Written French and spoken French are like two different languages.
French Today focuses on teaching you French like it is really spoken today. It’s likely to be quite different from what you learned in school if you had
some French before!
How To Work With Your Free French Audiobook
Slow and Normal Speeds
Each chapter of the story is recorded three times: once very slowly so you can really hear all the French sounds, then at a normal speed, respecting the modern glided pronunciation of spoken French.
Street French Speed
The whole story is then recorded in a “street French” manner, mostly for you to practice on understanding French people when they speak among themselves in everyday life. Don’t sweat trying to speak that fast yet, this will come with experience and practice.
Listen, Repeat Out Loud – Don’t Read!
Written French and spoken French are quite different, so make sure you always work with the audio first, and memorize the correct pronunciation before you memorize the spelling. Beware of the many silent letters.
And repeat out loud, not only in your head :-)
Step by Step Method To Work With Your French Today Audiobook
- LISTEN to the slow recording of the story part. Can you guess what is happening?
- Read the translation, then read the French at the same time as the normal recording is playing. Note the glidings, liaisons, intonation and word grouping that happen. Write them down on the print out of this PDF to help you read the story better.
- REPEAT OUT LOUD – first sentence by sentence with the slow recording, then once you master the slow recording, repeat longer dialogues with the normal recording. You will probably need to use the pause and play buttons to have time to repeat.
Studying With the Story Part of the Audiobook
You can use the story to better your understanding and pronunciation, as well as your written French.
Once you are familiar with the meaning of the story, play, pause and REPEAT OUT LOUD each sentence. Try to mimic the sing-songy of my voice as if you were an actor: pay close attention to the glidings, the elisions and liaisons, and also to the word grouping: where I pause and breathe in the sentence. Repeat as many times as necessary for you to be able to read comfortably first the slow and, then the normal recordings.
Try not to translate! Stay focused on the context and the storyline. So you didn’t understand one word? The worse that can happen is for your brain to freeze – and then you’d miss the rest of the story. What you don’t know, you can usually guess: guessing what is logically happening in a given context is very important in language learning. It’s essential that you develop this ability in French and force your brain to go with the flow of the story.
Don’t link the French words to English! Link the words to images, verbs to actions, get a visual image of it all – you don’t need to go through English to speak French. Doing so will lead to mistakes, and will considerably slow you down when speaking since your brain would be doing twice the work (idea to English, then English to French, rather than idea to French directly!!)
If you want to work on your written French, you can use the audio of the slow story as a dictation. Play with the pause button as needed so you have time to write the sentences down.
Good luck with your French studies, and remember, repetition is the key!
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