First days driving a bus in Marseilles

In this clip, notice the two quand on near the bottom. They sound like, “canton.” For the other listening tips, scroll down. They are below the text.


Listening tips:
Make sure you can hear all of the words; pay special attention to the ones in yellow.

  • Vous avez commencé is quick because it’s a common series of words: no need for a native speaker to articulate when speaking to another native speaker. And, at the same time, you can’t mistake it for anything else. Try to learn this one not as individual words but as a single sound pattern.
  • le permis and aux arrêts may be hard to catch because they don’t sound at all like we English speakers expect them to sound. Try to forget about what you want to hear and listen for the sounds the speaker makes.
  • quand on: notice that it sounds like “canton.”
  • déjà (5th line, 2nd word): notice how we translated it as “for starters.” If you already know that it can be used this way, you won’t get stopped wondering what the speaker means when you hear it in a conversation.

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  1. This was helpful – thanks! I don’t think I would have recognized “quand on” without knowing what to listen for. “Le permis and aux arrêts” were ok-easy for me to hear.

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