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General tips for the speaking exam.

  • Learn all your question words (où, quand etc.)
  • Prepare all the basic structures (Je voudrais, aves-vous etc). Then you can adapt them to the situation you are given.
  • Decide for each role-play if you are using tu or vous and stick to it. Use tu for people your own age and vous for adults or strangers (or groups of friends).
  1. Choose a subject you are interested in.
  2. Practice it, put it on tape and listen to it.
  3. Make brief notes and then try it out with notes only. Use a variety of tenses.
  • Prepare all the topics
  • Use a variety of tenses
  • Give opinions e.g. j'aime... je déteste... Extend them if possible e.g. parce-que... (because...)
  • Don't just say oui and non! Answer as fully as you can.
  • Don't worry about telling the truth. If your father is an accountant and you've forgotten the word, say he is a teacher. No one will follow you home to check on the fact!

Combien de...? how many?
Comment...? how?
Où? where?
Pourquoi? why?
Quand? when?
Qu'est-ce que? what?
Y a-t-il? is/are there?
Quel/quelle? what?
A quelle heure? what time?

Put est-ce que onto a statement and it makes it a question e.g. est-ce que le petit déjeuner est compris? (Is breakfast included?)

Je voudrais... I should like
Puis-je.../ Est-ce que je peux? May I?
Avez-vous... Do you have?
Quelle est votre adresse? What is your address?
Que fais-tu? What do you do?
Vous ouves garer la voiture You can park the car
Il faut You have to
C'est combien la nuit? How much is per night?
On peut faire...? May we do/have?

Perfect (past action) J'ai réservé une chambre. I booked a room
Present Nous sommes quatre, deux adultes et deux enfants. There are 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 children
Future L'annèe prochaine je resterai dans un hôtel