Paris-Roller: interviews with participants

Nathalie Faucher spoke with two “Paris Roller” veterans about this famous twice-weekly roller-blading event. Whether you are looking for a date or just need some exercise, make plans to participate the next time you are in Paris!

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Note from Dave: in the interest of adding more recordings, I have not yet done the individual listening pages for this interview. If you want more individual listening pages (where you have the play button and the loop button and the image of a given page) please email me :


Rémy est papa

Nathalie Faucher spoke with Rémy about the birth of his daughter. As his wife prepared to take care of the baby, Rémy took care of technical and administrative details, such as checking up on health care coverage and making sure his car was full of gas for the big trip (almost 1 kilometer!) to the hospital.

Rémy est papa, Track 1

Rémy est papa, Track 2

Rémy est papa, Track 3

Rémy est papa, Track 4

Rémy est papa, Track 5

Rémy est papa, Track 6

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Apicultrice: interview with a French beekeeper in the Vercors Mountains

Magali has always had a passion for bees, and now she makes her own honey from wild flora in the Vercors mountain range. You’ll love her pretty voice and precise pronunciation.

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Track 2 (first track of the interview)
Magali lives in the Vercors Mountains and collects her honey at up to 1200 Meters above sea level. What brought her to this region and to this profession?

Track 3
So, please tells us how bees make honey.

Track 4
Right now, there is a lot of work, because you are in the harvest period, right? Tell us about the cycles of production during the year. Everything depends upon the queen, is that so?

Track 5
So you make ‘artisanal honey,’ right? Can you tell us about the difference between your honey and what you call ‘intensive honey?’

Track 6
In the last few years, French beekeepers have been complaining about pesticides. Do you have those same problems here, high up in the mountains?

Track 7
So, the honey that you are harvesting now will be in jars and available for sale in how many days or weeks?

Track 8
You told us that your bees produce honey from wild plants. What sorts of honey do you produce? And when you tell us that it is ‘chestnut honey’ or ‘linden-tree honey,’ how can you be sure, since you can’t follow the bees around each day?

Track 9
However, the bees do surprise us sometimes. You might think that if we put the hives on a lavender field and the lavender doesn’t give any nectar, that the bees would just take a vacation and relax. But no! Instead, they might go off and find chestnut trees. In that case, instead of a thick white honey we expect…

Track 10
How did you get into beekeeping? Please tell us about that first experience going to buy honey with your parents and about this neighbor who wanted to retire…

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La Caviste: Isabelle Gosselin talks about buying wine in France.

The French word une cave does not mean ‘a cave.’ Instead, it means, ‘a cellar.’ And une cave à vin is a wine cellar. And since a wine merchant manages a wine cellar, the French word for a wine merchant is un/une caviste.

In this interview, Isabelle Gosselin tells you how to buy wine from someone like her: a wine merchant. You’ll find these tips helpful the next time you are in France and need to buy a wine that fits both your budget and the dish you are going to eat!

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