News in Slow French is a weekly podcast aimed at intermediate-level French students. Native speakers report current events at a reduced but not unnatural pace, making it easier for you to understand without being overloaded by rapid-fire French.
Depending who you're talking to, those lovely little pastries filled with chocolate might be called pains au chocolat
. This tasty debate has finally been settled once and for all - at least in theory. Find out more in this short, fun video with interactive subtitles.
Everyone loves a good public holiday, n'est-ce pas ?
France has 11 of them, but they're not always paid days off from work. Learn about jours fériés
in this audio article.
For better or for worse, demonstrations and strikes are an important part of French society. Here's some vocabulary to help you understand the news as well as links to further information.
Fun for your French class! This video combines music with current events (French President Emmanuel Macron talking to gilets jaunes
) and includes interactive subtitles.
The normally innocuous word gilet
is all over the news lately, so this French word of the day is free!
If you want to know what's going on in the world, this vocabulary related to news and current events will help you understand what you read and hear.
A great way to practice reading French, learning vocabulary, and finding out what's going on the world is to read the news in French.
In early September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed several Caribbean islands and affected many others. Guadeloupe, where I live, was one of them.
France has 11 public holidays (bank holidays), known as jours fériés
, jours chômés
, fêtes chômées
, or fêtes légales
Want to hear the patriotic French expression Vive la France !
in the wild? Check out these clips taken from speeches by French presidents and presidential candidates.
The French high-speed train TGV
is being rebranded as inOUI
, and not everyone is happy about it.
Short video summarizing the 2017 Cannes film festival.
Video of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's victory speech with transcript and translation, plus grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation notes.
Short video of the results of the second and final round of the 2017 French presidential election.