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We have been on holidays for two weeks. We were supposed to go one week in Brittany, but because of the new lockdown rules we were not allowed to leave. Our new circle has a diameter of 10 kilometers. A big part of Paris is in our circle. 

Pietro, my husband, had to work so the girls and I took our holidays « in Paris ». We did some nice things : having lunch « à emporter », walking rue Réaumur to watch the nice early 20th century buildings, going to the Jardin des plantes, visiting nice bookshops, etc.

And we did a « macarons » afternoon. We did not baked some macarons, we went to by some in famous places in Paris : Ladurée, Carette and Dalloyau. A macaron costs between 2,10 and 2,20 euros. It’s an expensive little cake. We have been nicely welcomed in Ladurée and Carette. But Dalloyau was quite different. The lady literally through the macarons in a paper bag with no respect for their fragility.

Back home, we organized a serious tasting. 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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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’s episode, today the aim is that you train yourself to talk. I have recorded this dialogue between my friend Marilyne and I. She stayed for the night and we meet in the kitchen at breakfast time.

Then, to make things more practical, you will also hear only her lines. With the other part of the dialogue left blank,you will be able to act as if you were me welcoming Marilyne in the kitchen and asking her questions about what she eats for breakfast. The dialogue is rather long, so you will play this game until the lines about the confiture.

In the transcript, I also give you some specific sentences about the breakfast and I encourage you to leave me an audio message about your breakfast. 

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, 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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