If you want to get better at oral comprehension, you need to train everyday. You actually need to develop two specific skills :

  1. following a methodical approach :

– always identify the nature of the document (is it fiction ? a documentary ? an excerpt from the news ?),

– find the answer to the basic WH- questions (what / what is it about ? who ? where ? when ? why ?),

– identify the context (origin of the document <= accent, historical context, etc…).

– identify or give an interpretation of the objective of the author / speaker.

2. actual oral comprehension :

– learn thematic lists of vocabulary (related to the topic you have been studying, but also basic themes you will be expected to know),

– get used to the pronunciation of the words you learn, by getting your lists of vocabulary into an MP3 file (use text to speech tools for that). When you learn the vocabulary, also learn how it is pronounced. Try different accents 😉

– if you don’t understand every single word that is pronounced, don’t worry. Focus on the general meaning, and lean on the context, and if possible, use the visual clues.

Just do it !


Here, for example, you have a video. Watch it twice, then try and present it in French (record yourself). Respect time limits.

Then check the correction.

=> Outhouse – Transcription and translation of the dialogue – Outhouse-Transcription-Translation

=> Outhouse – Restitution – Outhouse-Restitution



Shake “it” off !

Taylor Swift’s latest single is catchy, to say the least. And the videos that were made for it ? They are just great !

The (impressive) professional version :

The heart melting amateur version :

You just can’t help yourself to twitch to it.

More : Did you know that this video triggered quite a controversy about its possible lack of regards towards black culture ? It has been accused of being racist, yes ! Can you see why ? There were lots of articles published about this when it was released back in August.

A female python gave birth without any prior male intervention

In Louisville, Kentucky, a female Python laid eggs two years ago. Among those, six were successfully incubated. Zookeepers initially thought that the female had had an encounter with a male python before she was taken in captivity. Since then, genetic analyses of the shedding skins of the mother and her offspring have revealed that she is the only parent to those babies. A phenomenon called parthenogenesis, which is quite rare, particularly with those big snakes.