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5 steps to boost your French with podcasts!

Updated: May 16, 2022

Podcasts are a wonderful way to improve your language knowledge – You can find podcasts of any level and just about every topic you can imagine. As a language learner, I would aim to choose them lasting up to a maximum of 30 minutes and, even that, can be a little long for some of you. Our podcasts are between 10 to 15 minutes and you can listen to them here.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE listening to podcasts on various topics. I often choose business and teaching related ones and I know that many of my French learners listen to a variety of podcasts, both in English and French. Find a podcast you will like and try to listen to it / parts of it 10-15 minutes a day. You can also revisit a podcast a few days / weeks later and see how much more you understand than the first time round. Before you start ‘listening’ to a podcast, make sure you move from “passive” learner to “active” learner: Passive learner: Listening to a podcast whilst cooking. Active learner: Listening to a podcast, with pen and paper, without distractions.

Here are my 5 steps to boost your French with podcasts:

  1. Listen to the podcast once without looking at the transcript. Try to get the gist.

  2. Listen to it again with the transcript. Use a pen to highlight the words you didn’t understand when pronounced or just didn’t know at all and look them up. Also, choose 5-10 words you would like to re-use and jot them down.

  3. Listen to it again now that you know all the vocabulary. You should understand a lot more.

  4. Pick a part of the podcast that you enjoyed and read it aloud focusing on your pronunciation. Aim for a passage with a couple of paragraphs.

  5. ‘Shadow’ that same part of the podcast: Practice reading the passage at the same time as the podcast speaker. Tricky, I know, but give it a go! This will help you with your pronunciation, fluency and intonation.

If this isn’t enough and you want to challenge yourself you could also:

  • Change the speed of the podcast and make it a little faster.

  • Write a summary of the podcast, re-using some of the new vocabulary you have learnt.

  • Make your own vocabulary list with sentences you would like to re-use.

  • Transcribe a part of the podcast. Focus on your listening skills and spelling at the same time.

  • Ask a fellow French learner of the same level to listen to the same podcast and have a discussion about it with them.

Not sure which podcast to listen to? Here are some that are quite popular: Français Authentique Le Podcast Fluidité Inner French The French Blabla Podcast And here is ours: Fitting in with the French What are your favourite podcasts? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear from you. Click here for: 7 Free trial of our program 20 Tips to put some French in your daily routine Bonne écoute! Sophie

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