Podcast #17 – French in Quebec vs France, 10 French Double Syllable Words


Last Updated: May 23, 2023

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Bonjour, this is Frederic and I would like to personally welcome you to the seventeenth episode of the Talk in French Podcast!

This podcast is intended for beginner to intermediate French language learners and French culture enthusiasts. For advanced level learners, I also have an all-French Podcast which you would probably enjoy more. You can check the Advanced Podcast here. 


In this episode:

  • Some information about French Culture. I explain about some differences between French in Quebec and in France including some misleading expressions
  • Some French words with English translation. Ideal for listening when you cook, run, commute...
  • A quick French grammar explanation. 10 French double syllable words (e.g: Bonbon), easy to remember and will make you sound more like a native
  • Some French expressions and their translation

What's in this Podcast?

French Travel and Culture

Discover some interesting aspects of French travel and culture.

Vocabulary and Expressions

Learn useful French vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.

French Grammar Explanation

Get to know important grammar points and learn how to use it.

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French Vocabulary Included in this Episode:

la table basse coffee table
le canapé sofa
la cheminée fireplace
la pendule clock
le tableau painting
le rideau curtain
le plafond ceiling

French Expressions from this Podcast Episode:

D'accord. OK
Dans ce temps-là at that time
Dans un deuxième temps subsequently
D'après moi In my view
D'autant plus! All the more reason!
En aucun cas (with a negative statement) no matter what happens
En bon état in good condition

10 double syllables French words (listen to the podcast for more details):

baba = dumbfounded. To be knocked for a loop. Je suis baba de ce restaurant

bobo = superficial wound (pain) / bourgeois bohemian

bouiboui = low dive

chichi = manner/ way

cucul / gnangnan = silly/ nuts qu’est-ce qu’il est cucul la praline.

foufou =crazy / cracked

fute-fute = stupid / nice way (futé / smart) . Not smart/ idiot (but a nicer way)

toctoc = crazy

toutou = doggie / puppy

zinzin = crazy

Listen to the french grammar point discussed in the podcast for more information.

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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

  • Très bien!! Ça m’aide beaucoup!!! Merci pour en donnant des informations sur ces topiques!!! Je suis ravie d’apprendre tout ça!!

  • Interesting podcast. My friend from Lyon thought it was hysterical that in Montreal they use ARRET signs, but in France you use STOP signs.

  • I just discovered your podcast and enjoy it very much. I am studying French after being away from it for many years and you really help me.

    I lived in Montréal for four years in the 1960’s and never good figure out why people always looked at me funny when they heard my last name. Lucky me!

    Keep up the good work,

  • Merci beaucoup pour la création de ce site et ces podcasts. Vous m’a tellement aidé et je vais continuer à écouter, lire et partager. Toujours. Également, j’aime bien le moyen que vous parlez l’anglais avec votre accent français. C’est beau.

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