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”

de la poupée adulte au poupon – French listening sample

In this sample from the Doll Museum interview, Samy Odin talks more about the transformation of dolls from representing adults to representing children and babies. In the early- and mid-19th century, dolls allowed girls to try on the role of an adult. That changed in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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: Le Musée de la Poupée à Paris

A bit of French listening: les canons de la beauté

In this section of the interview from the Doll Museum, Samy Odin reminds us that Barbie would not have been considered beautiful back in the late 19th century. I guess that if Barbie had been a real person and had lived back then, people would have wondered if the tall, thin lady was getting enough to eat!

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: Le Musée de la Poupée à Paris