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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. 

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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Last week, I paid a visit to my friend Pauline. She’s expecting her third child. It means that her husband and her need to create a third room in their house. They are going to turn the room, that is now her private room with her desk and where she does Pilates, into a child room.
The first step that she told me about is to remove all the furnitures : a sofa, a desk, two bookcases. 

Pauline lives in a house built in the beginning of the twentieth century. So in the room that we are talking about there are mouldings on the walls and  a wooden floor. 
What are her projects for this room in terms of decoration? This is what you are going to hear in today’s episode. 

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

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You know that there is a big construction site in front of our building. Last week-end some workers dismantled one of the tower cranes. It was crane number 3. There were 5 cranes on the site. 
I was wondering how they would do this. I had imagined that maybe an helicopter could be involved. No, of course, they used another crane. I was able to witness all this show as it started early in the morning, before my kung-fu class. 
Two men got on the jib of the crane to take apart the counterweights. It was breathtaking to watch! 
I was surprised that it went so fast. A lorry was expecting down the crane and received the different parts. 
The disappearition of this crane is the first sign that things are now different on the construction site. Another part of the story begins. This is what you are going to hear in today’s episode. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

 

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This morning Lisa had an appointment with a cardiologist in the 17 th arrondissement. Nothing serious. 
The 17 th is not far from our home. We walked to Pont de Levallois and took the métro there, line 3. This morning there was no barges on the Seine when we crossed the bridge. I love when there are péniches. it’s a little game that I invented : le jeu des péniches. If you see one, you win. if you don’t see any, you lose. Well, we lost this morning. 
Lisa and I got off at Wagram station. We were early for the appointment, so we opened our eyes and watched what was around us. This is what you are going to hear in today’s episode. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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When the first lockdown ended in France, in May 2020, the government created the « coup de pouce », the little help if you prefer. It’s a financial help to encourage people to use their bike more often. 
This period was incredible for the use of bikes in cites. New cycles lanes were created in a few days around Paris. We could see teams of workmen painting the yellow lines everywhere. Including in our neighbourhood. 
Last week, a neighbour of mine, Bin, and a friend of mine, Maryam, both suggested that I use the « coup de pouce » for my bike. To benefit from this measure I called Fabrice, the repairman they both knew. 
My appointment was this morning. Fabrice is a repairman that comes to your home. He has everything with him. 
When we met, he happily told me that he would do his best to improve the brakes of my vintage Peugeot bike. This is where the episode starts today. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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This month, on One Thing In A French Day, I release every Monday an episode with Nathalie Iris, the bookseller that I met last year during lockdown. She tells us about books that she has enjoyed. If you don’t feel confident enough, these books might be a little bit difficult to read. The book I’m telling about in this episode is not difficult at all, I find it very interesting and it can be a tremendous help to improve your daily life vocabulary or your daily life sentences. It does not take place in France, but the writer is French and really sees things as a French person. 

What books have you read in French? Why did you like them? I’m curious, please don’t hesitate to give some titles in the comments of my blogpost « I read books in French » at

This month, on One Thing In A French Day, I release every Monday an episode with Nathalie Iris, the bookseller that I met last year during lockdown. She tells us about books that she has enjoyed. If you don’t feel confident enough, these books might be a little bit difficult to read. The book I’m telling about in this episode is not difficult at all, I find it very interesting and it can be a tremendous help to improve your daily life vocabulary or your daily life sentences. It does not take place in France, but the writer is French and really sees things as a French person. 

What books have you read in French? Why did you like them? I’m curious, please don’t hesitate to give some titles in the comments of my blogpost « I read books in French » at www.cultivateyourfrench.com in the blog section. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

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In France, there is a franco-german TV channel. It’s called Arte. Everything is different on Arte. It’s a cultural and european channel. 

A few weeks ago, the show En Thérapie started on Arte who produced the show with 2 famous filmmakers : Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache . It’s an adaptation of an israelian TV show. And the title can be translated by « In treatment ». Each episode takes place on a different day of the week and is about the session of a character with Docteur Dayan, a psychiatrist. On Mondays, it’s Ariane. She’s a doctor and works at the hospital. The show starts right after the November 2015 Paris attacks. 

The show has a tremendous success in France. Maybe because we all feel like we need to speak as life is so different these days. In today’s episode, I’m going to tell you about how the actress that plays Ariane showed up different times in my life this month. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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Sometimes, we get very good at understanding a language. It’s the beginning of something new, something very pleasant and rewarding. The ear catches whole sentences, we get good at understanding videos on the Internet, movies in French etc.  

But sometimes, we set aside how to improve our speaking of that language. And I don’t think this is a good plan.

So, as in last week episode, today the aim is that you train yourself to talk. I have recorded this dialogue between my friend Pauline and I. She tells me about the play her husband and her  had seen the day before. First you are going to hear the dialogue.

Then, to make things more practical, you will also hear only my lines. With the other part of the dialogue left blank,you will be able to act as if you were Pauline telling me about your evening at the theater!

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

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It’s a great thing to improve your understanding skills, this way you can be ready 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 come with me to the cheesemonger. Yes, don’t you remember what’s on your shopping list? Camembert, Beaufort and goat cheese. And you know that once inside the shop you might be tempted to buy something else too. 

Are you ready? You are in Paris, queuing outside the little shop. Some customers go out and it’s your turn to go inside. It smells good! 
First you are going to hear the dialogue between my friend Pauline, who plays the cheesemonger, and myself, the customer. 
Then, to make things more practical, you will also hear only the cheesemonger lines. With the other part of the dialogue left blank,you will be able to act as if you were the customer at the fromagerie!

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006

All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

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In January, I had the chance to meet a wine professional in Paris, his name is Benoît Melendez. He has a shop, L’extra brut. Does it give you any clue about the kind of wine he sells? yes? He sells wines, but particular ones : he sells Champagne and only Champagne! In this shop, which is also a « Bar à Champagne » you can drink Champagne at the bar with some food or buy a bottle to bring home. Of course, the « bar » is closed for the moment but the shop is opened. So on cold winter day, I walked from Saint-Lazare station to rue Condorcet, in South PIgalle, to meet Benoît Melendez. You have to imagine me in his shop, surrounded by nice bottles, seated on a bar stool made of wood, in front of a very smiling man who really loves his work. 
So, in today’s episode, you are going to hear Benoît Melendez talking about Champagne! 

Cultivate Your French podcast, ONE slow french episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photo is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

L’Extra Brut : 19 Rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris
http://lextrabrut.com/

 

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