Practise your French reading skills with our ever-growing collection of interactive reading content grouped by CEFR level and accompanied by detailed explanations and links further resources. These articles are presented to you using our Bilingual Reader: while reading the text you can click any phrase to see the English translation and related French grammar lessons. To further aid your reading comprehension, lessons can be bookmarked from the Reader and saved for practice later. Most of these features also include a video or audio file so that you can practise your listening comprension at the same time.
A1: Beginner French reading exercises
- Cher journal
Discover Lisa's daily routine while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
- Entretien avec un vampire
Check out this interview inspired by Anne Rice's novel to practise your French listening and reading comprehension.
- La Comptine des Vêtements
Practise your A1 French listening skills with a nursery rhyme about clothing.
- Marie in France
Enjoy a day in France while practising your A1 French reading and listening comprehension.
- Petits Portraits entre Amis
Discover these portraits of six friends while practising your reading and listening comprehension.
- Vive l'automne !
Find out why fall is the best season in this bilingual audio article.
A2: Lower Intermediate French reading exercises
- Carte postale
Enjoy this postcard about Magalie's stay with her grandparents, while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
- Chaud ou froid ?
Too hot or too cold? Luc and Amélie discuss their preferences in this A2 bilingual reader.
- Kwiziq French Film Fest
Discover Kwiziq team's French film mini reviews of their favorite movies.
- La fin des vacances
Enjoy this podcast interview about the end of holiday [US: vacation] while practising your French reading and listening skills.
- La semaine des Martin
Article about a busy week of activities for the Martin family.
- Les vacances à la mer de Lola
Discover Lola's childhood seaside holiday [US: vacation], while practising your A2 listening and reading comprehension.
- Lettre à France - Michel Polnareff
Enjoy French singer Michel Polnareff's cult love "letter" to France, and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Lettre à un ami
Catch up with Kévin's life in this letter, while practising your A2 French reading and listening skills.
- Ma première rentrée des classes
Élodie remembers her first day of school in this A2 bilingual article.
- Petit Ours Brun fait des crêpes
Watch this cute video about making crêpes to practise your listening and reading comprehension.
- Petit Pangolin Malin - Comptine d'Afrique
Listen and sing along to this cute African nursery rhyme, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Un mauvais numéro
Wrong number! Listen to this friendly exchange while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Un samedi à Paris
Take a stroll around Paris while working on your French listening and reading comprehension.
- Une journée chargée
Lucas has a busy day of shopping and socialising in this bilingual article.
- What is Ramadan?
Learn about the holy month of Ramadan while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
B1: Intermediate French reading exercises
- 20 March: International Day of Francophonie
Celebrate Francophonie by learning about a few French-speaking countries that you might not be familiar with.
- Ainsi Font, Font, Font (Comptines de France)
Dance and sing along with this famous French nursery rhyme's little puppets while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Alpine French School
Learn about the Alpine French School where you can ski and learn French at the same time, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Après le coronavirus
Discover Marianne's post-lockdown plans, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Bonne fête des Mères !
Learn about Mother's Day in France while practising your French reading and listening comprehension.
- Bonne fête des Pères !
Learn about Father's Day in France, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- C'est qui Coluche ?
Learn about French icon Coluche in this cute animated video.
- Comment est née la langue française ?
Where did the French language come from? Get the short answer in this cute animated video for children.
- Comment fabriquer une piñata d'Halloween
Learn how to make a special piñata for Halloween, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Conseils pratiques pour profiter des marchés de Noël
Get some practical advice to help you make the most of Christmas markets, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Célébrations de Thanksgiving
Our international Kwiziq team take a look at holidays from their respective countries that resemble the American Thanksgiving.
- D'où vient la tradition du marché de Noël ?
Learn a bit of the history behind France's traditional Christmas markets in this cute video.
- D'où vient le nom des Schtroumpfs ?
