The lovely demoiselle-nathalie asked me how to improve her listening skills in french.
Here is what I answered her :
Well, actually I don’t teach the french language to foreigners but mostly grammar and litterature to french locutors so… But I could tell you of how I personally practiced my english.
- First of all, you are right you’ll have to listen to as much french as you can. As for the matter of WHAT to listen to, I suppose in your exams you’ll have to listen to tv or radio news stuff so you can do that, but it can be kind of boring.
(You can watch french tv online like here: but I don’t know if the link will work for you).
- What I would advise you to do is to listen to something that YOU like.
When I was around your age I left my hometown to study in Paris so I didn’t have a lot of dvds with me. So I used to watch the same ones again and again and again. In the end, ( Mostly Harry Potter and the prisonner of Azkaban !! lol) it became like a soundtrack when I was working and doing other stuff.
It helped me a lot to improve my vocabulary and to familiarize myself with the pronunciation and accent.
Listening to english music helped a lot too.
- Of course, the best option would be to have an actual conversation with french people. When I was younger, I was a bit shy, so I’d understand a lot of what was said to me in english but I couldn’t answer back very well. Travelling to the US and meeting a lot of people there helped me to get rid of that anxiety. It improved my listening and speaking skills a lot.
- So what do you want to watch?
> A movie I like quite a lot is Les Chansons d’amour : very frenchy et très parisien. And it has a lot of french songs in it! yay!
Well, I’m kind of exhausted! Maybe I’ll have more suggestions later! ;)