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Learn French: Listen to native French speakers share their story and passion. Discover a bit of French culture

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Useful, challenging, long-form French-language podcast

By HansG - Mar 13 2020
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This isn't the only French-language podcast I subscribe to, but it's the best of them (others of which are also quite good). I like the cheerful introduction (in English) by Jessica with a short list of vocabulary words to look out for — though sometimes these aren't the words _I_ would have chosen (ce n'est façile à choisir, j'imagine !). I also like the long-form (half an hour +/-), which helps me to re-engage when I get a bit lost without simply burying me in voices. I like the variety of voices and topics, some of which are more challenging than others, or more interesting than others. C'est la vie, n'est-pas? That variety helps to broaden the range of comprehension. My French teacher in high school (decades ago) had good pronunciation, etc., but it was always her voice we heard, so it didn't always make it easier to understand a wide range of voices.

The best alternative to French lessons!

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Jessica does a great job of interviewing interesting people and using real French.

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117 Ratings
Average Ratings
97
10
4
1
5

Useful, challenging, long-form French-language podcast

By HansG - Mar 13 2020
Read more
This isn't the only French-language podcast I subscribe to, but it's the best of them (others of which are also quite good). I like the cheerful introduction (in English) by Jessica with a short list of vocabulary words to look out for — though sometimes these aren't the words _I_ would have chosen (ce n'est façile à choisir, j'imagine !). I also like the long-form (half an hour +/-), which helps me to re-engage when I get a bit lost without simply burying me in voices. I like the variety of voices and topics, some of which are more challenging than others, or more interesting than others. C'est la vie, n'est-pas? That variety helps to broaden the range of comprehension. My French teacher in high school (decades ago) had good pronunciation, etc., but it was always her voice we heard, so it didn't always make it easier to understand a wide range of voices.

The best alternative to French lessons!

By lllllllllelllllllll - Apr 28 2017
Read more
Jessica does a great job of interviewing interesting people and using real French.
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Rank #1: FV 063 : Baguettes Made in France

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Amateurs of French food, I’m sure you know what “un boulanger” is! But do you know the difference between “boulanger” and “artisan boulanger”? I’ve asked the local bakers from my hometown in France! This episode was recorded in person in the kitchen of the bakery – it smelled lovely in there! We’ll also talk about the typical day of a baker, the types of breads and their names, how the price of bread is decided…and much more!

Episode Timeline

[05 min 15 sec] Difference between “boulanger” and “artisan boulanger”
[07 min 33 sec] Aller au pain
[08 min 00 sec] Typical day of a baker
[09 min 18 sec] Types of breads and their names
[11 min 16 sec] How the price of bread is decided
[13 min 40 sec] Viennoiseries
[14 min 49 sec] Requirements to call a product “organic”
[17 min 39 sec] Plans for the future

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May 01 2017

20mins

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Rank #2: FV 002 : La Licorne – The Authentic “Savon de Marseille” Manufacture

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Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Serge Bruna took over century old factory La Licorne and continues with passion the tradition of authentic soap-making. Embark on a fascinating journey through the Ages and the beautiful Provence region. You will almost smell the lavender while learning about the many properties and uses of the iconic Savon de Marseille, and even which soap is best for your skin.

If you travel to Marseille, the visit of this factory- which is also the only one in the city centre- really is a must do, AND, exclusively for the listeners of French Voices, La Licorne will give you a 100g cube of soap as a gift if you drop by!

Episode Timeline

[03 min 16 sec] La Licorne soap factory: a much loved family business.
[04 min 27 sec] What is an authentic Savon de Marseille? The story of the iconic French soap through the Ages.
[06 min 09 sec] Savon de Marseille : a non protected designation of origin.
[07 min 00 sec] What the “72 %” label means.
[08 min 06 sec] The different oils used to make the Savon de Marseille.
[09 min 21 sec] The many uses of the Savon de Marseille.
[11 min 33 sec] Best-selling fragrances.
[14 min 45 sec] Recommendations for each skin type, including sensitive skins.
[16 min 17 sec] Information about the free guided tours at La Licorne.
[17 min 53 sec] The soap-making process.
[19 min 31 sec] Original soap shapes and the legend that gave birth to a popular French expression: “menteur comme un Marseillais”

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Site de la savonnerie marseillaise de La Licorne / La Licorne website
www.savon-de-marseille-licorne.com
www.soap-marseille.com

Photo Credits: Jessica T. & Courtesy of Serge Bruna (La Licorne)

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Nov 12 2014

23mins

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Rank #3: FV 074 : La Fine Mousse – the world of craft beer

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Meet Laurent Cicurel, a Frenchman passionnate about beer and craft beer. Laurent is the co-owner of La Fine Mousse, a bar and a restaurant in Paris which specialises in the tasting of unique beers. The restaurant offers to match dishes with beers, just like you would do with a wine. By the way, in a country where wine and champagne are so renowned, how big is beer culture in France? Find out in this episode and learn many more, interesting facts such as what the main ingredients in a beer are, or why the number of breweries underwent such a dramatic change in number in the last century!

