As a French primary school teacher who has been living in the U.K. for 20 years, I was asked 3 years ago by friends and acquaintances if I could do " French conversation " with them . I was struggling a little bit to find the right support to use with them as they are at different levels, when by luck, I came across an advert for your magazine. Straight away I looked it up on line and decided that it was the perfect tool for me to offer them diversity. On top of that the CD is a bonus for those who struggle with pronunciation. So far out of my 5 students, 2 of them have already decided also to subscribe to your magazine for a year and we are now looking forward to the next issue (102) to learn more interesting facts, expressions and discover new places.
I regularly use Bien Dire with my students. It is an excellent learning aid for my intermediate French students. The magazine is well structured and illustrated and it has a clear user-friendly layout. It is well thought out, for example, a colour-coded system indicates the level of each article or exercise. This offers students the option to work through the articles from the simplest to the more complex and in doing so gives them a sense of progress. The content of Bien Dire is both varied and up to date. The articles cover a wide range of themes ranging from tourism, history, food, contemporary life in France, to major political stories and even a little celebrity news. The articles give a really good, up to the minute, snap shot of life in France with all the key words and expressions highlighted in the glossary sections that go with each article. My students love Bien Dire: it provides them with continuous learning in between my 1-to-1 lessons with them. They enjoy the topics and find the vocabulary lists very helpful.
Being over 70 I have some difficulty remembering but being able to go over each article several times, with and without the CD, my French is definitely improving. I have found all the various articles interesting and the levels at which they are presented are ideal for me ('O' Level) at school + Commercial French in College (1959!) and speaking French (always) when on holiday. I get by but I know my syntax is sometimes poor and vocabulary lacking. Level 2 articles are comfortable, Level 2+ are a stretch and Level 3 are difficult but not enough to prevent me working at it. Already after only three weeks with my first magazine I feel I have made great leaps forward.
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Thanks, Bien-Dire, I'm delighted with my purchase.
I’m really delighted to have discovered Bien Dire. I would strongly recommend Bien Dire to everyone with a knowledge of basic French grammar and vocabulary and who wants to get a real taste of French culture and a chance to really enjoy learning more.
The articles are varied, and interesting, and the high production standards of the artwork and photos make the experience of learning a real pleasure. Most of the articles are far too short to let you get bored, and the more in-depth ones really make you feel you understand fascinating aspects of French culture and history.
After just a week of studying every day with Bien Dire, I found a noticeable difference. I was able to watch programmes on TV5, and follow many more programmes than previously.
I soon found my own way of studying Bien Dire, which is to study 2 pages a day, making notes on all new vocabulary. And the following day, I would revisit what I had learned previously, by listening to the CDs on my MP3 player. This I do on the bus or tube, during coffee-breaks, even when jogging.
I am totally addicted to this excellent and enjoyable product. Each magazine and CD represents many hour's worth of enjoyable study at my own pace, and is a magazine and audio CD I will keep for a long time. And yet each issue is half the price of an hour with a private French tutor.
For someone like me who enjoys being in France and talking in French, it feels literally life-changing. Thanks again. I must also say the staff at Language Direct have been very helpful and friendly.