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In your speaking exam, you may have to describe your house and your bedroom and also talk about what you do to help around the home as well as something about your daily routine.

Here are some examples of the types of questions that your teacher may ask you in the exam. Remember to always answer as fully as possible and give an opinion, if appropriate.

Sample questions:

1. Où habites-tu? Where do you live?
2. Où se trouve ta maison? Where is your house located?
3. Décris ta maison. Describe your house.
4. Tu aimes ta maison? Do you like your house?
5. Quelles pièces y a-t-il au premier étage? Which rooms do you have upstairs?
6. Quelles pièces y a-t-il au rez-de-chaussée? Which rooms do you have downstairs?
7. Décris ta chambre. Describe your bedroom.
8. Le tapis est de quelle couleur? What colour is the carpet?
9. Tu aimes ta chambre? Do you like your bedroom?
10. Tu aimes aider à la maison? Do you like helping at home?
11. Qu'est-ce que tu as fait à la maison le weekend dernier? What housework did you do last weekend?
12. Décris ta routine quotidienne. Describe your daily routine.
13. Tu t'es levé(e) àquelle heure ce matin? What time did you get up this morning?
14. Tu te coucheras à quelle heure ce soir? What time will you go to bed this evening?

Sample answers:

1. J'habite à (name of place).

2. J'habite une maison dans un village. Je n'aime pas ça- c'est trop loin du centre-ville.

3. J'habite une assez grande maison il y a neuf piès, et un grand jardin derrière la maison.

4. J'aime ma maison parce que c'est très moderne.

5. Au premier étage, il y a trois chambres, une salle de bains et une douche.

6. Au rez-de-chaussée il y a un salon, une cuisine, un WC, une salle à manger et un bureau.

7. Dans ma chambre il y a un lit et une table dans le coin. Il y a une télévision et une radio aussi.

8. Le tapis est orange et violet - c'est moche!

9. Je n'aime pas ma chambre parce que elle est trop petite.

10. Je range la table et je fais les lits.

11. Oui j'aime aider à la maison - c'est amusant.

12. Le week-end dernier j'ai fait la cuisine et j'ai nettoyé la salle de bains.

13. Je me lève à sept heures et je prends le petit déjeuner à sept heures vingt; je quitte la maison à huit heures moins le quart et je prends le bus. J'arrive au collège à huit heures et demie.

14. Je me suis lev´ à sept heures moins le quart - c'est trop tôt!

15. Je me coucherai à dix heures ce soir parce que je suis très fatigué.

This exercise will help you to prepare for a typical task you may have to do in the reading exam.

Read the text carefully and then click on the correct statement:

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Write a letter to your pen friend telling him/her about your home. Include details on the type of house and location. Describe your house - say what rooms you have and give a description of your own room. Say what you do to help around the home and when you do these activities. Give a brief description of your daily routine.

In your Writing Exam, you may have to write a letter to a pen friend describing your home and something about your daily routine. Here are a few things to help you revise:

  • Don't forget to write the date in French on the right hand side.
  • Think about a suitable beginning to the letter. It is a friend, so you would start the letter with cher if you are writing to a boy and chère if you are writing to a girl.
  • What about a first sentence - ask them how they are. "Salut! ça va?"
  • You could thank them for their last letter. "Merci pour ta lettre."
  • Say you would like to describe your house. "Je voudrais décrire ma maison."
  • Tell them about the type of house, the rooms upstairs and downstairs, the garden (if you have one) and whether it is an old or modern house.
  • Talk about the location - is it in the town centre or at the top of a mountain?
  • Do you like living there - say why or why not? Giving opinions will always gain you extra marks.
  • Describe your bedroom and say what is good or not so good about it. Perhaps you have to share a room with a brother or sister - do you get on well with your brother or sister?!
  • Talk about your daily routine - about how you help around the home. You can always make it up.
  • Try and include other tenses - say how you helped last weekend or how you are going to help next weekend. Use joining words like "et" or "mais".
  • Try and ask your pen friend some questions.
  • Very importantly, make sure you have covered everything you have been asked to do in the exam question.
  • Don't make your writing too long or too short. Check your work carefully at the end!
  • Bonne chance!

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