Covid-19 - Boredom Busters
Don't forget your French while you're stuck at home avoiding Covid-19.
We have lots of ideas to keep you entertained, both in French and in English.
If you have children, make sure they have a look at our kids' Covid page
Learn Cool Stuff in French
Les enjeux du deconfinement en France - this article (in French) by Le Monde provides an excellent overview of the different post-lockdown options and the associated risks of each. Also relevant to New Zealand.
These two museums offer science and technology related podcasts, articles and films for a range of audiences, including an online Coronavirus Q&A. New content added daily during the Coronavirus outbreak on their #LaScienceEstLa page.
Le Mur de la Presse - see the front pages of all French newspapers.
Les vire-langues - Tongue-twisters to play with your family.
Improve your French
TV5 Monde - Langue Française - If you don't know this website yet, there are some great resources for learning French. News reports are provided at various levels, with appropriate exercises. Choose your level and learn something interesting! There are even "Dictées" to test your grammar and spelling.
LanguageGuide.org - this site has a pictorial vocabulary guide, plus grammar and reading exercises, for beginners and post-beginners.
Learn French by singing - If you learn better by singing, try the links on this page.
Rick Stein's Secret France - Watch these episodes and plan where you'll go next time you can get on an airplane. (Sorry, this is only available if you've got Sky, but Humphrey says it's really good!)
During the Covid-19 outbreak, you can watch a new ballet every week: Swan Lake is on until the 5th April, followed by the Barber of Seville (6 April), Hommage to Jerome Robbins (13 April), etc.
The Musee d'Orsay offers weekly virtual "tours" of its current or past collections. Sign up for their newsletter to get the new link each week.
Paris memory quiz - how well do you know Paris? Play this quick memory game.
Watch French Films
If you're disappointed that you didn't get to see all of this year's French Film Festival films, create an account on the online French Film Festival and get free access to over 50 short films until the 27th April. Other films are available for a charge.
Science films - a selection of 15 science-related documentaries from the CNRS (French Science Research Institute).
Email us your favourite French recipes (in French or English) and we will post them here.
Soirée Crêpes a la maison! Join us on Facebook on the 9th April and 14th May for our monthly Soirée Crêpes.
Here is Penny and Vito's recipe, used for our Soirées Crêpes at the Alliance française:
100 g farine/flour
15 mls (1 Tbsp) huile ou beurre / vegetable oil or butter
200 mls lait/milk
¼ tsp sel/salt
½ tsp sucre/sugar
In a blender, whizz all together for 30 seconds.
Rest for 30 minutes before using.
Makes about 5 crepes, so multiply as needed.
Exercise in French
Namaste Yoga - free yoga classes in French (well, French-Canadian...) during the Covid-19 lockdown from this Canadian studio. A new class is available every few days. You can also purchase their other classes.
We're on the lookout for some great free French exercise programmes. Email us!