Episodes
Hey folks! So, here's the scoop: 2024 is my year of "transformation", and it's all centered around diving deep into 'cuisine French.' But here's the twist – after realizing that my love affair with pain au chocolat has been a little too indulgent, I've decided it's time to get savvy with macro counting. Yep, I'm on a mission to strike the perfect balance between savoring the richness of French cuisine and keeping my nutrition in check. In this episode, I'm taking you along on my adventure of...
Published 02/18/24
Published 02/18/24
Hey folks, welcome back to a new episode, where I dive into my laid-back morning stroll on the 'plage'—that's 'beach' in French for those diving into the language with me. This episode is all about the simple pleasures of the beach in French culture, from the seashells I found to the unique way I decided to cook them. Plus, I've got the scoop on beach etiquette in France. So there I was, walking on the beach in French territory, when I came across an array of seashells. It sparked a little...
Published 02/01/24
Welcome to a special episode of the podcast, where I delve into the heartwarming French tradition for Christmas, focusing particularly on the enchanting world of advent calendars. As we count down the days to 'Noël,' I want to share with you my personal experiences with past advent calendars and the unique joy they bring during the festive season. In this episode, I'll take you through a journey of discovery, exploring the origins of the advent calendar. This tradition, deeply rooted in...
Published 12/18/23
Today's podcast episode is an extraordinary journey into the heart of the French wilderness, as we explore the theme of deer in French or "le cerf" in an enchanting forest setting. This episode is not just about discovering the majestic deer in their natural habitat but also about enhancing your French skills, particularly if you're at the A2 level. Our focus is on prepositions of location, an essential aspect of French grammar that paints a picture of where events unfold. Whether you're...
Published 11/14/23
Mastering the French language pronunciation is a crucial aspect of becoming fluent, and integrating French funny phrases and sounds can make the learning process even more enjoyable. Understanding and using authentic sounds like "pfff," "hein," "rohh," "blowing a raspberry," and "mmmm" can significantly enhance your grasp of the language. In this lesson, we'll delve deep into these unique elements of French language pronunciation, showing you how to use them just like a native speaker....
Published 10/31/23
I've just had an incredible adventure in a French destination that's a great spa town. Picture this: it's early morning, the air is crisp, and I'm stepping into a thermal spa with a history that goes all the way back to the Romans. Can you believe it? This great spa town has been around for centuries, and I'm about to dive into its healing mineral waters. Our grammar focus today is on conjunctions of coordination and subordination, which help us connect and organize ideas in a sentence....
Published 06/02/23
Do you like wine? In today's episode of our new series "Unlock the Story", we're playing a game where you'll need to fill in the blanks with the correct French vocabulary to complete the narrative. The stories follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and today the level is A2 or beginner +. You can submit your completed story in the comments section for feedback and guidance on frenchblabla.org. In this episode, we explore the fascinating world of wine and the hard...
Published 05/12/23
Looking for a fun and effective way to improve your French language skills? While using TV shows and movies to learn a language has always been a popular method, it can be frustrating when subtitles are not designed for language learners. In this episode of the podcast, we explore some tips for using TV shows to improve your comprehension of fast-spoken French and your pronunciation. This episode is happily sponsored by Lingopie, the app that lets your learn French through TV shows and...
Published 04/28/23
Today, I'm excited to discuss the beloved French dish, aligot. This cheesy, creamy comfort food is perfect for cold winter nights. Our grammar focus today is on logical conjunctions, or "les connecteurs logiques" in French, which help us connect and organize ideas in a sentence. Whether you're a beginner or more advanced learner, we'll explore some essential conjunctions.  The level is A2 so beginner + So sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of aligot and French grammar! If...
Published 03/24/23
In today's episode of our new series "Unlock the Story", we're playing a game where you'll need to fill in the blanks with the correct French vocabulary to complete the narrative. The stories follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and are appropriate for all levels of French learners. You can submit your completed story in the comments section of each episode for feedback and guidance at frenchblabla.org. This episode's theme is "our pets", and the story is...
Published 03/10/23
Discover the world of temporal clauses in French with this A2-B1 level podcast episode. Get a deep understanding of how these words and phrases express the timing of events and create a sequence of actions. Along with a discussion on temporal clauses, I share my personal journey of egg donation, including the stimulation process, self-administered injections, and the procedure itself. Hear about the challenges I faced, such as finding a doctor, dealing with injections, and navigating the...
Published 02/17/23
Joyeux Noël ! Mes meilleurs voeux à tous. Je vous souhaite de passer de merveilleuses fêtes. Voilà. Alors, bienvenue pour ce nouvel épisode. Today, because it’s Christmas, I’m going to share a story that I saw in a newspaper. It’s aimed at A2 learners, so beginner +. The whole episode uses the present tense. We also have a sprinkle of passive voice so if you’d like to review this, stay tuned. There are also some colourful phrases you can learn to enrich your vocabulary. If you’d like to...
