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Le Corbeau et le Renard

Nous sommes au 17ème siècle, sous le règne de Louis XIV : la France connaît une période faste au niveau des arts et des lettres. De grands esprits littéraires vont marquer la culture du pays à jamais. Ils s'appellent Corneille, Molière, Racine mais aussi Jean de la Fontaine : son nom, qui à lui seul...

Host: Erica, Amaury
Function: telling_a_story
Topic: literature

Published: December 30, 2013

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La Renaissance des Jeux Olympiques

Le français est, avec l'anglais, la langue officielle du Comité international olympique et est largement utilisé lors des Jeux. Mais y a-t-il une raison derrière cela?  Par l'intermédiaire de deux journalistes présents sur place lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture, nous allons revenir sur leur réintrod...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: November 25, 2013

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Charles de Gaulle

Dans un récent sondage auprès des Français, le général de Gaulle a été classé aux côtés de Napoléon comme  'personnage le plus célèbre de l'Histoire de France'. Nous allons donc partir à la découverte de ce grand homme dans cette leçon et reprendre les principales étapes de sa vie. Ce podcast nous p...

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: people, history

Published: November 18, 2013

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Fender Bender

We hope you never have an experience, like a little car accident, where you have to defend why the mishap wasn't your fault, but obviously the other bonehead that didn't respect the stop sign. Just in case, though, in today's podcast you'll learn how to hold your own in French if it ever happens to ...

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: mishaps

Published: November 08, 2013

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Labor Union Movement

Les Français sont célèbres pour leurs grèves et leurs manifestations, mais quelles sont leurs revendications, leurs demandes? Découvrez dans ce podcast le vocabulaire du parfait manifestant, et comment parler à vos "camarades travailleurs"....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: November 04, 2013

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Uninvited Guest : Part II

Now the soirée is over, and it is time to assess the damage that our uninvited guest has caused. In today's podcast, we learn how to politely ask a guest who has overstayed their welcome to leave in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: accidents

Published: November 01, 2013

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Uninvited Guest : Part I

In today's podcast, learn the language you use to find out who invited this person, and also what not to do in French if you don't want to be considered an uninvited guest yourself....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: October 25, 2013

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Sœur Emmanuelle

You've surely heard of Mother Theresa, but have you heard of her French equivalent, Sister Emmanuelle? We honor the recent passing of this great woman in today's lesson, where you'll learn some sophisticated French from two French nuns. You'll also learn in this lesson how to talk about someone who ...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: October 18, 2013

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I'm Hungry

Some people just shouldn't have pets. Find out why in today's podcast, where we learn how to say to be hungry and thirsty in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Function: complaining

Published: October 11, 2013

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Gift Wrapping

It's the holiday season and that means not only lots of shopping, but also lots of gift wrapping! Want to learn the key elements of wrapping up a gift in French? Then listen to today's podcast!...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: October 09, 2013

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Beauty Secrets

For women, trading secrets with each other about how to stay looking radiant and youthful is an essential topic to be able to discuss. In today's podcast, let some French guys teach you a few beauty tips and how to talk about skin care....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: health, beauty

Published: October 07, 2013

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Either He's Sleeping or He's Dead

The first time that we have a new adventure is always exciting but, in today's podcast, the sightseeing experience is quite 'unforgettable.' In this lesson, we learn how to talk about flying in French, how to say there is a problem, and also master the either/or structure....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: October 02, 2013

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Are You Ready?

In today's podcast, we learn about the plural form of "you," and have a lesson on how to say "good evening" and  "everybody" in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: greetings

Published: September 30, 2013

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Are You Having a Beer?

In today's podcast, we learn how to talk about beer and women's hair colors at the same time. This lesson will also teach you how to say what you prefer in French and we discuss a colorful cocktail you can try if you go to France....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: drink, beer
Function: ordering_food

Published: September 25, 2013

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The French Open

Jeu, set et match...we're not going to learn how to serve or practice your forehand in today's podcast, but we will learn the French vocab to talk about Roland Garros, a.k.a. the French Open....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: sports
Function: complaining, sports

Published: September 23, 2013

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It's Fun! Try It!