Episode Timeline

Part 1
A definition of craft beer
How many types of beers are there?

Part 2
What are the main ingredients in a beer?
What makes the “lambic” beer special
How important is the soil in the making of beer?

Part 3
Is there a big beer culture in France?
A dramatic change in the number of breweries
La Fine Mousse: the bar

Part 4
La Fine Mousse: the restaurant
How beers and dishes can be matched
Calculating the alcohol content in a beer
La Robe et la Mousse

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accorder = to match
bière artisanale (nf) = craft beer
blé (nm) = wheat
brasser = to brew
brasserie (nf) = brewery
brasseur (nm) = brewer ; pub-restaurant owner
cave (nf) = cellar
charcuterie (nf) = cooked meats, cold meats ; delicatessen
fût (nm) = cask, barrel, keg
gustatif, -tive (adj) = gustatory, taste (noun as adj)
levure (nf) = yeast
orge (nm) = barley
réglisse (nf) = liquorice
robe (nf) = colour (wine)
sommelier (nm) = sommelier, wine waiter
terroir (nm) = soil, land

Questions:

  1. (Part 1) When did craft beer become more trendy again?
  2. (Part 2) True or false? The main ingredient in a beer is hop.
  3. (Part 2) Which 2 words refer to the science of beer?
  4. (Part 3) How many breweries were there:
    – at the beginning of the 20th century?
    – at the end of the 20th century?

Answers:

  1. About 30-40 years ago
  2. False. The main ingredient is water. Hop is the second last main ingredient (the last ingredient is yeast)
  3. la biérologie, la zytologie
  4. – at the beginning of the 20th century: several thousands
    – at the end of the 20th century: only a few dozens

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Oct 15 2017

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Rank #4: FV 095 : Petit Pot – Bringing French Desserts to American Tables

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Meet Maxime Pouvreau, a former Michelin-starred pastry chef now based in San Francisco and founder of Petit Pot, a mouth-watering brand of French desserts!

I first heard about Maxime while listening to one of my favourite podcasts, “The Pitch”, in which real entrepreneurs pitch to a live panel of investors in the hope of raising venture capital. I loved his story and wanted to invite him on French Voices!

We’ll start the discussion with a linguistic note about the use of the “tu” and “vous” forms. Maxime will then tell us about his French homeland and career history, which led him to work in many countries and luxurious restaurants and eventually settle in San Francisco. There, in the US, this Frenchman was terribly missing the French style desserts you can find at any supermarket in France (I so miss them too!!) and decided to use his culinary skills to fill this whole in the market. We’ll compare what types of desserts you can find in the aisles of American and French supermarket and you may learn one thing or two about when we typically have these creamy desserts in France!

About Petit Pot: Find out which flavours are currently available, what ingredients they are made of and which substitutes are being used in the vegan versions! Petit Pots desserts are sold in glass jars which, as Maxime will explain, is both a reference to French culture and a token of quality.

On the business development side, you’ll learn which important change Petit Pot has adjusted to over the past few years. Maxime will also share how he started producing the range and how they’ve grown and needed to scale the business. What are the future projects and dessert ideas for Petit Pot? Does Maxime now want to go back to hand-crafted patisseries or is he happy as an entrepreneur? And, very importantly, where to find the closest store selling Petit Pot if you live in the US? Listen to find out!!

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apprentissage (nm) = apprenticeship, learning
bas de gamme = bottom of the range, lower end
brevet (nm) = qualification, certificate
étoilé.e = _starred
faire d’une pierre deux coups = to kill two birds with one stone
fournir = to supply
gage de qualité (nm) = quality guarantee, quality insurance, token of quality
glacière (nf) = ice box, esky
investisseur = investor
livrer = to deliver (a good)
palais (nm) = palate; taste
parcours (nm) = career history, experience
parfum (nm) = flavour
pâte (nf) = batter, dough
pâtissier (nm) = pastry chef
peaufiner = to refine, perfect, polish ; to put the finishing touches
personnel (nm) = staff
petit suisse (nm) = petit suisse, fromage frais
produit laitier (nm) = dairy
récupérer = to get (sth) back; to recover, to retrieve
règle d’or (nf) = golden rule
retombée (nf) = repercussion, consequence, fallout
retracer = to recount, to tell
riz au lait (nm) = rice pudding
usine (nf) = factory

Questions:

  1. When do you typically eat une crème dessert in France?
  2. What change has Petit Pot needed to adapt to over the past 5 years?
  3. At the time of recording, how many US stores were selling Petit Pot?

