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Learn French with Gaëlle, an experienced French teacher. 99% in French and designed for students with a basic level (A2) or higher. Gaëlle speaks slowly to make it easier to understand. If you have an intermediate level, you can always increase the playback speed in your app. Each week, you’ll improve your French whilst also learning about French culture, society, history, and much more. Go to LanguaTalk.com/frenchpod to read an interactive transcript of each episode as you listen. This will ...
 
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In this episode, Gaelle gives you some handy tips that’ll help you understand French people and sound more French. Oral French is quite different from written French and you need to be able to spot the contractions and missing letters. You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interactive transcript (which highlights the words as they're spok…
 
In this episode, Gaelle gives you real life examples of how to talk about your weekend or your day at work. Because when you want to have a friendly chat with colleagues or friends, talking about your past day/week/holiday is common. Gaelle will also highlight the differences between “passé composé” and “imparfait” to try to help you use them accur…
 
In this episode, Gaelle interviews Laure, a French woman currently unemployed and who decided to use her free time to do some good and volunteer. Laure talks about the association she volunteers for, what she does there, and explains why she loves it. You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interactive transcript (which highlights the words…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle takes you down a musical path to meet a famous Belgian singer: Stromae. You will learn where his stage name comes from, what he’s been up to for the past 6 years since he left the musical world, and you’ll finally understand the lyrics of his famous “Alors on danse” song. You can get free vocab lists as well as read an inter…
 
In this episode, Gaelle talks about the nuclear strategy chosen by France as its main source of energy and electricity. She explains why the country has made this unique choice and what problems result from it. You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interactive transcript (which highlights the words as they're spoken) whilst listening via …
 
In this episode, Gaelle takes you on an adventure between France and Italy, Renaissance and modern time. She explains why the most famous painting in the world - La Joconde (or Mona Lisa) - is in le Louvre museum in Paris. And she talks about the fascinating relationship between a French king and an Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci. You can get fr…
 
In this episode Gaelle introduces you to 5 new words that are quite unique to the French language, words that can’t be translated into English without using long paraphrases. You will understand the meaning of: dépaysement, gourmand, la rentrée, flâner et bêtise. You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interactive transcript (which highligh…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle will try to understand why French society seems so opposed to vaccines. In the land of Louis Pasteur, the distrust toward jabs, and even more so against the Covid vaccines, can seem incomprehensible. Gaëlle will go through the facts and explain the different factors leading to such distrust. You can get free vocab lists as w…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle interviews a special guest - Elisabeth, a “médiathécaire” (librarian). You will learn what she loves about her job, how the library works in terms of its budget, employees and goals. She will even give you her special recommendations if you want to challenge yourself and start reading a novel in French! You can get free voca…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle will “vous mettre l’eau à la bouche” (make your mouth water) by talking about two all time favourite French foods: cheese and bread. You will discover that good bread is all about the flour you use; and if you don’t want to give a heart attack to your French host, you had better learn how to properly cut a piece of cheese.😉 …
 
In this episode, Gaëlle explores a literary style, typical of France and Belgium, the “bande dessinée” or “BD”. You will discover the drawn world of Astérix and Tintin and finally understand why a “BD” isn’t the same thing as a comic. Gaelle will even make some personal recommendations in case you want to give it a go and buy your first bande dessi…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle focuses on phonetics and explains two phenomena commonly used in French and vital to be understood: “la liaison” and “l’élision”. You will understand when to use them and more importantly, how to pronounce them! With easy and repetitive examples, you'll be able to copy her and practice your beautiful French accent. You can g…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle tells you the story of one of the great French women - Coco Chanel, creator of the world-famous brand. In this short biography, her life will be revealed to you. Both the glorious and the shameful. Because no one is perfect... You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interactive transcript (which highlights the words …
 
In this episode, Gaëlle discusses the specificities of a French meal and the French habits around the table. It’s common knowledge to say that French people have amazing food and a true passion for the subject and here you will understand what makes it so special and why French people still have a 2-hour lunch break. You can get free vocab lists as…
 
The Eiffel Tower...everyone knows its shape and instantly thinks of Paris when seeing it. But did you ever wonder why this big metal structure exists? In this episode, Gaëlle goes back in time and starts at the origins of this monument, unfolding the story all the way to the current period, where it’s now the perfect symbol of France. You can get f…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle tackles stereotypes about French women. Are they really all slim and elegant ? Do they smoke 20 cigarettes a day whilst letting their hairy armpits get some fresh air on Parisian terraces? The truth will finally be revealed! You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interactive transcript (which highlights the words as…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle talks about the French series “Lupin”, produced by Netflix and “must see” of 2021. If you haven’t watched the series yet, don’t worry, no spoilers will take place :) Instead, you will discover the books which inspired the series and the reasons behind this huge success. You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interac…
 
In this episode, Gaëlle helps you with two tricky words: “finalement” and “actuellement”. Through examples and translations in English, you will understand why they are “false friends” and how you should really use them. You can get free vocab lists as well as read an interactive transcript (which highlights the words as they're spoken) whilst list…
 
From New York Times bestselling author Joseph Fink (and creator of Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead) comes a wickedly fun middle grade novel about a Halloween-obsessed girl named Esther Gold, who goes out trick-or-treating for one last year, only to find her town under the thrall of a mysterious presence. BOOK LAUNCH: July 27 @ 8pm ET wit…
 
