Say “Bonjour” to the Duolingo French Podcast!
You asked, we listened. And now you can listen, too –– to the brand-new Duolingo French Podcast, which is out today!
With over 20 million people actively learning French on Duolingo, we thought it was a logical pick for our next podcast language. Similar in format to the Duolingo Spanish Podcast, the #1 language-learning podcast, our French Podcast features fascinating, true stories told in easy-to-follow French with narration by an English-speaking host throughout each episode. The idea is to use compelling storytelling to help learners improve their listening comprehension while hearing and learning from people who represent the diversity of French speakers globally. Our first episode shares the story of Mahmoud M’Seddi, the son of Tunisian immigrants who was the youngest-ever winner of France’s Grand Prize for Best Parisian Baguette in 2018. In future episodes this season, you’ll hear stories from Cameroon, Réunion Island, Martinique and more.
The French Podcast is hosted by Ngofeen Mputubwele (ngo-FEN mpù-tù-BWEH-leh), a journalist, lawyer, and podcast producer based in New York City. The podcast is a production of Duolingo and Adonde Media, who also partner with us on the Duolingo Spanish Podcast.
Episodes of the Duolingo French Podcast will be released weekly for the first season, and the language level is best suited for intermediate French learners. We hope you will enjoy this new resource, and can’t wait to hear what you think!
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Please more French, less or even zero English in the podcast. Thanks
As a regular Duolingo en español podcast listener, I can say that it's still great. Do I wish it were ALL in Spanish? Sure. But I'm not complaining. It's free and it's awesome. No room to complain here. In fact, it's so good, I'd been waiting for them to add French and follow the exact format.
No le he dado una probadita todavía, pero coincido en que, siendo gratis, es algo verdaderamente genial. Gracias dúo!
I always wanted a podcast in French, Duo should get it for other languages.
There are other great podcasts out there for intermediate speakers with only French and no English. I really like innerFrench. It's worth a Google.
Thanks so much for "Inner French". So exciting. I strongly recommended everyone try this. If its not for you I apologise. But I am so convinced by this that I cannot recommend it enough.
I definitely second what Andrew said. The innerFrench podcasts are fantastic. It's a great intermediate learning tool for those that can't quite keep up with normal speed French and is also educational on various subjects which helps expand vocabulary. For me, I have to be in 'the French zone' and interspersed English shatters the flow, so the 100% French InnerFrench podcast is awesome. Thank you for the recommendation!
I also want to give a shout out to Yabla! which are French videos for learners... it's not free, but it has been well worth the subscription for me.
I found on the InnerFrench website that he is also producing videos now, one per week, starting this year (2019). They are also really good, a bit harder than the podcasts, but same concept of discussing subjects completely in French and explaining new words concepts in French. Great tool!
There are other great podcasts out there for intermediate speakers with only French and no English.
I've compiled a list of 8 other podcasts with links in a comment further down in this thread. (And another 3 which are for french children/teenagers but fairly easy to understand).
I have been listening to InnerFrench for a while now and agree - excellent. Hugo is personable and speaks perfectly for intermediate learners. And love that there is no English - the best way to learn since there is subtitles and transcripts for words or phrases that you don't quite catch.
I agree. I've been waiting for the French podcast but am disappointed that it isn't largely or entirely in French.
There are plenty of podcasts in French only. Not a lot for people who are easing into it and appreciate the training wheels.
Yeah, I like that they make podcasts for more languages but I don’t see much worth in using them because a lot of it is English.
Same problem with the Spanish podcast. I gave up on it because there was waaaaay too much English. It would have been perfect if it was all in Spanish!
I would say this would be best as an option. More English for lower level speakers and less English for higher level speakers.
