Listening comprehension is often one of the most difficult skills to develop, and that’s why it’s so important to expose yourself to spoken French as frequently as possible. In this exercise, listening comprehension and grammar skills combine forces! The reading that you will listen to includes many verbs in the imparfait, futur simple, and conditionnel (among other tenses). This is a four step activity to help you work on listening, reading, and writing skills.
What’s included in this French listening comprehension activity?
👉STEP 1: Listen to a 4 minute audio recording about a 14 year old girl making a diary entry
👉STEP 2: Download the fill in the blanks exercise. Write verbs in the imparfait, futur simple, and conditionnel as you listen to the audio recording. The verbs are not provided on the worksheet, so this will be a challenge.
👉STEP 3: Download the fill in the blanks writing verbs in the imparfait, futur simple, and conditionnel as you read the text carefully paying attention to context. The infinitive form of each verb is provided in parentheses. You can either do this exercise while listening to the audio or not.
👉STEP 4: Download the complete French text and English translation in case there are some passages you don’t completely understand.
Use French stressed pronouns to add emphasis to what you want to say. Use these pronouns when you want to change the tone of your voice (as we do in English). You can place them either at the beginning or at the end of a sentence. Have a look at my comprehensive video lesson at the bottom of this page.
Careful: You won’t use disjunctive pronouns with À + A PERSON because that would require an indirect object pronoun. Many times POUR + A PERSON will also require an indirect object pronoun if something is actually being done for that person.
avec – with
avec moi – with me
pour – for
pour toi – for you
chez – at the home of
chez lui – at his house
avant – before
avant elle – before her
devant – in front of
devant nous – in front of us
après – after
après vous – after you
derrière – behind
derrière eux – behind them
à côté de – next to
à côté d’elles – next to them
Stressed pronouns – Emphasize who is doing something
When you want to say something like “I am the one who is going to the store”, just use the following model. You must be sure to make the verb agree with the stress / disjunctive pronoun being used. Even though we don’t say it like this in English, here’s a direct translation. It’s as if you were saying “It is me who am going to the store”. Weird, huh? But that’s how you do it in French, and it makes sense.
C’est moi qui vais au magasin. I’m the one who is going to the store.
C’est toi qui vas au magasin. You’re the one who is going to the store.
C’est lui qui va au magasin. He’s the one who is going to the store.
C’est elle qui va au magasin. She’s the one who is going to the store.
C’est nous qui allons au magasin. We’re the ones who are going to the store.
C’est vous qui allez au magasin. You’re the ones who are going to the store. (plural vous)
Ce sont eux qui vont au magasin. They’re the ones who are going to the store.
Ce sont elles qui vont au magasin. They’re the ones who are going to the store.
Stressed pronouns – Use them to say also or neither – either
me too moi non plus
moi aussi me neither
Je vais au magasin, moi aussi. I’m also going to the store.
Je ne vais pas au magasin, moi non plus. I’m not going to the store either.
you too you neither
toi aussi toi non plus
Tu vas au magasin, toi aussi. You’re also going to the store.
Tu ne vas pas au magasin, toi non plus. You’re not going to the store either.
him too him either
lui aussi lui non plus
Il va au magasin, lui aussi. He’s also going to the store.
Il ne va pas au magasin, lui non plus. He’s not going to the store either.
her too her either
elle aussi elle non plus
Elle va au magasin, elle aussi. She’s also going to the store.
Elle ne va pas au magasin, elle non plus. She’s not going to the store either.
nous non plus
Nous allons au magasin, nous aussi. We’re also going to the store.
Nous n’allons pas au magasin, nous non plus. We’re not going to the store either.
vous non plus
Vous allez au magasin, vous aussi. You’re also going to the store.
Vous n’allez pas au magasin, vous non plus. You’re not going to the store either.
them too (masculine)
them either (masculine)
eux non plus
Ils vont au magasin, eux aussi. They’re also going to the store.
Ils ne vont pas au magasin, eux non plus. They’re not going to the store either.
them too (feminine)
them either (feminine)
elles non plus
Elles vont au magasin, elles aussi. They’re also going to the store.
Elles ne vont pas au magasin, elles non plus. They’re not going to the store either.
French Stress Pronouns – Disjunctive Pronouns Comprehensive Lesson
This is a complete lesson on how to use French disjunctive pronouns: MOI – TOI – LUI – ELLE – NOUS – VOUS – EUX – ELLES. In English these are: ME – YOU – HIM – HER – US – PLURAL YOU – THEM.
The first step is to watch my 13 minute video tutorial carefully and take notes. I’ve included a 7 page support guide so that you will have all of the examples used in the video written down for you. In the support guide document you will also find a link to a quizlet study set on French prepositions of location. These are often used with disjunctive pronouns.
You’ll then take an online quiz to practice what you’ve learned in the video tutorial. There are 50 questions with multiple choice answers.
Next, you’ll be able to download 50 cards to practice using French stress pronouns in three different ways. These cards closely resemble the online quiz, but they’re much more of a challenge since there are no multiple choice answers available. Also, the answer prompts aren’t always exactly they way you will have seen them in the multiple choice quiz. You can either practice with these cards online or print out a deck for those times when you don’t want to be stuck in front of your computer.
