Using a dictionary
A bilingual dictionary can help you in your revision, but looking up words effectively takes some practice.
While dictionaries are useful for revision, they are not allowed in the actual exam, so it is good to have some strategies for coping without a dictionary.
This means that you should have strategies for understanding French without using a dictionary. For example, it is often possible to make a sensible guess at the meaning of a word if you understand the rest of the sentence: 'Dans son jardin il y avait des poissons dans un petit bassin.' (bassin = pond)
Strategies also exist for communicating in French without a dictionary. This is because there is usually more than one way of expressing an idea. For example, if you wanted to say that someone was single but you did not know how to say 'elle est célibataire', you could use the alternatives 'elle n'est pas mariée' or 'elle n'a pas de mari.'
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