Ferdinand Cheval was born in 1836 and became a postman in Hauterives, a town in the Drome region of France. In 1879, while walking his delivery route, he stumbled upon a beautiful stone that started the wheels turning in his head. He spent the rest of his life building an “Ideal Palace” out of rocks collected from his postal route.
Laurence lives in Lower Normandy. In this interview, she tells us how she met Jean, her future husband, in New York.
This is a very short interview: only 5 minutes. It may be a bit easier than most, because Laurence speaks so clearly. I hope you enjoy it!
Tunisian grocers are well-known in Paris for being open late into the evening and for lending a friendly ear to those in need. Our reporter wanted to interview Mister Halloumi because Mister Hallomi and his store make our reporter’s neighborhood a better place to live.
After listening to this interview, you are going to want to find this nice gentleman and go shop in his store! I hope you enjoy the recording.
In this interview, Major Hensinger talks about a retirement home for members of the French Foreign Legion.
We recorded this back in 2002 for Fluent French Audio.
A warning about this interview – you will find it very challenging. On the other hand, if you work through it carefully, you’ll learn new ‘shortened’ versions for many words. For instance, there is a ‘mais avec‘ that sounds like ‘maec‘. Challenging, but that’s what you are here for, correct?
What I like about this interview is that the delivery reminds me of the French military people I know in my wife’s family: polite, but matter-of-fact. When my wife describes this style of speech, she uses an expression she picked up while living in the US: “no BS.”
I hope you enjoy it! – David Tolman.