Answers:

  1. You eat it everyday for dessert: after lunch, after dinner….and sometimes for a snack too!
  2. The size of the portions has decreased (from 120g to 85-90g).
  3. 300 stores

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Did you like this podcast? You can support my work by leaving a review on iTunes. Your kind words warm my heart and also help me be found by more passionate learners of French. Merci beaucoup!

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Sep 01 2018

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Rank #5: FV 038 : Marie Treps, Linguist and Author of “Oh là là, ces Français!” (PART 1)

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Marie Treps is a passionate linguist and author of many books about words. She is particularly interested in some fields often neglected by the other researchers: Marie is curious about the origin of words and especially words that travel through the borders, interjections and puns, love words, etc. In the first of this two-part interview, we’ll get an overview of Marie’s fascinating career works. Marie will also present the inspiration behind several of her books and share with us the childhood memories that led her to love become a linguist. Finally we will illustrate the fascinating evolution and stories behind the words with a few examples.

Episode Timeline

[07 min 55 sec] Marie’s career work: an overview
[10 mon 38 sec] Linguiste, sémiologue, lexicographe: definitions
[14 min 10 sec] Les Mots-Caresses
[16 min 57 sec] Les Mots Voyageurs
[18 min 19 sec] [ Languages Marie has learnt
[20 min 35 sec] M.O.T : a beautiful childhood memory
[23 min 38 sec] What happens to words when we cross a border
[27 min 46 sec] How I became interested in languages
[30 min 11 sec] Story and History around the word “sucre”
[34 min 53 sec] Geography, history and meaning behind words: Chinese examples

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Apr 15 2016

39mins

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Rank #6: FV 105 : (Part 1) Driving tips from a French instructor

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Hélène is a very energetic French woman who loves her career working in road safety. As a former driving instructor, she’ll share driving tips and will tell you how you get your driving licence in France. Compare with your own country!

In this first episode, we’ll discuss the name given to her occupation. We’ll also talk about the point system in France, how it works and what happens when you lose points. Hélène will take you through the process of how you get your driving licence in France (there are a theory test and a practical test). What happens on test day and which mistakes are eliminatory? What do learners typically find the most challenging about driving? Listen to find out!

Also check out the links in the shownotes for more tips about driving in France.

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agglomération (nf) = conurbation, urban area
auto-école (nf) = driving school
capot (nm) = bonnet, hood
ceinture (nf) = seatbelt
chauffard (nm) = road hog
code (de la route) (nm) = driving theory test
créneau (nm) = parallel parking
débrayer = to declutch, disengage the clutch
embrayage (nm) = clutch
embrayer = to engage, to put in gear
essuie-glace (nm) = windcreen wiper
excès de vitesse (nm) = speeding
frein (nm) = brake
freiner = to brake
griller un feu (rouge) = to run a red light
pare-brise (nm) = windscreen, windshield
permis (de conduire) (nm) = driving licence
vitesse (nf) = speed; gear

Questions:

  1. What is the official name and what is the commonly used name to refer to Hélène’s occupation?
  2. When in the earliest age when you can get your driving licence in France?
  3. What 3 types of things are being assessed during the driving exam?
  4. Why can’t the learner know straight away whether he passed or failed the driving test?

Answers:

  1. Officially: “enseignant(e) de la conduite”. Commonly referred as “moniteur/trice d’auto-école”.
  2. 18 years of age.
  3. Driving, manoeuvring the car at least once and answering 2 questions (one indoor, one outdoor) about finding where a command is or check something on the car.
  4. This isn’t done anymore since driving instructors have been abused/physically aggressed when the learner had failed.

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Feb 01 2019

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Rank #7: FV 106 : (Part 2) Driving tips from a French instructor

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This episode is the second part of my conversation with Hélène, a former driving instructor from France who will share information about driving in France. Compare with your own country!

We’ll start with talking about the speed limits and recent changes about them in France. Why so much controversy, and what are the reasons behind these changes? Find out why there often are trees along the road, which I’m raising as something particularly illogical and dangerous. However, we’ll learn that there are good reasons for this! We’ll also tell you about la priorité à droite, a very important road rule that may not exist in your country. What does a French driving licence look like and how long is it valid for? Do foreigners need an international licence to drive in France? Listen to find out!

Also check out the links in the shownotes for more tips about driving in France and the link to a fun comedy, “Un Point c’est tout”, where reckless drivers attend a worksop to get points back on their licence.

