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Balades ep. 3, quiz 45: tellement jolie

    Improve your French with this clip form the Balades podcast. It’s 27 words in 11 seconds. Listen and take the quiz to see how many words you can pick up. Improve your French comprehension, one clip, one day at time.

    This clip is from Balades Episode 3. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full podcast here.

    11 seconds, 27 words

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    découvrentpoupéetrouventapprécientcompagnieféesdécidentdoterpoupée :
    Ellesdécouvrentpoupéetrouventtellementjolieapprécientsacompagniequeféesdécidentdoterpoupéequalitéspossibles :

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 3. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

    So pretty

    I’ll be the first to admit, learning a language isn’t so pretty. There’s pronunciations that are mashed, words misused, and cultural nuance that is still in a blindspot. But isn’t that the fun part? As long as you don’t mind making a fool of yourself. I don’t. Or at least, I pretend I don’t, and that’s as good as the real thing in my book.

    And eventually you get to a point in your language study where 12 fairies bestow all the possible qualities—er, that’s not right, but I think you realize you’ve got all the possible qualities to engage, understand, and be a part of a foreign society. And that’s a great feeling. So keep on keeping on.

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    Elles découvrent la poupée et la trouvent tellement jolie et apprécient sa compagnie que les fées décident de doter la poupée de toutes les qualités possibles :

    They discover the doll and find it so pretty and enjoy its company that the fairies decide to endow the doll with all possible qualities:

    The above translation from Deepl. Source

    What does “poupée” mean?

    “Poupée” translates to “doll” in English.

    Usage and Interpretation

    • The term “poupée” is commonly used to refer to a doll, which is a model of a human being, often used as a toy by children.
    • The word can also be used metaphorically or affectionately to refer to a person, often a child or a woman, implying they are as delicate or lovely as a doll.


    • “Elle joue avec sa poupée.” (She plays with her doll.)
    • As a term of endearment: “Ma petite poupée” (My little doll).


    • “Poupée” is predominantly used in the context of toys and playthings.
    • When used as a term of endearment, it should be approached with cultural sensitivity, as such usage can vary in appropriateness depending on the context and relationship between the individuals.


    “Poupée” means “doll” in French. It’s primarily used to refer to a child’s toy that is a model of a human. The term can also be employed affectionately to refer to someone, typically a child or a woman, suggesting they have qualities reminiscent of a doll, such as delicateness or beauty. Its use as an endearment should be contextually appropriate.

    What does “tellement” mean in French

    “Tellement” is a French adverb that can be translated to “so” or “so much” in English. It is used to indicate the degree or intensity of an action or a state. It can be used to express intensity or to emphasize a point. For example:

    • Il est tellement gentil. (He is so kind.)
    • C’est tellement beau! (It’s so beautiful!)
    • J’ai tellement de travail à faire. (I have so much work to do.)
    • J’ai tellement faim! (I’m so hungry!)

    It can also be used in a negative context to express dissatisfaction or disbelief.

    • Je ne peux pas croire qu’il soit tellement stupide (I can’t believe he’s so stupid)
    • C’est tellement cher! (It’s so expensive!)

    Overall, “tellement” is a very versatile word that can be used to express a wide range of emotions, from excitement to disappointment.

    Other words:


    toutes les qualités possibles

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