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    since i am going to sit for my finals..i do edexcel..international gcse....could anyone plz give me advice on how to improve and get good marks in french listening....coz im not so gud at it and i need help..any tips
    thank you in advance
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    For a listening exam you need to focus on pronunciation so research and make sure you know how all of the important words are said in French otherwise you won't hear them during the recording. Remember you don't need to know how every single word is said - just the main ones so you can get an idea about the conversation and the subject in matter. Another good idea is to find out what tricks the examiners use such as synonyms (similar words) and false friends (words that sound like they are in English but aren't even close).
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    (Original post by puja0599)
    since i am going to sit for my finals..i do edexcel..international gcse....could anyone plz give me advice on how to improve and get good marks in french listening....coz im not so gud at it and i need help..any tips
    thank you in advance
    Hey again

    For French listening, it's really just about knowing your vocabulary and not being caught out by what's being said.

    To revise your vocab, you could either try memrise (http://www.memrise.com/course/333006...-igcse-french/) or you could just look at the vocab list found in this website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...ning-materials (scroll down to 'Vocabulary List' ). That should hopefully prepare you for reading too.

    In order to train your ears, I'd suggest listening to the French radio or even French songs (maybe with the lyrics up). That way, you can also see how much you understand. You could also start going through past papers to practice your exam technique. Some tips when sitting the paper are to read through each question and note down or think of possible answers to those questions as well as how to say those in French. You could also listen out for the tone in which someone is speaking to work out if what they are talking about is a good thing or a bad thing, if you can't understand what is actually being said.
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    Practice listening to past listening papers a bit quicker than the actual speed (if you can edit it) so that you train yourself to hearing it faster and it will be easier in the actual exam. This will compensate for nerves and bad luck
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    Practice practice practice. Listening to a foreign language isn't something you can cram the night before in a few hours of revision and ace like other subjects. Surround yourself with French in the form of past papers, cartoons on youtube, French music, change your phone settings to French (this one sounds silly but since people tend to go on their phone so much and can navigate it without reading what it says because we know it so well it helps with your understanding of sentence structure and vocabulary, mine is in French and it helps me out alot and sometimes I talk to siri in French too) and even making a French friend if you can (I have one who I Skype with as I help her out with English and vice versa)

    On youtube, search 'Petit Potam' it's a little kids French cartoon and I watch it while doing my homework or just having it in the background while getting ready etc just to familiarize myself with the accents and language, which does subconsciously work as it is part of the way we learn our native tongue.

    For past papers, download the transcript of it (this should be on the exam boards site) so you can piece together what you're reading with what is being said and it will develop your understanding, do this until you feel comfortable to take away the transcript and listen to the past paper alone and it should help.

    At the start of the exam, you should get 5 minutes to go through the paper, during this time I try and translate as much of the options on the page into French as possible, and if there are more than one way of saying it (for example: going shopping could be 'faire du shopping' or 'aller au magasins') so I am able to match what I hear with what I'm reading incase I miss any of the sentence or just don't have time try and think about what has been said, it's easier to see what I've written and think 'ah yes that must be it'

    Hope this helped
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    (Original post by caitlinford3)
    Practice practice practice. Listening to a foreign language isn't something you can cram the night before in a few hours of revision and ace like other subjects. Surround yourself with French in the form of past papers, cartoons on youtube, French music, change your phone settings to French (this one sounds silly but since people tend to go on their phone so much and can navigate it without reading what it says because we know it so well it helps with your understanding of sentence structure and vocabulary, mine is in French and it helps me out alot and sometimes I talk to siri in French too) and even making a French friend if you can (I have one who I Skype with as I help her out with English and vice versa)

    On youtube, search 'Petit Potam' it's a little kids French cartoon and I watch it while doing my homework or just having it in the background while getting ready etc just to familiarize myself with the accents and language, which does subconsciously work as it is part of the way we learn our native tongue.

