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OK, so to get into the uni I want next year I have to pass a super-hard exam (well, actually it's not that hard, I'm just crap at French ) and the thing that's holding me back is my oral comprehension. I'm doing all the usual things (listening to the radio, watching TV, talking to people, eavesdropping on people's conversations on the metro...) and I think I'm improving, but it's hard to measure that progress because it's not like I get a score out of 10 at the end of it. So, does anyone know where I can find A Level/university+ standard listening exercises/tests online? Anything that's like the DELF/DALF/TCF/TEF listening exams would be majorly appreciated... Thanks in advance
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I don't think you'll find good tests online but you can try and see in universities if they have French for foreigners classes, and if they do, whether they have a distance learning thing and/or can send you some tests.
I'll see if I can ask for resources at uni, I know there is a French for foreigners department, but I suppose it won't be free (like 25-35€ for the semester I suppose).
Doesn't your French classes have that kind of stuff though?

Anyway, I don't think you should focus on improving at all costs. Your French definitely improves so you shouldn't worry about it and take it easy. After all, you've been there for only two months, you have many left. Plus, the longer you stay the faster your language improves (to some extent); I wouldn't be surprised if by Christmas you'll consider to have improved a lot.
And as long as you understand what people say, the fact that you didn't get a couple words in a sentence shouldn't be a big deal :dontknow:

Well, just found this site, but that's pretty much all I could find on google: http://www.ciel.fr/apprendre-francai...nsion-test.htm
Scroll down to get to the oral comprehension things.
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I don't think you'll find good tests online but you can try and see in universities if they have French for foreigners classes, and if they do, whether they have a distance learning thing and/or can send you some tests.
I'll see if I can ask for resources at uni, I know there is a French for foreigners department, but I suppose it won't be free (like 25-35€ for the semester I suppose).
Doesn't your French classes have that kind of stuff though?
The unis here do offer FLE classes but they're crazily expensive - I can't remember the exact figure but it's well over a grand at the Sorbonne! :eek: And no my French class doesn't really - we do some listening exercises in class but they're too easy, as it's only general French rather than a TCF preparation course.

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Anyway, I don't think you should focus on improving at all costs. Your French definitely improves so you shouldn't worry about it and take it easy. After all, you've been there for only two months, you have many left. Plus, the longer you stay the faster your language improves (to some extent); I wouldn't be surprised if by Christmas you'll consider to have improved a lot.
And as long as you understand what people say, the fact that you didn't get a couple words in a sentence shouldn't be a big deal :dontknow:
Hmmm, you make it sound like language skills automatically improve just by being here, which isn't necessarily the case. Actually it's scary how many internationals I know who have been here ages and barely speak any French - I was at an English/French conversation exchange meeting last Saturday, and one American spoke very, very basic French even though she'd lived in France ages and was married to a French guy, and the other English girl couldn't even order her drink in French even though she had been living in France two years :eek: So yeah things like that have scared me slightly so I'm putting in as much effort as possible! Also uni next year is too important for me to say "hmmm well I'll probably improve, let's just take it easy" - plus you know I like to plan everything

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Well, just found this site, but that's pretty much all I could find on google: http://www.ciel.fr/apprendre-francai...nsion-test.htm
Scroll down to get to the oral comprehension things.
Thanks for the link, I've found another one as well so hopefully that should keep me going for the time being
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The unis here do offer FLE classes but they're crazily expensive - I can't remember the exact figure but it's well over a grand at the Sorbonne! :eek: And no my French class doesn't really - we do some listening exercises in class but they're too easy, as it's only general French rather than a TCF preparation course.
Bah I forgot to ask. I'll try and remember for Friday though. Don't hesitate to remind me too :p:
Yeah one grand is really expensive :eek: Hm, have you asked your teacher to provide you with harder recordings?
Ah well, I just realized what I could google and found some websites that are actually TCF/DELF/DALF things. I haven't checked so maybe they're lame, but since I found them on what appears to be official sites they should be somewhat decent.
http://www.rfi.fr
http://www.delfdalf.ch (short test from the Swiss Delf website)
http://www.delfdalf.ch/ (examples on the left)
http://www.ciep.fr/delfdalf/sujet.php (might be the same as above though)
Unfortunetly, like 90% of the links on other sites are dead :sigh:

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Hmmm, you make it sound like language skills automatically improve just by being here, which isn't necessarily the case. Actually it's scary how many internationals I know who have been here ages and barely speak any French - I was at an English/French conversation exchange meeting last Saturday, and one American spoke very, very basic French even though she'd lived in France ages and was married to a French guy, and the other English girl couldn't even order her drink in French even though she had been living in France two years :eek: So yeah things like that have scared me slightly so I'm putting in as much effort as possible! Also uni next year is too important for me to say "hmmm well I'll probably improve, let's just take it easy" - plus you know I like to plan everything
Lol, yeah, maybe. It did for me but then again I got told recently I'm gifted for languages so maybe I shouldn't expect other people to be able to do the same
However you seemed to grasp what I taught you fairly well and quickly too so I still think you'll improve loads spontaneously - though it might not be fast enough for you :dontknow:
But to be honest, if they stayed for years and have basic French, they can't have practiced much or actually wanted to...