Learn how the name of les Schtroumpfs (Smurfs) came to be, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- DIY Pâques - Œuf avec message surprise à l'intérieur
Follow this tutorial to make a fun decorated egg with a surprise message inside, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Dame Tartine (Comptines de France)
Sing along to this delicious French nursery rhyme while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Divali : la Fête des Lumières à Vancouver
Learn about the joyful festival of Diwali, celebrated by Indians all over the world, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Euro 2016
Learn about the Euro (European football/soccer championship) 2016, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Festival de Cannes
One of the most famous and prestigious film festivals in the world is held annually in Cannes. Learn a bit of its history and traditions in this French video with transcript and translation.
- Festival des cerfs-volants
Berck-sur-Mer is home to an annual kite-flying festival - and it's going on right now! Learn about this colorful event with this video while working on your French listening comprehension.
- France Gall, la groupie du pianiste
France Gall passed away in January 2018. Learn about this French singer with a unique voice in our bilingual article.
- French Elections
Learn about French elections while practising your French reading and listening comprehension.
- Game of Thrones (no spoilers)
For all you GoT fans out there (and anyone who'd just like to know what all the fuss is about), here's a video talking about all the records this fantasy TV show broke in its eight-year run.
Learn about the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Il est né le divin enfant
Il est né le divin enfant is one of the most popular French Christmas carols. Enjoy this animated video followed by lyrics in our bilingual reader.
- Il y a un monstre sous mon lit !
Oh no, there's a monster under this little boy's bed! Listen to his conversation with his father, then scroll down for the bilingual reader.
- Inventions françaises
Hundreds if not thousands of products you use every day started out as nothing more than an idea - and many of those ideas were originally French.
- Jardin d'hiver, de Keren Ann
Practise your French listening and reading comprehension with this wintery song.
- Joyeux Hanoucca !
The festival of Hanukkah begins on 25 Kislev on the Jewish calendar, which means the date on the Gregorian calendar changes every year.
- Kwiziq French Film Fest - C.R.A.Z.Y.
Here's Aurelie's selection for the Kwiziq French Film Fest: French Canadian film "C.R.A.Z.Y."
- Kwiziq French Film Fest - Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
Here's Grzegab's review of this French comedy classic for the Kwiziq French Film Fest.
- L'Appel du 18 Juin 1940
The Appeal of 18 June is considered the origin of the French Resistance during World War II. Learn how it came about in this French video with transcript and translation.
- L'Arnacœur - French Film Fest
The first Kwiziq French Film Fest review comes from none other than our CEO, Gareth "Gruff" Davies.
- L'anniversaire de Cyril
Practise listening and reading with this story about a surprise party.
- L'enseignement en ligne : Témoignage de Céline
Learn about some of the pros and cons of online teaching in this interview with Céline.
- L'oral de français en Première
At the end of "Première," the penultimate year of French high school, French students have to take a literary oral exam. Many of the tips offered in this video can be applied to other oral exams.
- La Mère Michel (Comptines de France)
Sing along to the famous French nursery rhyme "La Mère Michel" while practising your French listening comprehension.
- La chasse aux œufs
Join the hunt for Easter eggs with this French audio article.
- La fête de la Saint-Patrick
Saint Patrick's Day is the most important day of the year for Irish people all over the world. Learn about this 17 March celebration with this video.
- La rentrée des classes de Mathilde
This back to school article features lots of practice with the future tense.
- La tradition de la Galette des Rois
Have you ever eaten a Galette des Rois? This famous French cake, eaten only in January, contains a surprise!
- La valeur inestimable de Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris, a jewel of French Gothic architecture, was partly destroyed by fire on 15 April 2019. Learn about some of the damage that was done in this video.
- Le Bataclan, un théâtre hors du commun
On the 2nd anniversary of the monstrous attack which cost 90 people their lives on November 13th, 2015, and as the Bataclan theater opens its doors again, we wanted to pay tribute to this mythical place of Paris nightlife.
- Le Dîner de cons - French Film Fest
Laura's review for the Kwiziq French Film Fest.
- Le FIFF (Festival International du Film Francophone)
Learn about this great French-language film festival from Namur, in Belgium.
- Le Farz Fourn (Spécialités de Bretagne)
Discover the Breton dessert known as Farz Fourn in our bilingual article. This is part of our Spécialités de Bretagne series.
- Le Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville
Learn about the American movie festival that takes place in Deauville, Normandy, each year.
