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This week's podcast - 10th August 2019 - a podcast for elementary level

Week 32 of 52...
Qu'est-ce que tu as fait pendant tes vacances, Sam ?

What did you do during your holiday, Sam ?

Antoine asks Sam what he did during his holidays.

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Last week's podcast - 6th August 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 31 of 52...
Quel est le truc le plus dingue qui t'est arrivé dans ta vie ?

What's the craziest thing that's happened to you in your life ?

Two slang words and that's just in the title ? Le truc = the thing, dingue = crazy. What's the craziest thing that's happened to you in your life ? Elisabeth and Chrystelle discuss this question.

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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.

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31st July 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 30 of 52...
A la fin de ta vie, qu'est-ce que tu aurais aimé accomplir ?

At the end of your life, what would you have liked to have accomplished ?

Elisabeth and Chrystelle discuss what they would like to have achieved when it comes to the end of their life.

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23rd July 2019 - a pre-intermediate podcast

Week 29 of 52...
Les séries télévisées

Tv series

This week, Sandra and Dany talk about tv series.

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17th July 2019 - a beginner's podcast

Week 28 of 52...
Les couleurs

Colours

In this week's podcast for beginners, Elisabeth and Chrystelle talk about colours.

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9th July 2019 - a pre-intermediate podcast

Week 27 of 52...
Qu'est-ce que tu vas faire cet été ?

What are you going to do this summer ?
This week, Sandra talks about her plans for the summer. Get the bilingual transcripts at https://www.thefrenchpodcast.com/subscribe.php

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3rd July 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 26 of 52...
Les dossiers

Les dossiers (files/folders)
Did you know that in France for virtually any adminstrative procedure you have to put together a 'dossier' ? However, a dossier also has other meanings like the 'dossier' for pension funds that the government is looking at. We hear this term on the radio and it can mean several things.

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26th June 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 25 of 52...
Les anglicismes

Anglicisms
Sylvie and Caroline discuss anglicisms - which are more and more a part of the French language. Do you know what a 'planning' is ? How about 'footing' ? How about a 'brushing' ?

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18th June 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 24 of 52...
La gastronomie - partie 3

A tour de France of food - part 3
Our final part of our tour de France of food!

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11th June 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 23 of 52...
Les accès coupe-files

Jumping the queue
Do you think it's fair that you can pay to jump the queue ? In supermarkets ? At the airport ? At theme parks ? That's the topic of this week's conversation between Sylvie and Caroline.

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4th June 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 22 of 52...
La gastronomie en France - 2ème partie

Food in France - part 2
This week, the second part of our tour de France in terms of food. Laurent and Lucas take you on a journey across France, explaining all the different foods that can be found in different regions...and there are a lot!

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29th May 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 21 of 52...
La gastronomie en France - 1ère partie

Food in France - part 1
This week, the first part of our tour de France in terms of food. Laurent and Lucas take you on a journey across France, explaining all the different foods that can be found in different regions...and there are a lot!

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20th May 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 20 of 52...
Les adverbes de fréquence

Adverbs of frequency
Adverbs of frequency indicate how often you do something. Always, never, sometimes...This week, our podcast is based on adverbs of frequency.
For example, did you know that you can say 'quasiment jamais', which means practically never ? Enjoy!

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15th May 2019 - an intermediate podcast

Week 19 of 52...
Es-tu d'accord ou pas d'accord ?

Do you agree or disagree ?
Do you agree or disagree ? Is money more important than love ? Is personality more important than beauty ? Are we alone in the universe ? Was life better 20 years ago ? In a job, is the most important thing the salary ? Can you know a lot about a person just by looking at what they wear ? Do ghosts exist ? Are good table manners as important as they were before ?

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7th May 2019

Week 18 of 52...
La Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe
In this week's podcast, my children talk about their holiday to Guadeloupe. This week, the transcripts are completely free.

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30th April 2019

Week 17 of 52...
L'avocate fiscaliste

The tax lawyer
This week, Charlotte talks about her profession - being a tax lawyer.

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24th April 2019

Week 16 of 52...
Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris
In this week's podcast, Sonia and Sylvie discuss the catastrophe at Notre Dame de Paris.

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16th April 2019

Week 15 of 52...
Le 'tennis'

Tennis
In this week's podcast, our speakers talk about tennis as an analogy for communication. What a good analogy!

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9th April 2019

Week 14 of 52...
Le 'miracle morning'

The miracle morning
In this week's podcast, Marie-Sophie and Vincent talk about a book Vincent read... the miracle morning. It's a personal development method for improving your day. Listen to the conversation. As a member, you can follow along with the 3-page bilingual transcript.

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2nd April 2019

Week 13 of 52...
Les trottinettes électriques

Electric scooters
In Lyon now, we have electric scooters lying around on the pavement/sidewalk. Find out what Siham and Vincent think about them in this week's podcast.


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25th March 2019

Week 12 of 52...
Qui or que ?


Why do we say 'la fille que j'aime' and not 'la fille qui j'aime' ? Surely, qui is who ? Find out in this podcast.