Sometimes it's fun to be a kid again, even for just a few minutes. In today's podcast, we have a lesson about fun. We learn how to tell some in French that they are acting like children and also how to tell someone they were right....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: September 18, 2013

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Surprise Party

Decorations, cake, presents, a big sign with the birthday person's name on it, but most importantly, the build-up of excitement for that moment when you get to see the surprised look on the person's face. In today's podcast, our birthday boy is surprised alright! Share in his amazement and learn the...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: September 16, 2013

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Destination... London!

Although they might not easily admit it, many French dream about crossing the Channel and spending a few fun-filled days in England... In today's podcast, we have a lesson about London and learn some French vocabulary to talk about traveling and staying in the city....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: September 13, 2013

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Is Someone Sitting Here?

Polite phrases are essential to a comfortable stay in France and giving someone a good impression of yourself. In today's podcast, we learn how to ask someone if a chair is free, as well as how to respond. We also learn the most basic of things, how to say thank you and you're welcome in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: September 09, 2013

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You Are So Beautiful

Today's podcast is for you, romantic French learner, who might date a French demoiselle or monsieur one day and need to know how to compliment someone in French and - because, of course, you are going to take them to a fancy restaurant - how to ask for the check....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Function: apologizing

Published: September 04, 2013

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Do We Leave a Tip?

To leave a tip or not to leave a tip...that is the question. When it comes time to pay the check, it's not always clear what to do in the tipping department when you're abroad. In today's podcast, we learn the tip situation in France and also how to tell someone they're crazy in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: money, services
Function: arguing

Published: September 02, 2013

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I'm Going to Miss You...

Shakespeare said that parting is such sweet sorrow. How would he say that in French? Well, we're not going to learn that in today's podcast, I mean, this is a newbie after all, but we will learn how to say a few basic parting phrases in French and also how to tell someone that you are going to miss ...

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: goodbyes
Function: farewells

Published: August 28, 2013

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When's the Wedding?

The barman at the local café can be an important ally in France when you need a quick fix of caffeine to get through your day. The one in today's podcast actually saves one of his dear customer's love lives as we have a lesson on how to talk about days and dates in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: numbers, dates

Published: August 26, 2013

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The Euro vs. The Franc

What happens when your country throws away a currency they've been using for decades and replaces it with a new one? For some people the transition goes smoothly, but for others...well, it might take awhile to get used to. In today's podcast, we join les Rossignol, a French couple on a shopping excu...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: August 23, 2013

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La Fête de la Musique

It's only the greatest day of the year in France...ever! If you don't know what it is, then you must listen to this French lesson and find out. In today's podcast, we shall be the third wheel of two Parisians who are experiencing first-hand the most unique and wonderful French event - La Fête de la ...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: August 21, 2013

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Making the Bridge

No, this lesson isn't about building infrastructure, it's about taking days off work the French way. Find out in this podcast what it means when the French talk about making bridges. We'll also learn in this lesson how to say a few days of the week in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: August 19, 2013

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Tour de France

When you think cycling, you think Tour de France. In today's podcast, we have a lesson on some of the French expressions and vocabulary associated with this sports event, but we also learn how to encourage someone who wants to give up....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: sports

Published: August 16, 2013

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Do You Have Some Change?

In today's podcast, we learn how to talk about coins and how to give our opinions on someone's talents and abilities in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: August 14, 2013

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Advent Calendar

In today's podcast, you'll learn how to say what the date is in French, as well as a few numbers. You'll also learn how to say that you think something is great, as well as how to ask why in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: August 12, 2013

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It's a Christmas Tree

How lovely are thy branches. But are they real or fake? In today's podcast, learn how to talk about Christmas trees in French. You'll also learn in this lesson how to ask someone why they are doing something....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: August 09, 2013

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Shall We Go in the Water?

Heck, no! We've heard there are sharks in there. Or maybe we've just seen too many Steven Spielberg movies. Either way, in today's podcast, we have a lesson on how to talk about some marine life in French and we'll also learn how to persuade someone that they are overreacting and imagining things......

Host: Erica, Amaury
Function: persuading, warning
Topic: danger, life, marine

Published: August 07, 2013

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Bastille Day

Every year, the French celebrate the day that the people stormed the Bastille, and set the winds of change from Monarchy to Democracy. In today's podcast, let's go back in time to the streets of Paris, to that day in 1789 that changed France, and the world, forever....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: August 02, 2013

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Very Superstitious

It's time for the Olympics, and in today's podcast, we learn what French people call them. We also have a lesson about how to talk about dates and numbers in French, as well as learn some vocabulary related to superstitions....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: sports, dates

Published: July 31, 2013

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Marie Antoinette: What Does She Want Now?