- Le Kig ha Farz (Spécialités de Bretagne)
Learn about the traditional Breton stew Kig ha Farz in our continuing Spécialités de Bretagne series
- Le Kouign Amann (Spécialités de Bretagne)
Learn about Bretagne's famous dessert Kouign Amann (butter cake) in this first installment of our Spécialités de Bretagne series.
- Le Radeau de la Méduse, de Géricault
On 2 July, 1816, the ship "La Méduse" wrecked on the shores of Mauritania, and inspired one of the most famous paintings in the world. Learn more in this video.
- Le Salon International de l'Agriculture
The annual Salon International de l'Agriculture is the largest French agricultural event of the year.
- Le Salon du chocolat
Learn about Paris's annual chocolate festival while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Le TCF sur ordinateur
Learn how to take the official French test known as TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français), while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Le français moderne
Learn about Modern French in part five of our series of bilingual articles on the development of French over the centuries.
- Le tournoi de Roland-Garros
Learn more about Roland-Garros tournament (or French Open), the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay courts.
- Leap Day - La journée bissextile
This extra day comes but once every four years - learn the reason for Leap Day and Leap Year and how to talk about them in French.
- Les Fêtes Johanniques de Reims
One of the most important historical events in France takes place in Reims and commemorates Charles VII's coronation in its cathedral. Learn about it in this French audio article with transcript and translation.
- Les Galettes de Blé Noir (Spécialités de Bretagne)
Learn about Bretagne's delicious "galette de blé noir" - savoury buckwheat crêpe - in this latest installment of our Spécialités de Bretagne series.
- Les Lichouseries (Spécialités de Bretagne)
Learn about some of Bretagne's famous "lichouseries" - i.e. sweets [US: candy] - in this next installment of our Spécialités de Bretagne series.
- Les Médiévales d'Ouffet
Every two years, the Belgian town of Ouffet hosts Les Médiévales, a weekend medieval festival.
- Les bonnes résolutions de fin d'année
New year, new opportunity to make exercise a habit. Here's what a French gym and some of its newest members have to say about it.
- Les bouchons, plaie de la route des vacances
When you're driving, the worst part of vacation is getting there and back, and France sees more than its fair share of summer traffic jams.
- Les cours d'anglais - Gad Elmaleh
Enjoy Gad Elmaleh's stand-up comedy about learning English in this video.
- Les maillots du Tour de France
There are four official Tour de France jerseys - do you know what the colors mean?
- Les mamans calmes
To celebrate Mother's Day in France, here's a sketch by the famous French stand-up comedian Florence Foresti, in which she explores the difficulties of motherhood, especially the irritating case of "perfect moms." Language warning: some mild vulgarity.
- Les nouvelles régions
The map of France underwent some big changes this year - learn about the new regions and their names in this bilingual article.
- Léo et Popi : la Galette des Rois
Fun video about la Galette des Rois, featuring Léo et Popi from the classic French children's book by Helen Oxenbury.
- Marie Curie
Ready for two minutes of women's history? Listen to French kids talking about renowned scientist Marie Curie in this cute video.
- Menton's Lemon Festival
The lovely French town of Menton is famous for its annual lemon festival. Take a behind-the-scenes look with this video.
- Milo - Les œufs en chocolat
Watch this fun video about Easter and follow along with the transcript and translation!
- Mon français est fantastique avec Kwiziq !
Rebecca tells us why she loves Kwiziq as her new French learning tool in this Bilingual article.
- Monsieur Grognon
Put your French negation skills to work with this bilingual article - click any phrase to see the English translation as well as links to related French grammar lessons.
- Naissance de la langue française
Modern French dates from about the year 1300, but where did it come from? Learn about the birth of French in this French audio and transcript - just click any phrase for the English translation and related grammar lessons.
- Noël en France - Christmas in France
How is Christmas celebrated in France? How are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day different in France than in the US or UK?
- Nutella : Bousculades, pagaille, la promo monstre vire à l'émeute !
In January, a huge discount on Nutella, a chocolate-hazelnut paste beloved by the French (especially on crêpes), led to fights and riots in several stores.
