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Bonjour à tous ! Welcome to the French Blabla podcast where you'll find tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. If you're fed up with boring grammar books or tired of speaking an artificial French, far from how natives speak, then this podcast is for you. This podcast isn't French grammar or French vocabulary only, we will cover a wide range of topics that will help you in your learning journey. What are you waiting for? Join me!
 
All The Small Things is a weekly interview series hosted by Venetia La Manna. Venetia will be speaking to inspiring people, thought leaders, writers and activists about the rituals that help provide structure when we need it most - or perhaps if creativity lies in the chaos if it all. We'll be learning about the small things that keep them in-check and uncover more about what makes their minds tick. What’s more, we’ll hear about the seemingly small moments that perhaps felt insignificant at ...
 
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There’s a topic that I haven’t really delved into and that is completely overlooked in this podcast. People may think that for a podcast whose claim is to teach you real spoken French, it’s a bit strange that I haven’t talked about that sooner. Frankly, I don’t think today’s topic is a requisite for sounding like a true French person. This episode …
 
This week Bethany and Kathleen are digging deep into the meaning of Faith. Kathleen discusses what it means, as a millennial in America, to believe in God or a higher power. Then she gets into what it is to be spiritual vs. religious. Bethany takes on faith with a closer look at faith in ourselves and how to identify, squash, and overcome the negat…
 
Andria Zafirakou (she/her) is an art and textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in Brent, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse places. She has worked her entire teaching career of 14 years at Alperton Community School and was promoted to Deputy Head of Art within a year of her arrival. She is now Associate Deputy Headteacher leading on…
 
In this episode, you’ll learn everything, to buy or order what you need for gardening so that if you happen to go to a garden centre in France or to order from a French website, you’ll know what to ask and look for. Today, the grammar focus is for A students as we will review simple ways to ask questions. As usual, with this episode comes a study g…
 
Why are people forbidden to travel to an island off the coast of Brazil? What could possibly live there that’sssssss sssssso sssssinissssster? Bethany gives the ssssssskinny on Ilha da Queimada Grande. Then, did you know that 1971 was a huge year for food? A ton of the things you know and use today were created in 1971. Kathleen gives the full rund…
 
Megan Jayne Crabbe (she/her), also known as her social media handle ‘BodyPosipanda’ is an eating disorder recovery advocate, unapologetic feminist, and body positivity campaigner. Her number one bestselling debut book Body Positive Power has taught tens of thousands of people how to stop dieting and make peace with their bodies for good. Megan's bo…
 
In which Kathleen and Bethany discuss the biggest argument they’ve ever had, their deep feelings on accent walls, that one time Kathleen got into a fight with a Subway Sandwich Artist, and the one specific thing restaurant servers do that makes Bethany not trust them. Oh, and soup! ------ Check out our *NEW* merch (including THAT coven shirt)! —> h…
 
Last time, we talked about ice cream and today we will talk about croque monsieur. If there’s one dish you can make at home that is super easy and really French, it’s the croque-monsieur. With a side of salad, you’ve got yourself a perfect lunch. I encourage you to try. If you do, please let me know. Coincidentally, Marcel Proust will make an appea…
 
Friend of the pod (and friend IRL), Miran Kim, joins Bethany and Kathleen to share her thoughts, struggles, and life-shifting realizations about being an Asian American woman in the aftermath of the March 16th murders in Atlanta. Then, Kathleen puts a worm in her pocket, Bethany has some octopus anger-management insight, and we hear from AAPI Taste…
 
In this episode, Candice comes back for a chat. We had a nice talk about her dream house in this episode. Today, we will discover her shopping habits. It will be a good opportunity to review how to properly use articles. If you struggle with them, it's time to listen and download the study guide to practice. In this Episode Real conversation with r…
 
Shake off the attic dust and start taking notes! Bethany is letting you know what junk is NOT going to fund your retirement on eBay. (She finally digs into the hot topic of Kathleen’s Princess Diana Beanie Baby, too!) And Kathleen has big news! As a result, she needs to save money and she’s sharing some tips on how to do it. Plus, Kathleen blows Be…
 
Pandora Sykes is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She co-created and co-hosted The High Low which is one of the most loved podcasts out there, and she’s also the host of Doing It Right and The Missing. Last year, she released her debut essay collection, "How Do We Know We Are Doing It Right?" where Pandora interrogates the stories we’ve been s…
 
Do you love horror movies? (Or do you hate them?) Kathleen and Bethany are sitting down with the hosts of their favorite podcast, Ruined! Halle Kiefer and Alison Leiby join the pod to discuss bad candy, Jennifer Aniston’s timeless (ahem) charm, and that one time Halle’s mom saw a real-life leprechaun in Cleveland. ------ Check out our *NEW* merch! …
 
Today, I’d like to continue on the topic of finding a language partner to talk to since it’s a big struggle for many of you. In episode 42, I shared my tips to be able to find a conversation partner. If you haven’t listened to it yet, go check it out and grab yourself a French friend. However, finding somebody is only the first step in an efficient…
 
Did you know Thomas Edison created a talking doll that was so upsetting, it even creeped people out back then? Bethany goes into the reason behind Baby Creeps-You-Out (not its real name but it shoulda been). Then, Kathleen pulls the veil back on what those strange nursery rhymes are really about. Because who can make a garden grow with silver bells…
 
Gelong Thubten (he/him) is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author. He became a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery in Scotland, and has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years long. He is now regarded as one of the UK’s most influential meditation teachers, with pioneering work t…
 
In this episode, we’re going to talk about the intricacies of the pronouns “tu” and “vous”. Today’s title is a bit misleading and I’m sorry about that. My intent isn’t really to have a definite guide of the different uses of these pronouns, instead I would like to go deeper into the complexity of French social interactions. These two words really r…
 
