The app gives you access to all episodes aired in our weekly program News in Slow French. You can listen to the episodes online and you can also download audio files and flashcards to your mobile device so you could have access to them offline. PDF viewer is needed to view PDF downloads.
In our program we discuss the Weekly News, French grammar, and French expressions, and much more in simplified French at a slow pace so that you can understand almost every word and sentence. We emphasize all aspects of language learning from listening comprehension, rapid vocabulary expansion, exposure to French grammar and common idiomatic expressions, to pronunciation practice and interactive grammar exercises. With this tool you do not actually need to have an extensive vocabulary to start listening and reading our material. Your vocabulary will expand rapidly and naturally and your comprehension skills will also improve dramatically.
Ratings and Reviews
Full content is payment only
Slow News in French is an app that I would love to use with my upper level high school students. It is a weekly podcast which provides current event stories in French at a pace that is easy to understand. It comes with an extensive vocabulary list which is indicated as flashcards. It is a wonderful way for students to listen to authentic French and a diverse group of accents. The stories are current and cross disciplines with other classes that the students may be taking. You can also listen to the podcasts while driving your car or offline which takes the learning outside of the classroom. However, the app only allows you to listen to the podcasts. The other features, such as grammar tutorials, are only available through their website. The largest drawback of the app is that in order to hear an entire podcast, you must pay for the app. Otherwise, you only hear the beginning of the podcast and then the recording stops. I would not be able to ask my students to pay for the app. You must also have a subscription if you want to use the website. The subscriptions start with the bronze level and as your level increases, so does the subscription amount and the features that you recieve. Although I think that the podcasts are engaging and very relevant, I cannot endorse this app due to its limitations based on the subscription rate.
Enjoyable way to learn
I have really enjoyed this app. I took French years ago and am trying to brush up on the language prior to a trip. While I am far from understanding much of what they say, this style of listening has allowed me to be an interactive learner through listening and reading along. I hear French words that I should recall and look them up immediately. While I only have the free version I am contemplating buying the full app.
Good for Self taught French
I used only the free portion of the app, but it is a very good learning resource. Each episode is like a regular newscast covering a topic from the news of the day. There are short sentence patterns to build grammar and syntax, and a focused vocabulary which gives the English equivalent if one wants it. The two voices, one male and one female, have educated, clear accents—perfect for practicing a good pronunciation. I recommend this app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.