- Omar Sy - Interview Cinéma
French actor Omar Sy is known for a number of international hits, including Les Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jurassic World. In this interview, he talks (quickly!) about some of his favorite movies.
- Parle-t-on français ailleurs dans le monde ?
Is French spoken anywhere outside of France? Find out in this cute animated video for children.
- Plus de faits intéressants sur le français
By popular demand, more interesting facts about French.
- Plus tard - Bigflo & Oli
Did you ever have one of those funny superstitions when you were little? Reminisce with this melancholy song about childhood (and adulthood) by French hip-hop duo Bigflo & Oli composed of two brothers from Toulouse, while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Pollution à Paris
Air pollution is a problem all over the world, and the capital of France is no exception. Fortunately, the mayor of Paris is taking steps to reduce it.
- Pourquoi les Français sont-ils si fiers de leur cuisine ?
Why are the French so proud of their cuisine? Find out in this cute animated video.
- Pourra-t-on voir des feux d'artifice le 14 juillet 2020 ?
Will there be any fireworks to commemorate Bastille Day 2020? Find out what's happening in this video.
- Premier Mai, poème de Victor Hugo
Listen to Victor Hugo's lovely poem for spring: Premier Mai.
- Prénoms français
French parents are not completely free to choose their child's first name - learn about some surprising restrictions in this bilingual audio article.
- Préparatifs de Noël
Get ready for Christmas with this short bilingual article.
- Présentation de l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
Learn about the organisation behind the International Day of Francophonie in this inspiring video.
- Public holidays in France
Learn about France's 11 public holidays, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Qu'est-ce que l'Avent ? What is Advent?
Learn about Advent and Advent calendars in this French-English article.
- Quand je serai grand
Watch this cute video of kids singing about what they'll do when they grow up, then see the lyrics in our bilingual reader
- Quelques faits intéressants sur le français
Take a break from learning French to learn some interesting facts about French.
- Recette - Le Gratin Bœuf, Potiron et Parmesan
Learn how to make a delicious beef, pumpkin, and parmesan gratin in this video and bilingual article.
- Rentrée scolaire - limiter les dépenses
The start of a new school year typically involves shopping for new supplies. This video shares some tips to keep these expenses as low as possible.
- Rentrée scolaire : la dictature de la mode
Video about the evolution of school smock and the latest back-to-school fashions in France.
- Romance au marché
Here's a cute story about love at first sight, packed with delicious French idioms.
- Rosh Hashana
Learn some traditions related to Rosh Hashana, a two-day celebration for the Jewish New Year.
- Septembre chez mes grands-parents
Reminisce about visiting grandparents in the fall in this audio article.
- Soirée d'Hallowe'en
A small town in Alsace scares people from all over the region with an elaborate haunted house garage.
- Songkran - Thai New Year
Did you know that Thailand celebrates New Year's in mid-April? Learn about the unique festival of Songkran in this bilingual article.
- Sous les Sunlights des Tropiques - Gilbert Montagné
Enjoy the sunny vibes of Gilbert Montagné's absolute classic of French summers since 1984, and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Tour de France
The Tour de France is a bike race and incredible test of endurance. Learn a bit about the history of this annual event in our bilingual article.
- Tout pour la musique - France Gall
Celebrate music with this 1981 swinging classic by France Gall, and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Un Conte de Noël
Here's the first pages of Charles Dickens's classic "A Christmas Carol", adapted and translated at B1-Level to practise your listening and reading comprehension.
- Un cœur en hiver - French Film Fest
Rowen's Kwiziq French Film Fest review.
- Une journée dans ma vie d'au pair
Spend a day as a French au pair, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Y'a D'la Joie - Charles Trenet
Enjoy French icon Charles Trenet's anthem to happiness and levity, and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
- À quoi ça sert de recycler ses déchets ?
What's the point of recycling? Professor Gamberge explains all to a skeptical Charlotte in this animated video.
- Éclipse en Guadeloupe
While the Great American Total Eclipse was just a partial eclipse in Guadeloupe, it was still a sight to behold and required the same special glasses.