It'd be nice for there to be less English, but the English is there to help you understand the French better, and for those with a lower French ability, the podcast would be nearly impossible to understand. Also, it's amazing that Duolingo is even doing this, because there are many other podcast/news learning resources out there, but those aren't free like what Duolingo is doing :)
I disagree. I recently started learning French and I really want to incorporate some French listening practice into my learning. When I listen to the Duolingo French podcast, it is of great help to me that sometimes the story switches to English. In this way, I understand more of it, and if I didn't understand the French completely, it gives me more context, so I can follow through with it.
Inner French est un podcast intermédiaire sans anglais. C'est aussi intéressant.
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i listened to the podcast and it was great! i might actually be the only one who liked the english explanation haha
Other beginner to intermediate French podcasts:
Nouvelles en français facile
Journal en français facile
One thing in a French Day
L'avis de Marie
And two for French speaking children, and another for early teenagers, which are quite easy to understand:
Les p'tits bateaux
Les p'tites histoires
Merci beaucoup! J'ai essayé Français Authentique et c'est mieux pour moi.
Woo hoo! I'm glad other languages than Spanish (not to say Spanish isn't awesome) are getting some love. I hope this means that Italian and German stories will be introduced soon, and eventually maybe they can follow in the footsteps of Spanish and French :)
Keep up the great work, team!
Thank you Duolingo! I am just starting to learn French, and I can't wait to give this a try! Merci beaucoup !
@natalia.sabillon, that's wonderful!
I congratulate the whole Duolingo Team for their commitment in bringing us the best in language learning. I have no doubt that I am using the best platform to learn languages.
PS. I'm already listening to this podcast on my Spotify account.
I hope you are developing a project to offer Podcasts in German as well. That would be awesome!
Keep up the good work, guys!
Success and good studies!
Bonjour haha ! Très bonne initiative pour les personnes souhaitant apprendre le français ;) . Good Luck to all from France
I keep seeing that same complaint of "there's too much english in it." If that's your complaint the podcast isn't for you. There's already podcasts like News in slow French. On the Spanish side there's already Radio Ambulante, Así como suena, and Españolistos. Let the duolingo podcast fill its niche for new-intermediate learners.
I agree with and second your request, but Deutsch - Warum Nicht by the Goethe institute is a tripartite example of a good free podcast—you should check it out!
This was great, I'm looking forward to more episodes. I like the combination of English and French. As a novice French speaker, the English gave me an idea of what French words I might hear and helped me to better understand the French overall. Don't change a thing!
I listened to the podcast and I think that it is wonderful. The English parts are there to expand on the story, not to translate the French parts. This is a great addition to Duolingo.
This sounds great! I really love the Spanish podcasts and I especially like that the more complex portions are told in English and the easier portions are in Spanish. I think it really helps me learn and the stories are fabulous.
So I’m just curious. Now that I’m seeing this article I’m curious when a German podcast will come out?
I was super excited, then I listened to a bit. I don't know who this would help. All of it should be slow spoken French.
Well, I don't think so: 1) People who don't listen to podcasts shouldn't need to have any podcast player in the mobile app. 2) People can choose which service they like more, and it's good. 3) Those services are designed to host podcasts naturally, and what Duolingo can actually do with this — probably, allow authors of podcasts to embed their episodes or even whole playlists.
I'm a huge fan of the first episode. I know some have said that there was too much English but i disagree. If you are a beginner or immediate this helps greatly putting things into context to help verify what you are hearing.
The podcast is awesome and I think the English aid is fine. Once I searched the Play Store for a language App and particularly I was after French. I downloaded a few and Duolingo surpasses all. I understand French better now than I was in college.
Everyone is complaining about the English, but honestly I enjoy it because it helps me self-check and actively engage in the podcast, whereas if it was completely French I might get lost since I take longer to comprehend things.
French is the best and the podcast of French makes it amazing to learn french
Hi The Duolingo FRENCH podcast is still not available for Googe Podcasts. Only Spanish is showing up there. Request kindly get French podcast added to Google Podcast too. Merci!
I would say after every line of french there should be English translation it makes things easy when I don't understand a line.