All of the cards have a question written on them. There are two blanks to fill in with your answers. One of the blanks requires a disjunctive pronoun, and the other requires you to change the verb conjugation to agree with the subject of the answer sentence. All of the cards are written in the present tense.
At last comes the real challenge and the true test to know when you’ve finally mastered French disjunctive pronouns. You’ll listen to an audio recording of me asking you the same 50 questions that you will have first seen in the multiple choice quiz, then you will have practiced using the challenge cards with answer prompts. This time you’ll write out your answers with no prompts at all on the student response sheet provided. Answer key is provided.
Verbs to be conjugated in present tense: être (10 cards), aller (14 cards), avoir (5 cards), faire (5 cards), regular -er verbs (12 cards), vouloir (1 card), partir (2 cards), prendre (1 card).
Are you ready to learn a new way to speak about the future? Have you been using the futur proche all the time? Are you ready to up your game in the way you speak French? You’ll see the futur simple is very useful, and it’s not hard to form. Have a look at my comprehensive video lesson at the bottom of this page. I will teach you how to use this tense with regular and irregular verbs, and you’ll have loads of resources to help you practice and master your new skill!
STEP 1: Download your 6 page study guide and be ready to take notes and write sentences in the futur simple.
STEP 2: Watch my video tutorial.
STEP 3: Worksheet #1 – Futur proche vs Futur simple
STEP 4: Worksheet #2 – Complete sentences by filling in the blanks with verbs in the futur simple.
STEP 5: Practice, practice, practice using your set of 40 conjugation cards. You’ll see the futur simple in action with 40 new examples. Regular and irregular verbs are included for lots of exposure.
STEP 6: Have a little fun while learning the futur simple with 5 crossword puzzles.
STEP 7: Once you complete this set of 50 sudoku puzzles, you’ll definitely be a pro! There are so many different versions. You’ll be able to print new ones anytime you’d like a fun review.
STEP 8: See the futur simple in action with 10 different page long mini-dialogues. It’s always a great idea to see how your new skill can be used in different contexts. Try reading them aloud to practice oral production! Here’s a list of the fun themes used in the dialogues:
La météo Le cinéma Au restaurant Chez le médecin L’automne L’environnement La montagne La plage Les vacances Les tâches ménagères
STEP 9: You have 60 half-page worksheets to practice using 60 different verbs in the futur simple. Regular and irregular verbs are included. You write the conjugation as well as your own sentence using the verb. Use at least 7 words!
STEP 10: You’ll get a link to a Quizlet study set that you can use online anytime to practice forming the futur simple with fun games and tests to evaluate your progress.
“Dictation is the transcription of spoken text: one person who is “dictating” speaks and another who is “taking dictation” writes down the words as they are spoken. Among speakers of several languages, dictation is used as a test of language skill, similar to spellingbees in the English-speaking world.”
You can watch the first of twenty French beginner level dictation exercises in the video at the bottom of this post. Click on the button below for a free transcript, translation, and audio version of “Dans la rue”.
➯ Video presentation of the dictée. Watch me and listen as I read each sentence two times slowly enough to understand and write at the same time. Many non-natives find it makes the listening comprehension part of dictation exercises more manageable to see the speaker’s mouth. Once I’ve finished reading the dictation, I will present each written sentence in French along with the English translation. Once we’ve gone through all of the sentences and you have checked your work, I will present the complete text in paragraph form on the screen. At that time, we can slowly read through the complete text together so they can see how the separate sentences actually form a short story.
➯ Audio presentation of the dictée.. Listen as I read each sentence two times slowly enough to understand and write at the same time. This version of the exercise will be more challenging as you will not see the speaker’s mouth.
➯ PDF of the numbered sentences in the dictée and the English translation.
➯ Numbered response sheet. This is located on page 2 of the PDF.
Have you learned all or most of the French grammar you see on the list below? Do you find it easier to read and write than to speak and understand when being spoken to? Listening comprehension takes a ton of practice. Watch Jennifer’s first lesson on listening comprehension for beginners in the video below. This is the French course for you if you have studied a lot of basic grammar, and you need to practice putting it all together. Maybe you have some knowledge of French grammar, but you have difficulty creating solid sentences. In this course you will learn a lot about all of those “extra” words that pop up everywhere in French (and why they’re there).
This is an upper beginner level French listening comprehension course. Ten lessons are included for a total of 2.5 + hours of video instruction. Each comprehensive lesson includes French grammar unique to the A1 level (see grammar specifics below).
Each lesson covers a different theme, but the grammar used is repeated in different contexts lesson to lesson all the while adding new elements from the list.
In each lesson:
Jennifer does a first reading of the text on video
Jennifer asks 5 comprehension questions and you begin to answer
Jennifer does a second reading of the text on video
Jennifer shows you the 5 comprehension questions in written form and you finish answering
Jennifer goes over all 5 questions and answers with you
Jennifer leads you through a comprehensive grammatical analysis of the text
Each video lesson lasts approximately fifteen minutes. PDFs of the texts in French with English translations as well as the 5 listening comprehension questions are provided for you to print out and perhaps take notes on as you take each lesson.
