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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E06 Hidden benefits of learning a language - Intermediate French Podcast

May 29, 2017

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

We all know that we need to learn foreign languages (even French people do!). They are useful when we want to get good grades during our studies, and good positions during our career. We might even spend some holidays in a country where we can impress the locals with our fluency.

But in addition to those obvious advantages, learning a language has many other lesser-known benefits. Do you want to find out which ones?

Then this new episode is for you. And it might also give you some extra motivation to keep learning French!

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 transcription of this episode here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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E05 France’s new President - French Intermediate Podcast

May 22, 2017

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

 French people elected their new President recently and their choice was a big surprise. Not only Emmanuel Macron was a complete stranger three years ago, but he is also the youngest President in the History of France.

Where does he come from? How did he manage to win the most important French election? What are his ideas and his program?

We will answer these questions –in French of course– in this new episode. 

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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E04 Becoming a Man or a Woman - Intermediate French Podcast

May 15, 2017

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

Why do we believe that men are better than women at math? Are boys biologically more violent than girls?

In this podcast, we will talk about gender studies and how they can help us to understand differences between sexes, not from a biological perspective but from a social one. Using examples from books, movies and psychological experiments, we will see how each of us builds his or her own sexual identity (gender) and how our education influences this process.

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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E03 World’s Happiest Countries - Intermediate French Podcast

May 8, 2017

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

Have you ever wondered where people are the happiest? In this episode, we will talk about the philosophical definition of happiness, the World Happiness Report 2017, and the dictatorship of happiness.

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 here: www.cottongue.com/podcasts

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