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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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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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Episode 39 – Listen if you hesitate about the pronunciation of “plus”




Welcome to the thirty-ninth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. Today’s episode is a special request from a dear listener, Sarah. She contacted me on the chat and she told me “Caroline, in french you usually drop the last letter. But how is it with the “plus” I can’t figure out when to say plu or plus“. When I read her question, I panicked a little bit because there was no way I could explain the rules in just two sentences on a chat while preparing dinner. I gave her a very simplified answer but we really need an episode. This is a topic that comes up a lot and a question that you will find in many French podcasts. Today is my turn to cover it. Stay tuned!


In this Episode

  • The rules you need to know how to pronounce the word “plus”
  • A challenge for you to shine
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Episode 38 – Using “alors” doesn’t have to be hard. Discover these 5 meanings




Welcome to the thirty-eighth episode of the French Blabla podcast where we will cover tips to increase your fluency while boosting your way of learning. In episode 36, we talked about different ways to express the phrase “je ne sais pas”. One of these ways was “alors là”, my personal favourite. I thought about this phrase and realized that this word “alors” is really multifaceted. So today, we will dive into some meanings that the word “alors” has. Stay tuned!


In this Episode

  • Five new ways to use this little word
  • How to show emotion like a native
  • The absolute no-no when cooking carbonara
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