This French listening comprehension course for beginners covers the grammar on the list below:
French subject pronouns
Articles: Definite, indefinite and partitives
Prepositions of location
Time, days, months
French verb ALLER
French verb ÊTRE
French verb AVOIR + expressions
French verb FAIRE + expressions
French verb PRENDRE
French verb METTRE
Il faut / Il ne faut pas
There is a lot included in the lessons that isn’t on this list. Don’t worry, these are new things you will learn during our time together. Have a look at the first lesson in the following video.
Watch my video lesson on how to use French reflexive verbs in the present and passé composé tenses. Download your 10 page support guide to this lesson on Patreon. Here’s a list of 32 of the most common reflexive verbs, their past participles, and their translations in English.
Watch my vide lesson on using the verb être as helping verb in the French passé composé. Download your support guide to this lesson on Patreon. Here’s a list of the most common 17 verbs that take être as auxiliary verb.Click here for my full course.
Listen to the dictée while watching the video below. Download your free support guide which indicates all of the grammar topics included as well as the correction and English translation @LLL French Academy.
There are two main factors to consider when using adjectives in French, and they are very different to the way we use adjectives in English. Scroll all the way down if you just want a quick list of 40 very easy to use French adjectives.
French adjectives must agree in number and in gender with the person, place or thing that they are describing.
Most of the time you must place the adjective AFTER the noun it is describing.
The final consonant in masculine adjectives is usually silent and usually pronounced in feminine ones.
Relative pronouns are words that are used to link a dependent clause to a main clause. A dependent clause is a group of words with a subject and a verb. It does not express a complete thought so it isn’t a sentence and can’t stand alone.
QUI as a question word means WHO. As a relative pronoun it can mean WHO or WHAT. QUI replaces the subject in the dependent clause.
In these examples QUI means WHO:
Je téléphone à ma mère.Elle est en Louisiane. Je téléphone à ma mère qui est en Louisiane. I am calling my mother.She is in Louisiana. I am calling my mother who is in Louisiana.
In these examples QUI means WHAT:
Je vais lire le livre.Il est dans mon sac. Je vais lire le livre qui est dans mon sac. I am going to read the book.It is in my bag. I am going to read the book that is in my bag.
QUI can also replace an indirect object (a person) after a preposition:
J’appelle une amie. J’étais au lycée avec cette amie. J’appelle une amie avec qui j’étais au lycée. I’m calling a friend. I was in high school with this friend. I’m calling a friend with whom I was in high school.
It sounds kind of strange when you translate it this way to English, but you can see that it means WITH WHOM.
QUE replaces the direct object in a dependent clause. Direct objects answer the questions WHO or WHAT?
Many times the relative pronoun QUE will be followed by a subject or subject pronoun.
Je fais rôtir le poulet. Mon mari l’a acheté. Je fais rôtir le poulet que mon mari a acheté. I am roasting the chicken. My husband bought it. I am roasting the chicken that my husband bought.
In the passé composé, QUE replaces a direct object. You need to make agreement with the past participle in gender and number.
Je prépare les légumes. Mon mari les a achetés. Je prépare les légumes que mon mari a achetés. I’m preparing the vegetables. My husband bought them. I’m preparing the vegetables that my husband bought.
Sometimes you may come across sentences that are put together a little differently:
Les bonbons que mange mon petit frère sont trop sucrés.
This one is a little difficult to translate into English. It means “The candies that my little brother is eating are too sweet.”
You’ll notice that the verb MANGE in this sentence actually is placed before the subject, mon petit frère. This is not a very common construction.
As a relative pronoun, OÙ not only indicates place as its English translation would suggest, but it can also indicate time.
OÙ often means WHERE when used as a relative pronoun.
OÙ means WHERE in this sentence: La fromagerie OÙ j’ai acheté le camembert est en ville. The cheese shop where I bought the camembert is in town.
OÙ as a relative pronoun can also refer to time. Be careful! OÙ can be translated to mean WHEN in English.
When referring to time we want to use the word QUAND because it means WHEN. However, QUAND is not a relative pronoun, so you can’t use it as if it were. C’est le moment où…This is the time when…
Would you have been tempted to use QUAND instead of OÙ? Il pleuvait le jour où nous sommes arrivés. It was raining the day when we arrived.
DONT replaces people or objects that come after DE.
This is an example of a person preceded by DE.
Tu vois cette dame? Je t’ai parlé de cette dame. C’est la dame dont je t’ai parlé.
Do you see that lady? I spoke to you about that lady. That’s the lady I talked to you about. – That’s the lady of whom I spoke.
The trickiest part about using DONT isn’t understanding the rules, but knowing which verbs and expressions are followed by DE.
J’ai besoin d’un couteau. Le couteau est sur la table. Le couteau dont j’ai besoin est sur la table. I need a knife.The knife is on the table.The knife that I need is on the table.
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