Two “spoken French” expressions: ça fait + time… and… un coup de fil

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Direct link for members : Rémy est papa
Hello All!
Today, I’ve put the sound UNDER the text to remind you to read first and listen afterwards…

  • reading the transcript before listening is not cheating
  • reading the translation is not cheating

Enjoy! Scroll down to play the sound.

Slow version

Original version


I know this one is challenging. So that I can make a video to help with the challenging bits, add a comment below telling me which words you don’t hear. (You can add a comment without giving your name or email address.)

Also, remember to use the loop button. Here is a video explaining how:

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Spoken French: two types of French R and a common expression

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Direct link for members : Paris-Roller: interviews with participants

Hello All!
In this one, you’ll hear two different French Rs and an expression that I already mentioned over here…

Listening tip: If you hear only vous attendiez instead of vous vous attendiez, use the loop button (looks like an ‘infinity’ symbol lying on its side) and the loop bars to isolate and repeat that bit of sound. At first, you might only hear a longer-than-normal vous instead of vous vous. Good luck!

For members: keep listening here… Paris-Roller: interviews with participants

Also for members: no time to download the full interview but want to hear the interviewee’s answer? (Play button will only work for paid subscribers. Non-members can click here for more free stuff.)

French listening comprehension test: how many times – from our “fleuriste” interview

Type of listening test: “how many times?”

In a “how many times” listening test, we want to know how many listens it takes before the learner hears the words printed in the transcript.
Ready to get started? Just press the start button.

Spoken French: hearing “shpah” and realizing it is “je ne sais pas”

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Direct link for members : Frédérike Unger : danseuse professionnelle

Hello All!
If a French person said shpah, would your ears hear…
– nothing?
– noise?
– je ne sais pas?

So that you hear je ne sais pas, please listen to today’s clip 8 or 10 times. (Yes, this is quick! Yes, your ears will get used to it. Are you listening for 20 minutes at time, 3 times per week?)

French Listening Comprehension - je ne sais pas
French Listening Comprehension – je ne sais pas

For members: keep listening here…

Language-learning philosophy time:

I agree: hearing these words ‘in the wild’ – in a real conversation – is a little like going on a bird-watching trip with a group of real bird-watchers: you spend the day pointing your binoculars at this tree and that tree, seeing NOTHING! And you get depressed because your bird-watching buddies can count the stripes on the neck of a bird that, for you, looks like a tiny blob hundreds of yards away. And then you remember that you’ve pulled yourself through harder things. Maybe this is all about experience? Maybe it just takes time?

Your brain and your ears know how to do this. If you listen for the words you see on the page and you listen repeatedly to the same recordings, you will start to hear the words. More and more of the words will become clear. I promise.

And it’s fun, don’t you agree?
Best regards, David

French listening: faut-il manger la croûte ?

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Direct link for members : un Fromageur/affineur à Strasbourg

Hello All,
Today you’ll hear this cheese expert — the one on the right — answer that eternal question, “Should you eat the rind of the cheese? Or should you cut it off?”

Play this sound 6 times – that should take 2 minutes. If there is a word you don’t hear, play the sound again until you hear it.
I hope you enjoy it!

French Listening Comprehension - faut-il manger la croûte
French Listening Comprehension – faut-il manger la croûte