- Édith Piaf - portrait français
Édith Piaf was a French cabaret singer and international star. Read and listen to our bilingual article, then listen to a few of her classic songs.
B2: Upper Intermediate French reading exercises
- 6 juin 1944 : voyage à travers le temps
Witness the commemoration of the Allied landing in Normandy, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- 8 mai 1945 : la capitulation de l'Allemagne à Reims
Learn about Germany surrendered to Allied forces on the 8th of May 1945, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Allô les urgences vétérinaires ?
Cat stuck in a tree? Call the emergency vet service.
August 15 is the Catholic holiday of Assomption (Assumption Day) and is férié (a public holiday) in France.
- Au Clair de la Lune (Comptines de France)
Sing yourselves to sleep with this classic French lullaby while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Au Restaurant de la Plage
Enjoy lunch at a beachside restaurant, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Au secours ! Je n'ai plus internet !
Need help dealing with customer support when your internet goes out? Check out this audio article for some useful phrases.
- Bastille Day
Happy Bastille Day! Learn about the French national holiday in our bilingual audio article.
- Beaujolais nouveau : ne l'appelez plus piquette !
It's that time of year again, when wine lovers gather to taste the young wine known as Beaujolais Nouveau. But is it really as good - or bad? - as they say?
- Becoming French
Ever wonder how to obtain French citizenship? This video offers a nice summary of the different ways and what you have to do for each one - plus, it's great listening practice!
- Belgium's Declaration of Independence
Practise listening and reading while learning about how Belgium proclaimed its independence.
- Bretagne news - sketch by Les Inconnus
Get an (exaggerated) idea about French as it's spoken in Bretagne in this humorous sketch by Les Inconnus (a famous French trio of humorists from the 90's).
- Bûche de Noël : recette
Find out how to make the most classic of French Christmas desserts: la bûche de Noël.
- Charles Aznavour s'éteint à 94 ans
Famed French-Armenian singer passed away in October 2018. Watch this video highlighting aspects of his talented career, then scroll down for the transcript in our bilingual reader.
- Claude Monet's "Water Lilies"
Learn about the story behind the unique way Claude Monet's Water Lilies are displayed, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Comme Avant (ConfinementSong)
Sing along to GiedRé's bittersweet song about life before lockdown, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Comment préparer son bagage en cabine
Get some useful packing tips with this video by Catherine Schwaab.
- Coupe du Monde 1998
Twenty years ago, France beat Brazil to become world champions of European football (aka soccer). In this video, trainer Aimé Jacquet shares his first thoughts.
- Dans les coulisses du Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge is a world-famous revue in Paris. Take a look behind the scenes and sequins with this video report.
- Demande d'emploi
This audio article about a job letter was specially written to help you prepare for the listening and reading portions of the AP French exam.
- Des initiatives pour parents et enfants pendant le confinement
Discover some initiatives in Belgium to teach and entertain children during lockdown, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Des vacances mémorables
Laurence and Arnaud go on a dream vacation to celebrate 5 years together in this audio article.
- Devant un match de foot
It's World Cup time, so here's a fun dialogue between two football (soccer) fans watching a match.
- Dialectes et langues régionales
For centuries, France was divided into two main dialectal regions. Learn about the development of French in this bilingual article.
- Dix pour cent : la bonne recette
Discover "Dix pour cent", a humorous French TV series about the trials and tribulations of movie star agents.
- Dix pour cent : la bonne recette (suite)
Part 2 of the video about "Dix pour cent", a humorous French TV series about the trials and tribulations of movie star agents.
- Décès de l'ancien président Jacques Chirac, l'animal politique
Former French president and mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac passed away on 26 September 2019. Learn about the legacy of this political animal in this video from France24.
- Départ en Vacances 1 - Sur la route des vacances
Dreading going on holiday [US: vacation] with small children? Fortunately, Céline is here with some fun tips to prepare for your car trip!
- Départ en Vacances 2 - Sur place
Dreading going on holiday [US: vacation] with small children? Fortunately, Céline is here with some fun tips to pick your holiday [US:vacation] rental!
- Et tout le monde s'en fout : L'eau
Funny video (with some vulgar language) about a serious subject: water.