Awesome thanks. I'd be great though if there was less English in the podcast,since it's intended for intermediate learners anyway.
I like "Radio Sweden på lätt svenska". It is news for people who are new to Sweden/Swedish. They speak slower and use simpler language.
I haven't looked for Norwegian ones yet but I would definitely be interested in finding some.
Look for Norsklærer Karense. I think she does YouTube videos too but I've only used her podcast. It seems to be a good level for me at least.
I am listening to this podcast and I like it.
Thank you so much, and I don't mind English parts; moreover, it should help minimizing the delay of switching between thinking in one language to another (I think).
Great job, keep it up!
I listened to one today, and it is amazing!!! Good job, Duolingo! C'est magnifique!
Awesome! I downloaded one to improve my french skills, and it was great! :) Well done duo!
Thanks for this upgrade .... I really enjoyed the podcast .... the transcript is invaluable.. it will be a great benefit to my learning, I will be downloading all of them!
Thank you for doing this. I'm just learning and this podcast is admittedly over my head but I'm listening regardless. The English mixed in helps me orient myself a bit. I'm sure when I get better I can use some of the other helpful podcasts others have suggested in addition to this one!
This is fantastic. I just started to learn French and im on fire! Can´t wait for that Kryptonian podcast to come.
Very excited! I've been hoping for this to help get a grasp on hearing French while learning!
Hi Duo! I am learning forgein language,I come from VietNam,I have noticed about french Podcast today,I tried and I really like it.But I don't know how to open it,I want to hear Podcast by my smartphone every single night when I am going to sleep.I would like if there is English and French side by side together for the forgein person like me learn,that's so good.I hope admins can read my comment and show me how to open podcast,please...
I am disappointed with the French podcast, too, because there is too much English.
This is a solid podcast, not gonna lie, and after the Spanish podcast I think we all have some pretty high expectations for this one. I do think there should be a greater emphasis on the French, however, with less English mixed in.
I’m wondering if I can take up two or three languages at a time ? I’m currently doing portuguese.
Some people can handle it but I recommend against it. Personally, I immerse myself in one language at a time until I'm able to understand and use it without having to translate it in my head. At that point, I begin learning a new language. That way, I become proficient before I ask my brain to juggle learning one more language. I don't believe in over-taxing the brain by dividing my time among too many languages. For me, it becomes more difficult, confusing and frustrating to tax my resources. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and I don't live to learn languages. Plus, I can really track my progress with ease too.... put simply, I master one language before adding another one to my plate. That's how I approach it anyway. Hope this helps...
You can but becareful how you go a out learning multiple languages. Keep you study at different times. Get a good grounding in one foreign language before taking on more.
FINALLY. Thank you, Duolingo. It is about time we got this podcast. Who's gonna be listening every week?
Bonjour Duolingo French podcast! So nice to meet you, you are definitely going to help me improve my French, I just know it.
Just to say, I feel proud so many people like to learn french! :D Go on buddys! \m/ And thanks Duolingo! ^^
Finally some real French learning strategies on Duolingo! I can't wait to dive myself into the language as deep as I always wanted! Thank you Duolingo for such innovative upload. :)
true there is a lot of English in it but its helpful for me anyway because im more 'lower level' French so if it were all French I guess I wouldn't understand a thing :P i think it might (or should) get harder as more are released but for now ill just stick to dis :)
Just tried the podcast and I LOVE it. I think for beginning learners, it's helpful to have half of it in English - maybe two levels of podcasts? One straight French for more advanced learners? But no matter what, I think this is going to help my learning a lot. Merçi beaucoup!
Hi, In the "Partir du paradis (Leaving Paradise)" episode - could somebody please help me and explain why the baker found her request for a baguette funny? « Je voudrais une baguette, s’il vous plaît. » I've copy/pasted that section into Ggl Translate and it comes up as she was asking for a wand(!?) Why is that? Thanks