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Learn French by Podcast is an exciting series of French lessons for everybody. Work with high-quality audio podcasts in your own time and at your own pace. Want to clarify some details? Something you couldn't quite understand? Then download comprehensive PDF Guides which elucidate all the finer points. Learn French the fun way.

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Learn French by Podcast is an exciting series of French lessons for everybody. Work with high-quality audio podcasts in your own time and at your own pace. Want to clarify some details? Something you couldn't quite understand? Then download comprehensive PDF Guides which elucidate all the finer points. Learn French the fun way.

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Plenty of episodes to learn from

By matveybishchenko - Apr 20 2020
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Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot !

Please speak faster/do more advanced lessons with less formal language

By acfv2001 - Feb 27 2020
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Love this podcast. ☺️☺️☺️

iTunes Ratings

666 Ratings
Average Ratings
419
94
70
32
51

Plenty of episodes to learn from

By matveybishchenko - Apr 20 2020
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Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot !

Please speak faster/do more advanced lessons with less formal language

By acfv2001 - Feb 27 2020
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Love this podcast. ☺️☺️☺️
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Learn French by Podcast

Latest release on Jun 02, 2020

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Learn French by Podcast is an exciting series of French lessons for everybody. Work with high-quality audio podcasts in your own time and at your own pace. Want to clarify some details? Something you couldn't quite understand? Then download comprehensive PDF Guides which elucidate all the finer points. Learn French the fun way.

Rank #1: 3: Talking about work

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Learn how to say where and for whom you work. Discuss colleagues. Discover some French acronyms, as well as the adverbs "bien" and "mal". See how to use the verb "pouvoir"; in a variety of situations. Are the French hard workers? Find out now.

Jun 15 2006

12mins

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Rank #2: 156: "Would you please stop texting?!"

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More than a few people seem to suffer from the modern-day 'affliction' of almost constant texting. That's the topic of conversation in this lesson. Alain and Thérèse are out for dinner but they have not yet said a word to each other. Let's listen.

Jun 28 2012

21mins

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Rank #3: 4: Problem at the airport!

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Martin arrives in Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris. His luggage doesn't, however! Can you follow the directions he receives? Learn about the verb DEVOIR, the pronoun Y, talking about things in the past, and more. It's all in this lesson.

Jun 20 2006

14mins

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Rank #4: 176: "Sur le chemin de l'école", un documentaire émouvant

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What exactly does the word ‘education’ mean to you ? Sur le chemin de l’école is a provocative and inspiring documentary from Pascal Plisson. It depicts vividly the insatiable thirst for learning of children in some of the world’s most remote corners. Let’s listen to a dialogue.

Dec 19 2015

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Rank #5: 79: "Would you like a coffee?"

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In this lesson, lesson 79, we will learn how to simply ask if someone would fancy a cup of coffee that we are about to make. And, while we are at it, we will learn some trivia about a former Phillipine First Lady!…

Sep 28 2007

18mins

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Rank #6: 195: La présidence Trump approche des élections de mi-mandat

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The Trump presidency is nearing the mid-term elections in November. Mr Trump – arguably more than any other American president – has polarised opinions. Let’s talk about the first half of his mandate and what has being going on in recent weeks.

Jul 27 2018

18mins

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Rank #7: 175: "Have you heard about these 'superfoods'?"

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This Advanced lesson (all in French) arises from a recent documentary relating to so-called 'superfoods'. Do humble foods like broccoli and quinoa deserve such an impressive label? Let's hear a conversation about them. C'est parti!

Aug 10 2015

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Rank #8: 66: "How are you?..."

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A listener recently asked us: 'Which lesson deals with 'Ça va?'!…' Though it's a simple expression, it's an essential one. As it’s been a while since we’ve had a beginner lesson, let's visit some of the basics in this short lesson. We’ll see how to ask how someone is, we’ll learn a little about the weather, and we'll see examples of 'tout' and 'toute'. Let's get going.

Jun 21 2007

7mins

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Rank #9: 186: "Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"

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It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.

Dec 21 2016

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Rank #10: 150: "Do you know the Château of Versailles?"

