French listening quiz – Taxi-Tandem Exercise 4

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10 thoughts on “French listening quiz – Taxi-Tandem Exercise 4”

  1. Hello, David
    The rapid speech, of course, made a big difference in this excercise. After listening several times, I only heard “lourds”. I thought I heard “soient” or “soit” but knew the subjunctive was not appropriate. I should have gone with “sont” instead. lol

    Thanks for the challenge,
    Michael

    1. Hi Michael,
      yes, it was quick. Thank you for the comment. I will make a recording to help you hear the difference between sont and soit/soient.
      Best regards,
      David

    2. Hi Michael,
      an update. Thanks again for the comment. You were not the only person who heard “soit.” I had a couple of emails from people who had thought they heard soit. I explain why in the video. To see it, please go all of the way to the end of the quiz.
      Best regards,
      David

  2. I’m sure if I heard “Ce sont assez lourds” and “Ils sont assez lourds” together, that I would hear the difference, but it was tough to hear . I kept hearing “sont”, and guessed.

      1. Hi John,
        In the end, instead of giving you the difference between ce sont and ils sont, I did a video where I help you hear the ils. I think it will be clear. Please let me know. You will find the video at the end of the quiz.
        Best regards,
        David

  3. Hi David,

    I heard ‘soit si lourd’, but your breakdown of the sounds really helps. If I try to say ‘fins ils sont assez lourds’ as quickly as my English tongue will allow, I can hear the correct words.
    Thanks once again.
    Sharon

    1. Hello Sharon,
      I think you have discovered something that others have discovered before you: that speaking the words a few times can help you hear them. Glad you are hearing the words correctly now!
      Best regards,
      David

  4. Hello David, Thanks as usual. I had the same problem with soient vs. sont a… as many others. Then, I thought I heard “c’est” instead of “assez”, and I heard the “ou” in “lourds”, but did not catch the “l” or the “r” at first. Finally, I heard the “r” attached to the following word. After you explained, I could hear the sounds, but this was a tough one!

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