Listening practice - studying abroad

Studying abroad

On a French careers podcast you hear people discussing studying abroad as part of their university course. Listen to their experiences and answer the questions below.

Question

What was Eva's favourite thing about her year abroad? Choose from the options in the table.

AMeeting a girlfriend/boyfriend
BThe food
CThe weather
DLearning a new language
EExperiencing a new culture

The answer is C – the weather.

Transcript:

Salut, je m’appelle Eva et je viens de Reims dans le nord-est de la France. Je viens de passer environ dix mois dans le sud de l’Espagne, près de Malaga, et c’était une expérience incroyable. J’ai rencontré beaucoup de gens mais pour moi, ce qui était le mieux c’est qu’il faisait presque toujours chaud. On est allé à la plage chaque weekend – pour moi qui habite dans le nord-est, c’était vraiment super.

Hi, my name’s Eva and I am from Reims in north-east France. I have just spent about 10 months in the south of Spain, near Malaga, and it was an incredible experience. I met lots of people but for me, the best thing was that it was almost always hot. We went to the beach each weekend and for me, who lives in the north-east, it was great.

Question

What was Freddie's favourite thing about his year abroad? Choose from the options in the table.

AMeeting a girlfriend/boyfriend
BThe food
CThe weather
DLearning a new language
EExperiencing a new culture

The answer is B - the food.

Transcript:

Bonjour, je suis Freddie et je viens de Montréal, mais en ce moment j’habite à Dijon en France parce que j’étudie l’histoire à l’université. J’aime beaucoup vivre en France pour la nourriture, surtout la pâtisserie. Je mange un croissant ou un pain au chocolat chaque matin au petit déjeuner.

Hello, I’m Freddie and I’m from Montreal but at the moment I’m living in Dijon, in France, because I’m studying history at university. I love living in France because of the food, especially the pastries. I eat a croissant or a chocolate pastry each morning for breakfast.

Question

What was Adam's favourite thing about his year abroad? Choose from the options in the table.

AMeeting a girlfriend/boyfriend
BThe food
CThe weather
DLearning a new language
EExperiencing a new culture

The answer is D – learning a new language.

Transcript:

Bonjour, tout le monde. Je m’appelle Adam et je viens de Paris. Le mois prochain, je vais aller au Mexique pour étudier à l’université et j’ai hâte d’y aller. J’espère pouvoir apprendre beaucoup d’espagnol et le parler couramment au bout de quelque mois.

Hello everyone. My name’s Adam and I’m from Paris. Next month, I’m going to Mexico to study at university and I can’t wait to go. I’m hoping to learn lots of Spanish and to be able to speak it fluently after a few months.

Question

What was Juliette's favourite thing about her year abroad? Choose from the options in the table.

AMeeting a girlfriend/boyfriend
BThe food
CThe weather
DLearning a new language
EExperiencing a new culture

The answer is A – meeting a girlfriend/boyfriend.

Transcript:

Bonjour, je suis Juliette et je suis française. Il y a deux ans, j’ai étudié à l’université d’Edimbourg pendant douze mois et c’était la meilleure année de ma vie. C’est vrai, le temps et la nourriture étaient un peu bizarres mais, dans un café près du château, j’ai rencontré une belle jeune fille qui, deux ans plus tard, est toujours ma petite amie.

Hello, I’m Juliette and I’m French. Two years ago I studied at Edinburgh University for twelve months and it was the best year of my life. It’s true, the weather and the food were a bit strange but, in a café near the castle, I met a beautiful young woman who, two years later, is still my girlfriend.