French Podcast for Intermediate Learners (A2/B1)

Salut !

A year ago, I started a podcast for intermediate learners because I couldn't find anything interesting to share with my students (I'm a French teacher). I use it to talk about various topics from psychology to economy or culture. It's not a method but rather a complement to spend more time with the language (I'm a big fan of Krashen's theory on 2nd language acquisition).

You can also find the transcript for each episode on my website (you need to register as a member to access it but it's completely free).

I'm sharing it with you to see if you find it helpful/relevant and to get your recommendations about how I could improve it.

I hope you'll enjoy it!

April 19, 2018


I love your podcasts Hugo, such interesting content. I have been listening to you for some time now and have recommended you here. The only thing I could suggest is maybe a few shorter ones for people just signing up who are daunted by spoken french. I tended to get lost half way at the beginning - but now you have changed your site so listeners can pause without having to scroll up, it is a lot easier. Thankyou so much.

April 19, 2018

Thank you Lesley! I believe it's important to have something long enough to immerse yourself into the language, but you're right, it might be daunting for some people at the beginning. I'm gonna think about a shorter version.

April 19, 2018

Thanks very much for providing such a great resource (and free to boot). I have been looking for some podcasts at the advanced beginner/early intermediate level with transcripts and this fits the bill perfectly!

April 19, 2018

Merci beaucoup !

April 20, 2018

I must say that this podcasts are very useful and provide great and interesting information. I was looking to something like this ,something for my level and even a little more advanced to push my self , because a want to improve my listening and comprehension skills in french. Thank you very much.

April 20, 2018

Thanks a lot!

April 20, 2018

Thanks! I just listened to the first podcast and followed along with the transcript. I didn't understand every word but I understood 80% of it! I appreciate your hard work on this educational podcast!

May 30, 2018

Super, merci Nancy !

June 2, 2018

Thank you so much for this! I'm at a point right now where I feel confident enough to immerse myself in some easy french. But the cool stuff is still too complicated and I just can't handle another hour of le petit ours brun on YT! Your podcast is just the right speed, difficulty and content. Oh, and besides: I love podcasts!

April 22, 2018

Merci Sisel ! Yes, le petit ours brun can quickly become a real bore, especially when you're more than 3 y.o haha

April 25, 2018

Lovely podcast! The content is simultaneously challenging, interesting, and encouraging.

Thank you!

Une question: Est-il possible d'ajouter des "time codes" dans la transcription? Je lis et écoute au même temps, et parfois je répète un paragraphe (ou deux).

Les "time codes" m'aident à retrouver une certaine partie dans l'audio.

Pas nécessaire pour chaque paragraphe, mais très utile pour les parties importantes.

Par example, votre premier podcast:

  • 6:42 Est-ce que vous êtes prêts ? Alors, on commence !
  • 10:49 La deuxième hypothèse, c’est l’hypothèse...
  • 13:24 Maintenant la troisième....
  • 15:24 Maintenant la quatrième hypothèse
  • 18:47 Et pour finir, la dernière hypothèse
  • (etc)

Again, thank you!

(EDIT: My apologies, I should have mentioned that what I'm suggesting is a refinement of the "haut de page, 5 minutes, ..." status bar you have on the right side of the screen. I found it a little challenging to re-map the text and audio that way.)

April 24, 2018

Merci pour ton feedback ! Je vais réfléchir à ta suggestion ;)

April 25, 2018

I really enjoyed your podcast. I listened and understood about 80%of what I heard I was very surprised and will continue to follow you Thank you very much

May 28, 2018

Merci !

June 2, 2018

Hi Hugo I have just started to listen to your podcasts and am finding them very helpful. I live in S W France ,but am British, I find it difficult to find suitable Intermediate level material. I try to listen to the TF1 news, but this is difficult if I am away from home , so the podcasts are perfect. I have recommended them to friends in a similar situation. Sorry I couldn't work out how to leave a message on your website, keep up the good work

March 25, 2019

That's great. I'll sign up.

April 20, 2018

Cool :)

April 22, 2018
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