I know it’s hard to understand spoken French. I’ve learned a few languages, and there is one method that worked for me: watching the same short passage over and over again.
Often, the first time listening, I had no idea of what they were saying. It sounded like the words blurred together, I couldn’t figure out where a word ended and the next one started. Yet, I persevered, I kept on going, and most importantly, I didn’t let my feelings interfere.
If I didn’t get the words, I watched what they were doing and guessed the meaning of the words. If I had the opportunity, I put the English subtitles on. Then, the next time around, I would understand better, getting rid of gestures and subtitles crutches little by little. The key is that I didn’t get down because I didn’t understand, but instead, I got exhilarated each time I would understand more.
Can you do the same? Can you keep on going, listening to the same passage over and over again, till you drop?
I would recommend to give yourself a week per lesson. Listen to the same passage every day of that week, several times a day. Use the transcription and the translation at first.
Watch, read and repeat a passage of your choice for each of these videos featuring authentic French.
If you stick with it, you’ll be amazed at the progress you’re making. I guarantee it
Comprendre les vidéos en français
Pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower
—Sous la tour Eiffel, les touristes savent bien qu’il faut faire attention : les pickpockets sont partout.
—Y en [sic] a des personnes qui nous disent « Gardez les mains dans les poches », ou, ou euh, « attention à vos poches arrière » etc.
Volunteers for working from home
The mountain is sliding
Les guinguettes à Paris
Des vendanges à Montmartre
La Chandeleur en Bretagne
Parapente au Mont-Blanc
Voler, face au Mont-Blanc.
En haut du Brévent à Chamonix, il suffit qu’il ait 3 rayons de soleil pour que l’herbe verte de cette aire de décollage se recouvre de voiles multicolores.
Carnaval à Dunkerque
There are three big carnivals for Mardi Gras in France: Nice, Bordeaux and Dunkerque. Let’s listen to this news story on that of Dunkirk today to learn French today.
Les Français et leurs superstitions
On est le 13 mai, c’est un vendredi, le seul vendredi 13 de l’année – il y en aura 3 l’an prochain. Un grand jour en tous cas pour tous les tirages, grattages et autres bandits manchots. Et en tous cas, le grand jour pour les superstitieux. On va dans le Puy-de-Dôme . Listen and read the text and the translation.
In this lesson, two families and neighbors, and then a couple get into a fight. The two families participated in a school contest to win a trip to Guadeloupe. The left-wing family won it by cheating.
In this lesson, we’re going in the Essonne département to see how house-and-dog sitters manage to get a vacation for free.
George Sand – Sa vie – Mini-dictée
George Sand, de son vrai nom Aurore Dupin de Francueil, mène son existence au rythme de son cœur et de ses envies. Une soif de vivre, pour oublier…
Jeanne Moreau aux Oscars
Jeanne Moreau was a French actress known throughout the world. She also liked to sing songs that stay with you. Listen to this tribute and learn French with Anne at FrenchHour. You can also download the audio file onto your device to listen to it anywhere.