Weekly Writing Challenges

French writing challengesWant to be fluent in French? Check out our French writing challenges. They’re one of my favourite Kwiziq features. They guide you to produce correct French so that your speaking confidence – as well as your writing skills – will improve. Click the links at the end to give them a try.

These are self-scoring exercises that challenge you to pull together all your French grammar and vocab into complete sentences. They’re amazing at integrating the things you know and they highlight gaps and areas you need to practise.

After you translate each phrase in turn, you’ll be shown the correct French (plus acceptable alternatives) to compare to yours so that you can give yourself a score. I suggest you deduct one point for each mistake, but it’s up to you.

Then comes the super powerful bit: at the end of each exercise, you’ll find a link to a Notebook containing all the grammar covered in that exercise. Click to add the topics you were weak at to your own Notebook so you can kwiz those topics and practise whatever tripped you up during the exercise. If you have questions about a specific lesson, there’s a Q&A at the bottom, or, if it’s a general French question you can ask on the general French Q&A Forum.

Writing challenges go out by email to Premium subscribers every week (along with dictées as part of our weekend workout). Here’s a selection for you to taste:

KwizBotLevel A1: My Neighborhood

Level A2: Weekend in Lyon

Level B1: Trip to Paris

Level B2: Welcome to Bordeaux’s Tourist Office

Level C1: Pompidou Center


Author info

Gruff Davies

Despite the very Welsh name, Gruff is actually half French. Nowadays, he's a tech entrepreneur (and some-time novelist) but he used to be a physicist at Imperial College before getting hooked on inventing things. He has a special interest in language learning, speaks five languages to varying degrees of fluency and he often blogs about language learning, science, and technology. As well as co-founding Kwiziq, he is the author the Amazon best-selling SF thriller, The Looking Glass Club and the inventor of the Exertris gaming exercise-bike and Pidgin, a free online tool that makes drawing flow charts and relationship diagrams as quick and easy as describing them in pidgin English.

Comments: 3

I enjoy the writing challenges.
A question. How do I type accented characters? Seems that you sent out instructions o how to do that but I can't seem to locate them. would appreciate a copy of the instructions.

I find these tests exciting but very demanding. Is there a way for me to copy my answers after the test to compare with the correct answers so that I can file them for future studies?

Hi Ron - we're about to release a vastly improved version of the writing challenges and you'll be able to see your results like this in your test history. Once that's released, we'd love to hear whether it does what you need it to, and any additional features that would help you learn.