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Episode 41 – Are you guilty of saying “comme ci comme ça”? Time to use “bof” instead




Welcome to the forty-first episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. Guys, it’s time for the truth! Are you guilty of answering “comme ci comme ca” when somebody asks you how you are? I have no idea where it comes from, maybe from a song but when I was teaching in schools, students sometimes answered with this phrase. Frankly, I don’t know anybody in my relatives nor friends that ever said this. Today, we’re gonna drop the comme ci comme ca and study how to answer properly like French people would. In episode 22, we talked about how to translate the phrase “I’m excited” and following up on this episode, we’re going to dive a little bit deeper into the French world of total lack of enthusiasm. This three letter word we’ll study can be used in different situations with different meanings. Stay tuned!


In this Episode

  • Learn how to show a lack of enthusiasm
  • Learn two body expressions and turn into a real French person
  • The real answer to “how are you?”
  • Cultural nugget about French social habits
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olive oil

A day in French – 22 – Olive Oil


Welcome to the twenty-second episode of this series that will transport you to the daily life of a French woman. We will cover specific vocabulary to increase your fluency while practicing particular grammar points. I hope you’re hungry because we’re going to talk about food, my favourite topic. In the previous episode, we talked about food as well but about a very strange Christmas menu. I wonder if there were any vegetarians who listened to that episode. Today, nothing disgusting I promise, it will be about olive oil. I will share a story about last summer and a tour that I did with my family. Don’t forget to download the study guide to get access to the transcription. Stay tuned!



In this Episode

  • Cultural nugget about olive oil
  • Review the object pronoun “les”
  • A challenge for you to shine

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Episode 40 – “Let’s” or the subtle art of suggesting




Welcome to the fortieth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. I noticed that a lot of learners struggle with the translation of “let’s”, especially since it’s very different from the translation of the verb “to let”. This can be confusing. Today we’re going to talk about it. Before listening, I suggest you refresh your mind with the episode 26 , where we covered when to use “nous” and when to use “on”. You will need it to fully grasp this new episode. Stay tuned!


In this Episode

  • Three phrases to properly translate “let’s”
  • The number one sentence you need to know to leave a place
  • A challenge for you to shine
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A day in French – 21 – A Christmas menu in Paris


Welcome to the twenty-first episode of this series that will transport you to the daily life of a French woman. We will cover specific vocabulary to increase your fluency while practicing particular grammar points. What is the weirdest or most disgusting thing you have ever eaten in your life? For me, it was silkworm pupae, that I ate when I was in Korea. I put it in my mouth a bit reluctantly. I really thought it was going to be disgusting but to my surprise, I enjoyed it. I won’t say it was delicious but it was edible and somewhat interesting. Today, we’re going to travel back in time and we will be heading towards Paris during a hard time the town had to face. Since, it was Christmas not a very long time ago, I would like to talk about a very strange Christmas menu that was found in restaurants at that time. Stay tuned!



In this Episode

  • Historical nugget about a crazy time in Paris
  • Animal and food vocabulary
  • Review the passive voice with the present tense
  • A challenge for you to shine


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