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A2 French oral exam-useful sentences

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    Hey,

    Just wondering if anybody knew any good sentences to say in my oral exam, just general, impressive ones to lead me into a topic and sound quite 'French'
    Also does anyone have any tips on how to get an A in the french oral for a2?-Its taken me 2 years to do my AS exam im that rubbish at them lol :rolleyes:

    Thanks in advance!
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    Bah... the only sort of advice I can give you here is different filler words: ben, euh, en fait, enfin, voyons, disons, considérons; opinion words: je pense que, je crois que, à mon avis and so on; disagreeing phrases: je crois que là vous vous êtes trompé(e), non je ne suis pas d'accord, en revanche, etc.

    Advanced French Vocabulary (Horsfall) has a list of loads of longer phrases, but they do tend to sound clumsy when overused, very easy to do.
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    Filler words are great for buying some time, and I don't know if you've noticed, but French people use them a lot even in their own language, so they're quite 'French' as well. I tended to use bof, ben, alors, enfin, en fait or just euh. You definitely need opinion phrases, and obviously the most common are ones like je pense, je crois, je trouve, a mon avis and selon moi. To agree, je suis d'accord or je partage votre avis. To disagree, je ne suis pas (tout a fait) d'accord or au contraire, je pense que... I used Advanced French Vocabulary as well and it's definitely very useful for things like this, but the longer phrases should be reserved for essays.
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    In the examiner's report from last year for Edexcel it suggests you should miss out the french equivalent to umms and arrrhs because it's just a filler and doesnt make a difference to your argument. It also said that some students replied with inappropriate vocab like "Are you mad?!" Which I thought was quite amusing.. Anyways, here's something I copied from the examiners report.. Hope it helps.

    Candidates are familiar with 'Je pense que... je considère que... il me semble
    que... je ne suis pas d'accord' but could widen their bank of expressions to support
    and develop their arguments with expressions such as:
    • Je vous concède que...
    • je suis convaincu que...
    • on va trop loin en disant que...
    • par ailleurs...
    • il n'a pas été démontré que...
    • on exagère quand on affirme que...
    • on a tort de croire que...
    • incontestablement...
    • jusqu'à preuve du contraire...
    • il est inexact de dire que...
    • par contre ...
    • j'estime que...
    • il faut constater que...
    • il faut aborder la question de...
    • afin de changer cette situation, il faudrait ...
    • tous ces facteurs semblent indiquer que...
    • à titre d'exemple, je cite...
    • il est manifeste que...
    • il est nécessaire d'envisager une situation où...
    • au niveau de...
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    My teacher gave us the CREAPS structure to think about -

    Causes
    Responsables
    Effets
    Avantages
    Problèmes
    Solutions

    Obviously it's not realistic to try and get through all 6 pointers if they ask you one question, but say if "que-pensez vous de la question de logement en France aujourd'hui?" comes up, you can think of it this way -

    C'est un problème fort difficile à résoudre; grace au flux migratoire en France (cause), le gouvernement (responsables) ne peut que fournir le logement pour une minorité des personnes dans le pays(effets)...

    And so on. It works for some people, it gives others too much to think about. If you think it's suitable for you, you could always sit down and make a list of phrases which are appropriate for each factor, so you've got a handful of phrases ready to use on the day.

    Best of luck.
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    Filler words are great for buying some time, and I don't know if you've noticed, but French people use them a lot even in their own language, so they're quite 'French' as well. I tended to use bof, ben, alors, enfin, en fait or just euh. You definitely need opinion phrases, and obviously the most common are ones like je pense, je crois, je trouve, a mon avis and selon moi. To agree, je suis d'accord or je partage votre avis. To disagree, je ne suis pas (tout a fait) d'accord or au contraire, je pense que... I used Advanced French Vocabulary as well and it's definitely very useful for things like this, but the longer phrases should be reserved for essays.
    I've never found occasion to use bof. What on earth is it? My teacher once said it was "so-so", like an adjective, but it's clearly not... is it just a sort of "meh" word? What exactly does it describe?
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    It's just like "errrrr" in English
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    (Original post by bunced)
    It's just like "errrrr" in English
    It really doesn't sound like it to me. It's not used nearly as much, and it's certainly not equivalent to "euh".
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    'Meh' word is a good way to describe it actually! I'm not entirely sure what it means, but I'd heard it used quite a bit as a 'filler' when people were answering questions.
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    I think the literal translation is "whatever", I've been told it's a tad inappropriate for orals!
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    My Larousse says it describes:
    a) lack of enthusiasm,
    b) lack of interest.

