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Deepen your language skills and knowledge of the French-speaking world through fascinating true stories in easy-to-follow French, with added English for context. From Duolingo, the world's #1 way to learn a language. Hosted by Ngofeen Mputubwele.
23 Episodes
Gratien Leroy is a small-town accountant with big culinary dreams. But when France’s most popular cooking show announces an open call for the country’s best amateur cooks, does Gratien have what it takes to join the ranks of his country’s top chefs? A transcript of this episode is available at
In Khadjou Sambe’s home country of Senegal, surfing is considered a male-only sport. But that hasn’t stopped Khadjou from pursuing her surfing dreams, becoming the first girl in Dakar to rule the waves. A transcript of this episode is available at
In honor of Pride and LGBTQ people across the world, this week we're rerunning the story of Marine Rome and the French soccer team that rocked the Women’s World Cup in 2019. A transcript of this episode is available at
Arnaud Askoy has already had three different careers when, at age 43, he discovers his true calling: singing. But not his own music. Arnaud plans to launch a career impersonating Jacques Brel, one of the world’s most famous francophone musicians, and might just be crazy enough to pull it off. Check out recordings of Arnaud’s live performances here ( We also made a Spotify playlist ( where you can kick back and listen to some of Jacques Brel’s greatest hits. A transcript of this episode is available at
For many years, Valérie struggled with feeling different from the other students at her karate school in Montreal. But after learning she had Asperger's syndrome, Valérie’s new self-knowledge inspired her to work even harder toward achieving her karate dreams. A transcript of this episode is available at
Fabien Cousteau, grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, was just a boy when he fell in love with a creature that most other people fear: sharks. But no one could have predicted that years later, Fabien would do the unthinkable…and decide to live among them. A transcript of this episode is available at
Trailer Season 3

Trailer Season 3


The Duolingo French Podcast is back with new episodes starting June 8, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!
As a young PhD student, Viriginie Dhorne dreamed of becoming a brilliant academic. But after starting a family and finding herself stuck working in her husband’s cheese business, Virginie began to realize that the world of cheese—a world she once hated—was rich with opportunities for people with brains, ambition… and a fierce competitive streak. A transcript of this episode is available at
Kilian Belamri’s loitering habits weren’t much appreciated among the residents of his housing project in Malakoff, south of Paris. But when his neighbors found themselves in grave danger late one evening, Kilian and his friends did the unexpected—and became heroes overnight. A transcript of this episode is available at
While on a day trip with his senior citizens club, Raymond Silvestrini survived one of the worst traffic accidents in France’s history. But after meeting Monique, a fellow survivor, his life took another unexpected turn -- this time, for the better. A transcript of this episode is available at
As a nuclear engineer, David S. had a very serious job. But after discovering a passion for the French art of clowning, he decided to start leading a double life, doing everything in his power to keep his two different worlds from colliding. A transcript of this episode is available at
After earning a PhD in nuclear physics in Europe, Dr. Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli returned to her native Morocco to teach and raise a family. But when she learned her former colleagues were embarking on the scientific quest of the century, she hatched a plan to join them—and give her country the scientific credit it deserved. A transcript of this episode is available at
Ever since France won the World Cup in 1998, Marine Rome yearned to play soccer, but felt excluded from the field. When she finally found her dream team in Paris, they decided to take a stand for inclusion at the 2019 World Cup. A transcript of this episode is available at
Growing up in France, Hong Dagognet rarely spoke with her adoptive parents about her childhood in Vietnam. But after receiving a surprising letter, she set out to reconnect with her family and finally unveil the mysteries of her past. A transcript of this episode is available at
In everyday sounds, Christophe Chassol hears the makings of a song. That refined ear led Chassol to become a renowned musician, and develop a new genre of music. But it was only by returning to his parents’ birthplace in Martinique that he would be able to create his masterpiece. A transcript of this episode of the Duolingo French Podcast is available at
Trailer Season 2

Trailer Season 2


The Duolingo French Podcast is back with new episodes starting January 28, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!
Eric Dargent devoted his life to surfing — the bigger the waves, the better. He wouldn’t let anything get in his way of his passion, not even a life-altering shark attack. After losing half of his leg, he set out to pursue a new dream, for himself and countless others. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at
Cédric Herrou lived a quiet life as an olive farmer on the border between France and Italy until he began to offer shelter for hundreds of migrants struggling to cross into France. But when the French state took him to court for his actions, it would take Cédric and a small community of volunteers to convince a nation that freedom should know no borders. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at
When Oliver Cousin's grandparents passed away, he promised to honor the winemaking traditions they had passed down to him. But when the French state got involved with his product, he decided to fight to the end for his natural wine. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at
Elodie Lauret yearned to discover what was beyond the island of La Réunion. But when she set off to Europe in search of better opportunity, she realized over time that the island would always be her place to call home. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at
Comments (57)

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567567677676576 tut 64 Ty 4

Jun 20th

Maryam Moqaddas

Awww. I'm really happy he made peace with himself in the end ^___^

Mar 4th
Reply (1)

Bob Denmark

Duolingo consistently puts the horse in front of the cart - finding genuinely interesting stories which are well worth listening to in their own right, then presenting them in clear intermediate French, which must take some work. Brilliant.

Mar 3rd

Derek Kane

Bait and switch. This has little to do with soccer.

Mar 2nd

Aymen FDL

i liked it a lot. keep it up

Feb 24th

Aymen FDL

Very helpful thanks duelingo

Feb 24th


This is brilliant for beginners 👌

Feb 20th

Susy Gaisford

lovely story about the environment and standing up for what you believe.

Feb 14th

Renan Rosa

C'était vraiment un superbe épisode! Up to now, this was the best episode in my opinion. Very touching.

Feb 14th

Dianne Joy

this goes to a new level. the background music makes it much more difficult.

Feb 3rd

Camilo Fernandes Chateauneuf

I believe the comment is switched, it is referring the Spanish one

Jan 21st

Maria Elen Løvik

Omg, I can't wait! I've been so worried you wouldn't come back 😭 The description says it's for Spanish podcast though, but that's ok 😁

Jan 21st

Tris Hicks

Brilliant story in very clear French, Bon change avec l’ambition internationales!

Jan 20th

Bahar Soti

it's been a long time after the last episode

Jan 16th

nouran mohamed

will there be new episodes or are they just those couple of episodes?

Dec 10th

Grazielle Garcia

I want to linten a podcast to teach English from Portuguese

Nov 22nd

Julia Nelson

I love this podcast. A great addition. Please keep the stories coming!

Nov 22nd


perfect, I really enjoyed the story. it's beyond learning French.

Nov 11th

Roosmarijn Geut

New episodes plssss

Sep 17th

Jonathan Rogers

this Spanish not French

Sep 12th
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