Improve your ear for French with this short clip from the Balades podcast. It’s 26 words in 9 seconds. How many can you hear and understand?
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.
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The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 3. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.
Every day I’m working to add what I can to this site. And each post adds new vocab and new listening practice. How are you finding everything on your site? What do the fairies need to add to these lessons or the site overall to make it better for you?
How did you find today’s clip compared to yesterday’s clip? I tend to be most comfortable when the clip is around 150wpm. I love Balades for my current level, around A1 (hopefully progressing to A2). Hopefully you’re enjoying these clips, too. This story is fantastic and Even when there’s a fast clip, it’s still manageable. The right amount of challenge. What do you think? Join us for the next quiz.
How are you finding these shorter snippets? I’m open to any and all feedback, as always. Let me know.
The snippet in English
Find a translation of this snippet here, how much of this did you hear?
« Moi, je vais lui donner la beauté. » annonce la première fée. La deuxième fée ajoute : « De moi, elle reçoit la sagesse. »
“I will give her beauty,” the first fairy announced. The second fairy adds, “From me she receives wisdom.”
The above translation from Deepl. Source
What does “ajoute” mean in French
“Ajoute” is a French verb that means “to add” in English. It is the infinitive form of the verb “ajouter” and it’s a regular -ER verb. It is used to express the action of adding or including something to a group, a collection, or a set of things. For example:
- Ajoute deux cuillères de sucre à ta tasse de café (Add two spoonfuls of sugar to your cup of coffee)
- Il a ajouté quelques ingrédients à la recette (He added some ingredients to the recipe)
- Nous devons ajouter plus de fruits à notre alimentation (We must add more fruits to our diet)
It can also be used in a more figurative sense to express the idea of adding something to a situation or to a conversation.
- Il a ajouté sa touche personnelle à l’entreprise (He added his personal touch to the company)
- Elle a ajouté sa voix à la discussion (She added her voice to the conversation)
Overall, “ajoute” is a common French verb that can be used in many contexts to express the idea of adding or including something to a group, a collection, or a set of things.
This clip is from the Balades podcast
“Balades” is a great podcast for those new to French. Its slow pace and clear speech make it easy to follow and understand. The episodes are fun and cover a variety of topics, ideal for beginners. While designed for learners, the podcast stays in French, offering a full-dive into the language. It’s part of a wider group of French podcasts aimed at all levels, focusing on real-life use rather than just vocab and grammar. Regular listening, along with tools like transcripts and quizzes, helps boost understanding and speaking skills. “Balades” is a top pick for anyone starting their French learning journey.
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