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autoroute (nf) = freeway
chaussée (nf) = road, roadway
cinétique (adj) = kinetic
clignotant (nm) = indicator
espacer = to space out
essuie-glace (nm) = wiper
manette (nf) = lever, hand command
méfiant,e (adj) = cautious, wary
panneau (nm) = road sign
piéger = to trap, to trick
piéton,ne (n / adj) = pedestrian
poteau (nm) = pole, post
puce (nf) = chip
radar (nm) = speed camera
ralentir = to slow down
rond-point (nm) = roundabout
sens unique (nm) = one-way
signalisation (nf) = signing, marking, signals
terre-plein central (nm) = median strip
tronçon (nm) = (road) section
trottoir (nm) = footpath
virage (nm) = bend, turn, curve
voie (nf) = lane

Questions:

  1. Why are there trees along the roads?
  2. Which hand commands / levers are inverted on Australian cars and European cars?
  3. What used to be the nickname for the French driving licence?

Answers:

  1. It’s to artificially add a bit of danger and make drivers more cautious: if a straight line was clear, they would tend to drive faster and take more risks. It’s psychological!
  2. The windscreen wipers and the indicators!
  3. Le petit papier rose

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Did you like this podcast? You can support my work by leaving a review on iTunes. Your kind words warm my heart and also help me be found by more passionate learners of French. Merci beaucoup!

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Feb 15 2019

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Rank #8: FV 046 : Part 1 – Pol Corvez, photographer-teacher-sailor-writer all in one!

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This is the first part of a long interview with Pol Corvez, a fascinating man with many strings to his bow! Pol and I both love languages and photography, so there was much to talk about. In this episode, we’ll talk about Pol’s origins (on a linguistic and historic point of view) and the surprising story of segregation in France. Then we’ll find out how Pol got into photography and we’ll discuss photography topics!

Episode Timeline

[05 min 40 sec] The origin of Pol’s names
[08 min 10 sec] Dialect vs language
[10 min 37 sec] A very unique dictionary
[12 min 51 sec] The village where Pol was born
[14 min 23 sec] Segregation in France
[18 min 17 sec] How I got in touch with Pol
[19 min 40 sec] How Pol got into photography
[22 min 30 sec] Pol’s studies
[23 min 30 sec] Discussing photography topics

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Did you like this podcast? You can support my work by leaving a review on iTunes. Your kind words warm my heart and also help me be found by more passionate learners of French. Merci beaucoup!

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Aug 15 2016

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Rank #9: FV 034 : Why Cheese Smells and Other Secrets Behind Cheese-Making with L’Artisan Cheese

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Today’s episode is about one of the most famous French specialties, the produce that many consider as the crème de la crème: cheese!! Matthieu, Megard, the owner of L’Artisan Cheese based in Geelong Australia produces a range of organic French Style cheeses with the most traditional, French techniques and recipes. Get an insight into the wide world of all there is to know to make great cheese. You’ll also find out why cheese smells…and the answer may really (I mean REALLY) surprise you!!

Episode Timeline

[05 min 48 sec] When Matthieu arrived in Australia
[06 min 47 sec] How he decided to make cheese for a living
[08 min 50 sec] Regulations to import cheese into Australia
[10 min 47 sec] Matthieu’s professional training as a cheesemaker
[11 min 32 sec] What’s unique about L’Artisan Cheese
[13 min 49 sec] The cheese-making process
[16 min 18 sec] What makes the different types of cheeses
[18 min 34 sec] Hard chesse vs soft cheese
[19 min 35 sec] Triple-crème cheese
[21 min 20 sec] Producing organic cheese: sourcing the milk
[23 min 15 sec] The evolution of taste in the Australian consumer
[25 min 18 sec] What’s a good or a bad cheese
[28 min 25 sec] Why does cheese smell?
[30 min 30 sec] The holes in Emmental cheese
[31 min 46 sec] Matthieu’s favourite cheese and L’Artisan Cheese contact details

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Did you like this podcast? You can support my work by leaving a review on iTunes. Your kind words warm my heart and also help me be found by more passionate learners of French. Merci beaucoup!

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Feb 15 2016

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Rank #10: FV 020 : French Fashion, Tips and Faux-Pas with Caroline from Fren’CHIC Touch

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In today’s episode, we’ll talk about fashion with personal shopper and image consultant Caroline from Fren’CHIC touch. Boys, stay tuned, it’s not only for girls! We’ll try to put words on what it is that makes French fashion so different and so famous all around the world. Caroline will give you her top fashion tips and we’ll also discuss fashion faux pas! At the end of this episode, you’ll also get a special offer from Caroline.