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Paris boasts some wonderful sites for visitors but, surely, the Château of Versailles is the jewel in its crown. Even for visitors who don't get to see inside the castle, the majestic gardens won't disappoint. Let's hear a conversation - quite a long one this time - between Philippe and Céline. Céline has just returned from a trip to Paris...

May 06 2011

34mins

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Rank #11: 135: "I'm going to be late"

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The topic of this short lesson is how to explain that you're running late for an appointment. In our role-play, Mr. Morel is stuck in traffic. He has to pull over and make a quick call to say that he'll be a little late. Let's listen. We'll work with lots of useful expressions and vocabulary, including: "avoir rendez-vous", "avoir du retard", "Ça ira", "être sur le point de", "être à l'appareil", and more. C'est parti!

Dec 12 2009

11mins

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Rank #12: 114: Shopping for clothes

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One of our listeners asked for a lesson which would help when buying clothes. In this Beginner lesson – lesson 114 – that will be the topic conversation. We'll discover how to ask for a garment one size larger or smaller, how to ask if we may try something on, how to say something suits or not, and more. Let’s start with a role-play between a shop assistant and a customer. Allons-y!

Aug 23 2008

15mins

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Rank #13: 147: Pronunciation: another look at the French alphabet

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This lesson takes another look at the alphabet, and concentrates especially on the distinction between the letters 'E' and 'I', as well as between 'G' and 'J'. There's a particular focus, too, on the 'u' sound in French which often poses problems for learners. This lesson complements Lesson 5, which we prepared a good while back. Let's get started!

Dec 29 2010

16mins

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Rank #14: 5: A look at the alphabet!

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Whether you're opening a bank account, or sending something by registered mail, chances are that someone is going to ask you to spell your name, your address, or whatever. But, how do you do that in French?! Let's find out.

Jun 22 2006

12mins

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Rank #15: 115: Plane travel and airport security

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Brian, one of our listeners in Canada, asked that we would do a lesson on the difficulties one experiences nowadays travelling. In particular, the security issues at airports, whether people of colour encounter longer delays, and so on. That’s the topic of this lesson. We’ll begin with a role-play. We'll study the verbs 'engendrer' and 'occasionner', as well as the expressions 'être perçu comme' and 'être expérimenté'. Allons-y!

Sep 10 2008

16mins

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Rank #16: 108: How to say 'my', 'your', 'his', 'her'...

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In this Beginner lesson, lesson 108, we talk about possessive adjectives, that is, words like ‘my’, ‘your’ and ‘his’ in English. We'll discover that, like regular adjectives, possessive adjectives also must agree in number and gender with the nouns they qualify. Let's go ahead and see how they work.

Jun 13 2008

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Rank #17: 6: Discussing your interests

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In French, there are many ways of discussing the things that interest us. In this lesson, we'll meet a variety of verbs which will allow us to do that. We'll also look at "faire", a key verb in a wide range of activities.

Jun 23 2006

14mins

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Rank #18: 51: "I'd like to reserve a table for four, please..."

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Our task is a simple but common one in this lesson - that is, to make a restaurant reservation. We'll learn to recognise some common questions which are likely to be put to us by the receptionist and we'll revise how to spell some words, including one or two surnames.

Mar 17 2007

12mins

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Rank #19: 146: "It's really cold this morning!"

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Though the spring is still a long way off, we’ve already had some very cold weather in Europe. In this lesson – lesson 146 – let’s talk about cold weather, icy roads … and a way of guarding against a fall on treacherous footpaths. To get started, let’s listen to Caroline and Alain.

Dec 14 2010

15mins

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Rank #20: 190: Le phénomène Macron ... en marche!

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Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners – focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Let’s discuss.

Jul 11 2017

11mins

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La covid-19 : une crise inédite

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Our conversation this time is about something which has been central to our lives around the world since the beginning of the year. We are speaking, of course, about the coronavirus pandemic. Let's get started with a conversation.

Jun 02 2020

28mins

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200: La crise des opioïdes

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The subject of this - our 200th lesson! - is the opioids crisis in the U.S. which has reached quite shocking proportions. But how did it come to this? Let’s start with a conversation.

