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Do you want to improve your listening skills and comprehension of the French as it is spoken in France? With Cultivate Your French podcast, things go smoothly. This is slow French podcast. But it's also a podcast in which you hear about everyday life in France, in which you hear stories and meet French people.

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Do you want to improve your listening skills and comprehension of the French as it is spoken in France? With Cultivate Your French podcast, things go smoothly. This is slow French podcast. But it's also a podcast in which you hear about everyday life in France, in which you hear stories and meet French people.

CYF099 — mercredi 10 novembre 2021 — Les devoirs pendant les vacances

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You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. I hope you are well and happy.

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France.

All the information about the transcript, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

As many students, my three girls have homework to do during the holidays. Sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation when there are so many things you wish to do. But what will they remember from these holidays? I hope it will be the good moments. 

Nov 10 2021

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CYF 098 — mercredi 3 novembre 2021 — Halloween dans le Jura

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We are on holidays in Jura. Last sunday, as you may know, it was Halloween. It’s becoming popular in France. And, I think, this year, a lot of people were expecting the children to knock at their door. Our three daughters were invited to join the two children of our owners for the Halloween walk in the village at night. First, Micaela didn’t want to go, but we convinced her to go : « Allez, Micaela, vas-y! ». I recorded the girls as they came back. 

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Nov 03 2021

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CYF 097 — mercredi 27 octobre 2021 — Quelques pas sous escorte

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The episode that you are going to hear today was written in September 2013. I read a few days ago, as I was searching for conjugation examples for the advanced French podcast One Thing In A French Day. I didn’t remember that little adventure and found it funny. That day, I was searching for a big one litter bottle at Le vieux campeur. This is a famous shop for camping equipment. In Paris. It’s also famous because, it’s not one shop but a maybe 5 or 6 different shops in the same neighbor hood. Each shop has its speciality, backpack, tents, ustensils, etc. 
Unfortunately, we lost the bottle last year. 

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Oct 27 2021

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CYF 096 — mercredi 20 octobre 2021 — Le philosophe à cheval

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When we were travelling to Brittany, I heard on the radio Gaspard Koening. This philosopher was talking about his trip from Bordeaux to Rome with his horse Destinada. He followed the steps of a colleague from an other time : Michel de Montaigne. 

As Montaigne did, he kept a travel diary then he published a book out of it. 
Later that same day, we entered a nice bookshop in Paimpol where I found that very book « Notre vagabonde liberté ». I bought it and started to read it almost right away. I’m still reading it and as I was reading it, I met an acquaintance. Yes !  

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Oct 20 2021

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CYF 095 — mercredi 13 octobre 2021 — Mercredis en musique

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You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com


A long time ago, I used to tell you about our Wednesdays. The girls didn’t go to school on Wednesday mornings at that time. We used to go shopping at our local organic shop, La Biocoop. I remember Micaela walking and holding at the same time the double stroller in which Felicia and Lisa were sitting. 
Our Wednesdays are very different now. They are more school and music related! 

Oct 13 2021

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CYF 094 — mercredi 6 octobre 2021 — Mariage en Bretagne

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Pietro and I went to Brittany last week-end. We were invited to one of my kung-fu friend’s wedding, Ophélie. In the morning, there was the « mariage civil » at the mairie; Then, later in the afternoon we arrived at the party that was taken place in a typical breton manoir. It was a rainy day, the photos with the family and friends were often interrupted by the rain. Finally, Ophelie threw her bride’s bouquet. Threw, well not exactly…

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Oct 06 2021

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CYF 093 — mercredi 29 septembre 2021 — À Versailles avec Lorena, dans les jardins du château

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A few weeks ago, during the summer, my friend Lorena and I went to Versailles. We were given the permission to record for the podcast in the gardens. Maybe one day, we will get it to record in the castle itself. 
We went to Versailles by train, it’s 30 minutes away from Gare Saint-Lazare. 
Did Louis XIV make the most of the gardens? This is the question I asked Lorena. 

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Sep 29 2021

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CYF092 — mercredi 22 septembre 2021 — L’Arc de triomphe emballé

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Have you heard about the Arc de triomphe being wrapped in silvery blue fabric? 
It’s a temporary artwork from the artists (now dead) Christo and Jeanne-Claude. 
The Arc de triomphe as we usually see it disappeared under pleated fabric and red ropes. The artwork will be dismantled on October 3rd. On a sunny afternoon, I went there to have a look at this artwork. It’s strange. I don’t know yet what to think about it. The Arc de triomphe is a monument mainly related to wars, so maybe it’s like a pause in its history and the chance to see it differently. 
This episode is recorded on the spot! You can hear the furious traffic of this enormous roundabout that is La place Charles de Gaulle where is located the Arc de triomphe. 
I also tell you about how the press reacted in France about this wrapping!

