Delf B2: 5 pieces of advice to succeed the speaking test

Are you ready for the Delf B2 exam? Each of the 4 parts of the exam is a challenge but the most stressful part of the exam, no doubt, is the speaking test (“production orale”). Because you need to prepare yourself, here are the best pieces of advice for you to score the highest and succeed DELF B2 exam.

1.      Be consistent

Once you have selected the 2 subjects, read it carefully and choose the one you understand the best and/or have the most things to say about. You have to make a plan that answers the question you have found in the text. You should make it clear to the jury by using introductive sentences and transitions.

Introductive sentences: d’abord je vais parler de…

Transitions: maintenant, je vais montrer que…, parallèlement je vais évoquer le sujet de

2. Be moderate

The jury doesn’t care what is your opinion on the matter, however you should be moderate enough to see the pro and cons about the subject. Why? Because doing so you can build an argument that is complex enough to speak more than 5 minutes. Always use structures to express your thoughts, doubts, and convictions.

Thoughts: Je pense que, il me semble que, je trouve que, à mes yeux, selon moi

Doubts : Je ne crois pas que (+subjunctive), je doute que (+subjunctive), il ne me semble pas que (+subjunctive)

3. Be complex

The jury wants to know you can express complex ideas and opinions, contradictions and be persuasive using explanations and examples. To do so, you need to use various connectors and moods/tenses.

Logic: D’abord, ensuite, enfin

Contradiction: Bien que (+ subjunctive), cependant, pourtant…

Consequence: De façon que, c’est ainsi que

Cause: En (+ present participle), en effet

Hypothesis : Si (+ imperfect, conditional)

Example: Par exemple, quand (+ imperfect)

4. Anticipate

You don’t know need to know all the B2 vocabulary to succeed the Delf B2 exam. Actually, just knowing the 3 main themes that are always used in the Delf B2, you could anticipate the subjects and learn the vocabulary linked to it. The 3 themes are:

Problems linked to new technologies (in school, used by children, privacy concerns, overuse concerns, human replacement with robots, AI concerns, uberisation…)

Problems linked to education (obesity, nutrition, screen time, kids fashion, teachers’ notation, smartphones in school…)

Problems linked to the protection of the environment (climate change, pollution, cars, public transportation…)

Note that there are no controversial subjects in the DELF B2 exam: religion, politics, sexuality…

5. Be creative

I want to insist here on the importance of examples. Examples are the best way to show your skills and succeed DELF B2 speaking test. That is where you can tell a story about yourself. I should add that nobody cares if what you say is true. Is it purely a rhetoric exercise that can allow you to say whatever you want to say as long as you are consistent. For example, if there is a subject about overworking issues, you can tell you have a family member that works too much and that you are worried to see them come late at night and take medication because of it, you can tell that in your country people work 20% more than in the countries of the OECD, you can tell that a famous philosopher said that a life dedicated to work is not what a life is meant to be. So tell whatever you want to say to impress the jury.

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