French Blabla

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Bonjour à tous ! Welcome to the French Blabla podcast where you'll find tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. If you're fed up with boring grammar books or tired of speaking an artificial French, far from how natives speak, then this podcast is for you. Whether you're studying French or another foreign language, we will cover a wide range of topics that will help you in your learning journey. What are you waiting for? Join me!

Episode Date
Ep23 - Two MORE fillers you haven't learnt at school
06:56

Welcome to the twenty-third episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In episode 20, we studied together two filler words commonly used by French people. There are many of them, so today, I'll introduce you to two more fillers. You will learn how to be a more active participant in conversations and how to show surprise and empathy. Stay tuned!

In this Episode

  • Two more fillers to give more life to your conversations
  • Sound like a native
  • A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today’s episode
Oct 02, 2017
Ep22 - How to say "I'm excited" like a native
09:46

Welcome to the twenty-second episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In episode 4, we talked about risque pronunciation and English words that translated poorly in French. If you haven't listened to this episode or if you don't remember, I suggest you go listen. Today, we're going to focus on one of these phrases "I'm excited". It's commonly translated word for word and it's something you should stay away from. Listen to today's episode to discover how to translate "I'm excited" like a native. Stay tuned!

In this Episode

  • Sound like a native
  • No more embarrassment
  • A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today’s episode

 

Share what you're excited about in the comment section

Do you have any other phrases or puzzling words that you struggle with? What are you excited about in your life? Don’t hesitate to share with me in the comment section.

