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New Writing Challenges and Dictées exercises are available to Premium subscribers every week.

To see how awesome these exercises are, here are 6 Dictées, covering levels from A1 to B2 (see pyramid below), all free to take and retake as many times as you want!

 

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Aurélie Drouard

Aurélie is our resident French Expert. She has created most of the wonderful content you see on the site and is usually the person answering your tricky help questions. She comes from a small village near Chartres in Central France, country of cereal fields and not much else. She left (in a hurry) to study English at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris, before leaving France in 2007 to experience the “London lifestyle” - and never looked back! She's worked as a professional French teacher, translator and linguist in the UK since.  She loves to share her love of languages and is a self-professed cinema and literature geek!

Laura K Lawless

Laura is Kwiziq's Language and Marketing Coordinator. Online educator since '99, Laura is passionate about language, travel, and cooking. She's American by birth and a permanent ex-pat by choice - freelancing made it possible for her to travel extensively and live in several countries before settling permanently in Guadeloupe. Laura is the author of Lawless French, Lawless Spanish, and other websites and books on French, Spanish, English, and vegetarianism. She spends most of her spare time reading, playing with food, and enjoying water sports.

Comments: 19

Sally Miller

13 May 2016

Thank you so much. This is great dictee! Looking forward to B1 level. Also, wish a new screen didn't pop up with each segment, so that the exercise could move along a bit more quickly.

Mary

13 May 2016

1 replies

I am trying to do this hearing test, but after it plays the question I have To go all the way back to the beginning of the test to start all over again and answer each question again in order to be able to answer the next question. What am I doing wrong? Thanks

Laura K. Lawless

14 May 2016

Bonjour Mary,

It sounds like the sound player is opening in the same window as the test. You'll need to find out how to open the sound links in a new window/tab. This may be right click or ctrl+click depending on the computer/device you're using,

Jonathon Groubert

13 May 2016

Wow, that was a lot of fun! I understood everything completely, withone exception. I had never heard one word. I was still able to figure it out based upon the following sentence and the fact that you did include a hint. I did make a couple of conjugation mistakes, but I enjoyed the "story" immensely. Next time, though, instead of going out with your brother, make it a romantic story!

Thank you for this exercise.

Andy Normansell

14 May 2016

1 replies

Hello I just read this today, very relevant!
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Laura K. Lawless

14 May 2016

Very interesting, merci !

John Dangerfield Cooper

15 May 2016

These are great. Can't wait for the next installement. But now that I've finished, if I could see the entire part that I wrote it would be possilble to review my errors. Some things, like accents, are not covered by vocabulary lessons. It might be a good idea to instruct people to prepare a list of errors on a sheet of paper or in a separate application as they proceed.

Michael

15 May 2016

This was a great exercise. However, the reason I only made 57 out of 65 was for the most part a lack availability to accents. There needs to be a way to click on accented letters. I can use accents in WORD using the CTRL-key in WORD, but it did not work here.

Kaiying

15 May 2016

I could not work the audio properly. There's no option or 'space' to write what's dictated, and I could not repeat the audio fragments. Perhaps it's because I'm using an outdated browser (which I have to use for an old spreadsheet no longer compatible with the newer browsers). Sorry to disappoint.

Chris

15 May 2016

Très bien! This is what I needed! Great exercise, Je vous remercie

diane

15 May 2016

Love this type of exercise. Wish I didn't have to go back and forth so much to listen to a segment and then write it. Also perhaps some alternative correct answers could be given. For example, des amies ou des amis. Icing on the cake would be to have accented letters given to click on and use.

Jacqueline

16 May 2016

I have added a French keyboard to my computer but in order to do your dictations I have to keep switching from my English keyboard to the French keyboard. Is it possible for you to put a box containing accents eg. é è alongside your dictations ?

Laura K. Lawless

18 May 2016

Bonjour tout le monde - Sorry about these technical difficulties - we're working on them as a priority. This was a really useful exercise for us that provided lots of great feedback (as well as things to fix) - we are going to put all that into the next iteration. We can't promise when this will be released at this point but will let you know in the newsletter when it is.

Karol Klakken May

19 May 2016

This is a great addition to your already fantastic web site!

Aaron Kern

11 June 2016

Just now catching up. This is, for me, the best possible exercise. I go one step further - I write the dictees on notebook paper the first time around and then go back and type in the repsonse. I can then highlight my errors. I would definitely like to see more of these as my listening skills are the weakest at present. Again, thank you for this most outstanding exercise.

Eshini

14 June 2016

It really helps me to improve my listening skills.I need more listening exercises.
Merci!

Christopher

19 June 2016

Merci pour les dictées. Elles sont très amusantes et informatives. Ces marchent bien!

RSS

11 August 2016

Merci pour ces dictées. c'etait parfait pour pratiquer mon français. Plus de celles-ci s'il vous plaît.

John Lay

06 January 2017

These dictee tests are very useful indeed ,which , combined with a strict self-marking procedure can immediately highlight the weaknesses in grammar & verb conjugations. Thank you !

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