Hello! I'm Rhiannon and I have just graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in French and Italian. I have a passion for languages that I hope I can share with you to help you achieve the grade you're looking for.
During my year abroad, I taught English for five months in a school in Italy. The students there were age 5-16 so lessons ranged from learning colours to reading Sherlock Holmes! I have also helped out in a secondary school in England doing small one-to-one sessions with pupils to help prepare them for oral exams.
Everyone learns differently and my sessions will be adaptable to your learning needs. Let me know exactly what you are struggling with and we can go through it together at a pace and style that suits you. Sometimes it even helps to go right back to basics. I know grammar in particular can be tricky!
Languages are a very dynamic thing so the lessons will encourage interactivity. Confidence is key (especially for speaking!) and the sessions will aim to make you feel comfortable and sure of your own ability.
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S (Parent) September 18 2016
Listening can seem like one of the hardest parts of French to revise for. But don't worry it doesn't have to be! Below are some useful tips to help you get ready for your listening exam.
1) Find a french singer who you like and listen to their songs
When you first listen to the songs, google the words and try to read along as they sing so you know what they are saying. This is really useful because it gets you accustomed to hearing French. We all know what it's like to have a song stuck in your head! Well if that song is in French, you could be revising without even realising!
2) Youtube is your friend
There are hundreds of vidoes on youtube for French beginners. Some offer help for grammar and some do basic conversation for you to listen along to. You can even find some really interesting French vloggers. Find a channel you like and subscribe! These videos tend to be between 2-5 mins long so it's easy to find time to have a quick listen.
3) Get an audiobook
When you order and audiobook in French, order the actual book as well so that you can read along and get used to the pronunciation of words. Audiobooks are often read at quite a slow pace so you won't feel left behind. It's best to get a story you know (I chose Harry Potter) so you already know what is going on and can concentrate on the French.
FOR THE EXAM ITSELF
4) Learn word clusters
French listening exams tend to use a lot of synonyms so that the word in the question isn't always the word they will use in the audio clip. So it is useful to learn little groups of words. For example: nager, la natation and la piscine (to swim, swimming and swimming pool).
5) Look out for tricks
Unfortunately the examiners try to trick you sometimes! Write out a list of words that change the meaning such as ne...pas (the negative) or jamais (never). Then listen out for them to make sure the answer is exactly what you think it is!
I hope this helps and good luck with your revision!see more
First let’s start with a description of what the passive is. The passive voice is the opposite of the active voice.
In an active sentence, the subject is doing the action
In a passive sentence, the subject of the sentence is having the action done to it.
Active: I ate the chocolate - je mange le chocolat
(I am the subject and I am eating the chocolate)
Passive: The chocolate is eaten by me - le chocolat est mangé par moi
(The chocolate is the subject and it is being eaten)
Forming the passive in French is not as complicated as it might seem. Let’s go from the start to change je mange le chocolat into the passive.
1) The first thing to remember is that the passive uses the verb être as well as the action verb. So for this sentence the two verbs we are using are être + manger
2) You need to put être into the tense that you want the sentence to be in. So in this case our sentence is in the present.
3) Être also needs to be conjugated according to the new subject of the sentence. Our new subject is chocolat. It is singular. So the present singular of être is est.
4) So far we have ‘le chocolat est.’ Now we need to add in our action verb which is manger. We always use the past participle of the verb. So now our sentence reads: ‘le chocolat est mangé’
5) The final thing to do is to add in who or what did the action. In this case, it was me who ate the chocolate. To say ‘me’ we use the emphatic pronoun moi.
So our final sentence reads:
Le chocolat est mangé par moi
Changing the tense is easy because only être is different:
Le chocolat sera mangé par moi (future)
Le chocolat était mangé par moi (past)
One last thing to remember is that because you are using être, the past participle following it must always agree in gender and number with the subject of the sentence.
La pizza est mangée par moi
Les bonbons sont mangés par moi
Now you can form the passive voice. I hope that helped!see more