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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.

    FV 115 INTERVIEW: The 2CV, an iconic, beloved French car (Part 1)

    FV 115 INTERVIEW: The 2CV, an iconic, beloved French car (Part 1)

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    Fabien de Valroger is truly passionate about the most iconic, vintage French car that is the Deux Chevaux (2CV). Along with the Eiffel Tower and the French baguette, the 2CV is a symbol of France as virtually every French person has owned one at the time or had some memories attached to it. Why was it so popular?



    In this episode, you’ll also find out about the historical context of its appearance on the market, some (pretty) dangerous features such as “les portes-suicide”, how easy it is to find spare parts to fix a car that’s no longer manufactured, whether the oldest 2CV are still allowed to be on the road, which will give you an interesting insight of the law in France. This episode includes a lot of useful vocabulary about car parts… That’s always handy if you break down while travelling!



    2CV lovers also enjoy the state of mind and lifestyle which come with the car: taking your time, being slow, taking the scenic small roads.



    Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!



    Souriez c'est l'été ! (YouTube)

    2cv sur la braise ! 2cv bicéphale en pleine action ! (YouTube)

    ‪La 2cv bicéphale des pompiers du Var (YouTube)

    De San Francisco à Houston en Méhari ! (YouTube )



    Vocab List

    autoradio (nm) = car radio

    cahier des charges (nm) = (bill of) specifications

    capot (nm) = bonnet

    carte grise (nf) = car registration document

    ceinture de sécurité ( nf) = seat belt

    chaussée (nf) = road

    cheval,aux (nm) = horsepower

    clignotant (nm) = indicator

    ESP (contrôle électronique de la trajectoire) (nm) = Electronic Stability Program

    essuie-glace (nm) = windscreen wiper

    être mordu(e) (de qch) = to be a fan (of sth)

    feu stop = break light, stop light

    haut de gamme (adj) = premium, high standard

    macaron (nm) = sticker

    passer aux Mines = to get the roadworthy certificate

    pièce (nf) = spare part

    rétroviseur (Nm) = rear-view mirror, side mirror

    siège (nm) = seat

    volant (nm) = steering wheel

    • 21 min
    FV 115 INTRO: The 2CV, an iconic, beloved French car (Part 1)

    FV 115 INTRO: The 2CV, an iconic, beloved French car (Part 1)

    Buy Full Notes



    Fabien de Valroger is truly passionate about the most iconic, vintage French car that is the Deux Chevaux (2CV). Along with the Eiffel Tower and the French baguette, the 2CV is a symbol of France as virtually every French person has owned one at the time or had some memories attached to it. Why was it so popular?



    In this episode, you’ll also find out about the historical context of its appearance on the market, some (pretty) dangerous features such as “les portes-suicide”, how easy it is to find spare parts to fix a car that’s no longer manufactured, whether the oldest 2CV are still allowed to be on the road, which will give you an interesting insight of the law in France. This episode includes a lot of useful vocabulary about car parts… That’s always handy if you break down while travelling!



    2CV lovers also enjoy the state of mind and lifestyle which come with the car: taking your time, being slow, taking the scenic small roads.



    Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!



    Souriez c'est l'été ! (YouTube)

    2cv sur la braise ! 2cv bicéphale en pleine action ! (YouTube)

    ‪La 2cv bicéphale des pompiers du Var (YouTube)

    De San Francisco à Houston en Méhari ! (YouTube )



    Vocab List

    autoradio (nm) = car radio

    cahier des charges (nm) = (bill of) specifications

    capot (nm) = bonnet

    carte grise (nf) = car registration document

    ceinture de sécurité ( nf) = seat belt

    chaussée (nf) = road

    cheval,aux (nm) = horsepower

    clignotant (nm) = indicator

    ESP (contrôle électronique de la trajectoire) (nm) = Electronic Stability Program

    essuie-glace (nm) = windscreen wiper

    être mordu(e) (de qch) = to be a fan (of sth)

    feu stop = break light, stop light

    haut de gamme (adj) = premium, high standard

    macaron (nm) = sticker

    passer aux Mines = to get the roadworthy certificate

    pièce (nf) = spare part

    rétroviseur (Nm) = rear-view mirror, side mirror

    siège (nm) = seat

    volant (nm) = steering wheel

    • 9 min
    FV 114 INTERVIEW: Supporting sustainable development in Nepal with CASD

    FV 114 INTERVIEW: Supporting sustainable development in Nepal with CASD

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    Frenchwoman Marjorie and her husband are part of a not-for-profit organisation helping the Nepalese people with sustainable actions. CASD Australia has been helping villages to get access to drinking water, empower women, facilitating access to education, creating local workforce in Nepal. Listen to Marjorie’s recount of the situation in Nepal (especially after the devastating earthquake) and consider supporting the organisation yourself!