- Films français (2) - La sélection de Cécile
Here's another selection of 3 great French movies to (re)discover and enjoy!
- Films français - La sélection de Céline
Here's a selection of 3 great French movies to (re)discover and enjoy!
- Fête de la Musique
La Fête de la Musique is an annual celebration in France and around the world. Learn a bit of its history in our bilingual audio article, then listen to a few French variety classics.
- Fête de la musique : interview de Jack Lang
In 1981, Ministre de la Culture Jack Lang came up with a new celebration where citizens from every background could celebrate a common love of music: la Fête de la Musique. Here's how it happened.
- Fête des Lumières à Lyon
Lyon's Festival of Light is a must-see event where the walls of buildings become movie screens. Here's a taste of what's in store in 2017, including the newest security measures.
- Haiti's story of independence
Haiti was the first French colony to gain independence, thanks in large part thanks to one man.
- Hallowe'en in France
At a nursery school in Biarritz, kids get ready for Halloween with stuffed pumpkins and favorite costumes.
- Histoire d'animaux
Learn or practise some French expressions with animals in this cute bilingual story.
- Histoires d'argent
A bilingual text about different relationships to money, rich in French idioms.
- Héritage de Johnny Hallyday
Despite being French, Johnny Hallyday wrote his will in the United States, which allowed him to disinherit his children. Find out how they're challenging the will and whether they have a case in this video.
- Immigrer au Canada
If you dream of immigrating [UK: emigrating] to Canada, this official video has the vital information you need.
- Johnny Hallyday : 1943-2017
Watch this hommage to Johnny Hallyday, a French rock and roll legend who died in December 2017.
- L'automne au marché de Landerneau
French markets are full of beautifully coloured food, and never more so than in autumn. Visit the Landernau market with this French video, including transcript and translation.
- L'histoire de la Saint-Sylvestre
In France, New Year's Eve is known as la (fête de) Saint-Sylvestre - but why?
- La Bretagne se révèle en Côtes d'Armor
The northwestern corner of France is a beautiful region called Bretagne, or Brittany. Discover a few of its secrets and myths in this fast-paced video.
- La Chandeleur
The 2nd of February is known as Chandeleur, la fête des chandelles, or le jour des crêpes - learn all about it in this video.
- La construction de la tour Eiffel
Learn more about how France's most iconic monument came to be, while practising your French listening comprehension.
- La main dans le sac
Learn or practise some idiomatic French expressions in this bilingual caper.
- La rentrée, quelle angoisse !
Get ready to go back to school with an anxious but excited lycéenne in our bilingual audio article.
- Le Camembert de Normandie (Spécialités de France)
Learn about Normandy's famous cheese: le camembert.
- Le Club des Poètes
If you like Paris and poetry, you'll love le Club des Poètes. Find out about this thrice-weekly opportunity to recite poetry in our bilingual audio article.
- Le DELF-DALF en témoignages
The DELF and DALF are official French proficiency tests. In this video, French teachers in various countries talk about what DELF and DALF mean to them.
- Le Louvre : 800 ans d'Histoire
Did you know that the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world, was originally a fortress? Learn about the history of this Parisian monument in this fascinating video.
- Le XVIIIe siècle, le siècle des Lumières
Learn about some of France's rich history in this video.
- Le français classique
Learn about Classical French in this 5-part series of bilingual articles about the development of French over the centuries.
- Le grand nettoyage de printemps
Take part in the big spring cleaning with this audio article.
- Le moyen français
Learn about Middle French in this 5-part series of bilingual articles about the development of French over the centuries.
- Le premier mai
In much of the world, the 1st of May is a public holiday called Labour Day. Learn the history in this French video with transcript and translation.
- Le ski - Têtes à Claques
Difficult but funny Québécois claymation video about a downhill skier calling emergency services - for himself.
- Le suffrage universel masculin - 5 mars 1848
France was the first country to institute universal men's suffrage. Find out how that came about in this audio article and bilingual reader.
- Les Bêtises de Cambrai et les Chardons Lorrains (Spécialités de France)
Learn about some traditional candies from different regions of France.
- Les Français vus par les étrangers
Listen to some opinions about the French by people all over the world while working on your French listening comprehension.
