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    Hi all!

    My french oral's coming up soon and I'm just wondering if any of you have got any good ways of saying 'i think' apart from things like 'je pense' and 'je crois' and 'je dirais'... my teacher suggested 'je suis de l'opnion que' so any others like that would be good??

    I just don't want to be repeating myself!
    Thanks

    p.s. any advice for not being nervous/ general tips would be good!
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    Il me semble que (It seems to me that ...).
    Selon moi (According to me/In my opinion).
    Je considére que (I consider that ... - It translates oddly but we've been told it's fine)

    If I think if any more I'll add them

    Edit: You can also just say "Il semble que" (It seems that ...) without the 'to me', but that means you have to use the subjonctif. Likewise though getting a subjonctif in somewhere is always a good thing.
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    (Original post by tieyourmotherdown)
    Il me semble que (It seems to me that ...).
    Selon moi (According to me/In my opinion).
    Je considére que (I consider that ... - It translates oddly but we've been told it's fine)

    If I think if any more I'll add them

    Edit: You can also just say "Il semble que" (It seems that ...) without the 'to me', but that means you have to use the subjonctif. Likewise though getting a subjonctif in somewhere is always a good thing.
    Ahh thanks, those are really good! Will definitely have to remember them When is your oral exam?
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    je suis d'avis que... - I think that...
    je soutiens donc que... - I maintain that...
    il est clair que... - it is clear that...
    il est évident que... - it is obvious that...
    il semblerait que... (+ subjonctif) - it seems like...
    il se peut que (+ subjonctif)... - maybe...
    à mon avis... - in my opinion...

    Hope that's the kind of thing you're looking for. I'll pop back and edit if any more spring to mind.

    Good luck with your exam!
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    also a bit of advice.

    try to vary your sentence structures, that's where you make marks

    so rather than "i think that something is something because of something" 15 times
    use more complex language. the subjunctive is a good example of this and will definetly impress your examiner.
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    (Original post by MadameBonheur)
    je suis d'avis que... - I think that...
    je soutiens donc que... - I maintain that...
    il est clair que... - it is clear that...
    il est évident que... - it is obvious that...
    il semblerait que... (+ subjonctif) - it seems like...
    il se peut que (+ subjonctif)... - maybe...
    à mon avis... - in my opinion...

    Hope that's the kind of thing you're looking for. I'll pop back and edit if any more spring to mind.

    Good luck with your exam!
    Ahh those are great too!!! I really wouldn't have thought to use those! Guessing you're quite advanced at french aha? More than me anyways!!
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    (Original post by koka-kola)
    also a bit of advice.

    try to vary your sentence structures, that's where you make marks

    so rather than "i think that something is something because of something" 15 times
    use more complex language. the subjunctive is a good example of this and will definetly impress your examiner.
    Yeah I think that's my downfall at the moment, always saying the same thing :/ Especially 'these are the advantages and disadvantages'... any other ways of saying that?
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    (Original post by Music22)
    Ahh thanks, those are really good! Will definitely have to remember them When is your oral exam?
    I've got my A2 oral in early May Fun stuff
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    (Original post by tieyourmotherdown)
    I've got my A2 oral in early May Fun stuff
    ahhhhh good luck!!
    Don't suppose you know any other ways of saying also apart from the obvious 'aussi' when trying to make another point??
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    (Original post by Music22)
    ahhhhh good luck!!
    Don't suppose you know any other ways of saying also apart from the obvious 'aussi' when trying to make another point??
    Likewise, good luck to you too

    In terms of other ways of saying another point ...
    Également (Equally ...)
    Deuxiémement (Secondly ...), and Troisiémement etc.
    D'autre part (On the other hand ...)
    Néanmoins (Nevertheless ...)
    En Plus (What's More/In Addition ...)
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    (Original post by tieyourmotherdown)
    Likewise, good luck to you too

    In terms of other ways of saying another point ...
    Également (Equally ...)
    Deuxiémement (Secondly ...), and Troisiémement etc.
    D'autre part (On the other hand ...)
    Néanmoins (Nevertheless ...)
    En Plus (What's More/In Addition ...)
    Thanks for the help!
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    Use synonyms dictionaries. Here's one for instance. Be careful though as the synonyms are very dependant on the context so not all of them are appropriate for your sentence.

    Also, don't forget you can always rephrase: "X est un autre point important à prendre en considération" (X is another important point to consider) instead of "Aussi..." for instance. Likewise "n'oublions pas (non plus) que/il ne faut pas (non plus) oublier que" (let's not forget that), etc
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    j'estime que is a nice synonym for croire/ penser que

    il me frappe que

    The best general advice I would give is just talk loads. IMO spontanaity/ fluency is more important than complex langauge etc but learning a few nice phrases like these is deffo a good idea
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    Do you use the book Mot a Mot? I would really recommend it as it has lots of synonyms and different ways of phrasing things. Its basically getting me through AS French (I have a not so good teacher :erm: )
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    (Original post by Music22)
    Ahh those are great too!!! I really wouldn't have thought to use those! Guessing you're quite advanced at french aha? More than me anyways!!
    Glad I could be of some help. I'm taking my A2 exam next month, but I'd say I'm far from "advanced", more like "panicking and trying to cram as many French linking phrases into my head as possible"! :p:

    Also, I would second the above poster regarding 'Mot a Mot'. You can pick a copy up on Amazon for about £5 but the sheer amount of essay phrases in it definitely makes it worth it, in my opinion.
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    hello, i have my A.S oral tomorrow too and would say from what my teacher has said to simply use different structures and use the subjuctive tense and most other tenses atleast once but remember to not over complicate the conversation with hundreds of structures but to actually talk and use a few structures with a clearer sound to it would be better.. hope this helps
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    (Original post by jackyblueyes)
    hello, i have my A.S oral tomorrow too and would say from what my teacher has said to simply use different structures and use the subjuctive tense and most other tenses atleast once but remember to not over complicate the conversation with hundreds of structures but to actually talk and use a few structures with a clearer sound to it would be better.. hope this helps
    Thanks for the advice!! We've only just learnt the subjunctive so am trying to learn a few set phrases!
    How was your exam?
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    I had mine last Thursday and variety is definitely the key - I think it's best to try to start each answer off with a different starter phrase (or maybe something like 'c'est difficile à dire' before going into your answer), also I don't think using all the tenses is that important, especially if it detracts from the flow of the conversation, considering that 5 marks are given for relevance of answers and 10 for fluency
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    (Original post by NickD)
    I had mine last Thursday and variety is definitely the key - I think it's best to try to start each answer off with a different starter phrase (or maybe something like 'c'est difficile à dire' before going into your answer), also I don't think using all the tenses is that important, especially if it detracts from the flow of the conversation, considering that 5 marks are given for relevance of answers and 10 for fluency
    Ah yeah that's good to hear someone else saying that about the tenses, as I don't want to interrupt what I'm saying just to get another tense in!

    What kind of starter phrases did you use?
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    (Original post by Music22)
    Thanks for the advice!! We've only just learnt the subjunctive so am trying to learn a few set phrases!
    How was your exam?

    im not going to lie, it was difficult but i spoke for all of the required time of ten minutes and hopefully i will get a good grade. my teacher said that she would be surprised if i dont get atleast a C.
 
 
 
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