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Inner French ep. 001, quiz 4: toutes les choses

    Improve your ear for French with this clip from the Inner French podcast. It’s 75 words in 35 seconds. How many can you hear and understand?

    This clip is from the Inner French podcast Episode 001. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full podcast here.

    35 seconds, 75 words

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    The above audio sample and transcription is from the Inner French podcast episode 001. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

    All the things

    So where are we at? Quiz 4 of this podcast is pretty long, definitely a longer clip, but still under a minute. Overall, the passage seems to be a B1-B2 level. The pace is slow enough, I find it quite accessible.

    My goal with these daily quizzes is to work up to fully understanding all French media. A tall ask for sure. There’ve been times when I turn on the TV in France and hear multiple people arguing/debating (I assume?) different sides of an issue. They’re talking over each other. They’re animated. It’s those times that it feels far away. But these clip always feel accessible.

    All the things of a language, for me, come from listening comprehension. This is another reason I love Hugo’s first episode, we have the same philosophy. I’m not working through grammar rules with my toddlers as they pick up English and Chinese. I’m simply constantly speaking with them.

    What do you think of this podcast choice? 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?

    Donc moi, ce que je veux faire avec le Cottongue podcast, c’est vous aider à apprendre le français, pas avec de la grammaire mais en écoutant des choses intéressantes sur différents sujets. Par exemple, je vais vous parler de politique, de société, de culture, de la France mais aussi de tous les autres pays, de toutes les choses qui moi m’intéressent et qui peut-être vont vous intéresser aussi. En tous cas, c’est ce que j’espère.

    So what I want to do with the Cottongue [now Inner French] podcast is to help you learn French, not with grammar but by listening to interesting things about different subjects. For example, I’m going to talk about politics, society, culture, about France but also about all the other countries, about all the things that interest me and that maybe will interest you too. At least, that’s what I hope.

    The above translation from Deepl. Source

    What does “toutes les choses” mean?

    “Toutes les choses” means “all things” or “everything.” This phrase can be used in many different contexts to refer to all things or all aspects of a particular subject. For example:

    • “Toutes les choses qui moi m’intéressent” (All the things that interest me)
    • “Il veut acheter toutes les choses qui lui sont nécessaires” (He wants to buy everything that he needs)
    • “Il y a tellement de choses à faire, je ne sais pas par où commencer” (There are so many things to do, I don’t know where to start)

    It can be used to refer to anything and everything, depending on the context.

    What does “moi m’intéressent” mean?

    “Moi m’intéressent” is used to express the subject of the sentence, which is “moi” or “I.” In French, it’s common to include the subject pronoun in the sentence for emphasis or to clarify who is performing the action.

    So, the sentence “moi m’intéressent” means “I am interested.” The reflexive pronoun “m’intéressent” is used because the subject “I” is performing the action of being interested. If the subject were different, the pronoun would change to reflect the subject, for example “tu t’intéresses” (you are interested) or “ils s’intéressent” (they are interested).

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