Published 12/22/22
Aujourd’hui on va parler d’une de mes découvertes qui a changé ma vie quotidienne. Je suis sûre que beaucoup d’entre vous vont me dire “mieux vaut tard que jamais”, better late than never if we say it in English. Yes, I’m always a late bloomer. This episode is a direct request from Eric. He joined the Christmas Postcard exchange and asked for more beginner episodes. If you’d like to review your present tense and your object pronouns (le - la - les) while learning new vocabulary to talk...
Published 12/09/22
Raise your hand if you think we’re going to talk about breakfast. Sorry guys, this isn’t the kind of eggs we’re going to talk about today I’m afraid. We’re gonna have a conversation about MY EGGS. Something I had never imagined I would say on the internet for the whole world to hear, but here we are. The vocabulary in this episode is obviously very medically-oriented with a lot of specific words related to this field. It will be very useful if you want to share your last experience at the...
Published 11/04/22
Today, we’re going to continue talking about my life and the activities that I have finally resumed. I feel overjoyed and it’s not even an exaggeration frankly. Being able to clear my mind during the week and taking a break from the daily life…it’s really refreshing. This episode is a bit more difficult than usual so it’s aimed at intermediate levels, B1 and B2. We will study words and phrases that are related to the world of dancing. As for the grammar focus, we will review phrases about...
Published 10/14/22
Last week, my partner watched a rugby match on tv and he got really impressed by the incredible amount of "voilà" one can fit in a few sentences. He, then, asked me if it was common for French people to use this word so much. I mean, the rugby player felt the need to put at least one "voilà" per sentence. That is some dedication! Of course, as you can imagine, I answered him that no, we’re not supposed to use "voilà" as a punctuation mark. Today you’re going to learn how to use "voilà"...
Published 09/30/22
I’ll be honest this is something I say a lot… I realized it when I quickly listened to one of the episode to see if everything was ok. I guess it’s a bad French habit that pervaded my English. Tell me if you noticed it! As a consequence, I strongly believe this is a bad habit you should integrate in your French language. Like everybody in my country, I tend to overuse the word “little”. It’s not really a filler since it conveys different meanings and emotions as well. Today that’s what we’ll...
Published 09/23/22
September is finally here and with it, the sadness of waving goodbye to our summer holidays. Work and school have resumed. France now went back to its humdrum daily life. In this episode we’re going to talk about music instruments and we’ll have a look at a specific vocabulary related to this. As for the grammar focus, we will study phrases to express regrets. As a consequence, it’s best suited for my B level listeners. Everything can be found in the study guide : the transcription, the...
Published 09/16/22
Today, we’re going to talk about a challenge that everybody is now more or less facing I guess. Please don’t hesitate to share your story or opinion if that’s the case… and you know what, even if it’s not the case, just comment anyway, I’m always glad to read your story. It’s been a couple of years now of international instability and struggles, let’s say. Obviously, we’re not going to talk about anything depressing, nobody needs that. Today, the vocabulary is for B1 levels and it’s all...
Published 09/09/22
I’m not a big fan of French tv shows but recently I found a couple that were funny and captivating. We’re gonna talk about that today. This program is called Ovnis, let me know in the comment section if you know it and if you have watched it. It follows a group of people who work for the French bureau of unidentified aerospace phenomena. In other words, UFO. Do you know what the most interesting part of all this is? It’s inspired by a true story, but you’ll need to stay tuned if you want...
Published 02/20/22
Today’s story was inspired by some program my partner listened to at the radio. Since I talked about weird French events, like the bizarre and let’s admit it, quite ghastly Christmas menu we covered in episode 21 of "A day in French", it will not come as a surprise that I cover this strange event. The grammar focus today will be geared towards A2 and B1. You’ll be able to review or learn how to create adverbs. To get everything, head over to frenchblabla.org to download the study guide...
Published 01/22/22
Happy to be back after my holiday break. It went really too fast. I guess it’s always like that when you have a break from work. It’s never long enough. That being said, let’s not forget that it’s 2022 now, so bonne année à tous, je vous souhaite beaucoup de succès avec votre français et surtout la santé. C’est important en ce moment.  As you know, I’m not big on watching sports on tv but my partner is. It’s always a source of surprise and learning. He’s been really into rugby these past...
Published 01/16/22
Today is the last episode of our Christmas story. Are the old tales true? Will they meet something magical that night? We left when Ayline was running towards the strange voice she heard and that's when this episode starts. Je te souhaite un très joyeux Noël. Thank you for being with me throughout the month of December and for listening to the Christmas story.   Useful Episode Resources Grab today's transcription here.     FREE audio training to help you understand spoken French Want...
Published 12/23/21
Winter is officially here... yet we didn't wait for the 21st of December to put on our jumper and snuggle in our blanket on the couch. We're not the only ones to feel the cold and wish a little bit it were summer... well, after Christmas is over of course!  Nope... I'm sure Ayline, her mum, Yoko, Helmut and all the characters of the Christmas story wish they were somewhere warm drinking a hot cup of tea. For now, they're still in the train station... Today is the penultimate chapter of...
Published 12/21/21