Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

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Sarafina
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Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Postby Sarafina » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:49 pm

I never knew this but FranceCulture has some programs that have basically a transcription as part of the accompanying text. This is really useful for people that want to listen to actual native French content but want to double-check their comprehension. They're really useful if you like/want to use dictation as part of your strategy in improving your listening comprehension.
https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/ ... -bellanger This looks really interesting and it's usually around a little over 3 minutes long on average. It's great for intensive listening without feeling completely mentally drained by the end of it.
https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/ ... es-idees-0 Same for this one but it's 5 minutes long instead.
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Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Postby MamaPata » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:09 am

Just a reminder that there is just under 24 hours left to vote in the poll to decide what the forum book group reads in April.

https://forum.language-learners.org/vie ... 23&t=10232

There is one book originally written in French.
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Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2019 Les Voyageurs

Postby Klara » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:52 pm

Sarafina wrote:I never knew this but FranceCulture has some programs that have basically a transcription as part of the accompanying text. This is really useful for people that want to listen to actual native French content but want to double-check their comprehension. They're really useful if you like/want to use dictation as part of your strategy in improving your listening comprehension.
https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/ ... -bellanger This looks really interesting and it's usually around a little over 3 minutes long on average. It's great for intensive listening without feeling completely mentally drained by the end of it.
https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/ ... es-idees-0 Same for this one but it's 5 minutes long instead.

Not only FranceCulture but also FranceInfo or RFI have quite often such partial transcriptions with their programs. To improve my listening comprehension I choose the podcast "Le brief éco": https://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/le-brief-eco/

After reading the headline only, I listen attentively to the two and a half minute program, just following the flow of the language. Then I read the text, make sure that I understand roughly each paragraph. I put only the most interesting words or phrases with a translation into my vocabulary software (Langenscheidt, German product). Then I read the text aloud. Finally, I listen again to the podcast with closed eyes. All in all, I need about half an hour to get through.

The program is broadcasted Monday to Friday and I have been listening to it for about two weeks. But the result was amazing, although totally unexpected at this early stage. Last Friday, I started listening as usual and something really odd happened. Out of the blue, I understood nearly every single word! :o That was quite a strange experience, because I heard an endless word-flow in high-speed, but could also identify the single words within this flow, even if I didn't know the exact meaning.

Frankly, I hardly could believe it. :? So, I slept on it and the day after, I listend again and then to another éco-podcast from the first week, same result. Then I tried RFI Français facile, which I found last year still to be too fast for me. First thing that came into my mind: What a comfortable rate of speaking. And I did not miss a single word. Only then I allowed myself to be over the moon. :D
Today, I listened the whole morning to French radio, just because I could understand it - I know, this is odd. :geek:

That said, I am not a high-flyer, but a diligent student of the French language. Last August I picked it up as a false beginner - I did some learning in 2014. Each day I spend one to two hours on my core learning material - textbook in French/German, extra grammar and the above mentioned vocabulary software. So, I have a solid foundation in grammar and also a solid word pool.

On RFI Savoirs I did the placement test and the result said: you are definitely A2 and on the way to B1, which is absolutely correct. :!:
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