    For past papers, download the transcript of it (this should be on the exam boards site) so you can piece together what you're reading with what is being said and it will develop your understanding, do this until you feel comfortable to take away the transcript and listen to the past paper alone and it should help.

    At the start of the exam, you should get 5 minutes to go through the paper, during this time I try and translate as much of the options on the page into French as possible, and if there are more than one way of saying it (for example: going shopping could be 'faire du shopping' or 'aller au magasins' )so I am able to match what I hear with what I'm reading incase I miss any of the sentence or just don't have time try and think about what has been said, it's easier to see what I've written and think 'ah yes that must be it'

    Hope this helped
    OP should definitely be ready after all of this advice
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    OP should definitely be ready after all of this advice
    Haha I always have to leave a lengthy comment on French posts, I have too much passion for it
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    (Original post by caitlinford3)
    Haha I always have to leave a lengthy comment on French posts, I have too much passion for it
    That's great to hear! I'm guessing you're studying French either for GCSEs or A-Levels (uni maybe)?
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    That's great to hear! I'm guessing you're studying French either for GCSEs or A-Levels (uni maybe)?
    Uni ?? I take that as a compliment

    Nah, I'm still at GCSE haha! I'm taking it for A-Level however and am actually considering taking it at University (depending on whether I crash and burn with it at A-Level as everyone is scaring me with the 'if you're not native French you're going to fail' **** haha)
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    (Original post by caitlinford3)
    Uni ?? I take that as a compliment

    Nah, I'm still at GCSE haha! I'm taking it for A-Level however and am actually considering taking it at University (depending on whether I crash and burn with it at A-Level as everyone is scaring me with the 'if you're not native French you're going to fail' **** haha)
    That's totally crass, as long as you pay attention you'll be totally fine

    Sincerely,
    French and Spanish A-Level Person
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    That's totally crass, as long as you pay attention you'll be totally fine

    Sincerely,
    French and Spanish A-Level Person
    Yeah I did a scholarship exam for a private school last week (please note scholarship exam - I'm not flaunting here if I don't get the scholarship I can't afford to go ) and a girl there said it was a load of bull too! I did an A-Level reading French paper (all in French) and I think it went pretty well, then there was a writing section (which said I had to write out my coursework but we haven't finished ours nor have I learnt it so I just made it up as I went along so I'm sure my grammar was awful haha) and it all went fine! I guess it should be okay as I do have the passion haha
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    (Original post by caitlinford3)
    Uni ?? I take that as a compliment

    Nah, I'm still at GCSE haha! I'm taking it for A-Level however and am actually considering taking it at University (depending on whether I crash and burn with it at A-Level as everyone is scaring me with the 'if you're not native French you're going to fail' **** haha)
    Please do! With that passion, you taking French for uni would definitely suit you best
    Don't listen to people who say that - being a native speaker in a language doesn't automatically make you better at the language at A-Levels. There's someone I know, for example, who's a native German speaker and got A in her A-Levels.
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    (Original post by caitlinford3)
    Yeah I did a scholarship exam for a private school last week (please note scholarship exam - I'm not flaunting here if I don't get the scholarship I can't afford to go ) and a girl there said it was a load of bull too! I did an A-Level reading French paper (all in French) and I think it went pretty well, then there was a writing section (which said I had to write out my coursework but we haven't finished ours nor have I learnt it so I just made it up as I went along so I'm sure my grammar was awful haha) and it all went fine! I guess it should be okay as I do have the passion haha
    Awh, it's refreshing to see so many new people that like languages! Good luck with your scholarship, flaunt it! The fact that you're good enough to even consider taking the test is something to be proud of :excited:

    As the girl you met said, it's definitely "bull"! Absolute rubbish. I love French A-Level and you will too! If you ever need any help or advice about MfL or French in general, feel free to PM me!
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    Please do! With that passion, you taking French for uni would definitely suit you best
    Don't listen to people who say that - being a native speaker in a language doesn't automatically make you better at the language at A-Levels. There's someone I know, for example, who's a native German speaker and got A in her A-Levels.
    Very true! I have seen courses of a psychology degree with French on the side (because my ultimate job predominantly is to be a clinical psychologist but I want to carry on my French) so I feel like that would be the dream course for me, but of course I have plenty of time yet! Very wise words, thank you
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    Awh, it's refreshing to see so many new people that like languages! Good luck with your scholarship, flaunt it! The fact that you're good enough to even consider taking the test is something to be proud of :excited:

    As the girl you met said, it's definitely "bull"! Absolute rubbish. I love French A-Level and you will too! If you ever need any help or advice about MfL or French in general, feel free to PM me!
    Ah thank you so much!

    Very very true! I'm really excited to take French further than GCSE! Thank you very much I will do
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    That's totally crass, as long as you pay attention you'll be totally fine

    Sincerely,
    French and Spanish A-Level Person
    Wow :eek: and two languages don't overwhelm you? I'm a German and French GCSE person, but I don't think I'd be able to take both up to A-Levels...
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    Wow :eek: and two languages don't overwhelm you? I'm a German and French GCSE person, but I don't think I'd be able to take both up to A-Levels...
    It is slightly overwhelming at first but it's really not too much bother! If you do well at GCSE then…. pourquoi pas ?
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    (Original post by iEthan)
    It is slightly overwhelming at first but it's really not too much bother! If you do well at GCSE then…. pourquoi pas ?
    Je vais prendre l'allemand, mais je dirais que le francais (with the cedille - I'm lazy) serait plus difficile pour moi.
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    Hey again

    For French listening, it's really just about knowing your vocabulary and not being caught out by what's being said.

    To revise your vocab, you could either try memrise (http://www.memrise.com/course/333006...-igcse-french/) or you could just look at the vocab list found in this website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...ning-materials (scroll down to 'Vocabulary List' ). That should hopefully prepare you for reading too.

    In order to train your ears, I'd suggest listening to the French radio or even French songs (maybe with the lyrics up). That way, you can also see how much you understand. You could also start going through past papers to practice your exam technique. Some tips when sitting the paper are to read through each question and note down or think of possible answers to those questions as well as how to say those in French. You could also listen out for the tone in which someone is speaking to work out if what they are talking about is a good thing or a bad thing, if you can't understand what is actually being said.
    Thanxx alott ☺
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    (Original post by caitlinford3)
    Practice practice practice. Listening to a foreign language isn't something you can cram the night before in a few hours of revision and ace like other subjects. Surround yourself with French in the form of past papers, cartoons on youtube, French music, change your phone settings to French (this one sounds silly but since people tend to go on their phone so much and can navigate it without reading what it says because we know it so well it helps with your understanding of sentence structure and vocabulary, mine is in French and it helps me out alot and sometimes I talk to siri in French too) and even making a French friend if you can (I have one who I Skype with as I help her out with English and vice versa)

    On youtube, search 'Petit Potam' it's a little kids French cartoon and I watch it while doing my homework or just having it in the background while getting ready etc just to familiarize myself with the accents and language, which does subconsciously work as it is part of the way we learn our native tongue.

    For past papers, download the transcript of it (this should be on the exam boards site) so you can piece together what you're reading with what is being said and it will develop your understanding, do this until you feel comfortable to take away the transcript and listen to the past paper alone and it should help.

    At the start of the exam, you should get 5 minutes to go through the paper, during this time I try and translate as much of the options on the page into French as possible, and if there are more than one way of saying it (for example: going shopping could be 'faire du shopping' or 'aller au magasins' so I am able to match what I hear with what I'm reading incase I miss any of the sentence or just don't have time try and think about what has been said, it's easier to see what I've written and think 'ah yes that must be it'

    Hope this helped
    Hii...thanxx aloot for the advice and tips
 
 
 
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