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

    • Education
    • 4.2 • 46 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 137 — La promenade de l’été : dans les pas des peintres du quartier de l’Europe — mercredi 3 août 2022

    CYF 137 — La promenade de l’été : dans les pas des peintres du quartier de l’Europe — mercredi 3 août 2022

    This is the third episode of our summer serie, La promenade de l’été. It’s a walk in Paris that takes us, episode by episode, to the heart of the 17th arrondissement. Last week, my friend Anne-Laure and I were in the Quartier de l’Europe. This is where a group of young painters, including Monet, Pissaro, Bazille, Renoir, Degas and the writer Emile Zola, in the years 1875, gathered around Manet, the scandalous Manet painter of Le déjeuner sur l’herbe and  L’Olympia.


    Today, Anne-Laure and I located where some famous paintings were painted. It’s an adventure that gave me so much happiness ! 
    The podcast will be on pause for the next 3 weeks because my family and I are on holidays abroad. But, if you subscrided to the transcript, you will receive 3 episodes to keep on working your French comprehension. There is a theme for those 3 episodes. Should I tell you? It’s ice-cream ! 

    But, for now, this is Summer French ! in the notes that go with the transcript, I will highlight for you those typical expressions that we use in conversations. It’s a bit different that what I usually do in the notes. The idea behing Summer French is to notice how French is spoken in everyday conversations. And, of course, with the notes, there are photos of the places that I go to. 


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    • 7 min
    CYF 137 Promenade de l’été : peinture, le groupe des Batignolles — mercredi 27 juillet 2022

    CYF 137 Promenade de l’été : peinture, le groupe des Batignolles — mercredi 27 juillet 2022

    This is the second episode of our summer serie, La promenade de l’été. It’s a walk in Paris that will take us, episode by episode, to the heart of the 17th arrondissement. Last week, we went to the Square des Epinettes where you can find the statue of a very interesting woman of the 19th century, Maria Deraismes.

    Today, my friend Anne-Laure and I are in the Quartier de l’Europe. This is where a group of young painters, including Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Degas and the writer Emile Zola, in the years 1875, gathered around Manet, the scandalous Manet painter of Le déjeuner sur l’herbe and  L’Olympia. They where gathering at the Café Guerbois, avenue de Clichy. In this episode, Anne-Laure and I imagine what could be the subject of their meeting. Art, of course. 

    This is Summer French ! in the notes that go with the transcript, I will highlight for you those typical expressions that we use in conversations. It’s a bit different that what I usually do in the notes. The idea behing Summer French is to notice how French is spoken in everyday conversations. And, of course, with the notes, there are photos of the places that I go to. 

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    • 7 min
    CYF 134 — Promenade de l’été : la statue de Maria Deraismes, square des Epinettes

    CYF 134 — Promenade de l’été : la statue de Maria Deraismes, square des Epinettes

    This week, on the podcast, starts La promenade de l’été, a walk in Paris that will take us, episode by episode, to the heart of the 17th arrondissement. It all started with a statue when my friend Anne-Laure and I visited the Petit Palais, last October. I noticed this statue of an impressive woman, Maria Deraismes. The sculptor was Ernest Barrias, and the statue was just behind another one : La Defense statue, also by Barrias. La Defense statue gave its name to the district of La Défense in the west of Paris. They were both reproductions. You can see the statue of La Défense in La Défense and the statue of Marias Deraismes in the square des Epinettes in the 17th arrondissement. This is where we were, Anne-Laure and I, to record this episode and to discover who was this woman of the 19th century, Maria Deraismes. 

    This is Summer French ! in the notes that go with the transcript, I will highlight for you those typical expressions that we use in conversations. It’s a bit different that what I usually do in the notes. The idea behing Summer French is to notice how French is spoken in everyday conversations. And, of course, with the notes, there are photos of the places that I go to. 


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    • 6 min
    CYF 134 — Sylvie et Laetitia à Londres — mercredi 13 juillet 2022

    CYF 134 — Sylvie et Laetitia à Londres — mercredi 13 juillet 2022

    My friend Sylvie and I went to London last week, on Wednesday the 6th, the day before Boris Johnson announced his resignation. We had to wait one hour in Gare du Nord before being able to show our passports. The train was delayed because all passengers could not get on board at the departure time. I think this was due to the lack of staff in the station, and I must admit, poor organization. 
    But we did it and it’s still something very special to arrive in London. This episode almost starts in Euston road ! 


    In the transcript that goes with this episode I will highlight for you all the expressions and sentences that are very natural in French. I will also give you a selection of sentences that say that you had a wonderful time in … let’s say… France ! 

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    • 5 min
    CYF133 — Dégustation de macarons --mercredi 6 juilllet 2022 (Repeat Broadcast of April 2021)

    CYF133 — Dégustation de macarons --mercredi 6 juilllet 2022 (Repeat Broadcast of April 2021)

    It’s a great thing to improve your understanding skills, you feel more confident and it’s almost the basic of a language. You understand what people tell you in French. Sometimes, we are so focused on understanding that we almost forget to improve our speaking. When you understand enough, you have to prepare yourself for the next step which is « talking in French ». Yes, talking! Never forget to talk, it’s important ! But, you have to be ready. To train yourself to your next visit to France, today’s episode and next week’s episode are about talking in French. 
    Today, you will buy some macarons. Yes, don’t you remember that you have to offer a box for your friend’s birthday? There is so much choice in the shop, which flavours are you going to choose?  
    Are you ready? You are in Paris, the pâtisserie is lovely, the window is full of colourful macarons.  
    First you are going to hear the dialogue between my friend Marilyne, who plays the seller, and myself, the customer. 
    Then, to make things more practical, you will also hear only the seller lines. With the other part of the dialogue left blank,you will be able to act as if you were the customer at the macaron shop!

    In the transcript, we study some sentences particularities and I challenge you to leave me an audio message, you ordering by phone in French some lovely macarons. 





    This is a repeat broadcast !





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    • 6 min
    CYF 132 — La p’tite mousse : une cave à bières à Paris — mercredi 29 juin 2022

    CYF 132 — La p’tite mousse : une cave à bières à Paris — mercredi 29 juin 2022

    In France, beer, craft beer, is becoming more and more popular. There is a thing about beer in Paris also. I was very curious about the subject so I met a very nice guy: Alexis. He runs a beer shop in Pigalle, in rue de Douai, not very far from the Moulin Rouge. In his shop you can find beers from around the world, but also from the best French breweries. He only sells craft beers, so you have to be ready for the experience ! 
    In this episode, you will hear Alexis talking about how beer is made and what are his favourite adjectives to talk about beer. I’m sure there is one that you will remember for ever ! 





    In the transcript that goes with this episode, I will highlight for you some sentences or expressions that are very natural in French and that you could use in your own conversations !





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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 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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