It has been a while since my last update - I am really a terrible writer.
Together with a teacher, I worked through the first chapters of EDITO B1 and it soon became obvious, that I had already reached the B1 level. No problems in speaking and writing or grammar. That's why I decided not to take the DELF B1 exam, it is just not necessary anymore. Instead I will be soon in Nice
and enjoy seven days at the French Riviera. This is going to be my "real" exam - putting into practice what I have learned so far…
Just out of curiosity I did the TCF Test Simulation on the TV5 Monde website and scored B2/C1 - which I am definitely not just after 14 months of learning French. But it gave me at least a good feeling.
In the meantime I have also settled into a new study routine for intermediate French. I always start with a dictée of 10 sentences. My anki-like -Langenscheidt-Vokabeltrainer has around 5000 (!) sentences in French/German with audio, so there is no shortage in the near future. There is a special dictation mode that shows the mistakes, very convenient.
After the dictée I work with a short text - taken from my language journals or advanced Assimil or a graded reader - always with audio and vocab in German. I make sure, that I really understand every sentence and write some new vocab in my notebook. If I am not in the mood for text, I do some grammar or use another book - also no shortage. Additionally, I have subscribed to the B1/B2 Intermediate French course on coursera, but only as a guest - I do not want to participate actively or have any stress with deadlines.
So, that was the learning material and now to the native material for listening, watching and reading.
During my 2 x 30 min. workouts per day on the exercise bike, I listen to French radio and podcasts and watch the the daily soap "Un si grand soleil" on TV5Monde.
The evening is reading time and I am a voracious reader. Therefore, I only can do extensive/excessive reading.
What I do enjoy is, that every day one or more of the vocab from the learning sessions will pop up in the native material and that just makes me smiling each time it happens. Today one of these words was massacrant
Because I have no actual plans or goals, I will stay with this study routine as long as I feel progress.