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Aural Exam Focused Listening Technique

This technique is thought to focus the listener even before hearing the tape and thus “subdue panic” and “increase exam productivity”. The technique can be summarised as follows:

  1. Read the instructions carefully (even though they always begin in the same manner, there is usually some information about the piece you will hear included also). Take this information into account when considering the likelihood of your answer.
  2. Read the questions, underlining the key words. Mentally recall or actually jot down the French for these words above the English questions.
  3. Now listen out for these or related words on the tape, your... (More)
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Leaving Cert. French Expression écrite: How to Express Feelings in the Journal Intime


malade, blessé(e), boiteux/boiteuse

sick, injured, lame

1. Aujourd’hui, je suis malade. J’ai de la fièvre. Je pense que j’ai la grippe.
Today, I am sick. I have fever. I think I have the flu.

2. Je ne me sens pas bien. J’ai mal à la gorge. Je vais appeler le médecin.
I don’t feel good. I have a sore throat. I’m going to call the doctor.

3. Il s’est blessé à l’entrainement. Il s’est foulé la cheville. Regarde, il boite.
He hurt himself at training. He strained his ankle. Look, he is limping.

4. Mon frère est tombé et... (More)

French Phrases

Apres Ca - After doing that…

Je dirais que - I would say that

c’est pas du tout le cas- that's not the case

Il faut regarder les choses du bon cote - One must look on the bright side of things

Qui vivra verra - time will tell

on a l'embarras du choix quant à... - one is spoilt for choice with regards to..

si j'avais su - if i had known (ending, pluperfect, conditional)

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Leaving Cert French : Written Expression – Journal Intime


  1. Put the date in the top right e.g. le 15 mai 2013
  2. Begin with ‘Cher Journal’
  3. Sign it at the end with your Christian name

Ca y est pour aujourd’hui – A demain journal! Patrick/Patricia

Opening Phrases

  • Je viens de passer une journée horrible / moche / pénible / chouette / géniale / formidable
  • Qui a dit que la vie est belle ?
  • Qui a dit que l’argent n’apporte pas de bonheur ?
  • Comme il arrive des choses curieuses/géniale dans la vie !
  • Qu’est-ce que je suis fatigué(e) / bête !
  • Qu’est-ce que c’est déprimant !
  • Qu’est-ce qu’ils sont... (More)