- Les animaux en vacances
Pets are important to the French, so much so that they're often included in family vacations. This can be something of a challenge, as you'll learn in this video report.
- Les belles histoires - Bénabar
Enjoy French singer Bénabar's musical love letter to these romantic tropes we all grew up on, and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Les sites touristiques incontournables de la Guadeloupe
Visit the beautiful archipelago of Guadeloupe in this informative video.
- Lettre au Père Noël
Read Lise's letter to Santa to practise your French Christmas vocabulary as well as listening and reading comprehension.
- Lettre de Nicolas Bedos à son père, le comédien Guy Bedos
French actor and stand-up comedian Guy Bedos passed away on May 28th 2020. To say good-bye, his son Nicolas Bedos, also an actor (and writer/director), wrote a very moving letter, read here on French radio by literary journalist Augusting Trapenard.
- Lynda Lemay - Les Maudits Français
To celebrate Quebec's National Day, la Saint-Jean-Baptiste (June 24th) and la Fête de la Musique (June 21st), here is a song by Québécois singer-songwriter Lynda Lemay.
- Ma sœur - Claire Luciani
Enjoy French singer Claire Luciani's ode to sisterly love, and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Mardi gras ~ Pancake Day
Learn about the various names and celebrations for the day before Ash Wednesday.
- Mon année à l'étranger
Quelle chance ! Spend a year in France with this audio article and bilingual reader.
- Mon répondeur
Listen to a French answering machine and its messages to practise your listening and reading comprehension.
- Noël à Kaysersberg
No trip to France during the Christmas season would be complete without a visit to one of the famous Christmas marchés, and the one in Kaysersberg is perhaps the most authentic.
- On va camper ce weekend !
This audio article about camping was specially written to help you prepare for the listening and reading portions of the AP French exam.
- Papaoutai - Stromae
Discover the lyrics of Stromae's international hit "Papaoutai", and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Poisson d'avril !
April's fish... what? Learn about the silly celebration that takes place in France on the 1st of April.
- Pokémon Go - La chasse est ouverte
Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and while we can't offer any tips on finding Charmanders or Jigglypuffs, we can help you understand their French names in our bilingual article.
- Prévisions Météo
Check out this French weather report for some useful vocabulary and expressions.
- Pézenas : Destination estivale
Pézenas is a beautiful town in southern France loaded with history, culture, and artistic significance. Learn about this "green pearl" in our French audio article with transcript and translation.
- Que la Force soit avec vous !
We couldn't miss the chance to share our best memories of Star Wars and create a themed French reading exercise for you at the same time!
- Quel est le sens spirituel du Carnaval et du Mardi Gras ?
Carnaval and Mardi Gras are huge, weeks-long celebrations in Nice, Venice, New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and many other cities around the world. Find out about their religious origins in this video.
- RIP Minsky, the father of artificial intelligence
Marvin Minsky, the father of artificial intelligence - and our beloved KwizBot's spiritual grandfather - has died. May he rest in peace.
- Rentrée de professeur
The start of a new school year is a big deal for students as well as teachers, as heard in this audio article.
- Reste à la maison
Yann Lambiel's parody of the song "Y a le printemps qui chante" by Claude François.
- Réalisatrices françaises
In honour of International Women's Day on 8th March, we're celebrating and highlighting the top 5 female film directors in the world of Francophone cinema.
- Simone, la voix de la SNCF
Meet Simone, the iconic voice of French train stations, while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Taxi !
Listen to this dialog between a taxi driver and a customer for some useful French expressions.
- Trois minutes pour comprendre Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving Americans! And to everyone else who might be scratching your heads wondering what the big deal is, check out this video that offers a quick overview of one of the most important American - and Canadian - holidays.
- Trottinettes électriques-À quand la fin de l'anarchie à Paris?
Electric scooters can be found all over Paris - at least until the police come along and have them impounded.
- Une rentrée plutôt réussie !
B2 French interactive reading article
- Visite de Marseille
See the sights and taste the bouillabaisse while visiting the French city of Marseille with SNCF.
