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Learn French with Gaëlle, an experienced French teacher. 99% in French and designed for students with a basic level (A2) or lower intermediate (B1). Gaëlle speaks slowly to make it easier to understand. If you have an intermediate level, you can always increase the playback speed in your app. Each week, you’ll improve your French whilst also learning about French culture, society, history, and much more. Go to LanguaTalk.com/frenchpod to read an interactive transcript of each episode as you ...
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Learn French with Free Podcasts Whether you are student or a seasoned speaker, our lessons offer something for everyone. We incorporate culture and current issues into each episode to give the most informative, both linguistically and culturally, podcasts possible. For those of you with just the plane ride to prepare, check our survival phrase series at FrenchPod101.com. One of these phrases just might turn your trip into the best one ever!
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This episode is the second part of the interview with Dimitri, a Greek citizen living and working in France, who explains to Gaelle the different steps to buy a property in France. We recommend listening to the first part before diving into this one. Warning: this episode is more challenging than usual because of the sound quality of Gaelle’s recor…
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In this episode, Gaelle interviews Dimitri, a Greek citizen living and working in France, who recently bought a house near Paris. Through this conversation, Dimitri explains the different steps you need to go through to become a homeowner in France. And you will see that it’s no picnic in the park! Warning: this episode is more challenging than usu…
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In this episode, Gaelle explains the more subtle ways to translate the adverbs “assez” and “bien”. Commonly understood as “enough” and “well”, they in fact have more meanings than that, which can sometimes lead to confusion. Listen to this episode to understand what French people mean when they say “elle a l’air assez sympa” or “il a bien raison”. …
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In this episode, Gaelle reveals a silent but important crisis in the world of French wines. If famous bottles of Chateau-Margaux are ever so expensive, the same story is not true of the more ordinary Bordeaux wines, which have been struggling to sell in recent years. You will understand why this crisis is hitting a lot of winegrowers hard and what …
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In this episode, Gaelle talks about the woman behind the world famous champagne, Veuve Clicquot. The first woman to ever be at the head of a champagne company, in the XIXème century where men largely dominated, she is an inspirational figure. With this episode you will discover her incredible story and how her legacy is still alive nowadays. Check …
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In this episode, Gaelle explains the importance of the Agricultural Show that takes place every year at the end of February near Paris. In the context of the farmers crisis this year, this event was especially important for the political world. With her explanations, you will understand where this tradition originated and why the French president a…
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In this episode, Gaelle explains how to pronounce the little word “plus” - which annoyingly can be pronounced 3 different ways: [plu], [pluS] or [pluZ]. You probably won’t be able to say it correctly straight away, but at least you will know the rules behind it. NEW: Check out Langua, our groundbreaking platform to help you become fluent in French:…
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In this episode, Gaelle talks about two traditions typical of February and March: Mardi-Gras and Carnaval. She explains where they originate from, how they were celebrated back in the days and what is left from those traditions nowadays. It all started from a journey down memory lane for Gaelle, when blurry flashbacks of her childhood came rushing …
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In this episode, Gaelle talks about the most famous French literary prize, le prix Goncourt. You will discover how books are selected, who makes up the jury, and why it means so much to authors and publishers. But because nothing is never black and white, you will also hear about the little scandals that took place over the years and tarnished the …
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In this episode, Gaelle interviews Mélanie, a teacher in a vocational high school in France. Together they explain the purpose of such an educational environment, which students it is aimed at, as well as the stigma surrounding it and the difficulties of the job. NEW: Check out Langua, our cutting-edge software to help you become fluent in French: …
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In this episode, Gaelle presents the life of the world famous singer: Edith Piaf. Everyone is familiar with her most famous song, “La vie en rose”, but few really know who she was and where she came from. She sang about love so beautifully following a lot of hardship and broken heart. NEW: Check out Langua, a cutting-edge AI tool to help you become…
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In this episode, Gaelle introduces you to THE christmas dessert in France: the Christmas log. It’s on every table, for every family. It can be made with chocolate, raspberry or lemon ice cream. But do we even know why French people eat a dessert in the shape of a piece of wood? Listen to this episode to find out. And if you want to learn a bit of p…
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In this episode, Gaelle explains how to navigate the French health system when you are sick. From the first step of finding the correct health professional to the last one of getting the correct medication, she explains what French people have to do to be seen and get better. You will understand what “mutuelle”, “carte vitale” and “médecin traitant…
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In this episode, Gaelle introduces you to a French inventor who revolutionized the world for blind people in the 19th century: M. Louis Braille. You will hear about his extraordinary personal story and how he came to create a brilliant and universal alphabet, still in use nowadays by blind and visually impaired people. NEW: Check out Langua, our ne…
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In this grammar episode, Gaelle explains the difference between “juste” and “venir de”, which are both translated by “just” in English, making it difficult for English speakers to understand the difference. NEW: Check out Langua, our new learning software: https://languatalk.com/langua/podcasts?language=french&query=You can get free vocab lists as …
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In this episode, Gaelle talks about 3 aspects of English culture that she really likes and that she wished existed in France. She talks about charity shops and open mindedness, then finishes on a more serious note with the issue of street harassment, which is a major problem in France. NEW: Check out Langua, our new learning software: https://langu…
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In this episode, Gaelle interviews Eirini, a Greek citizen who has been living in France with her Greek husband for the past 5 years. They have 3 children, the youngest was born in Paris. Eirini explains how they manage the “double culture” and languages at home, as well as what they do to preserve their Greek origins whilst encouraging their child…
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In this episode, Gaelle explains the concept of the sharing economy, also called collaborative consumption. From its utopic beginnings in California to the giants that have now emerged like AirBnB and Uber, you will get a clear understanding of the principles and how it has evolved in the past 15 years. Gaelle will also tell you about France, where…
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In this episode, Gaelle talks about the French series, “Plan Coeur” (or “the Hookup Plan” in its English version). If you like easy romantic comedies, this episode is for you! Gaelle gives you her honest opinion about the series, its flaws and strengths, and why in the end, she recommends watching it. NEW: Check out Langua, our new learning softwar…
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In this episode, Gaelle interviews Julie to talk about the city of Saint Etienne. Located in the middle of France and for a long time considered the rival of Lyon, St Etienne has a fascinating industrial history. And after a tough few decades, the city managed to reinvent itself into a design city. Julie talks so warmly of it that you will want to …
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