Episodes
When the son of a Polynesian fisherman discovers a strange disease that is killing off his beloved island’s coral reefs, he teams up with a surf buddy to do something about it. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 05/18/21
François Saint-James’s first great love was not a person, but a place: le Mont-Saint-Michel, the iconic island fortress off the coast of Normandy. Working there was the chance of a lifetime, and living there a dream come true. But when his first love introduced him to the next one, he found himself forced to choose between the two… A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 05/11/21
The first time Onja Razafindratsima stepped foot in the Madagascar rainforest, she fell in love with the unique plants and animals that call it home. But when she realized all these species could go extinct, she decided to protect her home country’s incredible biodiversity. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 05/04/21
Renato Häusler felt out of place in modern life. He longed for a simpler, slower, more natural time. When he learned that his city, Lausanne, is one of the last in Europe to still have a lone night watchman, he made it his mission to preserve the centuries-old tradition. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 04/27/21
When a free-spirited wanderer reluctantly takes a job as tour guide in Lyon, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with the city and its secrets… A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 04/20/21
When the best crab fisherman in Étretat, Normandy gradually loses his eyesight, he does everything in his power to continue fishing along the coastline he loves. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 04/13/21
The Duolingo French Podcast is back with new episodes starting April 13, 2021. Listen to the trailer now!
Published 04/06/21
In this special episode, we answer your questions about the Duolingo French Podcast! Listen as host Ngofeen Mputubwele takes you behind the scenes of this one-of-a-kind podcast — with a little help from some friends. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 03/23/21
Benji was an idealistic young man full of hopes for his future…until the 2008 financial crisis left him jobless. At a loss for how to lead a good life and earn a living, he decided to join an alternative community, la ZAD, in the west of France. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 02/09/21
Simone Hérault had the gift of a unique voice, but as a child, she was too insecure to believe in it. Still, her talent and dedication would end up taking her places she never expected…until she became one of the most familiar and beloved voices in all of France. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 02/02/21
As a teenager in Mali, Djénébou Danté dodged a string of marriage proposals to pursue her running dreams and represent her country on the international stage. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 01/26/21
At 30, Aliénor Le Gouvello set off to ride solo across Australia’s toughest trails. She gave herself one year to train wild horses and complete the journey. Riding ten hours a day, every day, Aliénor was determined not to quit — not for crocodiles, fire ants…not even for the handsome helicopter pilot she met along the way. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french
Published 01/19/21
When a devastating earthquake strikes Haiti in January 2010, one of the island’s most respected public health experts rushes to the aid of 38 abandoned children who have been left without a home. She decides then and there to take care of them, not knowing that the decision will change their lives — and hers — forever. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 01/12/21
At age 27, Matthieu Landri said goodbye to his family and shared one last beer with his friends…then began his new life as a Benedictine monk. He longed for a spiritual life of contemplation and prayer. But soon he found himself embarking on a new journey: reviving the lost French art of monastic beer-brewing. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 01/05/21
In Martine Gaussen’s childhood, traditional French santons — handmade nativity figures — were a key that unlocked the magic of Christmas. But decades after the magic has dulled and adult responsibilities have taken over, can Martine rediscover the curiosity and creativity that defined the holidays of her youth? A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 12/22/20
A young boy in the south of France discovers an unexpected passion for bees and beekeeping. But he’s not prepared for the heartbreak he’ll face when he leaves his little buzzing companions over the summer... A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 12/15/20
The Duolingo French Podcast is back with new episodes starting December 15, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!
Published 12/08/20
After his grandparents’ deaths, 20-year-old Damien Bouché uncovers a family secret from World War II. He spends the next 10 years unearthing the past, from Vienna to the south of France, in a fight to regain his true family name. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 11/03/20
When Vincent-Gabriel Lamarre joined the Canadian Armed Forces, he knew he had found his calling. But a few years into his service, he realized he could no longer ignore the discomfort he felt about his gender identity. Would a gender transition be accepted in the military? After the episode, learn more about Vincent-Gabriel’s journey here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/tigars. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 10/27/20
A young dancer discovers French Cancan in the 1960s, leading her to an exciting international career…and the love of her life. When a tragic loss rips the joy of dancing from her, cancan slowly helps her find a renewed sense of self. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 10/20/20
When a young attorney from Chad decided to take on the ex-dictator who terrorized her country, she knew she was going up against dark and powerful forces. But that didn’t stop her from dedicating her life to fighting for justice in her homeland. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 10/13/20
Najib Nasary left his native Afghanistan in search of a fresh start in France. He had nothing, knew no one, and faced the threat of deportation. But when a village in France’s Cévennes mountains took him in, he finally found a new home…and a new passion for baking French bread. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 10/06/20
When Valérie Hirschfield lost her leg, she made a promise to her family that she would bounce back stronger than ever — a promise that would one day lead her to race up France’s most iconic monument. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 09/29/20
Emel Mathlouthi left her home country of Tunisia so that she could sing openly about bringing freedom to her people. But that didn’t stop her from participating in the seismic revolution that was taking place back home. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 09/22/20
Growing up in France as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Linh Lan Dao felt uncomfortable speaking up when she encountered anti-Asian racism. But after becoming a journalist and finding a community of like-minded people, Linh Lan discovered the tools she needed to stand up for herself and others. A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.
Published 09/15/20