Sunday, October 9, 2011

Geek's Corner 21 : The News in Slow French

Gmail has a way of throwing up user-targeted ads on the borders of one's e-mail messages. For the most part, I find these ads to be creepily intrusive - though I know that they are a result of bots, and not actual people, scanning through my mail messages, they are nonetheless kind of scary.

Occasionally, though, there are some gems among the dross. This link is a case in point:

News in Slow French

The site contains free downloadable 30-minute podcasts, updated weekly, each featuring 4 news stories of about 5 minutes each, with a 5-minute section devoted to a particular topic in grammar, and a 5-minute concluding section given over to a particular idiom. The presenters are excellent, though the guy is a bit of a dweeb. But it lives up to its name - all the segments are in slow (but not exaggeratedly so), intelligible, French. It is a terrific resource.

1 comment:

  1. what a coincidence. I also got this news in slow french ad alongside my email, just when I was reading the daily visual thesaurus word a day message (yet another gem for language lovers). Sometimes, rarely though, google makes such a hit
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