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Sep 22 2021

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091 — Mercredi 15 septembre 2021 — 5 conseils pour travailler votre français avec le podcast Cultivate Your French

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My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France.


This week, I answer to the following question : how to work your French with Cultivate Your French podcast? 
The podcast is not a class or a lesson, it’s like an audio blog in French. I share with you a small slice of my Life in France. The aim is to keep up with your comprehension of the French language or to simply improve it.

Cultivate Your French is half way through your textbook and France!

But the podcast can also be a very good tool to work on your French.

In this episode I share with you 5 tips to work on your French with the podcast. 
This episode is longer than usual and is dense on the subject of learning. I will read the text to you slowly, one time. 

Sep 15 2021

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090 — mercredi 8 septembre 2021 — La vieille dame qui faisait ses courses

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Yes, this is La rentrée. My three girls are back to school, but as they are in lycée and collège their timetable changes from day to day. When they leave in the morning, they say « A tout à l’heure Maman! ». I have to quickly ask « A quelle heure? ». Sometimes it’s one hour later, sometimes 3 hours later, etc. 
Or they might not leave at all in the morning. For example, Lisa doesn’t go to the collège on Monday mornings. 
So, last Monday, she came with me to do some shopping at Monoprix. This is where we met La vieille dame qui faisait ses courses. 
You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 


My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 

All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Sep 08 2021

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CYF 089 — mercredi 1er septembre — La rentrée littéraire avec Nathalie Iris

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Last week, I went to Nathalie Iris’s bookshop in La Garenne-Colombes. This is close to where we live. 
Nathalie also regularly presents books on TV in the show Télématin. She’s also very active in her bookshop where there are often book signatures with famous authors. We met during the first confinement and since then, to our delight, she talks about books on the podcast One Thing In A French Day. 
We met last week to talk about « la rentrée littéraire ». This is a big event in France and this is the subject of today’s podcast. 
I’m sure you are going to enjoy meeting with Nathalie in this episode. Don’t you think that we can hear her smiling in her voice.

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 

All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Sep 01 2021

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CYF 088 — Podcast enregistré à La Défense, quartier d’affaires

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La Défense is a big business district located west of Paris. It’s not far from where I live. It’s only 4 minutes by train. And this is where I was on Monday afternoon. I had taken the girls to the cinema inside the enormous shopping centre. I had two hours to spare so I decided to record this episode right at the foot of the Grande Arche, the building that ends the « axe historique » of Paris. Then I walked and took photos of the different works of art that I had just mentioned in the episode. Including the statue of La Défense by Barrias which gave its name to the district. It 
was erected in 1883 to the glory of the French soldiers of the 1870 war with Prussia.  

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Aug 25 2021

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CYF 087 — mercredi 18 août 2021 — Au marché de Dieppe

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You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Last week-end, the weather was beautiful and I felt the urge to go to Dieppe’s market to buy some good things to eat and spend a nice day by the sea. The five of us woke up early, took a quick breakfast and took our place into the car. 

But before telling you more about this, here is the answer to the riddle. 
We were looking for a person, someone who was very serious and dark, but with an intense expression. Probably a woman. Someone who I mentioned in a previous podcast who became owner of a place by the river Cher. Ah, the place could be the Château de Chenonceau. Then, Diane de Poitiers or Catherine de Medicis? Well, Catherine de Medicis painted by François Clouet in her dark clothes. The painting is taking you by surprise on a narrow wall when you turn to enter a small corridor in one the of the Carnavalet’ rooms. No, she’s not smilling, not even looking at us, but I think there is a kind of pride in her face. Don’t you think?

Aug 18 2021

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CYF 086 — mercredi 11 août 2021 — Devinette au musée Carnavalet

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My daughters, Micaela, Felicia and I are recording this episode in Paris. We are at the Musée Carnavalet for a visit. Have you ever heard of this Museum? It’s the museum of the History of Paris. it belongs to the city of Paris and it’s free to visit. It has a wonderful collection of paintings and objects from the very old times of Paris to nowadays. 
It’s located in the heart of the Marais in two hôtels particiuliers. One of them belonged to the famous writer of letters,  Madame de Sévigné. 
I have been to this museum several times before its renovation. It reopened in May 2021, we are very happy to visit it today. 
Today’s text is a riddle. Yes, you have to find something that can be seen in the Musée de Carnavalet. 
You can send me your answer to the riddle by Instagram, by email or by SpeakPipe.
https://www.speakpipe.com/OneThingInAFrenchDay

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Aug 11 2021

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CYF 085 — mercredi 4 août 2021 — Randonnée aux Rousses