We released the final episode of Alice Isn’t Dead in 2018, and boy has some stuff happened since then. One of the things that has happened is that all the folks involved in making Alice Isn’t Dead have missed those characters and that world. So we are bringing it back, for one night only, on February 25 as a livestream performance. With Jasika Nico…
 
A brand new live Alice story, performed at the Largo in Los Angeles earlier this year. Don’t forget: you can get the Alice Isn’t Dead novel – a totally reimagining of the story from the podcast – online or in your local bookstore today. Plus, check out our website for cool Alice Isn’t Dead t-shirts, pins, and posters you can own. Music & Production…
 
A compilation of short Alice Isn't Dead bonus episodes we made for our Patreon supporters, based on locations chosen by donors. Now that the Patreon is long since closed, we are making them free for everyone. Enjoy! Don’t forget: you can get the Alice Isn’t Dead novel – a totally reimagining of the story from the podcast – online or in your local b…
 
A brand new podcast from Night Vale Presents co-founders Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor: Start With This, a podcast gone creativity playground designed to put your ideas in motion. Each episode centers around a topic from world building, to opening lines, and even failure. Then they give listeners two short assignments: something to consume and som…
 
Our lesson this time goes back to a joke made by chat-show host Trevor Noah last summer, following the World cup. The only thing is, some people didn’t find his joke funny at all, not least the French ambassador in Washington. So what was it all about, again? Let’s start, as usual, with a conversation to put things in context.…
 
Come see a brand new Alice Isn’t Dead live show, along with performances from Within the Wires and Welcome to Night Vale’s the Faceless Old Woman, at the Largo in LA on April 27! Tickets available now: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Night-Vale-Presents/381517?afflky=LargoAtTheCoronet Listen to Joseph Fink’s new podcast with his Welcome to Night Val…
 
An excerpt from the Alice Isn’t Dead novel, read by Jasika Nicole. New excerpts every two weeks leading up to the release of the novel on October 30! You can pre-order the Alice Isn’t Dead novel here, and check out our 17-city book tour, including an LA stop featuring Jasika Nicole and Disparition, right here. Check out aliceisntdead.com for more i…
 
An excerpt from the Alice Isn’t Dead novel, read by Jasika Nicole. We’ll be posting excerpts from the audiobook every two weeks leading up to the release of the novel on October 30, and we’ll be posting something very special on the novel release date, so stay tuned. You can pre-order the Alice Isn’t Dead novel here, and check out our 17-city book …
 
All road trips end. Pre-order your copy of the Alice Isn’t Dead novel, on sale October 30! And check out our 17 city book tour this fall. Over on the Alice Isn’t Dead store: Dave Watt’s stunning Alice Isn’t Dead road map in three different sizes and Rob Wilson’s logo design on everything from a t-shirt to an enamel pin. Music & Production: Disparit…
 
It didn’t feel like fear. It felt like movement. The Alice Isn’t Dead novel is on sale October 30 – pre-order your signed edition today, and check out our 17 city book tour this fall. Over on the Alice Isn’t Dead store: a stunning Alice Isn’t Dead road map and Rob Wilson’s logo on an enamel pin. Music & Production: Disparition, disparition.info. Wr…
 
I don't know if you deserve forgiveness. The Alice Isn’t Dead novel is on sale October 30 – pre-order your signed edition today, and check out our 17 city book tour this fall. New on the Alice Isn’t Dead store: a stunning Alice Isn’t Dead road map and Rob Wilson’s clever logo on an enamel pin. Music & Production: Disparition, disparition.info. Writ…
 
Man, this isn’t even close to the weirdest thing. Pre-order a signed edition of the Alice Isn’t Dead novel today. On sale October 30, 2018. Check out our 17 city book tour this fall. Check out the Alice Isn’t Dead store, featuring a brand new Alice Isn’t Dead road map, Rob Wilson’s stunning logo on t-shirts, a poster, and an enamel pin, and our Bay…
 
Is this it? (It isn't.) Signed editions of the Alice Isn’t Dead novel available for pre-order today. On sale October 30, 2018. Check out our 17 city book tour this fall. Check out the Alice Isn’t Dead store, featuring a brand new Alice Isn’t Dead road map, Rob Wilson’s stunning logo on t-shirts, a poster, and an enamel pin, and our Bay & Creek t-sh…
 
Traditionally, French high school graduates have been guaranteed public university places, regardless of the grades achieved in their baccalauréat. This, however, has resulted in very high drop-out rates. It is hoped that, from 2018, proposed reforms will result in a more efficient means of access to university. Let’s talk about all this. C’est par…
 
The bad is as human as the good. Pre-order the Alice Isn’t Dead novel today. On sale October 30, 2018. Signed editions now available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada. Don’t forget to check out our 17 city book tour this fall. New on the store: an Alice Isn’t Dead road map, featuring roadside attractions from all three seasons. Available in thre…
 
Watch out for the locals. Pre-order the Alice Isn’t Dead novel today. On sale October 30, 2018. Signed editions now available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada. We’re excited to announce that Jasika Nicole will be narrating the Alice Isn’t Dead audiobook! Find out more information about that and our 17 city book tour on our website. Bay & Creek …
 
When it's time to leave, do it quickly. Pre-order the Alice Isn’t Dead novel today. On sale October 30, 2018. Just announced! Our 17 city book tour for the upcoming Alice Isn’t Dead novel. Bay & Creek t-shirts, Thistle hats, a brand new logo pin, and more available on our store. Music & Production: Disparition, disparition.info. Written by Joseph F…
 
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