Beginners’ French: Listening Exercise #4


Last Updated: September 1, 2022

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Practice Time: Around 7 minutes

Difficulty: Beginner

French Listening Exercise 4


  • Step 1: Listen one time. Do not write.
  • Step 2: Listen again write what you hear in but make some pause.
  • Step 3: Hear again at normal speed. Make corrections to what you have written.
  • Step 4: Check the answer and compare.

Disclaimer. I take this text from website.

The Answer

Des mannequins portant d’étranges combinaisons, avec des incrustations lumineuses, bleues ou vertes, sur la poitrine, les bras et les côtés.

Sur l’image de droite, une jeune femme tient un « pistolet-perceuse » très bizarre ainsi qu’une valise blindée mystérieuse… Et le paysage derrière elle ? Des pierres et du sable.

Les deux images de gauche ressemblent à des dessins faits par ordinateur en 3D.

Ces mannequins pourraient bien être des scaphandriers en tenue de plongée sous-marine… ou encore des astronautes !

Was it difficult? For you information this dictation is ideal for students with a A2 level (around 160 hours of study).

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About the author 

Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Instagram

  • Hi Frederic, I love your site and your lessons are very good. The only thing I wish that you would do, is when you create your vocabulary .mp3s could you add the English word after the French one, so I can listen to these in my car and practice my French then, too. If I don’t know the word, it keeps me from using these. Merci beaucoup.

  • I could understand and spell most of this, though there were some unfamiliar words: pistolet-perceuse, valise blindée and scaphandriers. I don’t think I would have been able to do it after just 160 hours of study. There is a small typo in “encore”.

    • I fixed the typo of encore, thank you for spotting it. The idea is not necessary to be perfect at this listening exercise. If you already know every words, it won’t be useful or challenging enough 🙂 Also 160 hours of study = 10 hours of study per week (which is huge) for 4 months, I don’t think it is a bad estimation. I guarantee you this kind of words and grammar is something you can find in a DELF A2.

  • Hi Frederick, thank you for your effort 🙂 , talkinfrench has been incredibly helpful.
    I was wondering if you could please recommend a french radio station i can download on Tunein and listen to. Also, is it more effective to watch French movies with or without French subtitles?

    Thank you so much.

    • Hello, I think France culture and RFI are good. About watching French Movies with French Subtitles, it will depend about your level. If you are beginner perhaps it will be better to have subtitles. But sooner or later you will have to turn it off.

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