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Intermediate French: Understanding spoken French
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3 Using visual clues

In this section, you will meet Mohammed. One of the significant advantages that watching a video clip offers you is visual support. You will practise using this to support your listening in the next activities.

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Figure 2 Mohammed

Activity 6

Watch the clip of Mohammed with the sound turned off. Use the speaker icon at the bottom of the screen to mute the sound.

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Choose the correct word or phrase to complete the following sentences.

1 Mohammed est

a. 

a. marié


b. 

b. célibataire


c. 

c. veuf


The correct answer is a.

2 Mohammed a

a. 

a. une fille et un garçon


b. 

b. deux filles


c. 

c. deux garçons


The correct answer is b.

3 Mohammed travaille comme

a. 

a. chauffeur de bus


b. 

b. ouvrier dans le bâtiment


c. 

c. commerçant


The correct answer is c.

4 Mohammed vend

a. 

a. des olives, des fruits secs et des épices


b. 

b. du pain et de la pâtisserie


c. 

c. de la viande et de la charcuterie


The correct answer is a.

5 Mohammed travaille

a. 

a. dans un petit magasin


b. 

b. dans un hypermarché


c. 

c. sur un marché en plein air


The correct answer is c.

Mohammed est originaire

a. 

a. de l’Afrique sous-saharienne


b. 

b. de l’Islande


c. 

c. du Maroc


The correct answer is c.

7 La fille aînée de Mohammed a

a. 

a. 9 mois


b. 

b. 9 ans


c. 

c. 19 ans


The correct answer is b.

8 La fille cadette de Mohammed a

a. 

a. 6 mois


b. 

b. 6 ans


c. 

c. 16 ans


The correct answer is b.

9 Mohammed

a. 

a. aime son travail


b. 

b. déteste son travail


c. 

c. est indifferent à son travail


The correct answer is a.

Activity 7

Make a list of the visual clues that you used to complete the sentences in Activity 7.

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Answer

  1. At the beginning of the clip, we see Mohammed with his arm around a young woman of about his age; the couple are with two children. The woman is of European heritage, so it seems unlikely that she is a family relative of Mohammed.
  2. The children in the picture with Mohammed and his wife are both girls. The same two girls are seen again later in the extract.
  3. We see Mohammed selling items to customers.
  4. We see olives and other related products on Mohammed’s stall.
  5. We see Mohammed working in an open-air market.
  6. Mohammed is of North-African appearance; the products he sells are associated with North-African cooking; the items we can see in the background when Mohammed is at home appear to be North-African.
  7. We can guess at the girls’ ages from their physical appearance – children rather than babies or adolescents.
  8. We can guess at the girls’ ages from their physical appearance – children rather than babies or adolescents.
  9. Mohammed smiles a lot while he is working and his general body language is very positive.