    Hmmm....
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    lol that ben word.. haha so reminds me of this listening we did it in class a few months back and us 3 were like WTF??? what the hell is bennnn ..lol:P then we kept using it !! i thought it was the name of the person he was speakin to!!!
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    Thanks everyone!
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    bof is probs one of the best words in the french language, meh is probs a good translation (not err though, err implies you dont really know to me but bof means "*shrugs* whatever not too arsed really" sort of thing) maybe a little less passive I'm not sure you should use it in your oral though... I can think of more appropriate words.
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    (Original post by arabellaweir)
    In the examiner's report from last year for Edexcel it suggests you should miss out the french equivalent to umms and arrrhs because it's just a filler and doesnt make a difference to your argument. It also said that some students replied with inappropriate vocab like "Are you mad?!" Which I thought was quite amusing.. Anyways, here's something I copied from the examiners report.. Hope it helps.

    Candidates are familiar with 'Je pense que... je considère que... il me semble
    que... je ne suis pas d'accord' but could widen their bank of expressions to support
    and develop their arguments with expressions such as:
    • Je vous concède que...
    • je suis convaincu que...
    • on va trop loin en disant que...
    • par ailleurs...
    • il n'a pas été démontré que...
    • on exagère quand on affirme que...
    • on a tort de croire que...
    • incontestablement...
    • jusqu'à preuve du contraire...
    • il est inexact de dire que...
    • par contre ...
    j'estime que...
    • il faut constater que...
    • il faut aborder la question de...
    • afin de changer cette situation, il faudrait ...
    • tous ces facteurs semblent indiquer que...
    • à titre d'exemple, je cite...
    • il est manifeste que...
    • il est nécessaire d'envisager une situation où...
    • au niveau de...
    With J'estime que do u have to use the subjunctive after it?
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    (Original post by pRiiYa..x)
    With J'estime que do u have to use the subjunctive after it?
    I think so - the subjunctive is generally used in expressions where there's some doubt or uncertainty. For example, in English we might say "it is necessary that he be here"...although whether he comes is another matter! Similarly, in French it becomes "il faut qu'il soit ici".

    Applying this to "j'estime que", it's what you think will happen, but you've got no way of knowing. Be careful though - sometimes making a phrase that takes the subjunctive into a negative means it no longer takes the subjunctive - that applies to "il ne faut pas que", but I'm not sure how to tell for other expressions.
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    just try and use lots of subjunctives and "si" clauses, just play the exam board game.
    bien que je sache que...... although that i know that
    pour que je puisse........... so that i can
    il est necessaire que nous voyions....... it is necessary that we see

    si "clauses": "si" + proposal "then" + conditional
    if "something happened" then i would "be a better place"
    it
    they etc
    hope it helps :eek3:
    ive got mine on wednesday!!!!! :woo: :eek3:
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    (Original post by arabellaweir)
    In the examiner's report from last year for Edexcel it suggests you should miss out the french equivalent to umms and arrrhs because it's just a filler and doesnt make a difference to your argument. It also said that some students replied with inappropriate vocab like "Are you mad?!" Which I thought was quite amusing.. Anyways, here's something I copied from the examiners report.. Hope it helps.

    Candidates are familiar with 'Je pense que... je considère que... il me semble
    que... je ne suis pas d'accord' but could widen their bank of expressions to support
    and develop their arguments with expressions such as:
    • Je vous concède que...
    • je suis convaincu que...
    • on va trop loin en disant que...
    • par ailleurs...
    • il n'a pas été démontré que...
    • on exagère quand on affirme que...
    • on a tort de croire que...
    • incontestablement...
    • jusqu'à preuve du contraire...
    • il est inexact de dire que...
    • par contre ...
    • j'estime que...
    • il faut constater que...
    • il faut aborder la question de...
    • afin de changer cette situation, il faudrait ...
    • tous ces facteurs semblent indiquer que...
    • à titre d'exemple, je cite...
    • il est manifeste que...
    • il est nécessaire d'envisager une situation où...
    • au niveau de...
    Brilliant. These, when used correctly and with a consistent argument throughout the exam, will get you an A.
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    Hi,

    Is anyone here doing A2 French with AQA this year & have you done your oral yet (2009).. if so, what stimulus did you get?
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