Episode Timeline

[05 min 18 sec] Where Caroline is from
[07 min 14 sec] Arriving in Melbourne
[09 min 34 sec] Struggles with English
[10 min 44 sec] How Fren’CHIC Touch was born
[12 min 05 sec] Concept
[12 min 40 sec] The “je ne sais quoi”
[13 min 14 sec] The « French touch »
[14 min 36 sec] Australian-American fashion
[16 min 45 sec] French/European fashion
[17 min 44 sec] Coco Chanel
[19 min 47 sec] A French actress Caroline admires
[20 min 40 sec] Who are Caroline’s customers
[21 min 30 sec] The role of confidence
[23 min 03 sec] Changing one’s habits!
[24 min 25 sec] Caroline’s favourite outfit and accessories
[26 min 15 sec] The must-haves for your wardrobe
[27 min 15 sec] Tell me how you dress…
[29 min 00 sec] Caroline’s top beauty tips
[30 min 26 sec] Discussing fashion faux-pas!
[33 min 26 sec] The importance of passion in life

Links & Resources

Site de Fren’CHIC Touch : http://www.frenchictouch.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/frenchictouch

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/frenchictouch

Twitter: @frenchictouch

Chanson de France Gall, « Ella, elle l’a » (1987) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37pValjl67U

Livre : “Le Sac (un petit monde d’amour)”, Jean-Claude Kaufmann

Photos: Courtesy of Caroline Vosse (Fren’CHIC Touch)

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Jul 15 2015

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Rank #11: FV 086 : “Brainious” – How to help children reach their full potential?

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Frenchwoman Stéphanie Brillant is the director (= réalisatrice) of documentary film “Brainious” – “Le cerveau des enfants” in French.

I first watched the documentary because as a parent, I want to be the best possible guide for my daughter, develop and maintain a strong bond with her based on trust so she can become a confident and independent person.

Although the film gives food for thought about how to best help children to reach their full potential, it is not only aimed at parents or caregivers: it is also an invitation to understand oneself, to explore how our present behaviours have been shaped by your own upbringing. The approach is never dogmatic and doesn’t tell you how you should raise your child – each way of doing being unique, just as every human being is. It is however fascinating to shed light on how the brain is naturally wired – because what seems like pure psychology is actually related to how the brain works and develops.

The very culture in which you grow up plays a role in how you respond to events. Stephanie will give examples illustrating how and why French pupils are afraid of making mistakes whereas in the US – where she now lives- she observed these mistakes were being embraced as fully part of the learning process.

Relationships are key to an individual’s psychological development. Words are powerful and can make or break a sensitive person. Stephanie will share her very own example of how she sabotaged her school years because of the way influential people were seeing her.

You’ll also understand why you are actually NOT doing children a favour by praising how smart they are; you’ll find other alternatives to help stimulate their resilience and problem-solving skills.

We’ll discuss why traditional classroom settings are in total contradiction with the way children learn – through movement. Why is it then that they’re asked to stay still for hours at a desk? What does research say and how can we address this paradox?

Stéphanie interviewed many experts (neuroscientists, researchers, psychologists, specialists in behavioural science, in parenting, etc.); she went to visit and film schools in which the children are learning to be mindful and emotionally healthy. There are very simple tricks that can be taught to children so that they learn to identify and handle their emotions – these should be taught in every classroom!

“Brainious” explores so many concepts we didn’t have the time to touch on all of them in the interview. I simply encourage you to watch this one of a kind documentary!

Vocab List

acquis (nm, adj) = learned knowledge; acquired, learned
apprentissage (nm) = learning process
câbler = to wire
cancre (nm) = dunce
cerveau (nm) = brain
conseiller d’orientation (nm) = careers advisor; education edvisor
croissance (nf) = growth
démarche (nf) = approach, process
doué, e (adj) = gifted, talented
élève (n) = school student, pupil
élever (un enfant) = to raise, bring up (a child)
état d’esprit (nm) = mindset
féliciter = to congratulate
gérer (une émotion) = to deal with, to handle (an emotion)
guérison (nf) = recovery, healing
inné (nm, adj) = innate, inborn, natural
louer = to praise
paillette (nf) = glitter
pleine conscience (nf) = mindfulness
rature (nf) = crossing out
réalisateur, _trice = movie director
réaliser (un film) = to direct (a movie)
rendre service (à qn) = to so (sb) a favour
respirer = to breathe
se dégourdir les jambes = to stretch one’s legs
se mettre au travail = to start, to begin, to get to work
tapis roulant (nm) = treadmill
vexation (nf) = offense

Questions:

  1. Which 2 types of mindset has psychologist Carol Dweck identified?
  2. How old is Stéphanie’s son?
  3. Why are glitter balls / snowballs used to regulate your emotions?

