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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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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 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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