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French C1 writing exercise

Viviane and Christian try and get everything on their children's school supply list.

Pay attention to the hints!

Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise: "the school supply list (each year, teachers provide a list of school supplies that parents need to buy for their children with the state allowance)", "it's a hassle", "fashionable", "the most...there is", "a notebook with large squares", "on top of that", "a (supermarket) aisle", "between the two of us", "bloody (damn)", "it's a good thing [that...]", "to manage", "to start primary/secondary school (in France)".

I’ll give you some sentences to translate into French

  • I’ll show you where you make mistakes
  • I’ll keep track of what you need to practise
  • Change my choices if you want
Start the exercise
How the test works

Here's a preview of the text for the writing challenge, when you're ready click the start button above:

- Hi Viviane! I see that you too have received the school supply list. - Tell me about it! Every year, it's a hassle! The teacher always has to go and add the latest fashionable pen, or the most obscure notebook format there is! - I totally agree! Here, look at what I must find for Leila. For 15 minutes now, I've been looking for an A4 notebook with large squares, but careful, it also has to have alternate blank pages on top of that! I've gone over the aisle three times already, I can't take it any more! - I need one like that for Julie too, don't worry, between the two of us we're going to find them, these bloody notebooks! - It's a good thing you arrived, I was about to give up. Usually, I manage rather well, but this time, between Leila who's starting secondary school, and Thomas primary school, it's double the work!

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