Lionel
Intermediate
27 Videos

Lionel explores a madeleine factory, a canine club, the use of hypnosis in language-learning, and much more in his eclectic series of videos.

Lionel - Langue sous hypnose

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Lionel speaks with Pascal, the director of the "Langue Sous Hypnose" (Language Under Hypnosis) school, who explains how hypnosis can help make language learning less daunting. Though Pascal says that "it's not hypnosis that teaches people languages, it's the teacher," he claims that hypnosis can make your brain more receptive to learning a new language.

Lionel - Verdun - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel Brigeot takes us to the northeast of France to the town of Verdun, where the famous Battle of Verdun took place during World War I. Follow Lionel up the Victory Steps, commemorating the battle in which more than one hundred sixty-three thousand soldiers lost their lives.

Lionel - Verdun - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel stays in Verdun for part two of this series. You will see the remains of the famous Battle of Verdun, which took place in 1916 and lasted ten months. The French soldiers were called poilus or "hairy men" because of their unshaven faces. Verdun also has a magnificent cathedral with stained glass windows.

Lionel - Les dragées de Verdun - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us inside a shop that sells "dragées" (sugared almonds), which are the specialty of Verdun. These treats come in all colors and flavors, from chocolate to marzipan to hazelnut. If you want to try the famous "dragées," be sure to visit this shop in Verdun on your next trip to France!

Lionel - Les dragées de Verdun - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us inside an amazing store filled with multicolored candies called dragées, or sugared almonds. This confection is very much a part of French tradition as it is offered at weddings, baptisms, and communions. A good-quality dragée is made from a top variety of almond like the Avola. Larger almonds require a thinner layer of sugar, which is considered a sign of quality as the delicate almond flavor won't be overwhelmed by the sugar.

Lionel - Voyage en train - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

If you wish to travel in France by train, you will find Lionel's video very useful. He will teach you the necessary vocabulary for buying a train ticket from a ticket machine. Happy travels!

Lionel - Voyage en train - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

We continue our series on train travel in the Moselle region, where we'll accompany Lionel on a short train ride from Faulquemont to Rémilly. Many commuters travel to and from work by train each day, some even to Germany, which is just a few miles across the border.

Lionel - Voyage en train - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel concludes his discussion of train rides in France at the Rémilly station. Built in 1851, the station now has a special significance for film lovers.

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel and his cousin Jean-Pierre visit a nature park in the Saulnois region with some interesting wildlife. Storks are a major attraction in the region. Unlike other storks, these storks don't migrate, but stay year-round.

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel and Jean-Pierre try to find their bearings along the Lindre pond. Luckily they have a compass! Jean-Pierre will teach you how to use a compass and explain the difference between true north and magnetic north.

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel and Jean-Pierre talk about fish farming in the pond of Lindre-Basse. This practice dates back to the Middle Ages with an order of soldier-monks called the Knights Templar.

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel and his cousin Jean-Pierre continue their visit to the Lindre-Basse area with its amazing natural surroundings. The ponds teem with fish and birds for a while before being drained and then used for cultivation, which in turn will enrich the soil after they're refilled.

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Still in the Lindre-Basse region, Jean-Pierre explains the fish breeding process to Lionel. They also enjoy the beautiful sight of storks building their nests during mating season.

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Jean-Pierre gives Lionel some more information about the habits of storks. These migratory birds can be trained to be sedentary so visitors have a chance to see them year-round.

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Jean-Pierre teaches Lionel some more interesting facts about the birds of the Saulnes region. For example, did you know that a swan can eat up to three kilos of grass per day? How's that for a vegetarian diet!

Lionel - à Lindre-Basse - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel and Jean-Pierre conclude the Lindre-Basse series from the top of a wildlife observatory overlooking the Lindre pond. It's a very fragile area filled with bird life that deserves protection.

Lionel - au club canin - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel interviews his cousin Jean-Pierre, who is a dog trainer. Jean-Pierre explains that dogs are like children: the sooner they are trained, the better. As a dog gets older, it becomes increasingly difficult to fix bad behaviors. However, it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks...

Lionel - au club canin - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video, Jean-Pierre teaches us some dog commands in various languages, using his border collie Chic as a model. He also tells us why some breeds are easier to train than others.

Lionel - au club canin - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Chic is a very special dog who is the epitome of excellent training and good behavior. Jean-Pierre explains some important factors regarding training, like the sex of the animal. Apparently, male dogs respond better to female trainers and vice versa.

Lionel - au club canin - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Jean-Pierre's canine club is a very structured environment, where both the dog owners and the dogs receive a membership card. And the dogs even receive a report card as well, just like children in school!

Lionel - au club canin - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel says goodbye to his cousin Jean-Pierre and his "nephew" Chic. Jean-Pierre shares a few more thoughts on dog training, which he believes should be a joy for both dogs and their owners.

Lionel - La boutique de madeleines de Liverdun - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Meet Jean-Claude and Rachelle, who own a specialty store full of delicious goodies. They talk to Lionel about the madeleine, a specialty of the Lorraine region that was supposedly invented by a cook named (you guessed it!) Madeleine.

Lionel - La boutique de madeleines de Liverdun - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel is still in Liverdun, a small village in the Lorraine, to find out some more about the madeleine. It's a specialty of the region that comes in various delicious flavors, such as mirabelle plum and bergamot orange.

Lionel - La boutique de madeleines de Liverdun - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this third segment on the madeleine, a specialty of the Lorraine region, we find out more about the history of the famous pastry. Did you know that the first madeleine appeared in the Middle Ages?

Lionel - L'usine de madeleines de Liverdun - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel meets with Steven, who works in the madeleine factory. Without giving away too much of the secret family recipe, he shows us how these delicious specialties are made. The first step is to crack over three liters of eggs!

Lionel - L'usine de madeleines de Liverdun - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel continues his behind-the-scenes tour of the madeleine factory. It only takes one hour to make a thousand of these iconic French sweets!

Lionel - L'usine de madeleines de Liverdun - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

We continue our visit of the madeleine factory in Liverdun. This time, we see the finished product coming out in its packaging. Claude, who has been working at the factory for twenty-nine years, shows us the packing process.

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