Oct 23 2019

18mins

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199: ‘Les décroissants’, c’est qui?

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Our conversation this time focuses on people who are referred to as ‘les décroissants’. But who exactly are ‘les décroissants’? To find out, let’s start with a conversation.

Jul 20 2019

10mins

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198: Je viens chercher mon fils!

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One of our listeners was taking up a position as a teacher in a pre-school in France and asked if we would put together some expressions and vocabulary that might be used in a dialogue between the teacher and a parent. Let’s consider one such conversation.

Apr 19 2019

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197: Quand l’Afrique a gagné la Coupe du Monde

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Our lesson this time goes back to a joke made by chat-show host Trevor Noah last summer, following the World cup. The only thing is, some people didn’t find his joke funny at all, not least the French ambassador in Washington. So what was it all about, again? Let’s start, as usual, with a conversation to put things in context.

Mar 12 2019

18mins

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196: Le Président Macron réinstaurera le Service national

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Our conversation this time focuses on President Macron's plan to reintroduce national service in France. Some people are wondering if he is the right man to decide on such matters, given that he himself is the first French president not to have done military service.

Feb 28 2019

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195: La présidence Trump approche des élections de mi-mandat

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The Trump presidency is nearing the mid-term elections in November. Mr Trump – arguably more than any other American president – has polarised opinions. Let’s talk about the first half of his mandate and what has being going on in recent weeks.

Jul 27 2018

18mins

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194: France: la réforme de l'accès à l'université

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Traditionally, French high school graduates have been guaranteed public university places, regardless of the grades achieved in their baccalauréat. This, however, has resulted in very high drop-out rates. It is hoped that, from 2018, proposed reforms will result in a more efficient means of access to university. Let’s talk about all this. C’est parti!

Jun 25 2018

19mins

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193: "Que penses-tu du Brexit?"

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Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union was widely controversial and continues to be so. Brexit – from a French perspective – is at the centre of our conversation this time. 

Apr 04 2018

14mins

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192: Le transfer de Neymar : comment expliquer une telle outrance ?

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The transfer of Brazilian footballer, Neymar, smashed all records in terms of the colossal sums of money involved. Are such sporting investments really justified? Let’s talk about that.

Dec 22 2017

13mins

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191: “Je vais m’offrir un téléphone basique”

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Our lesson this time was inspired by a recent article entitled “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” A provocative title indeed, but one that got us thinking. C’est parti!

Dec 02 2017

15mins

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190: Le phénomène Macron ... en marche!

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Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners – focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Let’s discuss.

Jul 11 2017

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189: Comment parler d’un accident de la route?

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A listener wondered if we could do a lesson on the basis of a traffic accident. So that’s what we’ve done : we’ve simulated a discussion on the basis of a minor accident that did actually occur recently at our end. Let’s start with a conversation: then we’ll look closely at the vocabulary.

Jun 26 2017

13mins

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188: Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris sur le changement climatique

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The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Accord on climate change caused consternation worldwide, not least as almost all countries signed up to its terms in 2016. Let’s talk about the decision of the U.S. administration to withdraw. We’ll discover how to make use of a whole range of interesting vocabulary. C’est parti!

Jun 15 2017

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187: Un diplôme universitaire, cela en vaut-il la peine?

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In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.

Apr 21 2017

17mins

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186: "Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"

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It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.

Dec 21 2016

13mins

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185: Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition

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The coral reefs of the world’s oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent. That is the focus of our lesson this time.

Nov 04 2016

15mins

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184: Les tablettes tactiles en classe: un 'canular' coûteux?

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Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit ? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

Oct 25 2016

13mins

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183: La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'

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This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation.

Oct 06 2016

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182: Les centres d’appel: ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?

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The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.

Jul 29 2016

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iTunes Ratings

666 Ratings
Average Ratings
419
94
70
32
51

Plenty of episodes to learn from

By matveybishchenko - Apr 20 2020
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Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot !

Please speak faster/do more advanced lessons with less formal language

By acfv2001 - Feb 27 2020
Read more
Love this podcast. ☺️☺️☺️