Classic Children’s Stories in French Tuesday, Jan 20 2015 

Here is a great site with 3 classic children’s stories in French with audio. It also has the French and English so you can follow along.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Red Ridinghood
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling.
Please let us know your thought/comments.
A bientot!

Early French Immersion – Primary Grades Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 



This post is for parents of new comers to French learning and will help parents with there kindergarten and Grade 1 children. It’s kind of fun to go through these with the kids so they see you trying also.

Both links are for the alphabet but you’ll see the associated clips to learning numbers.






Have fun!



Resources for Secondary School Students Tuesday, Dec 2 2014 


Bonjour mes amis!


This post is probably more geared for Secondary School FI students.


Below are some links to French movies and television shows. I have to say that I haven’t watched the movies and therefore can’t say how they are rated.


The third link below has movies with French subtitles.



A bientôt,




Christmas gifts Monday, Dec 2 2013 


So, looking for Christmas gifts? imagesCAEDA2OI

Just letting you know that I was at Chapters (book shop) by Coquitlam today.

They have 4 shelving units crammed with French books.

Looks like the level spans from 5-6 to 16-17years old and lots of popular chapter books and novels.

Maybe something here for your FI student.



Subtitles Monday, Dec 2 2013 

Hi folks,

Here’s some evidence on subtitles on movies and television helping with vocabulary and comprehension when learning a new language.Capture-sub3



Closed Captioning Sunday, Nov 10 2013 



One of the difficulties when watching French TV is that it is spoken just too quickly.

A trick that may help is turning on “Closed Captioning”.

Having the written text aids in comprehension and improves vocab. Try it and see if it helps.CC2

For you Shaw subscribers here is the link with instructions.

If anyone has instructions for other providers please let me know and I will post.





Movie Time! Sunday, Oct 27 2013 


Just found this site that streams free Disney movies in French.disney movies2

There doesn’t seem to be a schedule so let me know if you discover one.

‘Til next time,


French Picto-dictionary (Household Items) Thursday, Oct 24 2013 

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the hiatus. It’s been a while.french flag

Here is an easy to use website that will help develop vocabulary at home. Suitable for early FI students you can even make it into a game by hiding the labels.

Let me know what you think,



Where to buy French books? Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 



Here is the information we currently have for buying French books for children. If you have other sources we’d love to hear from you!

Where can I buy French books for children?



  • Chapters at Coquitlam Centre. 1 row of shelves of books from primary to adolescents. Includes popular series such as Diary of a Wimpy kids and Junie B.

Pinetree Village,

Unit #38 2991 Lougheed Hwy

Coquitlam, BC V3B 6J6


Phone: 604-464-2558


  • CPF Ridge-Meadows hosts a French book fair every year in the fall.

  • Some of the elementary schools have Scholastic book sales as well throughout the year.



  • Renaud Bray is the largest retailer of French books in Canada. Located in Montreal. No customs duty here!

The link below will take you to the youth page in English. For ages 3 and up.

English link for Renaud Bray Children’s French books.

  • Amazon

Amazon link to children’ books, advanced search “French”.





Duolingo Sunday, Jan 20 2013 


Hi Everyone!


Just a little note after the last Blog on Duolingo.duo

Yesterday I was reading that Duolingo released a study in the U.S. , that they had  commissioned, comparing Rosetta Stone, Duolingo and intro college courses.

Obviously our FI students aren’t taking intro French courses in college but it is interesting that the free website  Duolingo seems to top the list.

Duolingo did commission the study that was completed by:












The link to the study is below but the coles notes were:

  1. On average, it takes 34 hours of Duolingo to learn the equivalent of one semester of college. Since a semester of college generally takes a lot more than 34 hours of work, this suggests that Duolingo is more effective than a college course.
  2. The study was done by an external research team that previously evaluated the effectiveness of other methods such as Rosetta Stone. It is of note that it took 55 hours of study with Rosetta Stone to reach the equivalent of one semester of college. So not only is Duolingo free-er than Rosetta Stone, the study suggests it’s also better.

Til next time,



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