    Site CASD Australia

    CASD Australia (Facebook)



    Vocab List

    approvisionement (nm) = supply

    bénévole (n, adj) = volunteer

    cruche (nf) = jug

    durable (adj) = sustainable

    potable (adj) = drinkable, drinking

    puits (nm) = well

    SDF (n) = Sans Domicile Fixe = homeless person

    se tarir = to dry up, to run dry ; to run out

    source (nf) = spring

    tremblement de terre (nm) = earthquake

    tuyauterie (nf) = piping, pipework ; pipes 

    • 23 min
    FV 114 INTRO: Supporting sustainable development in Nepal with CASD

    FV 114 INTRO: Supporting sustainable development in Nepal with CASD

    Buy Full Notes



    Frenchwoman Marjorie and her husband are part of a not-for-profit organisation helping the Nepalese people with sustainable actions. CASD Australia has been helping villages to get access to drinking water, empower women, facilitating access to education, creating local workforce in Nepal. Listen to Marjorie’s recount of the situation in Nepal (especially after the devastating earthquake) and consider supporting the organisation yourself!



    Site CASD Australia

    CASD Australia (Facebook)



    Vocab List

    approvisionement (nm) = supply

    bénévole (n, adj) = volunteer

    cruche (nf) = jug

    durable (adj) = sustainable

    potable (adj) = drinkable, drinking

    puits (nm) = well

    SDF (n) = Sans Domicile Fixe = homeless person

    se tarir = to dry up, to run dry ; to run out

    source (nf) = spring

    tremblement de terre (nm) = earthquake

    tuyauterie (nf) = piping, pipework ; pipes 

    • 8 min
    FV 113 INTERVIEW: Inside Le Louvre: through the eyes of a security guard at the most famous museum in the world

    FV 113 INTERVIEW: Inside Le Louvre: through the eyes of a security guard at the most famous museum in the world

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    Gilles Malezieux worked at the Louvre Museum for 25 years and allows you to have a peep inside the life of the largest and most famous museum in the world. We’ll talk about why the Mona Lisa ("La Joconde", in French!) is so famous, the hidden passages of the Louvre as well as some stories Gilles experienced why working as a security guard. There will also be a bit of art history (or should we say, business) where you’ll find out why there are many French impressionist paintings displayed in the USA!



    This is the second part of a two-episode conversation with Gilles. In the previous episode (French Voices, episode 112), Gilles is telling about the work of a copyist and how to get granted access to the Louvre to copy master painters.

    Visit Gilles’s website

    Thank you to Nancy for putting me in touch with Gilles! If you’d like to recommend a guest for French Voices, email me!



    Vocab List

    blindé, e (adj) = reinforced, bulletproof

    chantier (nm) = construction site

    clim (nf) (slang) = air con

    conservateur,trice de musée (n) = museum curator

    dérobé, e (adj) = secret, hidden

    détonner = to clash, to be incongruous

    en voir des vertes et des pas mûres = to see some things that are difficult to digest ; to see some astonishing sights

    être à cheval sur (qch) = to be a stickler for (sth)

    faire un froid de canard = to be icy cold

    la Joconde = the Mona Lisa

    marchand,e (n) = merchand, seller

    occidental,e (n, adj) = Western

    oeuvre (nf) = work, masterpiece

    que dalle (fam.) = nothing, zilch

    • 29 min
    FV 113 INTRO: Inside Le Louvre: through the eyes of a security guard at the most famous museum in the world

    FV 113 INTRO: Inside Le Louvre: through the eyes of a security guard at the most famous museum in the world

    Buy Full Notes



    Gilles Malezieux worked at the Louvre Museum for 25 years and allows you to have a peep inside the life of the largest and most famous museum in the world. We’ll talk about why the Mona Lisa ("La Joconde", in French!) is so famous, the hidden passages of the Louvre as well as some stories Gilles experienced why working as a security guard. There will also be a bit of art history (or should we say, business) where you’ll find out why there are many French impressionist paintings displayed in the USA!



    This is the second part of a two-episode conversation with Gilles. In the previous episode (French Voices, episode 112), Gilles is telling about the work of a copyist and how to get granted access to the Louvre to copy master painters.

    Visit Gilles’s website

    Thank you to Nancy for putting me in touch with Gilles! If you’d like to recommend a guest for French Voices, email me!



    Vocab List

    blindé, e (adj) = reinforced, bulletproof

    chantier (nm) = construction site

    clim (nf) (slang) = air con

    conservateur,trice de musée (n) = museum curator

    dérobé, e (adj) = secret, hidden

    détonner = to clash, to be incongruous

    en voir des vertes et des pas mûres = to see some things that are difficult to digest ; to see some astonishing sights

    être à cheval sur (qch) = to be a stickler for (sth)

    faire un froid de canard = to be icy cold

    la Joconde = the Mona Lisa

    marchand,e (n) = merchand, seller

    occidental,e (n, adj) = Western

    oeuvre (nf) = work, masterpiece

    que dalle (fam.) = nothing, zilch

    • 10 min

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