French Blabla

French Blabla

Bonjour à tous ! Welcome to the French Blabla podcast where you'll find tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. If you're fed up with boring grammar books or tired of speaking an artificial French, far from how natives speak, then this podcast is for you. This podcast isn't French grammar or French vocabulary only, we will cover a wide range of topics that will help you in your learning journey. What are you waiting for? Join me!

Episodes

November 4, 2022 6 min

Raise your hand if you think we’re going to talk about breakfast.

Sorry guys, this isn’t the kind of eggs we’re going to talk about today I’m afraid.

We’re gonna have a conversation about MY EGGS. Something I had never imagined I would say on the internet for the whole world to hear, but here we are.

The vocabulary in this episode is obviously very medically-oriented with a lot of specific words related to this field. It will be ve...

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Today, we’re going to continue talking about my life and the activities that I have finally resumed.

I feel overjoyed and it’s not even an exaggeration frankly.

Being able to clear my mind during the week and taking a break from the daily life…it’s really refreshing.

This episode is a bit more difficult than usual so it’s aimed at intermediate levels, B1 and B2.

We will study words and phrases that are related to the world of danci...

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Last week, my partner watched a rugby match on tv and he got really impressed by the incredible amount of "voilà" one can fit in a few sentences. He, then, asked me if it was common for French people to use this word so much. I mean, the rugby player felt the need to put at least one "voilà" per sentence. That is some dedication!

Of course, as you can imagine, I answered him that no, we’re not supposed to use "v...

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I’ll be honest this is something I say a lot… I realized it when I quickly listened to one of the episode to see if everything was ok. I guess it’s a bad French habit that pervaded my English. Tell me if you noticed it! As a consequence, I strongly believe this is a bad habit you should integrate in your French language. Like everybody in my country, I tend to overuse the word “little”. It’s not really a filler since it conveys dif...

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September 16, 2022 3 min

September is finally here and with it, the sadness of waving goodbye to our summer holidays. Work and school have resumed. France now went back to its humdrum daily life.

In this episode we’re going to talk about music instruments and we’ll have a look at a specific vocabulary related to this.

As for the grammar focus, we will study phrases to express regrets. As a consequence, it’s best suited for my B level listeners.

Everything ...

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September 9, 2022 4 min

Today, we’re going to talk about a challenge that everybody is now more or less facing I guess. Please don’t hesitate to share your story or opinion if that’s the case… and you know what, even if it’s not the case, just comment anyway, I’m always glad to read your story.

It’s been a couple of years now of international instability and struggles, let’s say. Obviously, we’re not going to talk about anything depressing, nobody needs t...

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February 20, 2022 4 min

I’m not a big fan of French tv shows but recently I found a couple that were funny and captivating.

We’re gonna talk about that today. This program is called Ovnis, let me know in the comment section if you know it and if you have watched it.

It follows a group of people who work for the French bureau of unidentified aerospace phenomena. In other words, UFO.

Do you know what the most interesting part of all this is?

It’s inspired b...

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January 22, 2022 4 min

Today’s story was inspired by some program my partner listened to at the radio. Since I talked about weird French events, like the bizarre and let’s admit it, quite ghastly Christmas menu we covered in episode 21 of "A day in French", it will not come as a surprise that I cover this strange event.

The grammar focus today will be geared towards A2 and B1. You’ll be able to review or learn how to create adverbs.

To get everyt...

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Happy to be back after my holiday break. It went really too fast. I guess it’s always like that when you have a break from work. It’s never long enough. That being said, let’s not forget that it’s 2022 now, so bonne année à tous, je vous souhaite beaucoup de succès avec votre français et surtout la santé. C’est important en ce moment. 

As you know, I’m not big on watching sports on tv but my partner is. It’s always a source of surp...

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December 23, 2021 5 min

Today is the last episode of our Christmas story.

Are the old tales true? Will they meet something magical that night? We left when Ayline was running towards the strange voice she heard and that's when this episode starts.

Je te souhaite un très joyeux Noël. Thank you for being with me throughout the month of December and for listening to the Christmas story.

 

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December 21, 2021 5 min

Winter is officially here... yet we didn't wait for the 21st of December to put on our jumper and snuggle in our blanket on the couch.

We're not the only ones to feel the cold and wish a little bit it were summer... well, after Christmas is over of course! 

Nope...

I'm sure Ayline, her mum, Yoko, Helmut and all the characters of the Christmas story wish they were somewhere warm drinking a hot cup of tea.

For now, they&#...

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December 17, 2021 3 min

In the fourth episode of our Christmas story, all of our characters got together. Nobody seems to be there for them... are they waiting for somebody? What will happen to them in the middle of the night?

 

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December 10, 2021 3 min

This morning when I woke up, the garden was covered with snow.

But it was already melting...

You know this kind of dangerous weather where it melts and then ices again... you have to be really careful when you walk on the pavement.

For our characters that night, it was just cold... I'm not sure it was snowing.

In this third episode, we meet the last characters of our story.

They are all gathered in this small train station. The...

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December 7, 2021 4 min

In the second episode of the Christmas story, we get to meet two new characters. Far from home, what will they be doing in this cold village? What will await them?

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December 3, 2021 4 min

Are you ready for the 1rst episode of the Christmas story?

It will take you in a French region hidden in the mountains. Famous for its legendary beast. But today, you will meet the characters and the special bond they have with this place.

 

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November 30, 2021 36 sec

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Christmas season on the podcast!

 

 

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Discover the Christmas program on the podcast, as well as all the different events you can participate to. There will be goodies for you too, so listen to this episode.

Music by Podington Bear - Wavy Glass

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November 26, 2021 4 min

Today’s adventure is the gripping story of how the postman knocked on my door. Spoiler alert! He gave me a letter. I know, it’s riveting, right? If you want to know what kind of letter I got, you will have to listen a little bit more.

In the last episode of "A day in French", we’ve talked about the use of the present tense and strangely the future tense to describe historical events. Today I’d like to review the tense that ...

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November 6, 2021 4 min

Bonjour à tous ! J’espère que tout va bien pour vous et que vous êtes prêts pour un nouvel épisode. Thanks for tuning in again week after week. I’m thrilled you’re here!

Ok, I have to ask you guys… do you have a partner who keeps repeating the same jokes over and over again? I sure have one! When we’re in town, every time we pass by a hotel… not the kind of hotel you’re thinking about, you’ll have to listen to the story to know wha...

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Coucou à tous, je suis heureuse de vous retrouver pour un nouvel épisode. 

Today’s topic is a request from one of my students, Leah. We’ve been working together for some time now in my Let’s Talk conversation class. I was surprised when she asked me to cover this. I’m always very glad to receive suggestions because even though I try my best to cover everything you need to speak like a native, I cannot possibly come up with every id...

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