Dictation is the perfect excercise for acquiring precision in both spoken and written French. You can hone your skills with the help of 120 dictées de français.
A first reading at normal speed allows you to get a feel for the overall text. Write or type what you hear during the dictation-speed reading. Revise your work with a final run through, before unveiling the original text for checking. Use the grammatical and cultural notes to learn from any mistakes.
Use the materials for dictation practice, of course. But be inventive too – the Daily Life section will get you acquainted with idioms to use in your conversation.
With its meanderings and hesitations, unscripted speech can be harder to follow than more structured forms of expression. See if you can follow the thread of these recorded interviews.
De la belle musique
L’élection des sénateurs
La fête de la grenouille
La lingerie féminine
La lutte contre la pauvreté
L’émancipation des musulmanes
Le métier d’infirmière
Le métier de commissaire-priseur
À la découverte de la planète Mars