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Lionel - à Fénétrange

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Fénétrange is a medieval town near the German border that was once the site of dungeons and witch hunts. But don't let that keep you from visiting: Lionel will be there to show you around this charming little village.

Lionel - Les devinettes

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Listen to Lionel Brigeot, alias Hugo Dampf, who challenges everyone with his riddles, puns, and attempts at humor. You'll learn to understand how riddles work in French and perhaps create your own!

Lionel - Le one-man-show de Lionel

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

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Lionel, the stand-up comedian, punster extraordinaire, surpasses himself with his long string of puns. Catch them if you can! The long-suffering husband of Éléonore, he is not shy about making her the butt of all his jokes.

Lionel - à la brocante

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us to an Alsace flea market and unearths some shopping gems: old vintage postcards painted by a student of Picasso, a set of tires, a few saucepans, and a makeup kit that he buys for his four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, or so he claims...

Lionel - Les nombres

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

You can count on Lionel to give you a fun and thorough introduction to numbers in French! From counting the thirteen ducks on the lake to explaining how the higher numbers are constructed, Lionel will tell you all you need to know to become an expert at French numbers.

Lionel - à la ferme

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Lionel shows us around a family farm that spans three generations. This traditional dairy and cattle farm takes good care of its animals, which enjoy a special "cow wash." Nursing cows are allowed a break from milk production prior to calving, and nothing is left to chance as the sex of the newborn calf is predetermined thanks to artificial insemination.

Lionel - à Wissembourg

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Lionel takes us to the small town of Wissembourg (or "Weißenburg," since it's situated in Alsace where German is spoken as well). It boasts a beautiful church and a nice restaurant where Lionel goes to be "crowned." Another one of his signature jokes and puns await you in this video.

Lionel - à Metz - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Lionel takes us to Metz, a city that was once part of Germany, being only some sixty kilometers from the German border. In this video you will learn a few facts about this Germanic city, and you will add a lot of useful terms to your going-about-town vocabulary.

Lionel - à Metz - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Lionel takes us to the historic part of the city of Metz and to the Galerie Saint-Jacques, where you can browse the shops and go to restaurants. The shopping mall is located on one of the largest squares of the city, the Place Saint-Jacques.

Lionel - Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Metz

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

We continue our visit to Metz with Lionel, who takes us inside the Saint-Étienne Cathedral, famous for its huge stained glass windows. After that, if you don't feel like walking, you can take the little tourist train and enjoy the sites at a leisurely pace.

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 - La Cathédrale de Toul - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Still in Toul, Lionel takes a closer look at the Saint-Étienne Cathedral in Toul. Its construction started in the thirteen hundreds and was completed around 1495.

Lionel - La Cathédrale de Toul - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Astrid gives us a detailed description of the Toul Cathedral, its history, and its special features. Though its gargoyles may look scary, they serve a special purpose: draining rainwater off the roof. A light and sound show takes place every year, highlighting the gargoyles and the cathedral's amazing architecture.

Lionel - La ville de Toul

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel is in Toul, twenty-seven kilometers from Nancy in the northeast of France. This small medieval town has a pretty riverside port and a magnificent Gothic cathedral called Cathédrale Saint-Étienne. Don't miss Lionel's signature pun at the end of this video!

Lionel - Les bières artisanales Coin Coin

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Lionel is at a local market in Toul near Alsace, where he samples a beer from a local micro-brewery that sells its products at several markets in the area. The beer goes by the name of "Coin Coin" ("Quack Quack") for no other reason than catching people's attention. The young lady, who brews the beer herself, reassures Lionel that consuming her beer will not give him webbed feet...

Lionel - Le vin de Toul - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel visits a winery in the Lorraine region, which was full of vineyards in Roman times. Only a fraction of those vineyards remain today. This particular winery produces a wine called "Gris de Toul" (Toul Gray) due to the grayish color of the grapes during the fermentation process.

Lionel - Le vin de Toul - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel visits a vineyard in Bruley near Toul. In this video, the wine grower Isabelle explains the advantages of high vines versus low ones. The high vines are easier to maintain.

Lionel - Le club de foot de Nancy - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us to a highly regarded soccer club where the shadow of certain famous soccer players like Rouyer and Platini still hangs. The Nancy-Lorraine Soccer Club grooms high school boys into professional soccer players, endeavoring to strike a balance between academic and sporting achievements.

Lionel - Le club de foot de Nancy - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Lionel takes us inside the AS Nancy-Lorraine soccer club in Velaine-en-Haye, where young men can study full-time and train to become professional soccer players.

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.

Lionel - L'Office de tourisme de Liverdun

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel is in Liverdun, a small town in the Lorraine region that dates at least to Roman times. Burial grounds called tumuli have been discovered in the area around the Moselle river, which loops around the town.

Lionel - L'église de Liverdun - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Françoise talks to Lionel about the Church of Liverdun. Built in 1184, the church is distinctive for its two superimposed doorways: an original Romanesque one, and a Baroque one added in the eighteenth century.

Lionel - L'église de Liverdun - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

We continue our visit to Liverdun with Françoise and Lionel who will show you inside the collegiate church of Liverdun. It once housed the relics of Saint Euchaire, which were looted during the Revolution. Now all that remains is the statue of the saint with his head... in his hands!

Lionel - En studio d'enregistrement - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Lionel introduces us to Norbert, a former mailman who always had an interest in music and, after retiring, finally got to pursue his passion by setting up his own recording studio.

Lionel - En studio d'enregistrement - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Lionel tries out his friend's recording studio by singing Joe Dassin's "Dans les yeux d'Émilie" (In Émilie's Eyes), a love song set in the harsh winter of Quebec.

Lionel - En studio d'enregistrement - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

France

Lionel interviews Norbert, the proud owner of the state-of-the-art recording studio Crazy Sound. What started as a sideline business has now become a full-time occupation and passion. The studio welcomes both semi-professional and well-known artists.

Lionel - En studio d'enregistrement - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

France

Norbert explains the intricacies of a recording studio and the latest technology and trends in the music industry. He also tells us who the first artist to use auto-tune was.

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