Answers:

  1. The fixed mindset and the growth mindset
  2. 7 y.o
  3. They’re a metaphor of what happens in your brain. They help you wait until everything falls back down (= you calm down)

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Apr 15 2018

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Rank #12: FV 043 : Abstract Art with Emilie Heurtevent

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This episode is a face to face interview with my very good friend Emilie. She has a full time job in a Melbourne office but paints in her spare time (with her cat!) and exhibits her work. I’ve seen her apartment gradually becoming an art studio, canvases starting to invade every room and her style change over a short period of time too. Emilie will explain what type of paint she uses and the techniques she’s experimenting with. We’ll also try to define her style and discuss about how she knows whether a painting is finished, and how she comes with their names. Emilie will also tell you where you can see her work (whether you live in Melbourne or not)…and we’ll finish with one of those projects she had kept a secret until it was out: she’s also published a short and fun book!

Episode Timeline

[06 min 08 sec] How Emilie and I met
[08 min 22 sec] What’s an echidna?
[09 min 30 sec] When Emilie started painting
[10 min 57 sec] Type of paint / technique used
[13 min 32 sec] Experimenting with a new technique
[15 min 03 sec] How to decide when a painting is finished
[17 min 15 sec] Emilie’s painting style
[19 min 32 sec] Géraldine
[20 min 35 sec] Choosing the title/name of a painting
[22 min 58 sec] How to find where to exhibit your work
[24 min 40 sec] Upcoming exhibition: Emerging Art Australia
[27 min 16 sec] Upcoming exhibition: RAW Artist
[29 min 33 sec] Where to see Emilie’s paintings
[31 min 00 sec] Emilie’s book

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Upcoming exhibitions:

Emilie’s book “Emma la tête en bas”

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Jul 01 2016

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Rank #13: FV 082 : Being a mayor in France

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On my last trip to France, I was welcomed by the mayor of my hometown for an interview at the town hall – in the meeting room, which is also the official room where marriages are celebrated. Find out how a French mayor is elected, what his roles are, facts about getting married in France and much more!

Episode Timeline

Part 1
A mayor and another occupation
What made E.Dhuicq run for mayor?
The ballot and office staff list

Part 2
How and for how long a French mayor is elected
The prerequisites to run for mayor
The roles of a mayor

Part 3
Funding / Money
Projects and initiatives
What do French citizens go to the town hall for?

Part 4
Getting married in France
Something unique in Montmirail

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adjoint, e (n) = deputy, second-in-command, assistant
agriculteur, -trice = farmer
brie (nm) = brie cheese
colza (nm) = rape, canola
commune (nf) = town, municipality, village
conseil général (nm) = departmental council
conseiller général (nm) = regional concillor
cultiver = to cultivate, to grow, to farm
écharpe (nf) = scarf
état civil (nm) = register of births, marriages and deaths
gendarmerie (nf) = police force
hôtel de ville (nm) = town hall, city hall
impôt (nm) = tax, levy
impôt foncier (nm) = property tax
mairie (nf) = town hall, city hall
mandat (nm) = mandate
nommer = to appoint, to nominate
orge (n) = barley
parcelle (nf) = plot, parcel
passer devant le maire = to get married
préfecture (nf) = prefecture, administrative center
régalien,ne = sovereign (power)
remparts (nm.pl) = city walls, rempart, fortification
salubrité = hygiene, salubrity
scrutin (nm) = poll, ballot, vote
se fâcher avec = to get angry with
taxe d’habitation (nf) = council tax

Questions:

  1. (Part 1) Does E.Dhuicq make a living from being the mayor of Montmirail?
  2. (Part 1) Which crops does E.Dhuicq grow?
  3. (Part 2) Why was there a new election in Montmirail in 1992?
  4. (Part 3) Where do you register a birth in France?
  5. (Part 4) What are the 3 mandatory elements for a marriage to be valid in France?

Answers:

  1. Mayor is only a function and he is a farmer.
  2. He grows wheat, barley, canola, cereals, beetroot
  3. The mayor had been killed in a car accident.
  4. At the town hall of the place of birth.
  5. It is in a dedicated room (it’s not possible to change room), in front of the bust of Marianne and the mayor (or one deputy) must be wearing the tricolour scarf

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Feb 15 2018

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Rank #14: How to sound like a native French speaker

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I have released “How to sound like a native French speaker“, my online course to help you with EVERYTHING you need to know about French pronunciation, intonation and rhythm.

www.frenchyourway.com.au/nativespeaker

The idea for creating a dedicated course came from the many questions that students have asked me over the years and the recurring struggles that I noticed they were facing. For example, with the French liaisons, the nasals, how to pronounce the accents above some vowels, etc.

There are 2 dimensions that will help you sound more French:

  1. Learning the individual sounds.
    You need to be able to hear and say every sound of the French language. Some of these sounds will be easy because they already exist in your language (for example, in the case of English: b, v, t, p, and so on). Some will be different (U, R, the nasals an/in/on are typical examples)
  1. Learning the sounds of the language as a whole.
    You must learn how to choose the right intonation for what you want to say and learn how to give the French language its unique rhythm and melody.

