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Zimbabwe is anxiously awaiting the results of presidential elections. Robert Mugabe, in power for the last 28 years, looks to be in trouble but shows no signs of giving up the reins of power easily. Let’s hear a conversation in this Intermediate lesson which sheds some light on Mugabe himself as well as the challenges facing this country of Southern Africa. Let’s start with a role-play between Carole and Thierry.
Lesson #: 98
In this lesson, lesson 97, we’ll hear a brief discussion about the olympics in Beijing. Let’s get started with a role-play between Yves and Olive. We'll talk about the pride of the Chinese Olympic Committee, the views of certain sports delegations and an action taken by one american actor…
Lesson #: 97
This lesson is in response to a listener who asked about getting fit, going to the gym, avoiding fast food and so on. The possibilities are endless but, in this lesson – lesson 94 – we’ll study just some of the key vocabulary. C'est parti!…
Lesson #: 94
It seems that one quick way of becoming a cult hero is to blow over 7 billion dollars on financial trading. That’s what has happened in the case of Jérôme Kerviel, France’s most famous - or most infamous - trader. Let’s hear a role-play between Sévrine and Jérôme about the recent scandal surrounding La Société Générale.
Lesson #: 92
This lesson centres on a job interview. We'll study the verbs 'to apply (for)', 'to specialise' and 'to spread oneself too thin'; we'll also discover adjectives we might use about ourselves to emphasise why we're suited to a particular position. Let's get started…
Lesson #: 91
Despite the fact that such events are becoming more anachronistic with each passing year, there is still no shortage of enthusiasm for events like the Miss France competition. In this lesson – lesson 90 – let's hear a role-play between Amélie and Xavier on that same competition. Xavier, for one, doesn't hide his disdain for such exhibitions…
Lesson #: 89
Though France could not be described as a religious country, Christmas is widely celebrated in French towns and cities, with children eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. But what about the vocabulary related to this festive season? Christmas trees, decorations, Christmas markets, red ribbons, gifts… let’s study some of the key expressions.
Lesson #: 88
This time, we’ll hear a conversation between two people who meet in the park and have a general chat about their dogs. We'll study lots of new vocabulary – discussing the breed of dog, commenting on his coat, describing his temperament, and more. Our lesson is in response to a suggestion from Alyssa, one of our listeners, who has relocated to Geneva… with her dog. Allons-y!
Lesson #: 87
This lesson is in response to a suggestion made by Gene who will be looking after an 8-month-old baby on New Year’s Eve for friends. But what about all those baby terms? Changing diapers, burping the baby, putting the baby to sleep, cooing, crawling… it’s almost a language in its own right. Let’s learn some of the key phrases in this lesson. Let’s start with a role-play between Xavier and Amélie…
Lesson #: 86
It seems nobody can organise strikes quite like the French. In recent weeks, President Sarkozy has had his first real test since coming into office with the public transport system grinding to a halt. For now, though, the public are on his side – and the side of the government. In this lesson, let’s learn some vocabulary which will help us engage in conversation about the strikes – and the crisis in general. C'est parti!
Lesson #: 85