Music by bensound.com

Sep 18, 2017
Ep21 - What's your favourite recipe?
03:13
Welcome to the twenty-first episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In this new episode we will talk about eating and I will share with you an easy French recipe that I like. We’ll learn how to talk about our food and discover a new tense to help you share your local recipes. Stay tuned! In this Episode The imperative tense Learn the vocabulary of cooking French culture nugget A challenge for you to shine Tell me about your favourite recipe in the comment section Now is your turn to tell me about the things you like to eat. With the help of the vocabulary and grammar that you’ve learnt in the study guide, share with me a recipe from your country or your favourite recipe. I’ll be waiting for you in the comment section. I can’t wait to discover a bit more about you! Music by bensound.com
Sep 04, 2017
Ep20 - Two filler words you haven't learnt at school
07:37
Welcome to the twentieth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In episode 9, we discovered why French was difficult to understand. If you haven't listened to this episode or if you don't remember, I suggest you go listen. Today, we will learn about the second reason why French is difficult to understand and it's because of filler words that are used extensively when we speak. In this episode, I'll share with you two filler words and how to use them like a native. Stay tuned! In this Episode Two filler words to give more life to your conversations Sound like a native A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today’s episode Share your comments in the comment section Do you have any other fillers or puzzling words that you struggle with? Is there something that you can’t seem to master no matter how hard you try? Don’t hesitate to share with me in the comment section. Music by bensound.com
May 03, 2017
Ep19 - Let's talk about your family
02:49
Welcome to the nineteenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In this new episode we will meet Louis and we will have a talk about his family. As he's from Corsica, you will notice that his accent is different from Nicole's. Through our conversation, we’ll learn how to talk about our family and then it will be your turn. Stay tuned! In this Episode Discover a new French accent Learn the vocabulary of the family French culture nugget A challenge for you to shine Tell me about your relatives in the comment section Now is your turn to tell me about the people close to you. With the help of the vocabulary and grammar that you’ve learnt in the study guide, write a few lines about the members of your family. I’ll be waiting for you in the comment section. I can’t wait to discover a bit more about you! Music by bensound.com
Apr 15, 2017
Ep18 - What do you do on weekends - Let's talk about hobbies
03:13
Welcome to the eighteenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In this new episode we meet Nicole, one of my relatives and she will talk about her hobbies and what she likes doing during the weekends. Through our conversation, we’ll learn how to talk about our activities but also we will study some fluency tips to improve your listening skills. Stay tuned! In this Episode Talk about likes and dislikes Learn the vocabulary of hobbies Discover the French culture A challenge for you to shine Tell me about your hobbies in the comment section Now is your turn to tell me about your hobbies! With the help of the vocabulary and grammar that you’ve learnt in the study guide, write a few lines about what you like doing and what you don't like doing on weekends. I’ll be waiting for you in the comment section. I can’t wait to discover a bit more about you! Music by bensound.com
Mar 27, 2017
L'heure du conte - Pierre et le cadeau de Noël
03:15
Christmas is almost here, it's the perfect time to celebrate the holiday with a tale. Today, we will learn together how to write a card or a message to your loved ones for the New Year and for Christmas. We will also see some useful Christmas decoration vocabulary. A study guide is of course waiting for you so that you can practice our special holiday phrases. Share your wishes in the comment section In the study guide, there’s a creative exercise for you to do. If you’d like me to have a look at it, please share it in the comment section. Let's send our best wishes to each other for the holidays. I can’t wait! Joyeux Noël à tous, Music by Nicolai Heidlas "Let It Be Christmas"
Dec 19, 2016
Ep17 - French Essentials #3 - Stop confusing Connaître and Savoir
08:16
Welcome to the seventeenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. I come back with a new episode in the French essentials series. If you haven't checked the two other episodes, click here to end the confusion between "bon" et "bien" and here for the difference between "c'est" and "il est". Today we will study the differences between the verbs "connaître" and "savoir". You will also discover the magic recipe to always know which one to use. Stay tuned! In this Episode A magic rule to always know between your "Connaître" and your "savoir" A special use of the verb "connaître" A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today’s episode A challenge for you to shine Share your answers in the comment section I’m really looking forward to your answers to my little challenge. After a few contributions, I will post the answer to the quizz. Do you have any other pairs or puzzling grammatical use that you struggle with? Is there something that you can’t seem to master no matter how hard you try? Don’t hesitate to share with me in the comment section. Music by bensound.com
Dec 04, 2016
L'heure du conte - 03 - Estula
06:45
Coucou à tous, Did you like the second part of the Fairytale series? I hope it was helpful to you and that l'imparfait is crystal-clear. Today is the final part of our Fairytale series where we will cover the trickiest part of past tenses: how to combine them together in a sentence. You will find plenty of exercises in the study guide but if you have questions, the comment section is all yours. Share your text in the comment section In the study guide, there's a creative exercise for you to do. If you'd like me to have a look at it, please share it in the comment section. It will be very interesting to read the text you wrote for your movie clip. Don't forget to share the link along with the text so that I can check it. A très vite, Music by bensound.com
Nov 22, 2016
Ep16 - How to litter your French like a native #2
07:32
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the sixteenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. This episode is the second part of how to litter your French like a native and is geared towards intermediate and advanced learners. Click here if you miss the first part aimed at beginners and learn some instant actionable tips for a more natural French. Today we'll learn the bad grammar that French people use. Stay tuned! In this Episode Bad grammar French people use One of the most important notion for a natural French Some listening practice
Nov 08, 2016
Ep15 - How to litter your French like a native #1
08:27
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the fifteenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. This episode is the first part of a two parts series in which we will study how to speak a more natural French through common transformations. This episode is aimed at beginners with easy and instantly actionable tips that will improve your French in under 8 minutes. Stay tuned! In this Episode The smooshing comes back Three tips to sound more natural Improve your listening skills A dictation challenge Join the dictation challenge in the comment section In the episode, I challenged you with three smooshed sentences where I applied all the tips that we learnt today. Will you be able to recognize the transformations and write what I said in the comment section? Music by bensound.com
