
Peppa Pig is a kid’s show.
Comme Une Francais YouTube Channel has a free French course that’s very popular and has a lot of culture. Watch with supervision because some of the videos teach the swear words (you decide when your child is ready).
Language Tree French has multiple options available. DVD includes interactive game section.
The “101” classes are free, or you can sign up for premium classes at a cost of $4-$23 per month at this time. There is a lot of information available for free. Audio, video, vocabulary tools, spaced repetition flashcards, PDF lessons, and a forum to talk to other students, It’s not too hard to navigate. It’s not too hard to navigate. A high school student could navigate it for free. https://www.youtube.com/user/frenchpod101
Cartoon Network France YouTube Channel
The Cartoon Network, in French.
The PiwiPlus YouTube Channel has many shows. Topsy Et Tim is a cute one with real actors and storylines that are easier to follow. The show is originally in English, so the mouth movements don’t always match up with the dubbed French. Episodes are about 10-12 minutes long.
Calliou is a well-known kids cartoon, probably also easily available in your area in English.
Sam Le Pompier, a kids cartoon.
Thomas & Ses Amis (Thomas and Friends) cartoon.
Horseland en Francais. A cartoon about girls and their horses, with a lot of talking animals.
Polly Pocket en Francais. A cartoon about Polly Pocket.
Charlotte aux Fraises. Strawberry Shortcake cartoon in French.
Treehouse Direct Francais. This channel has many cartoons, including ones that might be interesting to older children and boys.
Shezow en Francais. This is a cartoon for upper elementary or middle school.
Les Super Nanas. French for PowerPuff Girls, a kid’s cartoon.
This channel has a lot of videos designed to teach French.
Groove High. A cartoon in French for tweens.
The Univers Kids YouTube Channel has many videos with all kinds of content. There are many long Bible stories in French.
This is originally a Russian cartoon that has been redubbed in English and other languages.
Masha and the Bear in English (for reference).
Standard Deviants French
Standard Deviants Spanish are video lessons that explain some grammar and vocabulary. It’s a fun DVD series for upper elementary through middle school age. Because of the name of this title, I would be very careful when letting children search for the title. There are some “interesting” and not child-friendly results associated with the search term “deviant.”
A Green Mouse YouTube Channel has cute French videos intended to teach French to kids. (also offers Spanish videos)