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 190 — La colère de Rachilde et André Breton — mercredi 29 novembre 2023
Last week, Anne-Laure and I had spent our day out in the rain. We also met this week to record some episodes in the same neighbourhood, the weather forecast were clear : no rain !
Well, it was only a forecast, unfortunately. But we may have found the reason why we kept on being under the rain. Maybe someone was unhappy about what we had said about her or him?
In the notes that come with the transcript, I will highlight for you some expressions that express the fact that you are unhappy with a situation.
And I’m afraid, you will also learn your first « gros mot », your first swear word if you had not learnt any before this episode.
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CYF 189 — Le couple doubleur — mercredi 22 novembre 2023
Last Thursday was a very rainy day in Paris. My friend Anne-Laure and I spent the day under the rain to record some episodes to come on the podcast. Our feet were wet, we were tired and cold when we started the queue at the museum. I won’t tell you which one not to reveal the subject of the coming episodes. The exhibit that we had planned to visit was supposed to be the best moment of our day, but an incident happened in the queue. This is what this episode is about.
In the notes that come with the transcript, I will highlight for you some little expressions that come naturally in French, we will also stop on a specific sentence to repeat aloud, I will tell you why this one, and you will have to guess the infinitive of a verb.
So to Cultivate Your French, receive the text by email each time an episode is release, and enjoy all the positive effects of having the exact text of the episode, you could subscribe to the transcript at www.cultivateyoufrench.com. The subscription costs 4 euros a month and each new subscriber receives the 10 latest episodes.
CYF 188 — La Frasnée — mercredi 15 novembre 2023
We were in the Jura during the Toussaint holidays, during one week. We love that region that is on the road to the Alps. Its foothills and woods are very nice when you like walking. And there are also lakes and waterfalls.
There is a crêperie in Pont-de-Poitte where we love to have an early dinner or lunch : it’s a warm place and the owner Laurence has a wonderful voice. There is something special about that place. We were having lunch there when we met another family : the grands-parents, their daughter, her husband and their little boy. They were from the region and suggested that we go to La Frasnée where there is a wonderful waterfall.
This episode is about us going there.
Do you know that the transcript is a very powerful tool to improve your comprehension? And also to see things that are not obvious when you only listen to the text. Things like :
— how the verbs are conjugated : it’s easier then to identify a tense, notice an agreement, etc,
— you can see how the words are written and get used to the French spelling,
— you can take the time to understand how the sentences are built,
— you can take notes,
— you can make the link between the text of the episode and a grammar lesson from your textbook.
In the notes that come with the transcript, we will focus on how we talk about the rain in French, also I will highlight for you a specific sentence to repeat aloud and tell you why I have chosen this one in particular.
So, to cultivate your French, you could subscribe to the transcript and receive it by email each time an episode is released . The subscription costs 4 euros a month. Each new subscriber receives the 10 latest episodes.
CYF 187 — Avec Micaela dans les transports — mercredi 8 novembre 2023
Since September, Micaela, my eldest daughter, takes the train every day to go to Paris. She has classes either near Cité Universitaire or near Luxembourg. Both stations are on the line of the RER B.
One morning, I took the train with her and ask her about her journey and what was going to be her day.
In the notes that come with the transcript, you will find some info about the text, but also 2 very natural French expressions that are very interesting to focus on. I will also give you a list of useful sentences to use when you take the train.
So, to cultivate your French, you could subscribe to the transcript. The transcript is a very useful tool to enjoy many ways of working with the text and this way improve your listening skills.
The subscription is available at cultivateyourfrench.com, it costs 4 euros a moth. The transcript is sent by email each time an episode is released. Last but not least, each new subscriber receives the transcript of the 10 latest episodes.
2291 — La crêperie électorale (avril 2012) — mercredi 25 octobre 2023
This episode comes from the past : it was written and recorded in April 2012 for One Thing In A French Day poscast, Cultivate Your French’s big brother.
My grils were little girls at that time. That day, we had invited a friend of ours to have lunch with us at a crêperie. She was a nice woman, always keen on joking with the grils as you will see.
In the notes that come with the transcript of this episode, I will give you the crêpes recipe and also show you a very commun word that we don’t write the same way nowadays than when I was a teenager.
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CYF 185 — Un petit goûter à Paris chez Leonie Bakery — mercredi 18 octobre 2023
After spending the afternoon at the hammam, my friend Geraldine and I did not feel like taking the metro back to Saint-Lazare. The weather was nice so we decided to walk instead. It was a nice walk because Paris is a city that changes a lot, and as you walk, you can really feel the change from one neighborhood to another.
We stopped to eat a little something in a boulangerie.
In the notes that come with the transcript, we will study how to talk about a place, un endroit in French.
So to cultivate your French, you could subscribe to the transcript, enjoy the written text, read it in your mind or aloud and discover what I wished to higltit for you. . The subscription costs four euros a month. When you subscribe, you receive the transcript of the 10 latest episodes.
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!
French expressions are difficult to master! This podcast is a great service to serious lovers of French
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.)