when to say tu

Episode 44 – How to choose between “tu” and “vous”

Welcome to the forty-fourth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In this episode, we’re going to talk about the intricacies of the pronouns “tu” and “vous”. Today’s title is a bit misleading and I’m sorry about that. My intent isn’t really to have a definite guide of the different uses of these pronouns, instead I would like to go deeper into the complexity of French social interactions. These two words really reflect that. Obviously, as always, I’ll give you some etiquette tips to behave like a French person, but today is more of a cultural episode.

In this Episode

  • Learn when you can say “tu”
  • The situation where “vous” is the ultimate insult
  • A small etiquette guide to the internet
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ice cream

A day in French – 24 – Tastebuds and Ice cream

Welcome to the twenty-fourth 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. In this episode, I will share some anecdotes related to taste and ice cream. It’s strange to talk about this in winter but I’m longing for sunny days. In episode A day in French – 21 – A Christmas menu in Paris, we talked about some strange food and I’d like to continue today.

The grammar focus is for A levels as we will review the negative. As for the vocabulary, it will be useful for when we get to travel again during the summer. You’ll become ice cream professionals as we will learn many words that you will hear when you order in France. If you struggled understanding the different possibilities on a menu, listen to today’s episode, study the guide and you’ll be ordering like a native. Don’t forget to download it to get access to the transcription. Stay tuned!

In this Episode

  • Order ice cream like a native
  • Review the negative
  • A challenge for you to shine

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Episode 43 – Set your French learning goals for success – With special guest, Ines

Welcome to the forty-third episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. It’s been almost two months that 2021 has started and I haven’t even asked you if you had any good French goals for this year. Every new year is always an opportunity to start fresh and I thought it would be a nice change on the podcast to have a guest. Her name is Ines and she used to be a French teacher, a regular one, just like me, years ago. Now she’s a French coach and she specializes in neurolanguage. She has kindly accepted my invitation to share with us her expertise. If you need a kick in the butt and/or some guidance because you’re a bit lost with all the things you need to learn, then stay tuned and listen to the episode.

In this Episode

  • 5 tips to set effective learning goals
  • 2 tips to stay motivated
  • A guide to achieve your goals
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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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