Monthly Archives: March 2018

Dramatically improve your audio skills by listening to audio-books

One recurrent concern I hear from English speakers is that French natives speak ways too fast to catch the meaning of what they are saying.

 

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Why not start using a powerful tool that modern technology allows us to take advantage of like the audio books? There are currently so many apps that you can download directly upon your smartphone and that offer a great range of audio books in French language.

 

So where should you start?

  • First of all, choose an audio book that is simple, like some tale that you already know about in English.
  • The shorter, the better. To begin, it would be better to have a short book that lasts from 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Set apart a specific moment of the day when you can concentrate

What are the advantages of the audio books?

 

  • you can use an audio book for active and passive learning
  • you can rewind any time, stop and repeat each sentence-as many times as needed
  • you will get familiar with different French accents/tones

 

Within a few months, your French will improve dramatically!

 

No idea where to search?

 

Here is a free access library for audio books in French. Have fun! Much success to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three sentences that will take you anywhere! (beginners)

Being a beginner in French and alone in the country can be a scary experience.  You feel that people are speaking very fast and also overwhelmed, most of the time when trying to express yourself…

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Here are three sentences in French that you can apply in many situations ( at the bakery, at the Café or at the market). Learn them by heart and it will save you from a lot of struggle!

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  1. Je voudrais ( I would like)- un croissant,- un café, -un kilo de tomates, s’il vous plait. Je voudrais + article and noun+ s’il vous plait.
  2. Je vais prendre un croissant,-un café,-un kilo de tomates. Je vais prendre ( I am going to take) + article+ noun
  3. Or use the structure article + noun+ s’il vous plait! Un croissant, s’il vous plait!

 

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Got it? Very easy indeed. All you have to do now is to go practice it!