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    I feel that I'm generally sound at the other skills required in French (Reading, Writing and Speaking) but my listening grade is pulling down my overall grade from an 8/9 to about a 6. How do I improve my listening skills? Every time I listen to a French passage, I go blank and it's all just a murmur to me so I can't pick out key terms and phrases. What shall I do?

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    I always listened to music (especially rap) and had TV5MONDE on at home to get used to thinking in french, cos the listening topics aren't the most interesting in the world tbh, just got bored listening to past papers. Would also recommend watching the news and trying to figure out what they're saying to practice finding the main points of the story.
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    (Original post by anonymous_1947)
    I feel that I'm generally sound at the other skills required in French (Reading, Writing and Speaking) but my listening grade is pulling down my overall grade from an 8/9 to about a 6. How do I improve my listening skills? Every time I listen to a French passage, I go blank and it's all just a murmur to me so I can't pick out key terms and phrases. What shall I do?

    Thanks in advance
    I’ve just finished GCSE French and I also found listening to be the hardest topic for me.

    To try to improve I did EVERY past paper that was on the exam board website a couple of months before the exam.

    I also downloaded a French radio app (I think it’s called France radios, it has a green icon) and although most of the time I had no idea what they were saying, I could sometimes pick up words and would search up the translations of words I heard but didn’t understand. The people on the radio also talked so much faster than in the GCSE listening, so after listening to the radio for about a total of half an hour a day for a few weeks it meant that when I did a practice paper it sounded much slower to me and I found it easier to understand.

    Finally, I’d advise you to try watching some films in French (with English subtitles perhaps) and listening to some French music.

    Hope this helps
 
 
 
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