Sarafina wrote:Does anyone have advice on how to be able to understand spoken French? If there is a particular method that had helped you to improve your listening comprehension? A specific method beyond just watch movies and listen to music. I am someone that enjoys having structured process to follow and having a rough idea on what to expect.
I can read articles comfortably and I can understand majority of B2/C1 texts but however my listening is probably at honestly an A2/a very very weak B1. It's frustrating how unequal my French ability is for different skills.
I plan on taking the DALF C1 exam at some time next week and my biggest worry is being able to have realistic chance at passing the listening section of the exam.
If you are around A2, perhaps starting with something easier like audiobooks could work
TV series work. Something like 200-300 hours, that is a good goal to aim for. That is the "structured approach" I used. But I was at B2, when I started. What to expect: first signs of progress after a few episodes, then after one season, then an apparent drop in the ability every time you start a new series. After a few hundred hours, I was finding C2 listening easy.
If you want more "structure" than that, you could benefit from intensive listening, and basically dissect stuff you listen to and anki everything. It is likely to give you faster results in terms of vocabulary, but it still won't be the kind of training for the real life that the extensive listening is.
For even more structure: are you using the audio coming with coursebooks enough? The selection cannot get more structured than that. Plus there are various Comprehension orale books and DELF/DALF preparation books with tons of graded audio.