Où trouver le vocabulaire?
Where do you find vocabulary on all these topics? Ce n'est pas difficile. Il vous faut un carnet et un stylo. Chaque fois que vous tombez sur un mot ou une expression utile, notez-le dans votre carnet.
- Vous devez lire les journaux. Newspapers are an obvious source of material on just about any topic under the sun.
- RTL, the radio station, has an excellent sound archive. Use it as follows:
- Let's say you want to acquire some vocabulary relating to l'obésité.
- Go to Google. Type in the following words: rtl fiche obesité.
- Hit enter.
- With any luck, you'll get a list of sound files and some text files relating to that topic.
- Listen to the sound file. Make notes furiously. Use your dictionary.
The first one looked fine. I clicked on that and then this is what I got:
Just what I was hoping for: some sound files and some text!
You can listen to them directly by clicking on the one you want. Better still, you can download the files as .mp3s to your computer to keep. If you play them in Windows Media Player, you can slow the sound down without distorting the quality.
- Right-click the sound file. Click Save link as.
- Choose an appropriate folder. Give the file a name if you think the default name is too long,e.g. SIDA.
- Hit Save.
- That's it.
I've managed to save the file but they're speaking way too fast for me. How do I do that slow-the-sound-down thing in Windows Media Player?
- Open the folder where you stored the file.
- Click on the file.
- If it opens in Windows Media Player, you're nearly there.
- You may need to go hunting for the speed setting. Right click the taskbar at the top. Click View. Click Enhancements. Click Play Speed Settings. Move the slider to the left to slow the sound down.
- If it opens in Quicktime or some application other than Windows Media Player, exit.
- Right click the file. Click Open in...Select Windows Media Player.