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    Hi,

    I was just wondering if anybody had any tips for revision or good phrases that I could learn for my speaking exam, I don't know anybody who speaks French apart from my teachers, so anything would be useful. It isn't until May but I'm predicted a C and would really like to bump it up to a B (We are doing the edexcel paper).

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    (Original post by 05shorm)
    Hi,

    I was just wondering if anybody had any tips for revision or good phrases that I could learn for my speaking exam, I don't know anybody who speaks French apart from my teachers, so anything would be useful. It isn't until May but I'm predicted a C and would really like to bump it up to a B (We are doing the edexcel paper).

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    Practice your French with natives.
    And *I think* there are websites where you can voice chat with strangers that have as a common goal to ameliorate their French.
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    (Original post by 05shorm)
    Hi,

    I was just wondering if anybody had any tips for revision or good phrases that I could learn for my speaking exam, I don't know anybody who speaks French apart from my teachers, so anything would be useful. It isn't until May but I'm predicted a C and would really like to bump it up to a B (We are doing the edexcel paper).

    Thanks
    Hmm..well here are some idioms that I actually got from here

    Faire les gros titres - to hit the headlines
    Exercer une influence sur - to have an influence on
    Tirer le signal d’alarme - to sound the alarm
    Nul ne sait encore si.. - no-one yet knows whether..
    Il en va de même pour.. - the same goes for..
    A en croire les sondages - if we are to believe the polls
    On constate avec inquiétude que.. - it’s a worrying fact that..
    On pourrait en dire autant pour.. - you could say the same for..
    Les spécialistes s’accordent à dire que.. - experts agree that..
    Quoi qu’il en soit - whatever the case may be
    Il est évident que.. - it’s obvious that..
    Notons au passage que.. - one should note in passing that..
    Il s’ensuit que.. - the result is that..
    Je ne suis pas le seul à prétendre.. - I’m not alone in claiming..
    Il faut également souligner que.. - I should also be stressed that..
    On a tendance à croire que.. - we tend to believe that..
    Reste à savoir si.. - it remains to be seen whether..
    Imaginez un peu - Just think
    Cela peut paraître idiot, mais.. - it may seem silly, but..
    Il va sans dire que.. - it goes without saying that..
    Rien d’étonnant que.. (+ subj) - it’s not surprising that..
    Il ne faut pas s’étonner que.. - it’s not surprising that
    Cela en dit long sur.. - it says a lot about..
    Plus question non plus de.. - there’s no question either of…
    J’en ai assez d’entendre.. - I’m fed up with hearing about..
    Pour couronner le tout - to cap everything
    Il nous faut démontrer que.. - we have to prove that..
    En ces temps de.. - in these times of..
    Il faut examiner le revers de la médaille - you have to look at the other side of the argument
    N’oublions pas non plus.. - let’s not forget either..
    Faut-il en conclure que.. - should we conclude from this that..
    L’ennui, c’est que.. - the annoying thing is that..
    Il est important de constater que.. - it is important to note that..
    Loin de là! - Far from it!
    Il est à noter que.. - it should be noted that..
    Il vaut mieux.. (+ inf) - it is better to..
    Ayant pesé le pour et le contre - having weighed up the pros and cons
    Cela va de pair avec.. - this goes together with..
    Il est indéniable que.. - It is undeniable that..
    Quoi que l’on en pense - whatever you may think of the matter
    Tout le monde s’accorde à dire que.. - everyone agrees that..
    Si j’ose le dire if - I may venture to suggest
    En guise de conclusion - in conclusion

    There's a lot there and don't feel like you need to use any of them - they're just ideas.
    I'm doing Spanish AS oral but I'm doing WJEC. For my exam board, you need to have some good ideas, so make sure that you show sensitivity/maturity and look at the bigger picture. Get different tenses and moods (subjunctive) in and try and get some irregular verbs in.
    Any of these might be useful, and make sure you include some of the GCSE structures - you need them too.

    Venir de + inf = I have just
    Avant de + inf = before
    Apres etre/avoir + past participle = after having...
    Il faut = you must
    Il vaut mieux + inf = it would be better to

    They're all I can think of right now without any of my notes and I haven't put any accents on, but I hope it helps.

    Good luck.
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    Oh right okay, I think that would be really useful, thank you. I'll have a look around
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    Do you have any idea of what the websites might be, because I have found a good one http://www.mylanguageexchange.com , but unless you pay you can't really use it very easily.
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    No idea. I didnt save the link
    On google i got:
    http://www.busuu.com/
    http://www.lingozone.com/
    http://www.speakmania.com/index.php?language_id=1
    http://www.livemocha.com/pages/about
 
 
 
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