My Best Recommended Resources & ToolBox

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The tools and resources you need

Welcome to my curated list of tools and resources I strongly recommend to help you live in France.

This list is a work in progress. 

Scroll down to see the list or click on the table of contents tab and click on a link to get taken to that resource. 

1-Resources To Learn French

Not everyone learns the same. I've included different courses for different learning styles and budgets which I think should cater to everyone's unique way of learning. 


Learn French online using Rocket French

Rocket French

Online Course


Rocket French is probably one of the most well thought out, comprehensive products I have seen. 

  • Testing For writing skills
  • Interactive audio lessions
  • Mobile App
  • ​Voice Pronunciation Reording
  • ​Grammar Lessons
  • ​Flash Cards
  • Progress Tracking

$99-$259

Lifetime Access

  • Free 7 Day Trial
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
Learn French with French Pod 101

French Pod 101

Online Course


French Pod 101 is an online learning system and community geared slightly more for beginners, however it has enough intermediate and advanced content to keep you busy and improve your SKills.

  • 800+ Audio & Video Lessons
  • Online Forum-Community
  • Awesome Mobile App
  • Vacabulary Learning Tools
  • Detailed PDF Lesson Notes

$4-$10-$23 / Month

3 Monthly Membership Levels

  • Free 7 Day Trial
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
Learn French with French Pod 101

Frantastique

Online Course


Frantastique is an e-mail prompted French learning course geared towards post beginners that adapts itself to your level. Everyday you recieve a lesson in your e-mail in box. The lessons take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.  Each lesson contains a selection of the following.

  • Audio, Video & Text Exercies
  • Videos
  • Awesome Mobile App
  • Conjugaison Tests
  • Video Lessons

$21-$81 / Month

Different membership plans

  • Free 7 Day Trial
  • Cancel anytime

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French Today

AudioBook Stories (I love this way of learning languages)


If learning French online with flash cards, video and tests isn't your cup of tea, you should try learning French through audiobook stories. It's kind of genius.  

You get the convenience of being able to listen to your audiobook anywhere plus the benefit of having the book in PDF form so you can read along and enforce your comprehnsion. This combination of learning French through actual stories creates a more natural way of learning that doesnt seem like learning at all. 

Simply download the audiobook (in MP3 format) and listen. There is also an English translation, vocabulary list and study guide. I personally love this method of learning.

Paris born Camille has been teaching French to adults for over 20 years and has created audio books using this story method to teach you REAL SPOKEN FRENCH. 

€59 / AudioBook

€34 / Verb Drill Book

Bundles are around €100 

  • Free 2 hour sample
  • 120 Day Money Back Guarantee

2- Resources To Find Housing In France (or the world)

Here are my best resources for finding different types of accommodations in France and around the world. These are all much cheaper and culturally richer experiences than staying in expensive hotels. 


AirBnb

Rent A House Or Just A Room


AirBnb is my most favourite site to use for finding accommodations around the world. AirbBnb is an international platform which allows hosts to rent out their entire house, apartment or just a room to would-be travellers. It's a win win situation. Locals make a little money renting their home out to you and you save a ton of money.

Our family of five uses AirBnB a lot. It beats getting 2 hotel rooms and often the places we rent are in fabulous locations. Plus we always have a kitchen at our disposal.

  • Mobile App
  • User reviews about  hostels
  • Photographs

Homestay.com

Stay With A Local


Homestay is an international platform created in 2013 for travellers who want a more cultural, educational travel experience by staying with local hosts who rent out part of their home or room. (Hosts are present at the home for the entirety of the guest's stay.)

The site works by connecting travellers and hosts with similar interests which is great for guests to experience local, authentic hospitality. Similar to couchsurfing.

If you are interested in becoming a host you can sign up as one here. 

Check out what you can get in Paris from Homestay by clicking here.

  • Mobile App
  • User reviews about  hostels
  • Photographs

Hostelz.com

Find Best Priced Hostel WorldWide


Hostelz.com is a HUGE time saver because It is one of the few website that let's you do price comparison shopping on hostels worldwide (including Hostelworld, Booking.com and others) so you can see where to get the lowest prices all in one place. 

Search by price or search by country. Here is a link to see hostels in France only.

  • Get direct contact info of hostels
  • User reviews about  hostels
  • Photographs

3- Buy from US retailers who don't ship internationally

Fast Shipping for global shoppers


MyUS.com

myUS.com

Sometimes the items you want to buy either don't exist in France or they are much more expensive than they are in your home country so you turn to US retailers. But what if those US retailers only ship to US address -not to France. Enter MyUS.com. A service which you can ship your item to, who in turn will ship the item to you in France. For a small fee of course. 

4-INSURANCE

An Ultimate Guide to Travel Insurance

5-Money

Fund Your Break Or Family Sabbatical

MyUS.com! FAST Shipping for Global Shoppers.

Online Shopping

Amazon Premium is basically the French version of Amazon Prime. You get a lot of the same benefits and you can find a lot of things that you might not be able to find locally near you.

6-No Fax? No Problem

Sometimes companies will only accept faxes of documents vs scanned docs sent by email. Here are some services online that let you fax any document you have in digital format as a fax.

Hello Fax: Send and recieve faxes from anywhere. First 5 faxed pages you send or recieve are free. After that you pay per page from .05 cents all the way up to .20 cents per page depending on what plan you get on.

7-Reading English Books Abroad

English books are hard(ish) to find in France. If you do find an English bookstore, chances are they won't have a very expansive selection of books. A solution is to turn to the internet and get a digital form of any book you can think of.

Audible books are my new love. Audible books have a slight advantage over ebooks because you can do two things at once with audible books. I can workout while listening to them. Play them in my car or listen to them in bed without bothering my husband with a night light. You can try for free for 30 days. Audible Free Trial [Digital Membership]

8-UTILITIES In France

Electricité de France (EDF)

EDF is the company to contact about setting up your gas and electric in your home in France.

Need help in English? EDF also has a helpful English speaking service should you have questions about your electricity bill, service, problems or to simply change your service. Be prepared, they get pretty busy and you could get a recorded message stating “lines are busy call back”

Outside France phone: +33 5 62 16 49 08

In France phone: 05 62 16 49 08

9-Watch US shows in France with a VPN

You can't watch Hulu in France. You can't watch the US version of Netflix in France either. These sites georestrict your access and ability to watch these shows by sniffing out your computers IP address. To get around this you can use online services to fake out these sites into thinking you are in the US by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

Private Internet Access is VPN service I use and costs less than 40 USD per year.

Buy VPN

Rush Passport Service

RushMyPassport is a service for all you people who found out at the last minute your passport expired. 

RushMyPassport.com

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links I recommend in each section are affiliate links. It doesn't cost you anything to use them and I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. This is how I am able to offer a lot of free content with the support of you my readers. Please understand that I only recommend products and services that I have 100% faith in because of extensive research or first hand experience. In other words, I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. And remember, only buy products if you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

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