Podcast #29 – Discover a new area of France: Lille, Essential French Questions


Last Updated: May 23, 2023

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Bonjour, this is Frederic and I would like to personally welcome you to the twenty-ninth 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. 

discover lille

In this episode:

  • Some information about French Culture. Discover a new area of France that you might not have heard yet: Lille
  • Some French Words with an English Translation. Ideal when you cook, run, commute....
  • A quick French Grammar Explanation. Learn some Essential Questions for Beginners
  • 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 fourchette fork
le verre tumbler/glass
la théière teapot
la tasse à thé tea cup
la nappe tablecloth
le rond de serviette napkin ring
la tasse à café coffee cup
le coquetier egg cup
l’assiette à soupe soup bowl
l’assiette plate dinner plate

French Expressions from This Podcast Episode:

C'est injuste Its unfair
à qui le dis-tu ? you're telling me!
C'est clair It's clear/obvious
Admettons que... Let's say/Suppose that...
Mettons les choses au point. Let's get things straight/clear.
mettre les voiles be off (I am off)
mieux vaux tard que jamais better than ever

French Conversation Fillers

 How do you ...?

 pronounce this /write (bonjour)

 Comment ...?

 le prononcez-vous / est-ce qu’on écrit (bonjour)

 Could you please ...?

 repeat that
 speak more slowly write it down

 Pourriez-vous ..., s’il vous plaît?

 parler plus lentement l’écrire

 Vous pouvez répéter s’il vous plait.

 Could you please repeat? Vous pouvez répéter s’il vous plait.

Links to Articles and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

What to visit in Lille?

Le Vieux Lille

le vieux lille

(source: lucienbarrière)

La grande place


(source: academic.ru)

Le Beffroi

lille beffroi

(source: wikimedia.org )

Le Palais des Beaux Arts


(source: wikimedia.org)

La Piscine (Museum)

La Piscine Roubaix musee

(source: academic.ru)

Modern Art Museum (LaM)


(source: designacadamia)

Manufacture des Flandres Musée Atelier du textile

manufacture des flandres textile

(source: manufacturedesflandres.fr)

Le marché de Wazemmes

marché des wazemmes

(source: media.communes.com)

What to eat (and drink):

La carbonnade flamande


(source: https://www.cookingmymy.com/)

La flamiche au maroilles

flammiche maroilles

(source: https://storage.canalblog.com/ )

Le Welsh

le welsh

(source: https://perlbal.hi-pi.com/)

Les chicons au gratin

Chicons au gratin

(source: blogspot.com)

Le Waterzooï


(source: wikimedia.org )

La Fricadelle


(source: dailynord)

Le Potjevleesch


(source: wikimedia.org )

Les Moules-Frites

moules frites

(source: observatoire-des-aliments.fr )

Les Gaufres Meert

gauffres maert

(source: maison.com)

Une Babelutte 

babeluttes de lille

(source: https://maison2.advcdn.net/)

La tarte al'suc

La tarte al'suc

(source: overblog )

Alcool de Genièvre


(source: lechtimarche.fr)


la lilloise

(source: les3brasseurs)


la bistouille

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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

  • Great podcast, as always!
    In thinking about the conversation fillers section, I was wondering what is a good way to tell someone I speak “some” French. I feel like by saying “un peu” I am selling myself short because I know more than a little, but I feel like if I say “Je parle français” they will think I am saying that I am fluent, which I am not yet.

    • Hello Megan I think you can say “Je me débrouille un peu en français / Je baragouine un peu en français”. Baragouiner = to jabber. Merci 🙂

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