L'université de la Sorbonne (C1)
French dictation exercise

Learn about the most famous French university.

Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise:
"un chapelain", "nécessiteux", "un confesseur", "s'imposer", "embelli/e", "éminent/e", "un mécène", "un Sorbonnard (Sorbonne student)", "un tombeau", "tumultueux", "l'avènement", "marquer un tournant décisif", "faire de [quelque chose] le siège de", "un rayonnement", "la renommée", "des alumni".

This dictation uses Le Présent historique, i.e. the present tense to describe historical stories to evoke a sense of immediacy.

I'll play you French speech in sections for you to transcribe

  • Start by listening to the whole piece then hit start
  • Play each section and write down what you hear
  • I'll show you correct answers after each for you to mark yourself
Start the exercise
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