Quiz : subjunctive or indicative

Je souhaite qu’il vienne samedi. (vienne is subjunctive mood)
J’espère qu’il viendra samedi. (viendra is indicative (the future is indicative mood))

This quiz helps you know whether to use the subjunctive or indicative mood.

Using “pouvoir” to saying that someone ‘is able’ to do something

14-2-1 saying that someone 'is able' to do something with pouvoir

This exercise asks you to use ‘pouvoir‘ to say that someone ‘can’ do something. We’ll stick with the present tense for now.

Speaking builds fluency, so please say the answers out loud, if you are in a place where you can do so.

Normally-intransitive verbs : avoir ou être?

3-1-2 Is this verb conjugated with être or avoir?

The French say, « Je suis sorti de la maison. », but « J’ai sorti la poubelle. » Some intransitive verbs can take a direct object. In that case, they become transitive and are conjugated with avoir.

Speaking builds fluency, so please say the answers out loud, if you are in a place where you can do so.

Ou vs U 3: learn to distinguish between the French U and OU sounds and the English EW sound

Ou vs U 3 which of these sounds is right?

Distinguish these two French sounds : U and OU

…from the English sound EW (sounds like the ew in “new” or “dew.”)

Note: you will need a pencil and paper for this quiz.

  1. play the sound
  2. write down the 3 sounds you hear
  3. look down through the answers and choose the right one

Take your time and play the sound at least twice. You will probably get many questions wrong the first few times because, as a native English-speaker, you will have a hard time distinguishing the English EW from the French OU. Take the quiz many times. There are a total of 27 questions, but you’ll only get 8 of them each time you take the quiz.

Final advice before you start: when you think you hear OU, do you really hear the deep echoing OU? If not, it’s EW.

 

Ou vs U 2 : does the sound match the text? Or is there a pronunciation mistake?

Ou vs U 2: Does the sound match the text? Or is there a pronunciation mistake?

Learn the difference between the OU sound and the U sound.

Ou vs U : 1 : which word do you hear?

Ou vs U - 1 - which sound do you hear?

Learn the difference between the OU sound and the U sound.

Quiz: learn to distinguish the U sound from the OU sound

Ou vs U 2

Learn the difference between the OU sound and the U sound.

Do you recognize these spoken French words? From “Buying Wine in France Track” 2 Lines 1 through 10.

Test your French comprehension with this quick quiz.

Do you recognize these spoken French words? From "Buying Wine in France Track" 2 Lines 1 through 10.

The idea of a quizzes like this: to help you build up a large mental library of “sounds you recognize.”

This quiz is for my students and newsletter subscribers. If you don’t already have the sound and transcript, please see the instructions at the end of the quiz. They’ll tell you how to sign up and get the interview recording and transcript.

 

How to say BEAUCOUP like a French person

Because of the way that the U and the OU sounds are taught, we native English speakers think that we already KNOW the OU sound, but we actually tend to pronounce it as the OO sound you hear in the English word ‘pool.’ Your French won’t sound right without the correct OU sound. If this was helpful, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks! -David