Podcasts have taken the world by storm, captivating audiences with their ability to entertain, educate, and transport us to different worlds. But did you know that they can also be a powerful tool for language learning? If you’re looking to improve your French skills, podcasts are here to rescue! Say au revoir to boring textbooks and bonjour to an exciting new way of immersing yourself in the French language. With the perfect blend of fun, accuracy, and engaging content, these three podcasts will help you level up your listening and comprehension skills faster than ever before. So grab your headphones and prepare for a linguistic adventure like no other! Let’s dive into the wonderful world of French-language podcasts together.
How it helps improve listening and comprehension skills
One of the key benefits of using podcasts to learn a language is that it greatly improves your listening and comprehension skills. Unlike traditional language learning methods, podcasts provide an immersive and interactive experience that allows you to hear real conversations spoken by native speakers.
Listening to French podcasts helps you become familiar with the natural rhythm, melody, and intonation of the language. This exposure enhances your ability to understand spoken French in various contexts – from casual conversations to formal interviews. By consistently engaging with different podcast episodes, you’ll gradually train your ear to pick up on new words, phrases, and expressions.
Podcasts also offer a wide range of topics and themes for every interest imaginable! Whether you’re into history, culture, or even pop culture trends in France, there’s bound to be a podcast that caters to your preferences. This makes the learning process enjoyable and fun as you get exposed to interesting content while simultaneously improving your linguistic skills.
Our primary focus at L’école de français is on oral expression. Below is a list of podcasts that we recommend to our learners as a way to practice listening comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar outside the classroom.
Podcast Français Facile is perfect for beginners (and more advanced) looking to improve their French skills. Hosted by a native French speaker, this podcast focuses on teaching basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation through short, easy-to-follow episodes. Each episode features lively and engaging dialogues between native French speakers, which helps improve listening comprehension. You’ll also find detailed explanations of key phrases and expressions used in each dialogue, allowing you to expand your vocabulary and understand how certain words are used in context.
This podcast is very easy to use, and at L’école de français we also use it alongside our courses as an online resource to revise certain concepts. You can choose the vocabulary or grammar point and you’ll even be able to find explanations and exercises.
These podcast topics range from dating vocabulary, fashion and oenology to bookbinding and pétanque. Ideal for intermediate and advanced levels. You can also do comprehension exercises online and follow the podcast with a synchronised transcription.
At L’école de français, we use these podcasts for one-to-one lessons and corporate courses. The online exercises are also good resources for practising on your own
This unique podcast is the product of a single individual, and stands out from others you may come across. It can be compared to an audio journal, with new episodes released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each only three minutes long. The content of these episodes covers different aspects of the podcaster’s day in France, offering insights into French culture, history, and details. The host intentionally speaks in a clear and deliberate manner, making it easier to comprehend than the casual language spoken on the streets of Paris.
You can listen for free, but to access the transcripts you need to subscribe. If you’re curious, take a look at his website for practical information.
Another highly recommended podcast for improving your French is “Coffee Break French”. This podcast offers a fun and interactive way to learn the language through engaging conversations, vocabulary lessons, and grammar explanations. Hosted by experienced language teachers, this podcast follows a structured approach that helps learners progress at their own pace.
Each episode of “Coffee Break French” focuses on different topics, such as greetings, ordering food in a restaurant, or making travel arrangements. The hosts provide clear explanations and examples to ensure accurate comprehension and usage of the language. They also incorporate quizzes and practice exercises to reinforce learning.
The lively and dynamic nature of “Coffee Break French” makes it an enjoyable experience for all levels of learners. Whether you’re a beginner looking to lay a solid foundation or an advanced learner seeking to refine your skills further, this podcast provides valuable content that caters to different proficiency levels
Inner French’s motto is to talk about topics that matter. You’ll be able to listen to podcasts on a variety of subjects that we think are always relevant! We often use them as support for our conversation classes, for example. Hugo speaks very clearly, has a touch of humour and covers a wide range of subjects. You can also watch videos on his Youtube channel.
We recommend this podcast for pre-intermediate to advanced levels, depending on the subjects covered, but don’t hesitate to have a look.