Episode 42 – How to find natives to talk to

Welcome to the forty-second episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. A few weeks ago, I sent you an email asking you what your biggest struggle was. The answers were overwhelming. Almost everybody asked me how to find natives to talk to. Christine for example told me “finding someone to speak French with”. David, who also answered my email, faces the same problem. “Finding opportunities to practice” he told me. I also received emails directly in my inbox asking me the same question. Today we’re going to go over some solutions we have to finally find where these French people hide. We’ll divide this episode in two parts. In the first one, we’ll explore French people favourite’s hideouts in your town. The second part will apply if you live in the heart of the countryside or in a very small town. We will need to rely on the magic of the internet. Let’s start!

In this Episode

  • Tips to find natives in your town
  • Tips to find natives online
  • A personal story


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Share your questions in the comment section

Do you have any situation where you struggle in French? 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.

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2 thoughts on “Episode 42 – How to find natives to talk to

  1. Tony says:

    As an English speaker, you may find yourself in demand to correspond with others etc eg by
    registering with https://www.francaisfacile.com/ which requires you to provide details.

    However, if like me you are shy and reluctant (ie still refusing) to take up requests to correspond/assist in English in return for getting assistance with your French then that of course is another barrier.

    • Caro says:

      This website is well-known but the interface isn’t to my taste. I always have troubles finding the things I want.
      Yes, the problem with all these apps is that you need to be willing to help the other person with their language. Slowly would be best to avoid this problem as it’s not aimed at language learning.
      But Tony, you say you’re shy! I haven’t noticed that at all when we were chatting together.

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