Anyway, maybe you could ask people to read a random text and then ask questions you'd answer? Like maybe being read aloud an article from Le Monde?
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Bah I forgot to ask. I'll try and remember for Friday though. Don't hesitate to remind me too :p:
Yeah one grand is really expensive :eek: Hm, have you asked your teacher to provide you with harder recordings?
Ah well, I just realized what I could google and found some websites that are actually TCF/DELF/DALF things. I haven't checked so maybe they're lame, but since I found them on what appears to be official sites they should be somewhat decent.
http://www.rfi.fr
http://www.delfdalf.ch (short test from the Swiss Delf website)
http://www.delfdalf.ch/ (examples on the left)
http://www.ciep.fr/delfdalf/sujet.php (might be the same as above though)
Unfortunetly, like 90% of the links on other sites are dead :sigh:
Cheers
No because then the level wouldn't be suitable for the rest of the class, I can't ask her to change the lesson just for me...
Thanks for the links, I'll check them out

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Lol, yeah, maybe. It did for me but then again I got told recently I'm gifted for languages so maybe I shouldn't expect other people to be able to do the same
However you seemed to grasp what I taught you fairly well and quickly too so I still think you'll improve loads spontaneously - though it might not be fast enough for you :dontknow:
But to be honest, if they stayed for years and have basic French, they can't have practiced much or actually wanted to...
Yeah you are awesome at languages! :yep:
I do feel I've improved a hell of a lot already, that's why I want the tests - to measure that improvement so I know what sort of result I should be aiming for in the official exam in May. I wouldn't say the improvement has been spontaneous though as I've been trying loads... and don't forget there are a lot more people in Paris who speak English than there are who speak French in the UK, so it's less of an immersion, which makes it a bit harder.

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Anyway, maybe you could ask people to read a random text and then ask questions you'd answer? Like maybe being read aloud an article from Le Monde?
That's a good idea actually - I have a couple of language exchange partners now so I'll ask one of them
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OK, so to get into the uni I want next year I have to pass a super-hard exam (well, actually it's not that hard, I'm just crap at French ) and the thing that's holding me back is my oral comprehension. I'm doing all the usual things (listening to the radio, watching TV, talking to people, eavesdropping on people's conversations on the metro...) and I think I'm improving, but it's hard to measure that progress because it's not like I get a score out of 10 at the end of it. So, does anyone know where I can find A Level/university+ standard listening exercises/tests online? Anything that's like the DELF/DALF/TCF/TEF listening exams would be majorly appreciated... Thanks in advance
We used http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/ when I was at school..I can remember doing listening exercises on the site but I cant seem to find it for you atm for your level
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No because then the level wouldn't be suitable for the rest of the class, I can't ask her to change the lesson just for me...
Thanks for the links, I'll check them out
Lol, no I meant as in ask them to give you CDs to work at home or something, not change the whole class's program

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Yeah you are awesome at languages! :yep:
I do feel I've improved a hell of a lot already, that's why I want the tests - to measure that improvement so I know what sort of result I should be aiming for in the official exam in May. I wouldn't say the improvement has been spontaneous though as I've been trying loads... and don't forget there are a lot more people in Paris who speak English than there are who speak French in the UK, so it's less of an immersion, which makes it a bit harder.
I wish I was awesome, I'd have learned another language then :sigh:
Well, that's cool. I hope you'll get an answer to your question then!
I'm not convinced by that argument though as I believe if one really wants to learn a language they'll make opportunities for it. Staying between English speaking people or resorting to English by laziness won't get anybody far.

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That's a good idea actually - I have a couple of language exchange partners now so I'll ask one of them
Tell me how it goes
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this might help,might be a bit too easy though : Listening Practice: http://www.frenchexams.org/as_a2_lis...tice/index.htm ,http://www.authentik.com/exam-practi...ce-tests-2009/

Keep listening to different radio stations,maybe youtube videos/movies in french with & without subtitles ,there s also these podcasts : http://www.canalacademie.com/

podcast can be found here: http://www.touslespodcasts.com/annua...ogies/660.html

Good Luck
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this might help,might be a bit too easy though : Listening Practice: http://www.frenchexams.org/as_a2_lis...tice/index.htm ,http://www.authentik.com/exam-practi...ce-tests-2009/

Keep listening to different radio stations,maybe youtube videos/movies in french with & without subtitles ,there s also these podcasts : http://www.canalacademie.com/

podcast can be found here: http://www.touslespodcasts.com/annua...ogies/660.html

Good Luck
Brilliant, thanks for the links! I'd been trying to figure out how to get French podcasts actually...

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'GCSE French Complete Revision & Practice with Audio CD' by CGP?
Yes, it's GCSE but there are many questions on a lot of topics - I found them hard and complex (but french listening was my worst subject...) - so either you could find them useful or just helpful for securing memory of the basics.
Thanks for the suggestion but I think GCSE level stuff would be a bit too basic
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Brilliant, thanks for the links! I'd been trying to figure out how to get French podcasts actually...



Thanks for the suggestion but I think GCSE level stuff would be a bit too basic
good luck
Happy to help you out
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Use the listening exercises at https://RapideFrench.com. They're really good because they are done by level and have support by way of all the vocab and transcripts so you can work whichever way around you prefer (have a go at listening blind, or test yourself on the vocab, or check you understand the transcript before listening - whichever motivates you most). You'll probably want to start around level 7 just to check you understand everything and then work up to the top level.
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