Oct 22, 2016
L'heure du conte - 02 - Les trois souhaits
06:12
Coucou à tous, Did you like the first part of the Fairytale series? If you've missed it, click here and let's do the first part together. I hope it was helpful to you and that le passé composé is crystal-clear. Today we will focus on a new fairytale, less famous than le Petit Chaperon Rouge. With it, we will study our second past tense: l'imparfait. How we use it is very different than with our other past tense and the study guide that I made will help you practice. Share your memories in the comment section In the study guide, there’s a new creative exercise for you to do. If you’d like me to have a look at it, please share it in the comment section. This time you won't have to make a story, you'll be invited to share some childhood memories. I'm really looking forward to sharing with you on the blog. Stay tuned for the final part of the Fairy Tale series where we’ll cover how to use the passé composé and l'imparfait together. A très vite,
Oct 10, 2016
Ep14 - Let's read in French
07:49
Coucou à tous, Welcome to the fourteenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. It's been more than a year that French Blabla exists and it's all thanks to you. Today I have a giveaway for you and also my recommendations to find some reading materials when you're a beginner. Being myself a beginner in Swedish, I know it's not an easy task. Stay tuned! In this Episode Why reading shouldn't be your main language technique How to study actively through reading Reading ideas for beginners A giveaway Music by bensound.com
Sep 23, 2016
Ep13 - Don't forget your raincoat in Ireland - Let's talk about the weather
02:44
Coucou tout le monde, Welcome to the thirteenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In this new episode we will continue our trip to Dublin with Candice. This time, she will talk about the weather . Through our conversation, we’ll learn how to talk about the weather but also we will study some fluency tips to improve your listening skills. Stay tuned! In this Episode Bad French English accent Learn the vocabulary of the weather Tips for a better pronunciation A challenge for you to shine Tell me about the weather in your city in the comment section Now is your turn to tell me about where you live! With the help of the vocabulary and grammar that you’ve learnt in the study guide, write a few lines about the typical weather that you have where you live. You can also describe what the weather is like depending on the seasons. I’ll be waiting for you in the comment section. I can’t wait to discover a bit more about you! Music by bensound.com
Aug 23, 2016
Ep12 - Dublin is so cool - How to describe your city
03:52
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the twelfth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. This episode is a bit special, I’ve decided to have a chat with my little sister and we talked about her last holidays in Dublin. Through our conversation, we’ll learn how to talk about our city. Stay tuned! In this Episode Bad French English accent Learn the vocabulary of the city Tips for a better pronunciation A challenge for you to shine Tell me about your city in the comment section Now is your turn to tell me about your city! With the help of the vocabulary and grammar that you’ve learnt in the study guide, write a few lines about a city you like or the one where you live in. I’ll be waiting for you in the comment section. I can’t wait to discover a bit more about you! Music by bensound.com
Aug 15, 2016
Ep11 - The Real French Etiquette in Shops
07:05
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the eleventh episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. This episode is once again inspired by one of my advanced student who told me a story of an embarrassing situation she experienced in a shop in Paris. She was shocked that nobody told her about that. Today we’re going to study together the real French manners when you go to shops so that you don’t have to experience what my student did. Stay tuned! In this Episode A common French attitude Learn the real French etiquette Stop saying “je voudrais” Some listening practice Share your anecdotes in the comment section Have something like that ever happened to you? Have you ever found yourself in a situation you didn’t understand? How did you react? If you have some embarrassing or funny stories to share, I’ll be delighted to read them. I’ll be waiting for you in the comment section. Music by bensound.com
Aug 15, 2016
L'heure du conte - 01 - Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
06:33
Coucou à tous, I hope everything is going as great for you as for me. I’m thrilled to introduce you with this post to a new segment of my podcast. I will, of course, continue to do the normal episodes with my tips to improve your fluency. I have, however, decided to expand a bit and to create a new series that will teach you French. We will start with the three parts Fairy tale series that will help you master the past tenses. For each part, you will find the audio of the story and a study guide with everything you need from grammar to exercises to learn these tenses. Go to my website to download the study guide. http://frenchteachercaro.wordpress.com Music by bensound.com
Jun 16, 2016
Ep10 - The Guide to Love
09:49
Salut à tous, Welcome to the tenth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. This episode is inspired by one of my Conversation student who keeps using the phrase “je l’aime”. I realized that even though the verb “aimer” is one of the first we learn and seems very easy to use, it can be tricky to master. This verb has a lot of nuances and we will study them today so that you can really express your feelings accurately. Stay tuned! In this Episode Learn how to avoid this common mistake The multiple shades of love A cheat sheet with bonus phrases A challenge for you to shine Music by bensound.com
May 30, 2016
Ep09 - 3 Tips to boost your listening skills
10:26
Salut à tous, Welcome to the ninth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. Today we tackle the biggest challenge French learners face, that is understanding when people talk. Pronunciation in all our study books doesn't come close to what we hear in the streets. There are a few reasons for that and today we will study 3 tips to boost your listening skills. Stay tuned! In this Episode Tips to sound more natural 3 listening skills boosters The reason why you struggle to understand French people A challenge for you to shine Share your answers in the comment section The number 2 is particularly tough as there are a lot of "e" in the sentence. It will help you to count the pronounced syllables. If you haven't joined my Twitter, there's still time. You will find more resources and challenges to improve your French! Music by bensound.com
Mar 25, 2016
Ep08 - Essentials#2 - Stop confusing Bon and Bien
07:10
