E16 Make Learning French a Habit - Intermediate French Podcast

August 10, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

Every successful language learner will tell you that the key to acquire a foreign language is regularity.

And for once, French is no exception!

But we are all busy people with a lot on our plate. So how can we find time to squeeze 30 minutes of learning French everyday? The answer is simple: by making it a habit.

Luckily for us, we can use the findings of Charles Duhigg’s famous book (The Power of Habit) to do it without too much hassle.

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to current topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: https://www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E15 Going to School in France - Intermediate French Podcast

August 3, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

Have you ever dreamed of going to school in France?

Probably not.

Mostly because people don’t know much about the French Education system, and because studying in your home country was already enough.

But what better way to understand a culture than to look at what young generations are taught at school? And let me tell you that France has its own way of shaping its sweet little angels’ mind…

In this episode, I relive my school years to give you a glimpse of the French Education system.

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: https://www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E14 How to create the Perfect Hero - Intermediate French Podcast

July 27, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

What do Luke Skywalker, Aladdin and Harry Potter have in common? At first sight, not much.

But what if I told you that their adventures actually follow the exact same steps? The scenery and characters might be different, but the plot structures are identical. This is why you probably had an impression of déjà-vu when you were watching one of these movies.

This recipe to tell the “perfect story” was found by Joseph Campbell, an American anthropologist who analyzed myths from all around a world and identified their similarities.

Do you want to know what are the ingredients to write a scenario worthy of Hollywood? Then let me take you through the different stages!

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E13 Lottery Winners’ Misfortune - Intermediate French Podcast

July 20, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

Who never dreamed of winning the lottery? It’s easy to start adding up the millions in our head and to make a list of all the crazy things we would do with them.

Some actual winners probably had similar dreams when they tried their luck. But when they got the lucky ticket, their life changed in a completely different way than they expected...

To avoid these types of dramas, the company in charge of the lottery in France has put a team of experts to help winners and support them psychologically.

If you want to find out what kind of problems multimillionaires are facing, then this new episode is for you!

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E12 Bastille Day - Intermediate French Podcast

July 13, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

The French National Day is commonly known as “Bastille Day”.

If you did not pay attention during your History classes, you might think that “Bastille” is another of those delicious French pastries, or maybe some sort of fancy fashion accessory.

If you were more hard-working at school, then you know that it refers to the French Revolution of 1789, and that “la Bastille” was actually a state prison. But you might not know that the date of the National French Day was not picked after this event (or at least not only after this one).

Your French friends probably don’t know it either. So if you want to impress them, let me tell you the real story.

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E11 Should you turn into an Early Bird? Intermediate French Podcast

July 3, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

From CEOs to Athletes, it seems like everyone these days is waking up at 5 in the morning.

You probably already read some articles or books singing the praises of this new trend. But despite the many benefits it could bring to your life, every morning you’re late to jump on the bandwagon… You might even think that it’s just not for you.

But (almost) everyone can become an early bird. It is mostly a matter of method and patience. So in this podcast, I will share with you some tips to make it easier for you to adopt this healthy habit. And if you are definitely more of a night owl, I will give you some reasons not to feel guilty.

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E10 Would you Electrocute Someone for the Sake of Science? Intermediate French Podcast

June 26, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

Very few psychological experiments became as famous and controversial as Milgram’s.

Stanley Milgram, born in a Jewish family in the Bronx, was deeply affected by the horrors of the Holocaust. After earning a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University, he started a series of experiments to understand how so many Human Beings could commit such atrocities.

His terrifying results were an electroshock both for the public opinion and the scientific community. Although his methods were highly criticized, the Milgram experiment became an object of fascination and a source of inspiration for many books, movies, documentaries, etc.

Among those was a French-Swiss version of the experiment realized in 2010 that you can watch in this documentary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w_nlgekIzw

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E09 Time for Degrowth? Intermediate French Podcast

June 19, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

Economic growth has been our governments’ main concern for decades now. Capitalism needs it to survive and, by extension, we need it to keep living comfortably.

Or so we believe.

Since the 70’s, a large number of economists, environmentalists and experts from various fields have warned us about the negative consequences of economic growth, not only on our planet but also on our personal lives.

“Degrowth” has appeared as an alternative in order to create a more sustainable model. But what does it mean exactly? Should we all sell our cars, our houses, and start living in the forest? Or are there some more approachable ways of reducing our negative impact and finding our on path?

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics. 

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E08 The Truth about French People - Intermediate French Podcast

June 12, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

Stereotypes are pretty convenient. Instead of losing time trying to understand the complexity of the world we live in, we can just take a commonly shared opinion and make it our own.

And when it comes to stereotypes about nationalities, the French people are an obvious target.

Whether it is about the weird animals they eat, how many cigarettes they smoke or their legendary rudeness, there is enough joke material for the rest of the world.

While there might be some truth here and there, a lot of those clichés are slightly outdated. It is time to set the records straight and let the frogs free.

Spoiler alert: I won’t be wearing a beret nor eating a baguette during this podcast.

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E07 Conspiracy Theory Recipe - Intermediate French Podcast

June 5, 2017

Learn Authentic French in Context. No Grammar, just Real-Life Topics.

Did the Americans actually send men on the moon? Who exactly are the Illuminati and how can I become one?

Unfortunately you won’t get the answer to those questions here. And I won’t try to debunk those theories either. But we will talk about conspiracy theories and I will give you the recipe to make up a good one.

Conspiracy theories are a popular topic in France; we have a great deal of them. It is important to understand how they work and why they can be a threat for our democracies.

This podcast is designed for intermediate French learners who want to get a better grasp of the language by listening to interesting topics.

You can find the transcript of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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