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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

    • Education
    • 4.2 • 43 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 084 — mercredi 28 juillet 2021 — La suite des vacances : après le concert à Pontlevoy, direction le Jura

    CYF 084 — mercredi 28 juillet 2021 — La suite des vacances : après le concert à Pontlevoy, direction le Jura

    Since last week, we are on holidays and the podcast takes you with us. I’m recording this episode in the garden of our new home for two weeks. 
    Our holidays started in the Loire Valley where we had a walk in the the gardens of the castle of Chenonceau by night. This is what I told you last week. A few days later, we came back to Chenonceau to visit both the castle, where every room is outstanding, and the gardens .  Our week in the Loire Valley ended with the visit of the castle of Montpoupon. A Renaissance castle where the owners (since 300 years) are still living. We loved it because the rooms are largely decorated with many objects of everyday life from the 16th century to the early 20th century. By the end of the week, it was time to go to Felicia’s concert in Pontlevoy where she was staying for a baroque music camp. 





    My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
    All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 7 min
    CYF 083 — Promenade nocturne au château de Chenonceau

    CYF 083 — Promenade nocturne au château de Chenonceau

    We are on holidays! And I’m happy to share a few moments with you. I’m recording this episode in the garden of the house we’ve rented. This week we are in the Loire Valley region. I was dreaming to go back to Chenonceau, one the beautiful Loire Valley castles, since 2013. Chenonceau is a small Renaissance castle mainly built in the sixteenth century that the king Henri II offered to his very good friend Diane de Poitiers. When he died, his wife Catherine de Medicis took it back for herself and managed France from there. Mary Stuart was married to one of his son, Henri III and also lived in Chenonceau. This place is full of history! Micaela was surprised because she’s reading La princesse de Clèves written in the 17th century by Madame de La Fayette. The story takes places at Henri II’s court and Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis are part of the story. I’ve seen in the Castle shop that there is an English version of this book published by Penguin Books. Have you read it?

    My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
    All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 6 min
    CYF 082 — mercredi 14 juillet 2021 — La Tour Eiffel

    CYF 082 — mercredi 14 juillet 2021 — 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!

    My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
    All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 6 min
    CYF 081 — mercredi 7 juillet 2021 — Dans le train du retour

    CYF 081 — mercredi 7 juillet 2021 — Dans le train du retour

    Last saturday, I went to Paris with Micaela. She was invited to her best friend’s end of the year music exam, Anna. Anna was playing piano and singing. The audition took place in the cité internationale universitaire in the 14th arrondissement. The cité was built in the 1920s to accomodate foreign students. It’s a lovely place with big buildings. I left Micaela, I went to Saint-Michel for a walk and came back home. The train I took was crouded because there are works on the line and fewer trains. Near to me, two young women were talking very loud. I couldn’t do anything else than listen to them. 
    What were they talking about ? This what you are going to hear in this episode. I promise I will try not to talk as loud as them. 





    My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
    All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 5 min
    CYF 080 — 50 gâteaux de grands pâtissiers qu’il faut avoir goûté une fois dans sa vie, rencontre avec Hélène Luzin

    CYF 080 — 50 gâteaux de grands pâtissiers qu’il faut avoir goûté une fois dans sa vie, rencontre avec Hélène Luzin

    Maybe you need a reason to go to Dehillerin and maybe you could find this reason in Hélène Luzin’s latest book : 50 gâteaux de grands pâtissiers qu’il faut avoir goûté une fois dans sa vie.
    Nathalie Iris, the bookseller at La Garenne-Colombes, invited Hélène Luzin for a signing session. When I read the news, I went to buy a copy at the bookshop. The book is very clever. Each chef pâtissiers gives the recipe of it’s best cake, but there is also an interview with the chef. This is the part that I find very interesting because it gives you the story of each pâtissier and of his recipe, it tells you about his personality and it’s easy to read. 
    At the end of the book, there are two pages to collect the signature of each chef. 
    Nicolas Bernardé is a Meilleur Ouvrier de France and his shop is very close to Nathalie’s bookshop. He is also in Hélène Luzin’s book for his famous « Gâteau du samedi ». So the day Hélène Luzin was invited, he came to the bookshop and offered us some chocolates. 
    In this episode, you are going to hear Hélène Luzin talking about what she enjoyed when she wrote the book. 

    My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006.


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

    • 6 min
    CYF 079 — Mercredi 23 juin 2021 — Chez Dehillerin, un magasin de matériel de cuisine à Paris.

    CYF 079 — Mercredi 23 juin 2021 — Chez Dehillerin, un magasin de matériel de cuisine à Paris.

    One sunny morning of June, Claire, the viola da gamba player, and I headed to Paris and went to Dehillerin. She thought that it would be nice for you, listeners, to discover this very unique shop in Paris.

    The shop was founded two hundred years ago by Eugene Dehillerin and it provides cookware to professional cooks or to anyone who enjoys cooking. The shop is still in the family, Eric Dehillerin is now the manager and I had the opportunity to talk with him. The shop is in Les Halles neighbourhood because this is where, before 1970, that the restaurant owners would buy their fresh food at the central market, Les Halles, and their cookware . When the market of Les Halles moved to Rungis in the south of Paris, the Dehillerin family elected to stay in the centre of Paris.

    The shop has its own website, but they intonially kept the old style wood racks so you might be a little bit confused : have you time travelled? 


    In today’s episode you are going to hear a section of the recording with Eric Dehillerin. And in the notes available with the transcript, I give you some useful sentences to use in a shop. 

    My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
    All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

tisfortoni ,

Great for listening skills

This is the perfect podcast for intermediate French learners trying to improve listening skills. I usually listen to each episode at least twice until I understand nearly every word. I also like hearing other people’s accents besides hers. Trains the ear!

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.)

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