Learn French by Podcast
Learn French by Podcast is an exciting series of French lessons for everybody. Work with high-quality audio podcasts in your own time and at your own pace. Want to clarify some details? Something you couldn't quite understand? Then download comprehensive with transcripts, details grammatical explanations, cultural points of interest, and more.

A listener asked about ‘tu’ and ‘vous’. In English, we simply use the pronoun ‘you’ but, in French, things are more complicated. In this conversation, we talk about when to use ‘tu’ and ‘vous’… and how to ‘make the switch’ between the two when our relationships have evolved over time. Let’s listen.

Direct download: 181-tu-ou-vous-final_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:33am UTC

A listener asked said he had recently been in France and had heard a few slang words used frequently. In this lesson, our dialogue makes use of a variety of slang words, some of which are very common. Let’s listen.

Direct download: 180-tas-lair-stresse-final-cut-a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

This time, our lesson centres on the social tensions in France, arising from the proposed introduction of new work laws. The main protagonists are, on the one hand, the CGT - a very powerful union - and, on the other, the government which insists that there is no alternative to the new measures it is proposing.

Direct download: 179-loi-travail_mixdown-1.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:26am UTC

He was the world’s most famous boxer. But, to many, he represented much more than a particular sport. In this lesson, let’s talk about Mohammed Ali.

Direct download: 178-muhammed-ali.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 11:35am UTC

AirBnB has rocked the hospitality industry. For holiday-makers it has proved a boon but hoteliers are up in arms. On the other hand, hoteliers are up in arms, citing 'wild-west' practices and a lack of regulation, not to mention depleted rental accommodation, as property owners turn to this new rental model instead of committing to longer-term tenants. We discuss the service provided by AirBnB in this lesson.

Direct download: LFBP-177-airbnb.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 12:07pm UTC

What exactly does the word ‘education’ mean to you ? Sur le chemin de l’école is a provocative and inspiring documentary from Pascal Plisson. It depicts vividly the insatiable thirst for learning of children in some of the world’s most remote corners. Let’s listen to a dialogue.

Direct download: LFBP-176-chemin-a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 4:48pm UTC

This Advanced lesson (all in French) arises from a recent documentary relating to so-called 'superfoods'. Do humble foods like broccoli and quinoa deserve such an impressive label? Let's hear a conversation about them. C'est parti!

Direct download: 175-aliments-miraculeux.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:25am UTC

Several listeners have asked about the expression 'quand même'. In fact, it is extremely common in French and has a wide variety of meanings. A minor change in intonation can sometimes alter its meaning. Let's hear this expression used in various situations.

Direct download: LFBP-174-quand-meme.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:14am UTC

This Advanced lesson focuses on the plight of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, from North Africa to the European mainland, often with disastrous consequences.

Direct download: 173-migrants.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 2:19pm UTC

"Still Alice", the story of a university professor afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, won an Oscar for Julianne Moore in the starring role. This film is the focus of our attention in this Advanced lesson, entirely in French. If you've been making progress with our Intermediate lessons, this lesson is for you.

Direct download: 172b-session_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 2:25pm UTC