Spoken French: making sure you hear ça était and not c’était…

For this one, I hope you can hear ça était? (Please listen enough times so that you are sure you hear ça était and not c’était. You want your ears to be able to distinguish between those two.)

And, notice that dans une has a Z sound in there for the S. I like the une here, because the N is as clearly articulated as you might expect. This is very natural conversational French une.

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Catching “il y a une” in conversational French

This week, I’d like you to listen until you can hear the il y a une circled in yellow.
Listen 5, 10, or 20 times, but make sure you imprint that sound pattern in your brain so that you never miss it during a conversation.

Good luck!

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First days driving a bus in Marseilles

Make sure you can hear all of the words; pay special attention to the ones in yellow.

  • Vous avez commencé is quick because it’s a common series of words: no need for a native speaker to articulate when speaking to another native speaker. And, at the same time, you can’t mistake it for anything else. Try to learn this one not as individual words but as a single sound pattern.
  • le permis and aux arrêts may be hard to catch because they don’t sound at all like we English speakers expect them to sound. Try to forget about what you want to hear and listen for the sounds the speaker makes.
  • quand on: notice that it sounds like “canton.”
  • déjà (5th line, 2nd word): notice how we translated it as “for starters.” If you already know that it can be used this way, you won’t get stopped wondering what the speaker means when you hear it in a conversation.

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In France, is a non-magician allowed to buy magic tricks?

A very important question. Here is the answer!


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His first job in France: teaching economics to hair-styling students


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