Dictee #1: Charles DeGaulle
I guess the good news is that I got halfway through the sentence before it turned into gibberish.
I recognized the word souhaite and knew how to spell it ! (Thank you Duolingo and/or Lingvist).
I’m going to keep doing this one once a day until I can hear the “bonne annee” at the end.
Plus I like listening to Charles DeGaulle wish the nation a happy New Year.
I had been wondering whether homeschoolers use dictée. Turns out they do.
Fwiw, many classical homeschoolers do dictee. (Writing with Skill, the writing program by Susan Wise Bauer of Well Trained Mind fame emphasizes it, for instance.)
But it’s more for training kids to hold larger and larger chunks of information in memory.
I do a version of this with my freshmen students. I’ll post an example later. In my case the idea is to help them absorb the phrase-and-clause structure of formal prose. I ask them to write the sentence chunk-by-chunk instead of word-by-word.
I wonder whether dictée exercises are common in foreign language classes.
French L2 classes use dictée. At least, French classes do here in France. I don’t know about French classes in the U.S.
Ed learned French in France, and one of the standard classroom exercises was to listen to a sentence on a filmstrip, then write it from memory. He said it was incredibly hard to do, and incredibly useful, too.
Speaking of, I did my first dictée today.
I see why French grownups are united in mild dictée-related PTSD.
Google Master on the subject of le dictée being the solution to all French sounding alike:
Or are we talking about dicter, dicté, dictée, dictai, dictais, dictait, dictaient, dictez, …
Now I’m depressed.
Adventures in Listening Comprehension
Katharine on listening in French
Google Master on le dictée
UPDATE 6/17/108 re: le dictée
It’s really hard to understand spoken French.
I don’t understand spoken Spanish at all well, either, but still. With Spanish, it seems like I could understand a person speaking Spanish if I put my mind to it. Which I intend to do the minute I get back to the U.S. All these years studying Spanish, off and on, and still not fluent — arrgghh.
French is a different kettle of fish.
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