When we say that someone has the A1 level in FrenchAt this level, students are able to understand and use basic, everyday expressions. At this level, students of French are able to understand and use basic, everyday expressions. I will present here the skills, weaknesses and solutions to progress from level A1 to level A2.
Comprehension and expression at A1 level
People at level A1 can understand simple words and phrases related to everyday situations.
This includes, for example, general greetings, a short interview, basic questions about personal data such as name, age, address and preferences.
Some examples of sentences that an A1 can understand and express orally:
- Bonjour comment-allez vous? (Hello, how are you?)
- Bonjour, je m’appelle Marie. (Hello, my name is Marie.)
- J’ai 20 ans. (I am 20 years old.)
- J’aime le chocolat. (I like chocolate.)
- Je suis étudiant. (I am a student.)
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Areas for improvement
At this stage, the learner's knowledge of French is basic. You may have difficulty understanding long or complex sentences or expressing ideas beyond simple phrases.
Grammar and vocabulary errors are common and pronunciation can also be a problem. This is completely normal for a beginner in any language!
Also, a student of French at A1 level may have difficulty understanding different accents of French (Norman, Provençal, etc.) and native speakers who speak quickly.
Examples of difficult sentences and concepts.
- Je veux aller au cinéma ce soir, mais je ne sais pas quel film regarder. (I want to go to the movies tonight, but I don't know what movie to watch.)
- Pendant mes vacances l’année dernière, j’ai visité de nombreux musées. (During my vacation last year, I visited many museums.)
- Je veux apprendre à jouer de la guitare. (I want to learn to play the guitar.)
Tips for moving up to A2 level
To reach the A2 level you must study several aspects of French in depth. Here are some tips to help you progress:
- Expand your vocabulary, be more refined, more precise: learn new words and phrases related to familiar, everyday topics such as shopping, leisure, work and travel.
- Improve your grammar: learn basic grammatical structures such as regular verb conjugation, adjective agreement, interrogative and negative sentences.
- Listen to French dialogues : Listen to audio resources such as simple conversations, songs and podcasts for beginners on a regular basis.
- Oral practice: use the phrases and vocabulary you have learned to have simple conversations with native speakers and other learners.
- Language Immersion: Watching movies, listening to music and podcasts, reading books and articles in French will help learners become familiar with the language and deepen their understanding.
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