French listening quiz – Taxi-Tandem Exercise 4

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

  1. 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!

    1. Hi Ray,
      Thank you for the comment. Knowing what you heard is very helpful to me. I agree: this one was difficult!
      Best regards,
      David

  2. 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

  3. 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,
      Thank you. So I need to let you hear them both one right after the other. I will get that recording to you soon.
      Best regards,
      David

      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

  4. 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

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