French Podcasts and TV Shows
When learning a new language, it is important to immerse yourself in the culture and language as much as possible. This goes beyond simply learning grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure, but also includes knowing how to use them properly in multiple contexts and situations.
Some things we recommend to hone your skills are conversing with other speakers, watching movies or TV shows, reading books, or listening to podcasts. When you combine multiple layers of learning, you are more likely to become a stronger, more fluent speaker!
Below are some of our favorite podcasts and TV shows, broken down by fluency level.
This podcast is designed for those who recently started learning and want to immerse themselves deeply into the language. The hosts speak in both French and English and discuss topics to help familiarize listeners with vocab and pronunciation.
This podcast is more academic, focusing on explaining how the French language works, how it is spoken, and proper pronunciation. The host is a native speaker and breaks down the main idioms while sharing precious insights.
A daily resource, this podcast sums up three current events and includes an additional French transcript. Although RFI is an international radio station funded by the French government, the journalists alternate between French-related pieces and global news.
This show, inspired by American late-night shows, is the most popular news show in France. Yann Barthès team of journalists and comedians discuss current events with political guests and artists. For example, the team has FaceTimed with the Health Minister, several important medical doctors, and award-winning fitness instructors to share advice on staying healthy during the health pandemic.
The second most popular French TV show. After being a journalist on Canal+ for over a decade, Mouloud Achour launched his own channel where he interviews famous comedians, musicians, chefs, and athletes from around the world. Check out his interviews of Lebron James and Kanye West. They are two of our favorites.
This a daily, 50-minute interview of an influential Francophone or international artist where they discuss their influences and work. There have been over two hundred actors (Juliette Binoche, Renee Zellweger), singers (Angele, Christine and the Queens) and directors (Francis Ford Coppola) featured, so sit back and dive in. Boomerang is a treasure trove of content and language practice!