Leonardo DiCaprio could probably get himself out of duct tape handcuffs, but could YOU? Kathleen is teaching the class fun facts about the world’s most prolific model-dater, Mr. Leo Di. Then, Bethany is pulling out her trusty “100 Deadly Skills” book and giving important tips on how to evade pursuers, how to get out of various handcuffs, and the be…
 
Luvvie Ajayi Jones (she/her) is an award-winning author, speaker and ‘professional troublemaker’. Luvvie thrives at the intersection of comedy, media and justice. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual” and she is the co- founder of the global movement #SharetheMicNow. Her TED Talk ‘Get comfortable…
 
Happy Monday! On this loosey-goosey bonus episode, Kathleen and Bethany discuss an Instagram preacher who looks just like both of them combined. It’s crazy! Also, Bethany gave Minerva a very particular hair-cut. Then, it’s time for a team-building exercise because Bethany has a quiz: what “normal jobs” are these former Hollywood celebs doing now? H…
 
In this episode, I will share some anecdotes related to taste and ice cream. It’s strange to talk about this in winter but I’m longing for sunny days. The grammar focus is for A levels as we will review the negative. As for the vocabulary, it will be useful for when we get to travel again during the summer. You’ll become ice cream professionals as …
 
Why have people throughout human history drawn penises everywhere? What compels (usually) dudes to mark dirty cars, classroom desks, and their sleeping friend’s forehead with penis art? Much to Kathleen’s delight, Bethany goes through examples of dick-scriptions, from ancient archeological finds to current day. Plus, she goes into the psychology be…
 
Rina Sawayama (she/her) is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and one of the most exciting artists to break through from last year. Born in Japan and raised in London, Rina’s music confronts the issues of identity and conflict with a wild blend of nineties and early noughties influences - everything from Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera …
 
Hello, Venetia here. It's been a little while! I took a break from Talking Tastebuds to focus on my fashion campaigning, but I'm delighted to say that I am coming BACK with a brand new podcast called All The Small Things. I’m fascinated by how our daily habits shape us. Whether we're a ‘one task ticked off at a time’ type or we thrive with thirty-f…
 
It’s been almost two months that 2021 has started and I haven’t even asked you if you had any good French goals for this year. Every new year is always an opportunity to start fresh and I thought it would be a nice change on the podcast to have a guest. Her name is Ines and she used to be a French teacher, a regular one, just like me, years ago. No…
 
Did you know that some butterflies are straight-up a**holes? Yup! They’re not just fluttery angel bugs, some of them are total backstabbers! Kathleen just got a subscription to a science website so she’s about to melt your face with some blazing Butterfly Facts! Then, Bethany discusses the creepy sleep disorder that you may have experienced without…
 
On this loosey-goosey bonus episode, Kathleen and Bethany discuss the $6,000(!!!) desk chair that several people are telling her to get. Plus, a listener just found some massive holes in her walls and wants to put something creepy inside before she covers them up. What would YOU hide in your walls for the next tenant to find? ------ Check out our m…
 
A few weeks ago, I sent you an email asking you what your biggest struggle was. The answers were overwhelming. Almost everybody asked me how to find natives to talk to. Christine for example told me “finding someone to speak French with”. David, who also answered my email, faces the same problem. “Finding opportunities to practice” he told me. I al…
 
Remember last week when Kathleen made a joke about sex escape rooms? Well, she did some research and is back to spill all the tea and whip all the subs (with their consent, of course) about sexy escape rooms and BDSM Dungeons! Then, Bethany goes through all of the stupidly expensive, bizarre, and just plain “funky” Valentine’s Day gifts you COULD h…
 
You know where the President lives, but how much do you know about where the Vice President lives? (Turns out, they don’t live in a carriage house behind the White House.) Bethany has some surprisingly interesting stories about Number One Observatory Circle, including the time that then-VP Joe Biden *maaaaaaybe* spilled the beans on a super-secret …
 
Listener “Cathryn” is craving female friendship, but she hates the things her current female friends like. Can she learn to like her current friends the way she learned to like this podcast? Bethany and Kathleen dig into the toxic “I’m not like other girls” mindset, and they confront some judgmental assumptions that may be keeping Cathryn from forg…
 
Today, we’re going to dive into the world of movies. We’ll learn some useful phrases to describe them. I don’t usually talk about movies I watched because I’m not really into this. I rarely go to the cinema and I don’t even watch that many tv shows. If you've listened to episode 5 of "A day in French", then you know that I like to watch hockey inst…
 
It’s safe to say that more people than usual are having a hard time right now, and that makes it difficult to be productive. If you’re feeling this way, Bethany is right there with you! She’s opening up about her struggles and offers tips that have helped her get things done during the day (even if it’s just getting out of bed)! Then, Kathleen take…
 
When is it time to reinvent yourself? (And not in a Talented Mr. Ripley “I want to wear your skin” kind of way.) Kathleen just went through this and is sharing her discoveries on how to figure out who you really are! And speaking of finding yourself, Bethany discusses a truly one-of-a-kind man who had such a unique calling, he disappeared. Or did h…
 
A good public bathroom is hard to find! A trio of Tastebuds ask the hard-hitting question: does anyone else poop whenever they go to Barnes & Noble, or is it just them? Plus, Bethany has a multiple-choice quiz you can play with your friends or your coworkers as a team-building exercise. Take off your pants. It’s a loosey-goosey bonus episode! Check…
 
Guys, it’s time for the truth! Are you guilty of answering “comme ci comme ca” when somebody asks you how you are? I have no idea where it comes from, maybe from a song but when I was teaching in schools, students sometimes answered with this phrase. Frankly, I don’t know anybody in my relatives nor friends that ever said this. Today, we’re gonna d…
 
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