Improve your French listening comprehension

February 5, 2022

Improve Your French Listening Comprehension

Improve your French listening comprehension

1. Speak as often as possible, even if you make mistakes

Easier said than done but try to find a language partner or join a language exchange, and practice pronouncing unfamiliar or difficult words and phrases on your own.

2. Improve your French listening comprehension by watching dubbed and subtitled movies

This is a great way to connect the words you hear to the written word.

To avoid struggling through a 2-hour film and feeling frustrated at the end, choose a movie you’ve already seen. Watch the French dubbed version and turn on the English subtitles. When you feel more confident, switch the subtitles to French. Then watch one more time without any subtitles.

You can also use streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Video with subtitles on.

3. Improve your French listening comprehension by listening to French radio programs

RFI Savoirs is one of the best resources for this, as it provides current radio programs and newscasts with the transcription in French underneath so you can follow along.

4. Take advantage of online listening resources

Le plaisir d’apprendre

Mainly a beginner site completely in French.

Ciel Bretagne

Mostly designed for students preparing for exams but it has a great selection of exercises.

TV5MONDE : TV internationale francophone : Info, Jeux, Programmes TV, Météo, Dictionnaire

TV5 Monde has a Langue Française section with a multitude of activities from games and quizzes to articles and videos with French subtitles as well as a digital library.

5. Keep learning vocab and grammar

Developing your listening comprehension is a process of putting different skills together and being persistent about your practice.

But most of all, it’s about asking questions and being willing to make mistakes. So go out there and listen!

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