French: 48 Dictées for Beginners
A tried and true method for improving your French at any level! Here are 48 beginners’ Dictées in the form of riddles. Guess which fruit, vegetable or animal is being described as you improve your knowledge of verb conjugation, spelling, sentence structure and vocabulary. Full English translation is included, as well as a brief guideline of what to expect in each section (General, Grammar, Expression, Verbs).

Detailed instructions for getting the most out this type of exercise are included (in English). These simple texts can be used in a variety of ways for those who are ready to begin reading and writing in French. All Dictées in this collection are written in the first or second person singular or plural, in the present tense.

You will find one riddle for each of the following fruits and vegetables:

orange, apple, banana, zucchini, carrot, strawberry, potato, tomato, pumpkin, raspberry, lentil, watermelon, broccoli, corn, cabbage, onion, beet, lettuce, beans, blueberries, rhubarb, celery, eggplant, lemon

. . . and one riddle for each of the following animals:

beaver, owl, salmon, cat, whale, deer, moose, robin, wolf, crow, squirrel, dog, coyote, frog, pigeon, duck, eagle, mouse, snake, bear, raccoon, chickadee, horse, rabbit.
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