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Cultivate your French - Slow French

41 EpisodesProduced by Laetitia PerrautWebsite

Do you want to improve your listening skills and comprehension of the French as it is spoken in France? With Cultivate Your French podcast, things go smoothly. This is slow French podcast. But it’s also a podcast in which you hear about everyday life in France, in which you hear stories and meet Fre… read more

41 Episodes | 2023 - 2024


February 22nd, 2024


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201 — Le pavillon de l’Arsenal — mercredi 28 février 2024

February 28th, 2024


Last week, Micaela, Lisa and I spent a day in Paris. We started by shopping at the Forum des Halles, before heading to the Bastille district for lunch and a visit to an exhibition. The exhibition was at the Pavillon de …

200 — Lisa s’est fait percer les oreilles chez Nico — mercredi 21 février 2024

February 21st, 2024


My daughter Lisa, fourteen years old, dreamt of having her ears pierced. Around here, there's one name that comes up all the time for ear piercing, …

CYF 199 — Quel est ce chien qui aboie? —mercredi 14 février 2024

February 14th, 2024


The other day, when Lisa left for school after lunch, I heard a dog barking. I thought this was strange because there are no dogs on our floor. On …

198 — Chez Chanel avec Alice Chance — mercredi 7 février 2024

February 7th, 2024


A few days ago, my friend Alice proposed a sort of challenge: to go and buy a lipstick at the Chanel store on rue Cambon, the brand's historic store, where Gabrielle Chanel had her apartments and haute couture …

197 — Bordeaux, le Grand Théâtre et les cannelés — mercredi 1er février 2024

January 31st, 2024


Last week, Micaela had a week's holiday after her exams. She asked me if we could go away somewhere. I suggested we visit my friend Sylvie who lives …

CYF 196 — Les macarons avec Sanam — mercredi 24 janvier 2024

January 24th, 2024


My daughter Micaela has a friend, Sanam, who can make macarons as good as in a pâtisserie. Macarons are so good, and at the same time they seem so fragile, so complicated to make, so mysterious. So I was thrilled when …

Balade à Paris : le tour préféré

January 17th, 2024


Last week, I went to Paris to do some errands. I had to collect orders I had made at the Pharmacie du four and at Gibert, the bookshop. I love to …

CYF 194 — Le réveillon du Nouvel An — mercredi 10 janvier 2024

January 10th, 2024


Très bonne et heureuse année à vous, chers auditeurs du podcast !

On new year’s eve we were at home. We had invited our friends Isabelle and Thierry to have dinner  with us. Isabelle had offered to bring some cheese …

CYF 193 — Emballages cadeaux — mercredi 20 décembre 2023

December 20th, 2023


Christmas is coming ! It’s time to wrap presents. Don’t tell anyone, the Christmas presents that I bought are in a big box under my bed. 
To wrap my presents, I use some wrapping paper, but I also use some papers that …

CYF 192 — Montparnasse : la Villa Vassilief — mercredi 13 décembre 2023

December 13th, 2023


As you may have noticed, the December calendar is about Montparnasse, the famous neighbourhood of Montparnasse where so many artists gathered at the …

CYF 191 — Chez Rosalie restaurant crèmerie de Montparnasse — mercredi 6 décembre 2023

December 6th, 2023


Last week, when Anne-Laure and I were recording ourselves under the rain, we were in Montparnasse. Do you know this famous Parisian neighbourghood were lived Picasso, Modigliani, Soutine, Brancuse, Hemingway, Marie …

CYF 190 — La colère de Rachilde et André Breton — mercredi 29 novembre 2023

November 29th, 2023


Last week, Anne-Laure and I had spent our day out in the rain. We also met this week to record some episodes in the same neighbourhood, the weather forecast were clear : no rain ! 
Well, it was only a forecast, …

CYF 189 — Le couple doubleur — mercredi 22 novembre 2023

November 22nd, 2023


Last Thursday was a very rainy day in Paris. My friend Anne-Laure and I spent the day under the rain to record some episodes to come on the podcast. …

CYF 188 — La Frasnée — mercredi 15 novembre 2023

November 15th, 2023


We were in the Jura during the Toussaint holidays, during one week. We love that region that is on the road to the Alps. Its foothills and woods are …

CYF 187 — Avec Micaela dans les transports — mercredi 8 novembre 2023

November 8th, 2023


Since September, Micaela, my eldest daughter, takes the train every day to go to Paris. She has classes either near Cité Universitaire or near Luxembourg. Both stations are on the  line of the RER B. 
One morning, I …

2291 — La crêperie électorale (avril 2012) — mercredi 25 octobre 2023

October 25th, 2023


This episode comes from the past : it was written  and recorded  in April 2012 for One Thing In A French Day poscast, Cultivate Your French’s big …

CYF 185 — Un petit goûter à Paris chez Leonie Bakery — mercredi 18 octobre 2023

October 18th, 2023


After spending the afternoon at the hammam, my friend Geraldine and I did not feel like taking the metro back to Saint-Lazare. The weather was nice so we decided to walk instead. It was a nice walk because Paris is a …

CYF 184 — Tu connais Hans Zimmer? — mercredi 11 octobre 2023

October 11th, 2023


On Friday evenings, after the kung fu class, we often stay longer together just talking, the kung fu team.  Of course, we talk about kung fu, but not always. There are different ages in our group, sometimes it leads to …

CYF 183 — Rencontre à la marche nordique — mercredi 4 octobre 2023

October 4th, 2023


Every week-end, on Sunday morning, I join a group of nordic walkers. 
The walk takes place in Rueil Malmaison’s wood : le bois de Saint-Cucufa, supervised by our coach Philippe. 
Last Sunday, at the end of our walk, …

CYF 182 — Si j’étais une œuvre d’art, je serais — mercredi 27 septembre 2023

September 27th, 2023


Micaela is going to have a penfriend from an American University. It’s part of her English course at University. 

