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French Listening Comprehension

Exercises to practice and improve your French listening skills

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Work on your French listening comprehension with these exercises, including a French sound file with study guide, quiz, transcript, and translation.

The sound files for these three exercises, originally published in Champs-Élysées audiomagazine, are now available through Plango! by The Plan9 Group.

L'ETA et le Pays Basque
Introduction to the history behind the ETA, the Basque separatist movement.

La loi Evin
Learn about the regulation of advertising of alcohol in France, and the reasoning behind it.

Le viaduc de Millau
Le viaduc de Millau was completed in 2004. Learn about its construction and safety mechanisms.

LaGuinguette is an online source of news from France in French, via audio files and transcripts (read my review).

Accents de France
French varies from country to country and from region to region. Learn about some of the accents you might encounter in France in this audio report from LaGuinguette.

C'est de l'amour véritable !
Old age does not have to mean the end of living, or even loving. In this interview, a 90-year-old man shares his thoughts on how to get the most out of life and love, at any age.

In January 2006, the French government passed a labor reform law that sparked off protests around the country. Learn about the CPE and why it was so distasteful to French students and workers.

French in France
Introduction to French in France (dialects and "standard French") and the Dictionary of French Regionalisms.

Graffiti does not necessarily equal vandalism. It's a means of personal and even artistic expression. Learn about some of the people and techniques behind graffiti.

Le jardin des Tuileries
Learn about the famous Parisian park, le jardin des Tuileries, as you work on your listening comprehension with this three-part discussion.

January 2006 marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of François Mitterrand, the first and so far only socialist president of France. Learn about Mitterrand and some of the people who loved him.

Discussion about dialects in France and the two main points of view on their linguistic status.

The Patois of Vendée
Presentation of some characteristics of the French patois spoken in Vendée.

Patois and Regional Characteristics
Do regional differences in dialect reflect regional differences in mentality?

Riots in France
On 27 October 2005, riots began in a Parisian suburb and quickly spread across France and even to neighboring countries. In this three-part discussion, a reporter discusses the riots with two neighborhood elders in Clichy-sous-Bois who are trying to calm down the situation.

Ségolène Royal - présidente ?
Ségolène Royal is a socialist and is working hard to become France's first female president. Learn about her platform and her struggle in this discussion.

Champs-Élysées is a French audiomagazine for intermediate and advanced speakers (read my review).

NOTE: CÉ has suspended operations pending an ongoing lawsuit, and because their site is unavailable, these sound files are too. You can still use these exercises to work on your French reading comprehension, but the audio files will not work.

Americans in Paris
Learn about Americans in Paris - what they like to do, and what Paris is doing for them.
L'Anniversaire de Tintin
Tintin is a world-renowned Belgian comic strip - learn about Tintin and its creator.
Bistrots à Paris
Cafés have long been a Parisian institution, but they have changed a great deal over the years.
Les Bois de Paris
Discussion of two important parks in Paris.
Le Centre Pompidou à Metz
Learn about Le Centre Pompidou being built in Metz: the idea behind it, the architects who designed it, and some of its characteristics.
La Défaite des Bleus à la Coupe du monde de football 
Newscast about the French soccer team at the 2002 World Cup.
Les Deux Magots
Interview with the manager of the famous Deux Magots café in Paris.
Les égouts de Paris
Report on the Parisian sewer network and the unusual museum where you can learn more about it.
Une Femme ministre de la Défense
Interview with Michèle Alliot-Marie, the first woman to head the French Department of Defense.
Les Galeries Lafayette
Learn about the history Les Galeries Lafayette, one of the most famous department stores in France.
La Grande Arche de La Défense
Learn about the history of La Grande Arche de La Défense, one of the most visited monuments in France.
Le Guide Michelin
Le Guide Michelin is a French institution, but after more than 100 years, is it still feasible?
Learn about France's beloved puppet Guignol and its creator.
La Joconde
The Mona Lisa is sick. Learn about this famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
La Légion d'honneur
A prestigious French order that decorates both soldiers and civilians for outstanding achievements.
A little-known town with with a lot of history in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.
Nicolas Sarkozy for President
Nicolas Sarkozy is one of the front-runners in the 2007 French presidential election.
Notre Dame
The history and maintenance of Notre Dame, one of the largest and most visited cathedrals in France.
Le Petit Larousse
This famous French dictionary celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005.
La Révolte des Accents
A fictional tale about a problem that's all too real: the disappearance of accents in written French.
Introduction to Sète, an ancient fishing village on the French Mediterranean.
Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir was one of France's most beloved authors and an early French feminist. Learn about her life and work.
La Tour Eiffel
A report on visitors to the Eiffel Tower.
Learn about the most visited site in Europe and the restoration it's undergoing.
2007 French Presidential Elections
In April and May 2007, France had some problems with the normal electoral process.
Top listening exercises
There are over a hundred listening exercises on this site, ranging from simple dialogues to in-depth listening comprehension exercises. The most visited listening pages tend to be those that offer practical advice or discuss someone or something famous. Here are the most popular French listening exercises on this site.

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