40 episodes

Do you want to improve your listening skills and comprehension of the French as it is spoken in France?
You’re right, it’s very motivating to understand well when someone talks to you.
With Cultivate Your French podcast, things go smoothly.
First, I, Laetitia, read the text that I have chosen from One Thing in a French Day slowly, with clear articulation.
Then I read the text to you at a normal speed.

Cultivate your French - Slow French Laetitia Perraut

    • Language Learning
    • 4.1 • 37 Ratings

Do you want to improve your listening skills and comprehension of the French as it is spoken in France?
You’re right, it’s very motivating to understand well when someone talks to you.
With Cultivate Your French podcast, things go smoothly.
First, I, Laetitia, read the text that I have chosen from One Thing in a French Day slowly, with clear articulation.
Then I read the text to you at a normal speed.

    CYF 045 — Mercredi 21 octobre 2020 — Le parti pris des choses de Francis Ponge (par Micaela)

    CYF 045 — Mercredi 21 octobre 2020 — Le parti pris des choses de Francis Ponge (par Micaela)

    Today, I won’t be the one speaking. My daughter Micaela, nearly 15, asked me if she could tell you about her French class. She started lycée this year. In French class, as for every class, there is program to follow. The first part of this program is poetry, starting from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Micaela’s teacher has elected to have them study examples of « Poésie lyrique » (the one written with verses) in class and « Poésie en prose » (in which there are no verses) at home by asking them to read « Le parti pris des choses » from Francis Ponge. She’s going to tell you about discovering this author and reading his « recueil de poèmes » at home. At the end of the reading there’s been a test in class and Micaela is also supposed to write a poem « à la manière de » Francis Ponge. We are on holidays now, she has to give her poem to the teacher when she comes back to the lycée.

    • 6 min
    CYF 044 — mercredi 14 octobre 2020 — Antoine Lescombe, luthier

    CYF 044 — mercredi 14 octobre 2020 — Antoine Lescombe, luthier

    In September, I met Antoine Lescombe. He’s a luthier. He rented me a small viola da gamba for Lisa. I asked him if he would agree to speak about his work for the podcast. He said yes! I was very happy. Antoine Lescombe is the head of a workshop with 3 others luthiers in Caen, Normandy. His « atelier de lutherie » makes violions, restores and takes care of insturments. Antoine Lescombe also adjusts intruments for demanding professionnals. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his nice way of speaking, so it’s him that you are going to hear in the second part of this podcast. In this episode he tells us about the typical day of an instrument maker. What would you bet his favourite part of the day is? morning afternoon or late evening? You will get the answer. 

    All the information about the transcript is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 7 min
    CYF 043 — mercredi 7 octobre 2020 — Qu’y a-t-il dans mon sac?

    CYF 043 — mercredi 7 octobre 2020 — Qu’y a-t-il dans mon sac?

    The rentrée was so intense that I totally forgot to tell about the things that I brought back from my holidays. They were, all of them in a tote bag, hidden under my desk. I discovered it last week-end when I decided to tidy my work place. What’s in that bag? I asked myself.

    I found some paper cords, some paper bags to cook chicken in your oven, maps of the Jura region, my summer note book. Taking this things out of the bag gave me an idea. I could take each thing out of the bag in front of my camera for you my listener. This is how this episode became a video episode on the Cultivate Your French YouTube channel. As it is a slow French podcast, I decided that I could not overwhelm you with too much things. So I concentrate on the things about Paris.

    • 5 min
    CYF 042 mercredi 30 septembre 2020 — Premier week-end d’automne : deuxième cours de musique, marche en forêt et peinture

    CYF 042 mercredi 30 septembre 2020 — Premier week-end d’automne : deuxième cours de musique, marche en forêt et peinture

    Last week-end, automn really began in France. Saturday morning was rather sunny. Micaela and I went to the Saint-Michel area to run some errands. We walked from Chatelet to Odéon, and back.  Then we quickly went to rue de Rome near Saint-Lazare. Rue de Rome is known for its luthier workshops and music bookshops. We bought the books Felicia will need this year for her music class. We came back home a late. Lisa was expecting my return to ask me a specific question...


    All the information about the transcripts and the notes is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 5 min
    CYF 041 — mercredi 23 septembre 2020 — La rentrée

    CYF 041 — mercredi 23 septembre 2020 — La rentrée

    My three daughters came back to school on September 1st. At last. They were the three of them very happy, sometimes for different reasons. 
    In this episode, I tell you about their grade, their first impressions and how they live the fact to wear a mask all day long. 





    All the information about the transcript is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 5 min
    CYF 40 — Summer in France : La Tour Eiffel

    CYF 40 — Summer in France : La Tour Eiffel

    These few weeks in Paris before going back to school were very intense. I felt an urge to visit as many places as we could. We visited Le Louvre, we went to La Sainte-Chapelle as Claire told us that it was wonderful to see the light through the stained glass windows, we visited the Musée Bourdelle (a very nice place for a calm moment in Paris) and one morning I suggested that we could go to the Tour Eiffel. The girls were a little bit tired of this Paris craziness, but Alice, Lisa’s friend who was we us for the day, was on my side. 
    Be ready for an escape, today’s episode takes you to the Tour Eiffel! 





    All the information about the transcript is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Butter-lover! ,

Very profitable!

French expressions are difficult to master! This podcast is a great service to serious lovers of French

vickmeister ,

BEST podcast for intermediate French-speakers!

Great podcast subjects - all very useful. She includes basic verbs and vocabulary as well, so the conversation is easy to follow. This has helped me with my vocabulary and my accent. Listening to this even just once a week is a great refresher so I can keep up with my French.
(Suggestion to Laetitia - could you include a two-sided conversation with a male? It would help to hear voices from a man and a woman.)

Music_Teacher_ ,

Great, just challenging enough

She speaks quite quickly but with fairly basic sentence structure and vocabulary. Every now and then there's a new difficult word but you can usually figure it out from context. Plus Laetitia has such a beautiful, calming voice. I really love this podcast and I wish there were new episodes! Perfect for intermediate French speakers.

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