Château Coliving: Combining old and new (Allier l'ancien et le moderne)
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Katia took a French château and transformed it into a coliving / coworking space for the modern world. Let’s find out what secrets this twelfth-century castle holds – and what it’s like to run a business in France as a non-native speaker.


  • Growing up in Bulgaria [01:26] 
  • Being a “savage” teenager [03:58]
  • Living in Normandy [04:57] 
  • What makes the château so special? [05:36]
  • Château renovation [08:26]
  • How big is a French château? [10:03]
  • From Viking fortress to French castle [11:10]
  • The oldest stuff inside the château (including portraits of French royalty!) [12:19] 
  • What’s the best thing about running a coworking space? [13:48]
  • Learning French and working in a different language [16:16] 
  • The hardest things about learning French [20:08]
  • Tips for learning French as an adult [22:47] 


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Host: Shade Souc

Producer and Narrator: Michelle Teo

Translator: Eden Rebora Mourier

Sound: Jules Quirin

Creative Storytelling: Sarah Ayres

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