Les voisins du 12 bis
Illustration : Julina-JJ
#Bilingual French courses

'Les voisins du 12 bis', a multimedia series

"Les voisins du 12 bis" (The neighbours from 12B) is a new bilingual story for immersive listening to familiarise yourself with the French language.

In a block of flats in Paris, a small group of neighbours have become friends. Zirek, the Kurdish doctor who now works as a private car hire driver; Diane and Pierre, who just have had another child; Amir, the young afghan florist, and Billie who is exploring Parisian student life with the help of Rosa, her compatriot, who has lived in the French capital for more than 40 years.

A podcast in 13 episodes

Les voisins du 12 bis is a podcast in 13 episodes and tells the story of Rosa, Billie and their neighbours to find young Awa, whose voice and songs wowed them.

Access bilingual versions in the following language : 
The podcast in French-English 
The podcast in French-Persian  
The podcast in French-Arabic
The podcast in French-Brazilian Portuguese

The podcast in French-Mandarin

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Learn and teach French with "Les voisins du 12 bis"

Les voisins du 12 bis allows you to:

  • Follow the story through cartoon pictures on Instagram
  • Learn French on RFI Savoirs through exercises (answers provided) based on each episode
  • Teach French with the use of the educational sheets you will find on RFI Savoirs to practice basic communication skills in French learnt through each episode. All activities have been devised for learner and intermediary levels, as well as low literacy adult learners. Booklets you can print are available for those who wish to use the teaching material for newly arrived immigrants.


A Radio France Internationale programme coproduced with France Éducation international, with the support of the French culture ministry.

Partenaires Les voisins du 12 bis


Scenario: Alexandra Lazarescou
Dialogues: Anne Claude Romarie et Mariannick Bellot
Original sound tracks: Manon Iattonni with Ommm
and Kandy Guira (RFI Talent)
French voices: Chloé Sitbon, Olivier Blond, Ahmet Zirek, Omid Rawendah
Illustrations: Julina-JJ
Production: Raphaël Cousseau, Joël Hermant, Naosi Nazem
Editorial and educational supervision: Julien Cousseau et Agnès Foyer
Educational material: Emilie Kasazian, Delphine Barreau et Mathias van der Meulen
Overall supervision: Lidwien van Dixhoorn

French-English version:  
Adapted by: Arnab Béranger
Voices: Nirupama Nityanandan, Tulika Srivastava

French-Persian version:  
Adaptation and voices: Shahrzad Noël and Khojesta Ebrahimi

French-Arabic version:                                                                                                
Adaptation: Georges Daaboul                                                                                 
Voices: Randa Kahwaji and Reem Ali

French-Brazilian Portugese version: 
Adaptation:  Cristiane Branco Capuchinho
Voices: Chuca Toledo and Layra Rodrigues

French-Chinese version:
Adaptation: Yi Zhou
Voices: Xin Wang and Lumina Wang

Posted on 2020/09/28 - Modified on 2022/03/30

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