The course covers years of learning (when it comes to correct pronunciation and intonation).  actually believe that it is THE most comprehensive course you can find on this topic.

When you buy the course, you get:

  • unlimited access to the course
  • downloadable notes with the lessons
  • worksheets (over 60 exercises and their answers)
  • over 7.5 hours of audio and video content

All lesson videos also available in audio format so you can listen again on the go!

  • contact me directly if you have any question
  • my personal feedback on your pronunciation once you’ve completed the course
  • 30 day money back guarantee should you not be happy with the course

Special offer to celebrate the launch (if you get the course before May 21st )

I’ll send you:

  • My free printable set of flashcards to help you become more familiar with the phonetic symbols used in French language.
  • My free printable bookmark compiling the main combinations of letters which students of French need to remember and their pronunciation in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). A great quick reference tool which you can take anywhere!

SAVE THE DATE! I’ll answer your questions about French phonetics live on Facebook on  Saturday May 19th at 1.30pm (AEST) Melbourne Australia time… See you then? ?

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May 09 2018

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Rank #15: FV 003 : Cycling Around the World – An Inspirational Journey (Part 1)

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Eric and Christine have been touring the world by bike for 10 years, embracing a nomadic lifestyle. They have met incredible people and crossed breathtaking and challenging landscapes along the way. This is the story of a journey that is not only physical, but also deeply spiritual. Come on board and listen to their inspirational story.

Episode Timeline

[03 min 57 sec] Ten years on the road
[05 min 32 sec] How the idea came
[07 min 53 sec] Why travelling by bike
[09 min 55 sec] Some very special bikes
[12 min 20 sec] A trip that became a lifestyle
[13 min 56 sec] Travelling: an eye-opener for a deep spiritual change
[15 min 18 sec] Questioning cultural habits
[16 min 53 sec] Seeing humans differently
[18 min 10 sec] A moving encounter: meeting Constantin de Slizewizc
[20 min 19 sec] Another encounter: Namu
[21 min 22 sec] Itinerary and detours
[22 min 30 sec] It’s a small small world…or is it?

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Site d’Eric et Christine : www.balladavelo.net

Bonus French Expressions!

“Qui veut voyager loin ménage sa monture.”

“Le voyage est plus important que la destination.”

Photo Credits : Courtesy of Eric & Christine

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Nov 12 2014

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Rank #16: FV 031 : Discussion around Teaching French with a Fellow Teacher in Sweden (Part 1)

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In this episode, you’ll get an insight of the other side of the teaching and learning process, that is, the point of view of a language teacher. Ludovic and I were in the same class in our final year of Masters studies of French as a Foreign Language. After 8 years each following our own paths, it was very interesting to share and compare our experiences!

The conversation comes in 2 parts (Episode 32 of French Voices will be released on 15th January 2016)

This part is about how Ludovic and I were trained to become French teachers. We’ll also follow how Ludovic eventually settled in Sweden and learnt Swedish language.

Episode Timeline

[04 min 31 sec] How Ludovic became a French teacher
[08 min 39 sec] How Ludovic and I were trained to become French teachers
[12 min 36 sec] Learning a foreign language as part of our training
[15 min 22 sec] What Ludovic did after university
[18 min 02 sec] Choosing to live in Sweden
[21 min 05 sec] Challenges when settling down in Sweden
[22 min 38 sec] Starting to work in Sweden
[25 min 31 sec] Integration in Sweden and language learning
[28 min 55 sec] A description of Swedish language (introduction)

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Jan 01 2016

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Rank #17: FV 037 : Best Jobs in the World Candidate and Crepe-Maker Aude Mayans

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Aude Mayans won her ticket to Australia after participating to the Best Jobs in the World competition, alongside hundreds of thousands of other candidates. But she never went back to France and instead, she settled in Tasmania where she is now running Miam French Crepes. She’ll share her story of making it through the competition in creative ways, making crepes and keeping being an adventurer and nature-lover at heart.

Episode Timeline

[05 min 07 sec] How Aude arrived in Australia
[06 min 17 sec] The Best Jobs in the World competition
[08 min 55 sec] The different stages of the selection of candidates
[11 min 43 sec] Being among the final six candidates
[13 min 06 sec] Arriving in Tasmania
[14 min 33 sec] Working different jobs
[17 min 13 sec] Aude’s crepes business in Tasmania
[19 min 06 sec] Miam French Crepes
[23 min 02 sec] Discover Tasmania
[28 min 10 sec] Raising awareness about Tasmanian devils

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Apr 01 2016

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Rank #18: FV 039 : Marie Treps, Linguist and Author of “Oh là là, ces Français!” (PART 2)

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In the second and last part of this interview, we’ll discuss Marie Trep’s most recent book – “Oh là là, ces Français!” in which Marie collected a range of French words used overseas and expressions referring to French (eg. French bath, French kiss). This highly interesting collection actually reveals how the French are seen by foreigners (and that goes from the ultimate glamour to French people being dirty!). Marie will also give us her expert opinion on the question: is it possible that there will be one universal language in the future? What do you think? Listen to find out! Note: Marie Treps is a passionate linguist and author of many books about words. She is particularly interested in some fields often neglected by the other researchers: Marie is curious about the origin of words and especially words that travel through the borders, interjections and puns, love words, etc.

