2019 DELF B2 Listening Test Tips!

Althought the tough part of this exam is definitely the speaking part, some of you learning French might have hard time with listening (compréhension orale). Indeed, listening French is hard, but don’t worry, they are many ways to improve!

Some important advice during the exam:

Be smart when you read the questions. Most answers are in the questions themselves or in another question. Sometimes you can almost answer before hearing the audio recording.

The first part is easier but played only once.

In the second part you can usually hear two different voices and the questions follow the audio recording in chronological order.

They are no negative scores so if you really don’t know the answer, don’t leave it blank, take a guess.

Take notes as much as possible, to leave your memory free to hear the other elements.

TIPS:

Whisper while reading the questions or at least move your lips. Sometimes it’s good to give remind yourself of the real sound of words and not what you expect to hear. The sound is different when you just imagine it or if you actually hear it.

Practicing these techniques will improve your listening skills:

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Useful resources to improve your listening skills in French!

Practicing these techniques will help to improve your skills.

Practice dictation to improve your listening skills. In the listening test, the audio is only played once!

  • http://bescherelle.com/thematiques-dictees/6e
  • RFI: Journal en français facile is very good to practice listening skills and dictation. You can check the transcript afterwards. There are lot of transcripts and exercises, and also vocabulary. You can practice the shadowing technique with this website.

Listen to them as much as possible!

Shadowing (Listen to a French audio/dialogue playing through your earphones and as you hear it, even if you don’t understand anything, you repeat the sounds at the same time and then if needed listen a second time using the transcriptions).

My recipe for shadowing French: https://itsfrenchjuice.com/2017/05/17/recipe-shadowing-french

Listen to different French accents using tunein (http://tunein.com/radio/regions/) a web radio you can select by region: Québec, Suisse, Belgique, DOM-TOM etc…

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