- Visite de Strasbourg en Alsace
Visit the beautiful Alsatian town of Strasbourg and taste some local beer in this video.
- Visite de la Côte Fleurie (Normandie)
Visit some lovely towns along the coast of Normandy, including Honfleur, Trouville-sur-Mer, and Deauville.
- Visite du Périgord
View castles from a riverboat, visit prehistoric caves, and taste truffles in the beautiful French region of Périgord.
- What makes a perfect Valentine's Day? (Bilingual article)
This bilingual article with audio describes two very different holidays - and what a difference!
C1: Advanced French reading exercises
- Alsatian accent
Get an (exaggerated) idea about French as it's spoken in Alsace in this humorous sketch by Les Inconnus (a famous French trio of humorists from the 90's).
- Henri Matisse au Centre Pompidou
Enjoy a fascinating retrospective on French painter Henri Matisse at the Pompidou Center in Paris, while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Histoire des Jeux Olympiques Modernes
Discover how the modern Olympic Games came to be, while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Histoire et origine du français canadien
The French spoken in Québec is different than what you might be used to - but why? Check out this animated video for an explanation of the Québécois accent ...
- Jeanne d'Arc (Portraits français)
Learn about Joan of Arc - Jeanne d'Arc - while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Kwiziq dans le "Crystal Maze"
In May 2018, the Kwiziq Team met in London for a week of work - and just a bit of fun, including a visit to The Crystal Maze Experience.
Learn about the mobile jour férié and Christian holiday of Ascension, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- L'histoire de la Fête Nationale
Learn about the history of France's national holiday, le 14 juillet, in this informative video.
- La Saint-Valentin
Celebrate Valentine's Day with this funny video about interpreting gestures on a first date.
- La Toussaint
Learn about the importance of la Toussaint, or All Saints' Day in France, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Le Cassoulet, plat traditionnel du Sud Ouest (Spécialités de France)
Learn about le cassoulet, a traditional dish enjoyed throughout southwest France.
- Le confinement, quelle vie de chien !
Find out what confinement is like from a new perspective in our bilingual audio article.
- Les Accras de Morue des Antilles (Spécialités de France)
Learn about one of the most popular culinary specialities in the West Indies: Guadeloupe's famous accras de morue (cod fritters).
- Ma routine pendant le Ramadan
Learn about Ramadan celebrations with Hajar, while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Mon Noël d'antan
Remember what Christmas was like when you were a child in this bilingual audio article.
- On ira - ZAZ
Enjoy this catchy song and colorful video while practicing your (fast!) French listening comprehension.
- Ouragan Irma
Read Guadeloupe resident Laura's account of crossing the path of Hurricane Irma in early September 2017.
- Quand Mai 68 changea la France
May 1968 was a turning point in French history. On this 50th anniversary, learn how students and workers revolutionalized France.
- S'occuper sans écran - La drôle d'humeur de Marina Rollman
Enjoy this funny radio sketch by Swiss comedian Marina Rollman about life without computer screens, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Savoyard accent
Get an (exaggerated) idea about French as it's spoken in Savoie in this humorous sketch by Les Inconnus (a famous French trio of humorists from the 90s).
- Une Saint-Valentin entre filles
No Valentine? No problem!
- V pour Vendetta
In honour of Guy Fawkes Night (November 5th), let's take a look at V for Vendetta, a 2006 political thriller film set in a dystopian United Kingdom under the rule of a neo-fascist regime, where V, the mysterious anarchist freedom fighter tries to start a revolution through elaborate terrorist acts. Highly recommended!
- Valéry Giscard d'Estaing - Une rétrospective en images
Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died of Covid-19 on 2 December, 2020, at the age of 94. Take a look back at his life and career in this video from Le Monde.
- Vendée Globe 2016 / 2017
Vendée Globe is a grueling, non-stop solo round the world race without assistance.
- Very Low Cost Airlines
Think the last flight you took was bad? It probably doesn't compare to this one!
- Victor Hugo (Portraits français)
Learn more about famous author Victor Hugo, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Visite de Fort Royer sur l'île d'Oléron
Discover the fascinating site of Fort Royer on Île d'Oléron while practising your French listening comprehension.