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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
In the last lesson, we called a plumber and spoke to him over the phone. This time, in lesson 84, the plumber calls ‘round to conclude the job. Let’s see how the conversation unfolds.
Lesson #: 84
This lesson is based on a request from one of our listeners who needed the assistance of a plumber while in France. So, what happens if the bath drain gets blocked ? How do we convey this to the plumber ? Let’s see in this two-part lesson.
Lesson #: 83
In this lesson we talk about a recent court ruling in the U.S. regarding Jammie Thomas, found guilty of downloading and illegally re-distributing copyrighted music. Let’s study some of the relevant vocabulary in this exchange.
Lesson #: 82
The scene of this lesson is the forest of Fontainebleau where Amélie and Xavier are having a stroll, and picking up a few delicious mushrooms along the way. Let’s listen to their conversation unravel on a beautiful autumnal afternoon…
Lesson #: 81
In this, our 80th lesson, we talk about a change which will soon apply to all new French car registrations. The distinctive French number plate which tells us which 'département' a car comes from, will take a new form. We'll learn several useful expressions including 'être au courant de', 'entrer en vigueur', 'conduire comme un pied' and 'forcer le passage à quelqu'un'. Allons-y!…
Lesson #: 80
In this lesson we’ll learn how to simply ask if someone would fancy a cup of coffee that we’re about to make. And, while we’re at it, we’ll learn some trivia about a former Phillipine First Lady!…
Lesson #: 79
This month, Italy lost one of her great musicians and personalities in Luciano Pavarotti. In this lesson, let’s talk about what made him a household name and such a popular figure the world over. We'll learn how to say someone has passed away, how to say we miss someone, how to say 'it's sad that…', and more. C'est parti!
Lesson #: 78
Some people love them, others hate them. Still more cannot do without them. But, what if someone asks you if it’s ok to light up a cigarette in your presence ? Let’s listen to a role-play and see how such an exchange might unravel.
Lesson #: 77
(Note: this lesson contains a conversation about body odour which some listeners may find distasteful.)
It’s an issue none of us likes to talk about but one we occasionally confront in the workplace. So what about the delicate subject of personal hygiene ? How do we discuss it in French ? In this lesson we'll find out. Allons-y!...
Lesson #: 76