Episodes
After learning that cigarette butts are the most harmful pollutants of our oceans, Chloé decides to take action. She sets out on a daring journey to follow a cigarette butt's course from the Seine River to the sea, raising awareness and sparking change along the way. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3LJHGYx.
Published 09/27/22
As a little person, Douchka Volaric didn’t grow up with any media representation of people like her. When she discovers TikTok, she decides to use it as a tool to educate others, spread a positive message, and be the change she wished to see. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3xDnYrn.
Published 09/20/22
Published 09/20/22
As a film programmer, Aurélie depended on going to the legendary Cannes Film Festival. But when she had her first child, she realized attending Festivals with a baby would be nearly impossible and she wondered, could anything be done to help working families? A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 09/13/22
Ever since he was 10 years old, Serge Zaka was fascinated by the power and beauty of France’s most elusive thunderstorms. So he made it his life's mission to photograph the perfect storm to share with the world, but could he do it? A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3AUvkHQ.
Published 09/06/22
The Duolingo French Podcast is back with new episodes starting September 6, 2022. Listen to the trailer now!
Published 08/30/22
Le Tour de France is a legendary bicycle race in France. But to cycling enthusiast Claire Floret, there’s something terribly wrong with it: women aren’t allowed to compete. So in order to make things right, she created a brand new cycling challenge. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3zeMXTo.
Published 07/12/22
The béret was once the most popular hat in France. But today, most French people see it as old-fashioned. Except for Valérie. As a native of southwest France – where bérets were invented – she wants to bring them back in style! A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3ajeGbM.
Published 07/05/22
In France, greeting friends, relatives and co-workers with “la bise” — a kiss hello — is more than tradition. It’s essential. Yet Mathieu Avanzi was so baffled by the custom, it left him wondering: did others feel the same? A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3y59bp7.
Published 06/28/22
Every year on June 21st, musicians across France take to the streets to celebrate la Fête de la musique. Growing up, Fanny’s birthday also happened to be on June 21st…and for a long time, she resented having to share her day with the popular French holiday. Until the tradition took on a special meaning for her… A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3O9Ieal.
Published 06/21/22
In the grand French tradition of winemaking, Beaujolais Nouveau wine was once the cool kid on the block. But when wine connoisseurs felt it went too mainstream, they turned their backs on it. So wine lover Anaïs Pertuizet decided to make a new kind of Beaujolais Nouveau, one that would win back their hearts. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3b4LLZb.
Published 06/14/22
The French love their long summer vacations, les grandes vacances. But they hate the massive traffic jams that go with them. To help vacation-bound drivers and passengers have some fun on the road, traffic radio host Francine Thomas has to get creative. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3GWrJM9.
Published 06/07/22
Le repas gastronomique, the true French feast, is a unique part of French culture. Chef Stéphane Ranieri worked his way up the kitchen ranks in some of France’s most prestigious restaurants. Then one day, he decided to take fine dining to a completely different setting: the rugby stadium. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3NK17Qz.
Published 05/31/22
Perfume is France’s everyday luxury. French people love to wear it, to gift it, but also to create it. When one of France’s foremost perfumers realizes that the perfume-making tradition in his hometown of Grasse is in danger, he vows to defend it. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3lJuKpn.
Published 05/24/22
The Duolingo French Podcast is back with new episodes starting May 24, 2022. Listen to the trailer now!
Published 05/17/22
When Kevin Escoffier entered one of the world’s most epic solo boating races, he faced long odds, dangerous waters, and stiff competition. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3iuoCQ2.
Published 03/22/22
Growing up in Cameroon, Euphrasie Mbamba spent a lot of time on her grandfather’s cacao farm. But it wasn’t until she moved to Belgium that she tasted chocolate for the first time, and understood the power of the fruits from her childhood. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3MVLnu7.
Published 03/15/22
A passionate rower trains to build her strength and perfect her technique for the Paralympics… But along the way she also learns the importance of maintaining her mental health. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/35BAMnE.
Published 03/08/22
Ouafa Mameche didn’t speak French when she first arrived in France at the age of seven. But her passion for rap music led her to love the language and find her place in her adopted homeland. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3C46bKW.
Published 03/01/22
In March 2014, Richard Hardin received a phone call that would change his life and cause him to question everything he thought he knew about his family history. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/35iKeLP.
Published 02/22/22
A young woman from the region of Brittany falls in love with the local language, le breton. Through her passion for language learning, she decides to help save the Breton language from extinction. We'd love to hear from you! Please take our audience survey at this link go.duolingo.com/encuestapodcast. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3oQnABC.
Published 02/15/22
Luc was a maintenance technician in Parisian hotels who dreamed of becoming a bookseller. With little experience, but a lot of passion, he opened a new kind of bookstore, one aimed at serving the busy working people and immigrants living in his suburb outside Paris. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3HCNxfk.
Published 02/08/22
A mountain rescuer in the French town of Chamonix decides to go on one of the riskiest missions of his career. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3AOV9IV.
Published 02/01/22
The Duolingo French Podcast is back with new episodes starting February 1, 2022. Listen to the trailer now!
Published 01/25/22
In the sixth and final episode of our series, Alexandre experiences life in France’s notorious overseas prison camp, le Bagne. Always the rebel, he attempts the riskiest of escapes… Meanwhile, in Paris, his mother Marie leads a tireless campaign for his release. Will either of them prevail? A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/french.
Published 12/14/21