How To Use Your French Verb Drills Bundle
Now that you’ve downloaded your French Verb Drills bundle, you find yourself with four different audiobooks:
- Volume 1: Etre, Mettre, Faire and Devoir
- Volume 2: Aller, Vouloir, S'asseoir and Boire
- Volume 3: Avoir, Chanter, Prendre et Finir
- French Verb Fundamentals
Drills are pretty straightforward: just like at the gym, the more repetition, the better :-)
However, before you drill, you need to review the tense you are studying. I suggest you start by reading thoroughly the Introduction to French Tenses included in the audiobook, and the bonus “French verb Fundamental” lesson you received from purchasing this bundle.
Then, listen/read to the “how to use these drills” section to make the best of your French verb drills.
Pick a verb. Pick a tense. Pick a form. Repeat.
- You may go at it verb by verb, and cover all the tenses and forms available in these drills.
- Or you may first pick a tense and cover it for all the different verbs.
It’s really up to you, your needs, your goals.
One thing is certain, however: DRILL OUT LOUD.
A big part of this audio tool is to master the modern glidings and elision which are not shown in written books. So make sure you take full advantage of it: if you only listen/read, you will not better your own pronunciation. You need to say it out-loud for it to stick!
“Avoir” and “Être” are possibly the 2 more important verbs in French, not only because of their meanings but also because they are called “auxiliary” verbs: they are used to form tenses: “passé-composé, plus-que-parfait, futur antérieur, past conditional….”. Since they both start with vowels, there are important glidings and liaisons that are often missed by students (who tend to know the way they are spelled but not the correct modern pronunciation), hence the importance to drill out-loud with these verbs.
And of course, for French verb conjugations more than anything else: repetition is the key!
Should you need help with your French tenses, I suggest you check out my audiobook “ À Moi Paris Level 5” which explains and illustrates the French indicative tenses of the past and future in depth.In the meanwhile, for a bit of “lighter” and move fun French studies, I invite you to take a look at my French audio novels:
Which both come with a Q&A section to practice your French out-loud.
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