I’ve been wanting to offer you this type of exercise for a while…today is the day! The “dictée” (dictation) is the French exercise by excellence. It is very academic and has been the nightmare of generations of students. (I did like them, though!). Put yourself to the test!
The text of the dictation is in the show notes – don’t cheat and read it before you’ve tried to do it! ?
Why this is an interesting exercise:
- Check that you hear sounds properly
- Check that you’re trying to make sense of what you’re hearing (homonyms, cutting the words/the flow, type of words, etc.)
- Check that you implement the spelling and grammatical rules you know (agreements in plural/feminine, agreement of past participles, etc.)
It is essential to proofread your text several times after you’ve written it!
Check out free Proofreading Checklist (French Essay Writing): http://frenchyourway.com.au/proofreading-checklist-french-essay-writing
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Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Punctuation signs you need to know for the dictée:
Une virgule = a comma
Un point = a full stop
Texte: Au revoir là-haut (Pierre Lemaitre, 2013), Editions Albin Michel, Collection Livre de Poche, page 592
Il vous cherche, il a fouillé, posé des questions, on n’a rien dit, bien sûr. Un homme seul. Oui, en taxi. Edouard avait caressé la joue de Louise et suivi de l’index le contour de ses lèvres, allez, c’est gentil, tu as bien fait, sauve-toi maintenant, il est tard. Il aurait voulu l’embrasser sur le front. Elle aussi. Elle avait levé les épaules, hésité, puis s’était décidée à partir.
LINKS and RESOURCES!
- My free Proofreading Checklist (French Essay Writing): http://frenchyourway.com.au/proofreading-checklist-french-essay-writing
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