French Phonetics: Listening Exercises

Test your Oral Comprehension of French

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1. Pure Vowels

Choose the word that you hear.

 

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

2. Semi-Vowels

Choose the word that you hear.

 

1.
2. la loi
3. mouette muette
4. pareil paré
5. toit trois
6. pierre père
7. nouille nuit
8. bas bail
9. mais mail
10. paix

 


3. Nasal Vowels

Choose the word that you hear.

 

1.
2. marrant marron
3. lent lin
4. frein franc
5. fendre fondre
6. bain banc
7. pont pain
8. temps ton
9. vin vent
10. don dent

 


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. h non-aspiré
3. h non-aspiré
4. h non-aspiré
5. h non-aspiré
6. h non-aspiré
7. h non-aspiré
8. h non-aspiré
9. h non-aspiré
10. h non-aspiré

 


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 le no e caduc
3. elle le no e caduc
4. le de no e caduc
5. me no e caduc
6. quelle de no e caduc
7. de ne no e caduc
8. je te no e caduc
9. se mercredi no e caduc
je ce no e caduc

 


7. Liaison

Which phrase do you hear?

 

1.
2. nous avons nous savons
3. elles cèdent elles aident
4. vous serez vous errez
5. vous ôtez vous sautez
6. ils sont passés ils ont passé
7. ils s'ennuient ils ennuient
8. elles ouvrent elles s'ouvrent
9. elles sont descendues elles ont descendues
10. ils achetaient il a jeté

 


8. Informal Reductions

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

 

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2.

3.

4.

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