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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n

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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agreement

Episode 33 – Don’t say “yes”, use these words instead!




Welcome to the thirty-third episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. I thought it would be interesting to continue on the topic of words to say when interacting with French people. This time, we will study how to express agreement and we will go beyond our traditional “yes”. You’ll be able to create a more active conversation and to add feelings and nuances. Stay tuned!


In this Episode

  • Master different ways to show agreement like a native
  • Add nuances and feelings through agreement
  • Bonus – how to call the doctor’s office
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question tags

Episode 32 – Don’t say this to sound like a native




Welcome to the thirty-second episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. We already talked about the important use of “on” vs “nous” in episode 26. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I strongly encourage you to do it because it will completely change your French. Today my catchphrase holds even more true with this episode. We are going to learn together another foundation of fluency, because what you have learnt at school is a sure way to show that you’re a foreigner. Let’s learn how to use question tags the native way. Stay tuned!


In this Episode

  • Master question tags like a native
  • Add nuances and feelings through question tags
  • A challenge for you to shine
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