To present herself she had to publish a short text, on an online board, startiting with this sentence : …

CYF 181 — Une journée à Londres, Islington — mercredi 20 septembre 2023

September 20th, 2023


Do you know that London is only two hours from Paris by train? My friend Sylvie and I went to London for a day, two weeks ago. The temperatures were very high that day. But it was nice to enjoy London under the sun. We …

CYF 180 — La rentrée des filles : université et lycée — mercredi 13 septembre 2023

September 13th, 2023


The big question these days that young people ask each other is : when do you go back to school? 
Going back to school after summer holidays is what …

CYF 179 — Bari Vecchia : un petit tour en Italie — mercredi 6 septembre 2023

September 6th, 2023


Summer holidays are over for us and I’m happy to be back with you dear listeners. I hope those of you who are subscribers have enjoyed the special …

CYF 178 — Le luthier japonais — mercedi 2 août 2023

August 2nd, 2023


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CYF 177 — Bryce Bianconi, vitrailliste à Paris (Studio Vitrail) — mercredi 26 juillet 2023

July 26th, 2023


Last week, we listened to Bryce Bianconi talking about His job as an artisan. Have you guessed his does for a living? He works with glass, he makes stained glass, vitraux in French. France has the largest surface of …

CYF 176 — Quel est le travail de Bryce? Devinette— mercredi 18 juillet 2023

July 19th, 2023


This episode is a little bit different than the others, I won’t tell you something. In this episode, you will try to guess what is my guest’s job. He is an artisan, his name is Bryce, but what does he do exactly? 
You …

CYF 175 — Le jeudi à Poitiers — mercredi 12 juillet 2023

July 12th, 2023


Last week, Micaela and I were attending a kung-fu week with our team and our teacher in Poitiers. We were staying in a regional sport resort; The place was lovely and had a nice Renaissance castle. 

Xie Han our teacher …

CYF 074 (rediffusion) — mercredi 19 mai 2021 — Une belle table pour un brunch entre amies

July 5th, 2023


A few weeks ago, my friend Pauline showed me a book that she got for Christmas, a book about nice table settings, Chez eux. this book gave us the …

CYF 174 — Alors Micaela, qu’est-ce que tu vas faire après le bac ? — mercredi 28 juin 2023

June 28th, 2023


So there we are : the baccalauréat is over for Micaela. She doesn’t have the result yet, but she took the latest exam last Tuesday. It was « le …

CYF 173 — Sennelier, Paris : acheter du matériel de beaux-arts — mercredi 21 juin 2023

June 21st, 2023


My friend Pauline is taking drawing classes and she is starting a new technique : watercolour, aquarelle in French ! Her teacher suggested that she …

CYF 172 — Compétition à Strasbourg — mercredi 14 juin 2023

June 14th, 2023


Last Friday, I travelled to Strasbourg with my kung-fu team. Sixteen of us were participating to the National Kung-fu open of Schiltigheim. I …

CYF 171 —Le sourire d’Albert Camus — mercredi 7 juin 2023

June 7th, 2023


Yesterday evening, I went for a walk in my neighbourhood, There is a one hour walk that I particularly enjoy, but last night I took a different …

CYF 170 — La fin de l’année scolaire — mercredi 31 mai 2023

May 31st, 2023


The end of the year is close now for my 3 daughters. In France, students have long days at school, a lot of holidays during the year (2 weeks every …

CYF 169 — Le T’Time d’Emilie Gerardi (cheffe pâtissière du Jardin privé, Novotel Les Halles) — mercredi 24 mai 2023

May 24th, 2023


It was a rainy day, two weeks ago, my friend Pauline and I were having a walk in the center of Paris, near Les halles, la bourse du commerce (now …

168 — Maurice Béjart à l’Opéra Bastille — mercredi 17 mai 2023

May 17th, 2023


Last week, my friend Caroline invited me to go with her to see a marvelous show at the Opéra Bastille : three chorégraphies by Maurice Béjart. It …

CYF 167 — Le tableau disparu : une enquête de Claire — mercredi 10 mai 2023

May 10th, 2023


My friend Claire works as a librarian, archivist at the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds in Paris. This institute is a school for deaf people …

CYF 166 — Conte de printemps — mercredi 19 avril 2023

April 19th, 2023


On Saturdays, we usually make pizzas and watch a movie, the 5 of us. 
Last Saturday, we chose to watch a film by Eric Rohmer a famous French director part of the French New Wave. T

his movie is Conte de Printemps. It …

CYF 165 — Music Bank Paris : Felicia et moi au concert de K-Pop — mercredi 12 avril 2023

April 12th, 2023


Have you ever heard of K-Pop bands like The Boyz, the Stray Kids or Mamamoo? 

Felicia is a K-pop fan, so last Saturday, I went with her to Music Bank Paris, a festival of K-Pop bands in the largest concert stadium in …

CYF 164 — Que faire à manger pour une invitée à la maison ? — mercredi 5 avril 2023

April 5th, 2023


We had a guest this week at home : an Italian exchange student. She arrived last Thursday in Paris with her classmates and left yesterday. All of them were staying in French families of Felicia’s class.  This five days …

163 — La chasse au trésor — mercredi 29 mars 2023

March 29th, 2023


Last saturday, I went to Paris. Well, I tried because the tickets I was using were not working. Something was wrong with the whole pack. Of course, I …

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