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by Paul and Marie. Bridge the gap to fluency.






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Bridge the gap to fluency

Welcome to our French podcasts. The aim of these podcasts is to bridge the gap between what you learnt at school and audio cds and speaking French fluently and naturally. We're Paul and Marie, a Franco-English couple, living in a small town near Lyon in France.

We have 2 bilingual children, Sam and Antoine who go to school here in France but are fluent in English.


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Christmas bonus: poem***New***

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Interview with Sam
This week, Paul talks to Sam about his favourite things.***New***

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France
This week, Paul talks to Yolène about France, and stereotypes about France.***New***

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Les machons
This week, Paul talks to Alex about bouchons lyonnais (typical restaurants from Lyon). ***New***

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Les saisons de l'année
The seasons of the year
This week, Marie talks to her mum about the seasons of the year.

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L'avenir
What will the world be like in 100 years ?
Following a request to discuss the future tense in French, we talk about the future (our personal opinion only!).

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Les faux amis!
French false friends
Do you sometimes get confused with a French word that sounds like an English word, but doesn't have the same meaning ?
Our conversation this week is on false friends.

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L'argot français
French slang!
Slang! What words should you use if you really want to sound French ? Here are some examples of words you can use.

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Nos personalités - partie 4
Personality part 4
We continue our series on our personalities - here is part 4

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Nos personalités - partie 3
Personality part 3
We continue our series on our personalities - here is part 3

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Charles de Gaulle
We talk about the influence of Charles de Gaulle during and after the 2nd world war.

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L'Alsace et la Lorraine
An interview with Christine
Christine talks about the culinary specialities and traditions of the Lorraine and Alsace regions of France.

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Le premier mot!
The first word
This week, we discuss theories about when the first human word was pronounced.

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Profil de personalité - 1ère partie
Paul and Marie explore their personalities through searching questions!

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Les Arabes
The Arabic population
Paul and Marie talk about the minority Arabic population in France

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Les Expressions Françaises 2
French expressions part 2
We continue our series on French expressions - how to say "I've got a lot on my plate", "to have a lie in", "I give up" and more.

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Mai 68
May 1968
In May 1968, huge demonstrations take place in France. With slogans like 'it is forbidden to forbid', the demonstrations are a landmark moment in 20th century France.

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Le harcelèment à l'école
Bullying at school
Paul and Marie talk about the new, censored Indochine music video, what's so shocking and what it's got to do with bullying at school.

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Qu'est-ce que tu aimerais faire à l'avenir ?
What would you like to do in the future?
Paul and Marie talk about what they'd like to do in the future and the places they'd like to visit.

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L'anglais à l'université en France
English at university in France
There's a new bill currently going through French parliament about teaching other subjects like maths, science and history in English (and other non-French languages) at university.

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Voyage en Californie
A trip to California
Marie talks about her school trip to California.

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Le bac en France
The "bac" exam in France
Marie talks to Camille, her niece, about the baccalaureate exam, that is taken at the end of high school in France

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Gérard Depardieu, les impots, et les autoentrepreneurs
Gérard Depardieau, income tax and the autoentrepreneur system
Paul and Marie talk about Gérard Depardieu's decision to leave France for Russia, income tax and money, with the new auto-entrepreneur system for starting a business.

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La galette des rois
Paul and Marie discuss the 6th January and the pastry that is made for the occasion.

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Noël en France
Christmas in France
What's Christmas like in France ? Find out in this French podcast.

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Interview avec Marie Claude
Interview with Marie Claude
Paul talks to Marie's mum about what has changed in France since she was young.

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Le mariage homosexuel
Gay marriage
Paul and Marie talk about the new bill that is going through French parliament on gay marriage

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Systeme D
Paul and Marie talk about what "system D" means to French people

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Podcast Special 2
Paul talks to Sam and Bérénice about holidays, school and what they like to do.

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Les Langues
Languages
Paul and Marie discuss languages.

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Les expressions (1)
French expressions (1)
Paul and Marie discuss some typical French expressions

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Le ski et le golf!
Golf and skiing
Paul and Marie discuss these 2 pastimes.

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Lyon
Paul and Marie talk about France's 2nd (or 3rd) city - near where they live.

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Tango
Paul talks to Marianne about her passion - Tango!

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Podcast special!
Marie talks to her children.

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