Episode Timeline

[05 min 55 sec] Marie’s book “Oh là là, ces Français ! ”
[08 min 10 sec] Examples of French words used overseas
[11 min 20 sec] More examples, related to fashion
[13 min 54 sec] “Garde-robe”
[15 min 58 sec] Versailles
[18 min 40 sec] The expression “Oh là là”  : so French ?
[21 min 50 sec] Anecdote about the title for Marie’s book
[24 min 00 sec] Marie Treps’s website: media, interviews and bibliography
[25 min 08 sec] Will there be one universal language in the future?

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May 01 2016

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Rank #19: FV 073 : Florence Metgé, a French artist with a perspective on African art

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Florence Metgé is a French artist based in the South of France. Florence’s art is colourful and vibrant. She finds her inspiration in the complexity of human relationships and will share some examples in the episode. Living in Western Africa for many years has also influenced her style. Listen in to learn more about it, as well as the condition and challenges faces by contemporary African artists!

Episode Timeline

Part 1
An overview of Florence’s background
Westerners vs African people: hoe they react to art
Definition of Arts Plastiques

Part 2
Florence’s favourite theme
Favourite techniques
Image composition: an original angle

Part 3
Where in Africa did Florence travel/live
The influence of African art in Florence’s work
The condition of artists in Africa

Part 4
Calling for guests for French Voices!
From Florence’s art studio in France

Vocab List

aquarelle (nf) = watercolour
arts plastiques (nm) = fine arts
bifurquer = to change direction
croquis (nm) = sketch
étiqueter (quelqu’un) = to label (someone)
exposer = to exhibit
franchir le cap = [fig] to go past (sth), to get over (sth),
fusain (nm) = charcoal
gravure (nf) = engraving
huile (nf) = oil
labyrinthe (nm) = maze
mettre (quelqu’un) dans une case = to label, categorize (someone)
œuvre (nf) = work, artwork
percer = to make a breakthrough, to make it
rapports humains (nm) = human relationships
se consacrer à = to dedicate/to devote oneself to
se faire remarquer = to be noticed
silhouette (nf) = figure (shape)
tenir à cœur = to matter, to be important, to be a cause close to your heart
tenir compte de = to take into account
toile (nf) = canvas

Questions:

  1. (part 1) Vrai ou faux? Le public français réagit avec plus de spontanéité devant les œuvres d’art tandis que le public africain a tendance à intellectualiser ce qu’il voit.
  2. (part 2) What example illustrating the difficulty of communication between two individuals did Florence paint?
  3. (part 2) Classez ces techniques dans l’ordre de préférence de Florence, de sa préférée a la moins aimée : L’aquarelle, l’huile, le fusain.
  4. (part 3) Why is it challenging for African sculptors to adopt a more contemporary, creative style?

Answers:

  1. Faux, c’est le contraire.1. Faux, c’est le contraire.
  2. She painted a maze with two characters (seen from above). The characters are physically close, being only separated by a wall, but the actual distance for them to meet is far (they would have to walk through the maze)
  3. L’huile, le fusain, l’aquarelle
  4. Tradition and sacred art, the look of the statues as we know them tend to make it difficult to change style.

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Oct 01 2017

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Rank #20: FV 053 : Bartending explained by Cocktail Pro Manager Florent Parfait

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Florent Parfait can juggle…with bottles! Just like Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail. In fact, flair bartending has become much more sophisticated and creative than when the movie was released. In this episode, Florent will share how he became happy work-partying for a living, how he went from being a mediocre student to the successful manager of his own entreprise, Cocktail Pro. But the fun is only the tip of the iceberg and the art of flair bartending has many little-known aspects and challenges. Listen to find all about it!

Episode Timeline

[06 min 24 sec] When work is a party
[08 min 16 sec] Barman, bartender, flair bartending: definitions
[13 min 42 sec] How Florent became a bartender
[16 min 00 sec] Getting a lot of experience
[20 min 56 sec] Juggling with bottles: training and championships
[24 min 10 sec] The influence of “Cocktail” movie with Tom Cruise
[26 min 45 sec] Knowing the different cocktails
[28 min 58 sec] The most challenging aspects of the job
[30 min 56 sec] The Cocktail Pro team
[32 min 50 sec] Experimenting with new cocktail recipes

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Dec 01 2016

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