Le Bien-dire

bien-dire-header-001When I was making the switch from lawyer to French teacher, I had some work to do. My French was good enough to be a tourist, but that was it. One of the resources that helped me enormously was a terrific audio-magazine known as Champs-Elysées that was geared to intermediate to advanced French learners. When Champs-Elysées closed, due to some sort of a complicated legal wrangling  among the partners, it left a big gap in my life. A few months ago, I got a mailing from Bien-dire audio-magazine and I ordered a subscription to use with my higher level students. I’ve had two issues now and I can highly recommend it to you.

Bien dire IIEach Bien-dire magazine is 52 pages long. The articles are classified by level of difficulty using the European system: A2 (advanced beginner) to C2 (expert). The layouts are visually appealing with plenty of color photographs to bring the article to life. I just read one about Toulouse with my AP students that had us all wanting to make plans to visit the Rose City for ourselves. Each article has a glossary of vocabulary words to help you develop your skills. The accompanying optional CD is a valuable resource; about 60 minutes of content is read by native French speakers to help your develop your ear for intonation and pronunciation.

The articles are timely and engaging. So far, I’ve seen bien dire IIIarticles about events in France, travel and tourism, French history, quizzes, games, book and movie reviews, and vocabulary building. One in the last issue provided a list of new words that are being accepted into the dictionary, so you can pick up the latest lingo. I have only two complaints thus far: not all of the articles have an accompanying recording and they only publish six times a year. I’d like more!

Today’s word is le bien-dire (luh been deer) means the ability to say things well, to know the apt word or phrase for the right occasion. If you’re interested in improving facility with le bien-dire, give Bien-dire magazine a try. You can try before you buy on their website, through the link above, by downloading sample articles and soundtracks. They’ll ship world-wide.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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6 Responses to Le Bien-dire

  1. Do you know if they have these for other languages?

  2. theinkbrain says:

    I used to have a Bien Dire subscription but stopped it because of continued frustration with their c.ds. The tracks were never tagged, which created problems for me when I downloaded them to my computer (itunes) and ipod. I think I communicated with them and suggested that they fix this, but I never heard back, nor did they fix the problem. The tracks always showed up as “track # 1, # 2 etc, which meant that unless I tagged them myself the tracks from multiple cds became impossible to distinguish from each other…….

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