French Podcast Ep#1: How Bacon Almost Broke the Franco-Italian Friendship (+ the Verb Faillir )


Last Updated: August 30, 2022

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Le Podcast En Francais

Have you checked out the new Talk in French Advanced Level Podcast? If you haven’t yet, now is your chance to do so. Today, I’m giving you a sneak peek of the new podcast by sharing Episode No. 1 for free.

In this episode, my co-host Katie and I talk about food and discuss why the French and Italians share a similar interest for culinary delights. We also talk about how bacon---yes you read that right---almost ruined French and Italian relations.

The vocabulary discussed in this episode is also confined heavily on food, including food traditions. And also some slang terms about being upset. For the grammar lesson, we talk about the verb faillir. This verb is particularly useful when you want to say something along the lines of “I almost XXX”. We also provide several examples and tackle commonly asked questions to specify the correct usage of this verb.

Quick reminders:

  • This podcast is ideally for advanced level only or at least B2 (Upper Intermediate) to C1 (Advanced) and C2 (Proficient) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Those with lower levels may still listen to this as it could help train your ears to become familiar with spoken French.
  • This free episode does not come with a transcript, but the full transcription and grammar notes (1,000+ pages of it) is available when you purchase the complete first season. It includes transcript of the conversations, grammar and vocabulary notes for you to follow along and practice.

Now here is Episode 1. Enjoy!

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About the author 

Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Instagram

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