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Improve your ear for French with this clip from the Balades podcast. It’s 68 words in 26 seconds, how many can you hear and understand? Use this short sniippet from a podcast to improve your French listening comprehension!

Learn French with a podcast snippet! This clip is from Balades Episode 2. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full podcast here.

26 seconds, 68 words
, ! ' '... - ? ,.,,. ', ',, '.
, ! 'oublié '... -deviné ? ,.cetteactivité,,Chandeleur. ', 'chrétienne,maisdenosjours, 'souvent.
Ah,têtelinotte ! 'complètementoubliécequeallionspréparer '... -queavezdéjàdeviné ? ,.Etraisontoutecetteactivitéestque,,nousfêtonsChandeleur. 'origine, 'fêtechrétienne,maisdenosjours,on l'appellesouventaussifêtes.

The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 2. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

Such an airhead

Now, let me be clear. I’m not planning to waltz down the avenue in France shouting this. However, sometimes it’s good to know some phrases that you’re not going to learn in class.

Or maybe you would learn this in class? My teacher is always asking a question, and then says something like “I’m stupid”, like “Yes, I know no one in the real world would ask this question, but just pretend I’m stupid for something. Maybe he should be using this expresion.

My whole goal with this site is colloquial listening, understanding, and speaking. I’m not too concerned if we won’t use it in class. I expect to hear this phrase at the bakery or in the market. I can see it happening in normal conversation, just as it’s used seamlessly in this clip of the Balades podcast.

How did you find this snippet? Let me know in the comments, and let’s do this.

The snippet in English

Find a translation of this snippet here, how much of this did you hear?

Ah, mais quelle tête de linotte ! J’ai complètement oublié de vous dire ce que nous allions préparer aujourd’hui…

Mais peut-être que vous avez déjà deviné ? Oui, ce sont des crêpes. Et la raison pour toute cette activité en cuisine est que, le 2 février, nous fêtons la Chandeleur.

À l’origine, c’est une fête chrétienne, mais de nos jours, on l’appelle souvent aussi la fêtes des crêpes.

Ah, but what an airhead! I completely forgot to tell you what we were going to prepare today…

But maybe you’ve already guessed? Yes, it’s pancakes. And the reason for all this activity in the kitchen is that on February 2, we celebrate Candlemas.

Originally, it’s a Christian holiday, but nowadays it’s often called the pancake festival.

The above translation from Deepl. Source

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quelle tête de linotte


avez déjà deviné


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