Level B2 - 20 French Dictées
20 dictation exercises: Each includes B2 level dialogues with English translations
Level B2 - Advanced French Dictations - Dictées and Pronunciation
This is a set of advanced level dictées with 20 dialogues included. These dictations are short dialogues between two people, read by François, a native Parisian. The dialogues are read slowly first and then even more slowly to give students time to write them down. Punctuation and links (liaisons) between words are pronounced. English translations are included.
Take out a pen and paper, and be ready to write what François dictates. The dialogues are read at full speed with proper spoken French intonation at the end of each dictation exercise. Pay close attention to spelling, gender, plurals and agreement when writing.
Once you finish writing and checking your work, it's a good idea to practice repeating the sentences while reading the text for correct pronunciation. You could even record yourself and compare your pronunciation to François'.
STEP 1 ➯ Prepare yourself with a pen and paper or use the student response sheet located below the answer keys in the PDF.
STEP 2 ➯ Audio presentation of the dictée. Listen as François reads each dialogue once at a medium speed and then dictates each part of the dialogue slowly enough to understand and write at the same time.
STEP 3 ➯ Check your work using the numbered answer key with English translations - PDF
STEP 4 ➯ Listen to the dictées again and practice pronouncing the text as you read along.
"Dictation is the transcription of spoken text: one person who is "dictating" speaks and another who is "taking dictation" writes down the words as they are spoken. Among speakers of several languages, dictation is used as a test of language skill, similar to spelling bees in the English-speaking world."
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Jennifer is originally from Louisiana, and has been teaching French for over 20 years. She has been living in France with her husband and children since 2013, and continues to teach French both online and locally. She completed a BA in French and English, and taught French and moved to France for a year before completing an MA degree in French literature and language. While living in the US, she taught French for 15 years at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men.