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French teacher Jessica interviews native speakers of French from around the world who share a bit of their life and passion. Learn French and boost your listening skills as you get the chance to follow a real conversation between native French people talking at normal speed AND customise your French learning experience. All interviews come with questions to test your comprehension, transcription and a list of specific French vocabulary available for free download at http://www.frenchvoicespodcast.com. Get a slice of French culture! Where else would you meet in one same place a French yoga teacher based in Melbourne, a soap manufacturer from Provence, or a couple cycling around the world? Suitable for upper intermediate and advanced students of French.

French Voices Podcast | Learn French | Interviews with Native French Speakers | French Culture Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way

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French teacher Jessica interviews native speakers of French from around the world who share a bit of their life and passion. Learn French and boost your listening skills as you get the chance to follow a real conversation between native French people talking at normal speed AND customise your French learning experience. All interviews come with questions to test your comprehension, transcription and a list of specific French vocabulary available for free download at http://www.frenchvoicespodcast.com. Get a slice of French culture! Where else would you meet in one same place a French yoga teacher based in Melbourne, a soap manufacturer from Provence, or a couple cycling around the world? Suitable for upper intermediate and advanced students of French.

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    Des nouvelles de Jessica !

    Dear listeners,

    I’m sorry I’ve been making you wait for so long. I’ve been receiving a lot of worried messages from you. Don’t worry: Baby, the family and myself are going very well. What have I been doing? Do I plan to come back? Listen to find out! (Spoiler: The answer to the second question is YES!)

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    FV : Rendez-vous en août!

    FV : Rendez-vous en août!

    This podcast hasn't stopped but I'm on maternity leave and will be coming back in August with new exciting interviews to help boost your French listening skills!



    Until then, discover or rediscover the former episodes. I also invite you to listen to my other podcast, French Your Way Podcast, to brush up your grammar and expand your vocabulary (episodes are released weekly).



    As usual, if you know a native speaker who would make a great guest on French Voices, someone who talks easily and is passionate about a particular topic, please get in touch with me: jessica@frenchyourway.com.au



    Happy listening and thank you for your support! Rendez-vous en août!



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    • 1 min
    FV 106 : (Part 2) Driving tips from a French instructor

    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.

    Vocab List

    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:



    Why are there trees along the roads?

    Which hand commands / levers are inverted on Australian cars and European cars?

    What used to be the nickname for the French driving licence?



    Answers:



    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!

    The windscreen wipers and the indicators!

    Le petit papier rose



    Links & Resources



    French Your Way Podcast, Episode 75: "France Travel Tips (PART 3): Driving": frenchyourway.com.au/podcast75

    "Tips for driving in France" (article)

    "Un Point c'est tout" (théâtre, Laurent Baffie)



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    • 27 min
    FV 105 : (Part 1) Driving tips from a French instructor

    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.

    Vocab List

    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:



    What is the official name and what is the commonly used name to refer to Hélène's occupation?

    When in the earliest age when you can get your driving licence in France?

    What 3 types of things are being assessed during the driving exam?

    Why can't the learner know straight away whether he passed or failed the driving test?



    Answers:



    Officially: "enseignant(e) de la conduite". Commonly referred as "moniteur/trice d'auto-école".

    18 years of age.

    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.

    This isn't done anymore since driving instructors have been abused/physically aggressed when the learner had failed.



    Links & Resources



    French Your Way Podcast, Episode 75: "France Travel Tips (PART 3): Driving": frenchyourway.com.au/podcast75

    "Tips for driving in France" (article)



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    • 29 min
    FV 104 : (Part 2) Learn about Emotional Freedom Technique with Sebastien

