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Hi, everybody!
Do you know what monsters French people are scared of? In this lesson, you'll learn about three scary monsters in France.
Let’s start with the most popular monster.
Carcolh
[slowly] Carcolh
It means serpent-snail hybrid with tentacles.
The slimy, shaggy Carcolh lives in underground caves. It snatches victims with its mile-long tentacles before eating them whole with its gigantic mouth.
That sounds pretty scary, right?
You might have heard about the next monster. The next one is...
La Bête du Gévaudan
[slowly] La Bête du Gévaudan
It can be translated as Monster of Gévaudan in English.
The Gévaudan beast is a giant wolf with long fangs.
Ripping out its victim's throats, the Beast of Gévaudan mainly hunts women and children in the French countryside. It resembles a gigantic wolf with fearsome teeth.
Okay. Here's the last monster.
Dames Blanches
[slowly] Dames Blanches
Have you heard of this next one? It means the White Ladies
The Dames Blanche are female spirits or supernatural beings. They are beautiful women in white who would ask young men to dance or assist them. If rejected, they kill the men.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what we've learned. Listen to the names of each monster and repeat after me.
snail
Carcolh
* beep
Carcolh
Monster of Gévaudan
La Bête du Gévaudan
* beep
La Bête du Gévaudan
White Ladies
Dames Blanches
* beep
Dames Blanches
Well done! [pause]
Did you know there is a similar holiday to Halloween in France?
The French celebration of Halloween is very low-key compared to the American celebration. An equivalent festival is La Toussaint or La Fete des Morts, held on November 1st. On this day, the French remember the Christian saints, and also the dead, by placing chrysanthemum in the cemeteries.
You just learned about three scary monsters in France and a cultural fact about Halloween in France.
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I'll see you next time. A bientôt et merci.

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Which monster do you like the most?