Spoken French: Ou quelque chose comme ça

As an English speaker you’ll sometimes end a sentence with ‘or something.’ When you translate that to French, it becomes ‘ou quelque chose.’ But you don’t want to end a French sentence with ‘ou quelque chose.’ Instead, get into the habit of saying ‘ou quelque chose comme ça.’ Here’s an example in spoken French.


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Un peu d’humour – Cécile punches back

I really liked this little section of the interview with Cécile. She has just described her daughter’s screaming fit for McDonald’s french fries. The daughter was not the only problem: Cécile also had to deal with passers-by who gave their opinion and suggested that the little girl was perhaps poorly raised by her mother! We pick up where Cécile has finished the description of the fit and is saying, you know, handling my daughter and strangers who reproach me without understanding the situation, it’s really quite a lot to have to deal with…

Listening suggestion: Listen to this 8 to 10 times, then test yourself: can you follow the recording without looking at the text?

You can listen to the whole interview here: Cécile, a member of the parents’ association “Autisme 75”

On mange au MacDo ?

You probably don’t go to France to eat at McDonald’s, but you can’t completely ignore it, either. This short clip will help you recognize the French pronunciation of “Mac – Do – nald” and the French abbreviation, “Mac – Do.”

Listening suggestion: Listen to this 8 to 10 times, then test yourself: can you follow the recording without looking at the text?

You can listen to the whole interview here: Cécile, a member of the parents’ association “Autisme 75”

La puce à l’oreille – one of two expressions with ‘puce’ in this interview

Did you already know this expression? Here’s proof that the natives really do say…. “to put the flea in the ear.”

Listening suggestion: Listen to this 8 to 10 times, then test yourself: can you follow the recording without looking at the text?

You can listen to the whole interview here: Cécile, a member of the parents’ association “Autisme 75”