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

French pronunciation pointers – on en trouve

Video lesson

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As English speakers, we tend to pronounce French words with English pronunciation rules. Slow-echoing recordings, like this one, can help you shake up your bad habits by allowing you to hear each sound. Echoing such recordings is how I continue to improve my French, even after many years of living in France.

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French listening lesson: hearing ‘ou’ after ‘planifié’

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If you don’t hear every word, scroll down for the video below the transcript. Enjoy!

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