French Phonetics: Listening Exercises

Test your Oral Comprehension of French

For more interactive tests with immediate answers and individual sound files for each word, try the Hot Potatoes version of these listening exercises. (Will open in new window.) Continue on to the next section with the buttons at the top of each page.

For all exercises on one page, continue below. When you are finished with these exercises, check the Listening Exercises Answers page (it will open in a new window) to see if you are correct.

If you want to review the pronunciation of French, go back to the pronunciation overview.


1. Pure Vowels

Choose the word that you hear.

 

1.
2.
3.
4. bœuf
5. puce
6. rapport
7. sol
8. pomme
9. aîné
10. mule
11. appeler
12. fuit
13. thé
14. notre
15. ceux
16. vu
17. séjour
18.
moule
épeler
feuille
taie
nôtre
ce
vœu
ce jour
les

2. Semi-Vowels

Choose the word that you hear.

 

1.
2. la
3. mouette
4. pareil
5. toit
6. pierre
7. nouille
8. bas
9. mais
10.

 


3. Nasal Vowels

Choose the word that you hear.

 

1.
2. marrant
3. lent
4. frein
5. fendre
6. bain
7. pont
8. temps
9. vin
10. don

 


4. H Aspiré

You will hear sentences that contain words beginning with h. Indicate whether the word begins with an h aspiré (no elision or liaison) or h non-aspiré.

 

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

 


5. Silent Letters

Type the word that you hear. (Hint: They all contain silent letters!)

 

1. 2. 3.
4. 5. 6.
7. 8. 9.
10. 11. 12.
13. 14. 15.

 


6. E Caduc

In which syllable is the [ə] sound omitted?

 

1.
2. passe
3. elle
4. le
5. je

no e caduc
no e caduc
no e caduc

 


7. Liaison

Which phrase do you hear?

 

1.
2. nous avons
3. elles cèdent
4. vous serez
5. vous ôtez
6. ils sont passés
7. ils s'ennuient
8. elles ouvrent
9. elles sont descendues
10. ils achetaient

 


8. Informal Reductions

Informal to Formal Dictée: You will hear a sentence with informal reductions. Type the sentence with formal grammar and spelling.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


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