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Last week,  on Thursday, the weather was perfect for a day trip to Les Rousses, the largest ski resort of the Jura. Have you ever heard of the Jura? This region is situated above the Alps, going North. It gave its name to the Jurassic period. It was a tropical region a long long time ago, with palm trees and warm seas. This is where we are spending our holidays. We love this region. Maybe have you heard of its famous cheeses : Comté, Morbier, bleu de Gex? Well, you might hear some cows in this episode! 
As I did last week, I record this episode in the garden of the house we’ve rented for two weeks. I hope it won’t rain. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Aug 04 2021

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CYF 084 — mercredi 28 juillet 2021 — La suite des vacances : après le concert à Pontlevoy, direction le Jura

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Since last week, we are on holidays and the podcast takes you with us. I’m recording this episode in the garden of our new home for two weeks. 
Our holidays started in the Loire Valley where we had a walk in the the gardens of the castle of Chenonceau by night. This is what I told you last week. A few days later, we came back to Chenonceau to visit both the castle, where every room is outstanding, and the gardens .  Our week in the Loire Valley ended with the visit of the castle of Montpoupon. A Renaissance castle where the owners (since 300 years) are still living. We loved it because the rooms are largely decorated with many objects of everyday life from the 16th century to the early 20th century. By the end of the week, it was time to go to Felicia’s concert in Pontlevoy where she was staying for a baroque music camp. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Jul 28 2021

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CYF 083 — Promenade nocturne au château de Chenonceau

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We are on holidays! And I’m happy to share a few moments with you. I’m recording this episode in the garden of the house we’ve rented. This week we are in the Loire Valley region. I was dreaming to go back to Chenonceau, one the beautiful Loire Valley castles, since 2013. Chenonceau is a small Renaissance castle mainly built in the sixteenth century that the king Henri II offered to his very good friend Diane de Poitiers. When he died, his wife Catherine de Medicis took it back for herself and managed France from there. Mary Stuart was married to one of his son, Henri III and also lived in Chenonceau. This place is full of history! Micaela was surprised because she’s reading La princesse de Clèves written in the 17th century by Madame de La Fayette. The story takes places at Henri II’s court and Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis are part of the story. I’ve seen in the Castle shop that there is an English version of this book published by Penguin Books. Have you read it?

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Jul 21 2021

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CYF 082 — mercredi 14 juillet 2021 — La Tour Eiffel

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These few weeks in Paris before going back to school were very intense. I felt an urge to visit as many places as we could. We visited Le Louvre, we went to La Sainte-Chapelle as Claire told us that it was wonderful to see the light through the stained glass windows, we visited the Musée Bourdelle (a very nice place for a calm moment in Paris) and one morning I suggested that we could go to the Tour Eiffel. The girls were a little bit tired of this Paris craziness, but Alice, Lisa’s friend who was we us for the day, was on my side.
Be ready for an escape, today’s episode takes you to the Tour Eiffel!

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Jul 14 2021

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CYF 081 — mercredi 7 juillet 2021 — Dans le train du retour

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Last saturday, I went to Paris with Micaela. She was invited to her best friend’s end of the year music exam, Anna. Anna was playing piano and singing. The audition took place in the cité internationale universitaire in the 14th arrondissement. The cité was built in the 1920s to accomodate foreign students. It’s a lovely place with big buildings. I left Micaela, I went to Saint-Michel for a walk and came back home. The train I took was crouded because there are works on the line and fewer trains. Near to me, two young women were talking very loud. I couldn’t do anything else than listen to them. 
What were they talking about ? This what you are going to hear in this episode. I promise I will try not to talk as loud as them. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Jul 07 2021

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CYF 080 — 50 gâteaux de grands pâtissiers qu’il faut avoir goûté une fois dans sa vie, rencontre avec Hélène Luzin

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Maybe you need a reason to go to Dehillerin and maybe you could find this reason in Hélène Luzin’s latest book : 50 gâteaux de grands pâtissiers qu’il faut avoir goûté une fois dans sa vie.
Nathalie Iris, the bookseller at La Garenne-Colombes, invited Hélène Luzin for a signing session. When I read the news, I went to buy a copy at the bookshop. The book is very clever. Each chef pâtissiers gives the recipe of it’s best cake, but there is also an interview with the chef. This is the part that I find very interesting because it gives you the story of each pâtissier and of his recipe, it tells you about his personality and it’s easy to read. 
At the end of the book, there are two pages to collect the signature of each chef. 
Nicolas Bernardé is a Meilleur Ouvrier de France and his shop is very close to Nathalie’s bookshop. He is also in Hélène Luzin’s book for his famous « Gâteau du samedi ». So the day Hélène Luzin was invited, he came to the bookshop and offered us some chocolates. 
In this episode, you are going to hear Hélène Luzin talking about what she enjoyed when she wrote the book. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006.


All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Jun 30 2021

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