The National Holiday in France might only be on July 14th, but the FrenchPod team is going to celebrate it all week as an excuse to do another historical drama. In today's podcast, let's go back in time to the Versailles of Louis XVI, and learn a little history through French and a little French thr...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: July 24, 2013

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La Rentrée

What is la rentrée? Find out in today's podcast, where you'll also learn some back-to-school vocab, as well as how to tell someone they are lucky in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: July 22, 2013

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Just Forget It

In today's podcast, join a serious debate as two French speakers argue over which movie they think is the best of all time. You'll learn a few ordinal numbers along the way, and also how to say "forget it" in French....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: July 17, 2013

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Did You See Beatrice's New Haircut?

In today's podcast, we learn how to gossip in French and have a lesson on the French vocabulary and expressions you need, like to dye and highlights, to visit the hairdresser....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: July 12, 2013

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I'm cold

Eskimos and beach bums have different concepts of cold, but the French words to express the sensation are the same. In today’s podcast, you’ll learn how to say it and so much more…....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Function: complaining

Published: July 08, 2013

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Roller Coaster

The 100th lesson!! It's almost as exciting as being on a roller coaster. In today's podcast, we learn a few directional phrases in French and also how to say that we feel like we're going to throw up....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: July 05, 2013

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Bad Movie

Did you wish you knew how to express yourself in the French language when you saw Ishtar or Waterworld? In today’s podcast, learn the French you need to tell your movie companion that you think the movie is not worthy of a César award and that it’s time to go....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: July 03, 2013

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The Rossignols Go to London

In today's lesson, the Rossignols take a trip across the channel to London, and we learn how to talk about les soldes (the sales) and how to give opinions in French on how your vacation is going. Later in the podcast, we have a discussion about the relationship between the Frogs and the Roastbeefs. ...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: July 01, 2013

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Family Affair

Don't you just love those family get-togethers where somebody always starts an argument with someone else? In today's podcast, we witness a family dispute in French and learn some vocabulary about birthdays....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: June 28, 2013

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Red or White?

A language Newbie needs to learn the basics. When it comes to French, that means they must be able to express their wine preferences. In today's podcast, learn how to match wine with food; at the end we'll talk about some cultural aspects of wine consumption in France!...

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: colors, food, wine

Published: June 26, 2013

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I've Really Thought It Over

Rites of passage are always interesting when it comes to different cultures, so today we check out what French people say when they get married. In today's podcast, we are witnesses to the end of a wedding ceremony in France and learn the vows that one makes in French to get hitched....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: June 24, 2013

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Lost in the Mountains

In today's lesson, we join two hikers in the French Alps who are walking around. And around.  And around. You'll learn how to argue with someone in French that you think you are lost and how to respond that, no, you are not. Later in the podcast, we discuss Chamonix Mont-Blanc and give some travel t...

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: June 21, 2013

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I Love This Song

It doesn't matter if you're a Linkin Park fan, a lover of Debussy, or maybe Glen Campbell's more your style...the French verbs to talk about what kind of music you like are the same. In today's podcast, we'll learn them along with a little chat about the modern musical industry in France....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: June 19, 2013

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Can You Take a Picture?

Here we learn the French phrases to ask someone to take our picture, and also to say 'Hey! What are you doing?!" What is the connection  between these two things? Listen to today's podcast to find out....

Host: Erica, Amaury

Published: June 17, 2013

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The Weather Forecast

An important skill when spending time in France is being able to watch the weather forecast. How else will you know what to wear tomorrow? In today's podcast, we analyze la méteo and learn the meteorological words that you'll hear in a French weather forecast....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: weather

Published: June 14, 2013

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The Hunting Trip

Hunting is a controversial topic in these modern times, especially in France. In this lesson, we join some French hunters as they creep through the woods and find the unexpected. Later in the podcast, we discuss gun laws and the hunting debate in France....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Topic: sports, animals
Function: giving_orders

Published: June 12, 2013

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Going Green

Global warming is a frequent topic of conversation these days among earthlings. You might wish to have a chat with your French-speaking pals on conserving energy and looking after the planet someday, so, in today's podcast, we learn some French words to talk about transportation and the environment....

Host: Erica, Amaury
Function: approving

Published: June 10, 2013

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