|French listening and
reading practice: B1*
Victor Hugo was a renowned author and poet, in the Romantic movement - one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Listening to our bilingual audio article, from our series of Portraits français, then read some excerpts of his work.
Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.
A sampling of Victor Hugo
- French vocabulary: Biographies
- Les grands poèmes classiques
- Les Misérables (excerpt with translation)
- Notre-Dame de Paris (excerpt)