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Week 11 of 52...
Les légendes urbaines

Urban myths
In this week's conversation, our 3 speakers talk about urban myths: the Bermuda triangle,the white lady (in France), red colours attracting bulls, conspiracy theories and the world trade center and more. This week's conversation is packed with useful language. Get the bilingual and monolingual transcripts for only 18 euros per year.


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12th March 2019

Week 10 of 52...
L'arrivée à l'hôtel

Checking into a hotel
This week, a conversation between a customer and a receptionist (checking into a hotel).


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6th March 2019

Week 9 of 52...
Relever un défi

Taking up a challenge
This week, our 2 speakers talk about challenges.


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26th February 2019

Week 8 of 52...
Les émotions

Emotions
Qu'est-ce que tu fais quand tu t'ennuies ? What do you do when you're bored ?
Qu'est-ce que tu fais quand tu es stressé(e) ? What do you do when you're stressed ?
Qu'est-ce que tu fais quand tu es en colère ? What do you do when you're angry ?
Qu'est-ce que tu fais quand tu es de mauvaise humeur ? What do you do when you're in a bad mood ?


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20th February 2019

Week 7 of 52...
L'acccident de voiture

The car accident
In this week's podcast, Laurent talks about his car accident and the resulting fire (l'incendie) in a tunnel! Get the bilingual transcripts!

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11th February 2019

Week 6 of 52...
La Saint-Valentin idéale

Your ideal Valentine's day
In this week's intermediate podcast, Sarah, Laurent and Margot talk about their ideal Valentine's day. Margot would have 'pas n'importe quelles fleurs, des tulipes', not just 'any old flowers, tulips'. Enjoy the podcast!

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4th February 2019

Week 5 of 52...
Les vrais jumeaux

The identical twins
Raphaël talks about being an identical twin.

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27th January 2019

Week 4 of 52...
Le test ADN

The DNA test
Sarah talks about the DNA test that she did. DNA translates in French to 'ADN'... so you have to know your French alphabet. A tip to learn the French alphabet is to download a youtube video (the sound file) and to listen to it at regular intervals for about 3 weeks. This way you should pick it up quite easily.

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21st January 2019

Week 3 of 52...
Les amis

Friends
This week, in a beginner's podcast, my children talk about their friends. This week's podcast is quite simple, but still contains a lot of the sounds and expressions of a natural, authentic French conversation. Get the bilingual transcripts for only 18 euros per year here: https://www.thefrenchpodcast.com/subscribe.php

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Week 2 of 52...
L'enseignante d'anglais

The English teacher- 14th January 2019
This week, an interview with an English teacher. Learn the expression: 'je me la coule douce'... I take it easy! and 'au fur et à mesure'... as I go along.


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Week 1 of 52...
Le bouddishme

Buddhism- 7th January 2019
This week, Leïla talks about Buddhism. Transcripts will now be online every week on Monday.


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Week 52 of 52 podcasts in 2018...there will be 52 more in 2019
The year 2018 - 30th December 2018

L'année 2018
This week, Myriam talks about a book she read this year (2018) - and a few other things.


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Week 51 of 52 podcasts in 2018...one more to go!
Lady Di- an advanced podcast - 23rd December 2018

Lady Diana
This week, Syvlie talks about Lady Diana.


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9/11 - an intermediate podcast - 16th December 2018

9/11
Do you remember what you were doing when 9/11 happened ? That's the topic of this week's podcast. Compare and contrast with the 2 page transcript.


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Qui suis-je ? - a podcast for beginners - 9th December 2018

Qui suis-je ?
Who am I ?

Listen to the podcast and try and guess who the speakers are describing. The transcripts will be online tomorrow evening (10th December 2018). Remember: we have a new podcast every week.


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Griezmann Mbappé - an advanced podcast - 2nd December 2018

Griezmann Mbappé - le prénom!
Griezmann Mbappé - the first name!

Near Brive, in France, there will be a court ruling on whether or not a child can be called Griezmann Mbappé, after France's football world champions. Should you be free to call your child whatever you want ? Or are there limits ? That's the topic of this week's advanced podcast.


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If you had 3 wishes (like Aladdin), what would you do ? - an intermediate podcast - 25th November 2018

Si tu avais 3 vœux à faire, qu'est-ce que tu ferais ?
If you had 3 wishes, what would you do ?

In this intermediate podcast, learn French slang words for money and cars. Also, find out what Diane would say if she had 3 wishes. To get the monolingual and bilingual transcripts which go with the podcasts, sign up for only 18 euros per year at https://www.thefrenchpodcast.com/subscribe.php


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Protests in France about fuel price rises - an advanced podcast - 18th November 2018

Les gilets jaunes
The yellow vests

Following protests all over France, this week's podcast is about the 'gilets jaunes' - the people wearing fluorescent yellow vests that you keep in your car in case you break down. The uprising has been blocking the roads this weekend - people protesting about a tax on fuel. Enjoy the podcast!



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Les parties du corps

A French podcast about expressions (based on parts of the body) - an intermediate podcast - 11th November 2018

Do you know what 'le pif' is in French ? It's the nose. 'Faire les choses au pif' means to follow your nose, for example when you're cooking (not to follow the recipe and measure the ingredients)
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