    FV 104 : (Part 2) Learn about Emotional Freedom Technique with Sebastien

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    This is the second part of a fascinating conversation with my uncle Sébastien! I heard that he was changing career and had become passionate about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). That was enough to trigger my curiosity and want to find out more about the story behind this change, and more about what EFT is about. Emotional Freedom Technique, which belongs to the field of energetic psychology, is an alternative treatment / form of counselling for both physical and emotional pain. It is said to be very efficient to help with anxiety, trauma, phobias. Many different techniques can apply to treat a patient with EFT, including tapping (stimulating meridians on our body to send new signals to our brain), hypnosis, NeuroLinguistic Programming, matrix reprogramming (visiting and talking to oneself as a child). We'll talk about the relationship between the patient and therapist and the mandatory trust between them both. You may also be surprised to find out that there may actually be (subconscious) secondary benefits to a person's ailments. You'll learn how the therapist can use a type of lie detector to be aware of this resistance!

    Vocab List

    cobaye (n) = guinea pig

    enfance (nf) = childhood

    faire confiance (à qn) = to trust (sb)

    fausse couche (nf) = miscarriage

    guérir = to cure, to heal

    handicapant,e (adj) = incapacitating, crippling

    humeur (nf) = mood

    inconscient (nm) = subconscious

    lâcher = to give way, to let go

    mensonge (nm) = lie

    pleine conscience (nf) = mindfulness

    se rendre compte (de qch) = to realise (sth)

    TOC (nm) = OCD

    Questions:



    What is often explaining OCD behaviours?

    What's the name for the future occupation of my uncle?

    What percentage of conscious and subconscious is driving us?



    Answers:



    Issues with secure attachment as a very young child (especially with the mother)

    Psychopracticien

    Only 5% of our actions and thoughts are conscious. 95% is subconscious!



    Links & Resources



    Démonstration d'EFT par Jean-Michel Gurret (YouTube) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9vpu0VOxpU&feature=youtu.be



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    • 33 min
    FV 103 : (Part 1) Learn about Emotional Freedom Technique with Sebastien

    FV 103 : (Part 1) Learn about Emotional Freedom Technique with Sebastien

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    In this special 2-part interview, you'll hear me talk with my uncle Sébastien! I heard that he was changing career and had become passionate about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). That was enough to trigger my curiosity and want to find out more about the story behind this change, and more about what EFT is about. Emotional Freedom Technique, which belongs to the field of energetic psychology, is an alternative treatment / form of counselling for both physical and emotional pain. It is said to be very efficient to help with anxiety, trauma, phobias. Many different techniques can apply to treat a patient with EFT, including tapping (stimulating meridians on our body to send new signals to our brain), hypnosis, NeuroLinguistic Programming, and much more. Listen to find out whether EFT is spiritual or scientifically proven!

    You're about to hear the first hour of a fascinating 2.5 hour conversation I had with Sébastien on the phone on a Sunday evening. You'll get acquainted a little bit with some of our family members. Off recording, we then talked about the needle phobia I'm suffering from and which is being an issue during my pregnancy. Therefore I am open to trying different techniques to try to get it more under control and be better prepared for the big day of the birth! Wish me luck! ?

    Vocab List

    aiguille (nf) = needleboîter = to limpbouche à oreille (nm) = word of mouthdouleur (nf) = painen avoir plein le dos = to be sick to the back teeth, to be fed upenseigner = to teachêtre à la traîne = to be behindfiler = to dash, to dash off, to fly, to runfiler (fam.) = to give, to lend, to slipformation (nf) = trainingse résumer à = to come down to, to be limited totalon (nm) = heeltrébucher = to trip over, to stumble

    Questions:



    Name the titles of the 2 books my uncle first went to buy to learn about EFT.

    Why was my uncle actually suffering from a pain in his heel?

    Why are scientific studies and evidence so recent?

    What are the 3 factors/things which drive us as humans?



    Answers:



    "L'EFT pour les Nuls" (= EFT for Dummies) and "Le Petit Livre de l'EFT"

    It symbolised his anger/grievances at his boss.

    MRI / Medical imagery, reading which parts of the brain activate are relatively new. Plus, the protocol to publish new studies is quite long (about 7 years)

    We are driven by our emotions/feelings, our thoughts and our behaviour



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