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Understand spoken authentic French is probably the most advanced skill you’ll need to achieve learning French.
I have several exercises that can help you with that. See the list of French videos Anne posts on the site. One of these exercises is a mini-dictation.
How do mini-dictations work?
You listen to a video and/or to a recording once and follow the prompts Anne created for you. Listen to the passage as many times as you need to get to 100% of right answers.
Each lesson features a passage in authentic French, an exercise with clear prompts, the text in French and in English.
I recommend you give yourself a week per lesson. Listen to the same passage every day of that week.
I’ve learned a few languages, and I must say that there is one method that works for me consistently: watching the same short passage over and over again.
Often, the first time listening, I have no idea of what they were saying. It sounds like the words are blurred together, I cant figure out where a word ends and where the next one starts. Yet, I keep going at it.
If I didn’t get the words the first time around, I try to guess the meaning of the words with visual or intonation clues. If I have the opportunity, I put captions or subtitles on. Then, the next time around, I understand the passage better. Little by little, I don’t need to guess so much. The key is that I get exhilarated each time I understand more.
Can you do the same? Can you keep on going, listening to the same passage over and over again, till you drop?
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.
Lessons in this Course – Mini-Dictées
- Pénurie de Beurre – Mini-dictée
- George Sand – Sa vie – Mini-dictée
- Nier le Réchauffement Climatique – Mini Dictée
- Il n’y a pas de planète B – Mini-Dictée
- Qui est Brigitte Macron – Mini-dictée
- Pêche au Saumon – Mini-dictée
- Guérisseurs – Mini-Dictée
- Impressionnistes autour de Paris – Mini-Dictée
- Qui va me demander pardon ?
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