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Hard exercise!

Patrick K.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hard exercise!

I really struggled with this exercise. It's very fast, and a lot of the words seem to get swallowed in the liasons e.g. "jus **de** fruits" (I guess I should know this from the grammar lessons), "et bien que ce ne soit pas aussi", "Ajoutez à ça un peu de sport" (these last two sounded like single words to me). I struggled with it even the second time I did the exercise. I know this is how everyday French is spoken, and even worse, entire parts of sentences get dropped (e.g. "Chais pas" for "je ne sais pas"), but I'm finding there's a huge jump in difficulty from the B1 level... I'm not complaining :-) . These exercises and my attempts at conversational French make me realize how far I still have to go, but this is really helping me to improve, even though it's frustrating at times. Keep up the great work!

Asked 3 weeks ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Patrick,

Thank you for your comment! We listened to the exercise and we agree with you that the speed of this recording is not in keeping with our usual standard. This exercise is rather old and the speed used back then was much faster. We've now re-recorded the audio and it should be at a much better pace.

The more you listen to authentic recordings, being the radio, TV etc, the better your listening skills will get. It takes lots of time and lots of practice. Don't give up! 

Here is a link to Kwiziq listening exercises:  French Listening Practice

My advice is: listen a few times without the text ; then listen again and make notes of words you can hear clearly ; finally, listen with the text and compare anything you wrote down.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée!

Patrick K.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Celine, thanks for the feedback. You can rest assured that I listen to each section many times, and generally follow the steps you outline. I'm working my way through all of the listening exercises. About half way through.

Hard exercise!

I really struggled with this exercise. It's very fast, and a lot of the words seem to get swallowed in the liasons e.g. "jus **de** fruits" (I guess I should know this from the grammar lessons), "et bien que ce ne soit pas aussi", "Ajoutez à ça un peu de sport" (these last two sounded like single words to me). I struggled with it even the second time I did the exercise. I know this is how everyday French is spoken, and even worse, entire parts of sentences get dropped (e.g. "Chais pas" for "je ne sais pas"), but I'm finding there's a huge jump in difficulty from the B1 level... I'm not complaining :-) . These exercises and my attempts at conversational French make me realize how far I still have to go, but this is really helping me to improve, even though it's frustrating at times. Keep up the great work!

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