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the eight episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. Let's start 2016 with some French! I wish you all the best for this new year and I hope you will fill it with language learning. To kick-start it, today we will cover two words that learners usually don't really know how to use. We will cover tips to choose wisely and to understand why we use what we use depending on the situation. Stay tuned! In this Episode Mistakes to avoid Cheat words to swap to instantly know which word to use A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today’s episode A challenge for you to shine Share your answers in the comment section I’m really looking forward to your answers to my little challenge. After a few contributions, I will post the answer to the quizz. Do you have any other pairs or puzzling grammatical use that you struggle with? Is there something that you can’t seem to master no matter how hard you try? Don’t hesitate to share with me in the comment section. Music by bensound.com
Jan 01, 2016
Ep07 - Asking questions about work like a native
06:13
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the seventh episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. I know that in my previous post, I told you that this episode would be the second part of my French Essentials serie, but I changed my mind in the mean time and really wanted to do a follow-up of the third episode where we talked about introducing ourselves like real French people. I thought that doing a single episode about self-introduction and basically about proper French social chit-chat wasn't enough. As for the last episode, do you remember my little challenge? I would like to thank Elias, Ruth, and Danielle for their answers. You did great and right! Congrats to the 3 of you. I'm so happy you joined me here. In this Episode Which phrases are real French and which aren't How to be polite even where you're not interested How to ask for details gracefully A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today’s episode Choose what will be next on the French Blabla podcast! This podcast is for you and your French journey, I'm really interested in knowing what you would like me to cover in the next episodes. Is there a grammar point or a situation that you're curious about? Something you learnt at school you'd like me to frenchify? Please tell me your ideas in the comment section :) A très vite pour un nouvel épisode, Caroline Music by bensound.com
Nov 13, 2015
Ep06 - French Essentials#1 - Stop confusing C'est and Il est
06:59
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the sixth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. This episode was created hearing my advanced students make this mistake over and over again. I’ve decided that it was time to end the confusion and help choose correctly between the two constructions. In today’s episode, you will see that it’s a trap easy to avoid. We will cover tips to choose wisely and to understand why we use what we use depending on the situation. Stay tuned! In this Episode Real tips and explanations Use the two constructions like a boss A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today’s episode A challenge for you to shine Share your answers in the comment section I’m really looking forward to your answers to my little challenge. After a few contributions, I will post the answer to the quizz. Oh and by the way, you remember the question I asked you in the episode, I hope you chose “c’est une fille”! Don’t forget that with an article + noun, we use “c’est”. If you chose correctly, let me know in the comments too! Music by bensound.com
Oct 31, 2015
Ep05 - You shall not pass - Tips to avoid the subjunctive - Guest episode with Takelessons.com
09:33
Bonjour à tous, Welcome to the fifth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. This episode was created in collaboration with our friends at Takelessons.com and you can find the original post by clicking here. You will get extra tips on how to create the subjunctive. I was super excited to be contacted to create an episode for them. I'm also really happy I had the chance to meet the friendly Megan. In today's episode we will talk about the least favourite tense of French learners: the dreaded subjunctive. We will cover tips to avoid using it but also how to sound like a native when you do use it. Stay tuned! In this Episode 4 tips to avoid using the subjunctive Learn how to sound like a native using subjunctive A cheat sheet to download with the tips from today's episode (on my website) Share you story in the comments Which tense is the worst for you? Which phrases would you like to know how to use better? I would love to hear about it. Music by bensound.com
Oct 07, 2015
Ep04 - Risqué pronunciation - The mistakes you must avoid
07:27
Welcome to the fourth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In today's episode, I will share with you a shameful moment of my English journey and you will discover some words that you should pronounce correctly if you don't want to get offended looks, or if you don't want to put yourself in an awkward situation. In this Episode Why I was so embarrassed on that fateful night The words you really shouldn't mispronounce Expressions that are definitely not transparent Share you story in the comments What words or expressions have you used that got you some weird looks? Do you have an embarrassing moment that happened in your learning journey? I would love to hear about it. Music by bensound.com
Aug 24, 2015
Ep03 - How to introduce yourself like a native
04:35
Welcome to the third episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In today's episode, we will go back to the first lesson ever that you took in French. You remember when you learnt how to introduce yourself? I'm sure you only repeated "Je m'appelle" and I'm afraid this is not what natives would say. In this Episode Ways to introduce yourself Say bye bye to artificial French How to behave when you meet somebody Music by bensound.com
Aug 07, 2015
Ep02 - Sound like a native#1 - The R sound
08:12
Welcome to the second episode of French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In today's episode, we will talk about the most difficult sound of the French language, that is to say our R sound. Feared by many of you, after this episode, you will know all there is to know about it and you will have the tools to face this sound! In this Episode Reasons you can't pronounce R in every word A step by step guide to pronounce the R sound How to create your personalized drills Share your story in comments below We've all been struggling with pronunciation and it can be so frustrating not to be able to sound the way we want. Try to do the exercises and tell me if it helped. Which position of the R is the most difficult to you? I would love to hear about it. Music by bensound.com
Jul 31, 2015
Ep01 - Overcome your fear of speaking now
08:46
Welcome to the first episode of French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In today's episode, we will talk about a situation that every learner has faced at least once. It can be a real plague for some of us and prevent us from reaching our full potential. Today is the day you will discover how to overcome your fear of speaking. In this Episode Reasons we get blocked and paralyzed when speaking a foreign language Why the recurrent advice "go face your fear" doesn't work Why active listening will improve your communication 8 practical tips to definitely get rid of fear Share your story in comments below We've all felt this way at one point in our learning journey. What are the situations when you feel anxious and blocked? What do you do to overcome your fear? I would love to hear about it. Music by Bensound.com
Jul 06, 2015