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We'll discover how to discuss a programme from last night's TV schedule in this lesson. In particular, Xavier talks about a documentary he saw on the life of Henri Troyat, a prolific French writer. We'll meet - and practice - new expressions including 'passer à la télé', 'être décédé', 'être crevé' and 'rester éveillé jusqu'à'. Allons-y!
Lesson #: 59
In our recent discussion of American politics, we mentioned Barack Obama. This time our role-play will focus on whether America is ready for a woman to take the top job at the Oval Office. Let's hear what Caroline, in particular, thinks of Hillary Clinton and her chances of landing the ultimate position in politics. We'll learn some new expressions including 's'exprimer', 'être persuadé que', 'être ouvert d'esprit'… and more. Let's get started.
Lesson #: 58
France will soon have a new president. So, too, will the U.S. in London, Tony Blair will be leaving 10 Downing Street after 10 years as British prime minister. In this lesson, let's study some vocabulary and expressions related to the political scene in the U.S. as eyes are turning towards the White House. Allons-y!…
Lesson #: 57
Hardly a day passes without the terrible conflict in Iraq making the news headlines. In this lesson we will study some vocabulary which will allow us to offer an opinion - and ask the opinion of others - on a crisis for which a solution seems more elusive than ever.
Lesson #: 56
This time, our dog is in trouble and requires a trip to the vet. We'll learn how to say that something is wrong and we'll study a number of useful verbs, including 'rester', 'se mettre à', 's'attarder' and 'se rétablir'. It's a longer lesson this time, so let's get started…
Lesson #: 55
In our last lesson, a trip to the dentist resulted in a filling. The dentist and patient had a brief chat at the end of the appointment. Let's see how their conversation ended up. We'll study the expressions "to finish [doing]", "to be in agony" and "to find it difficult [to do]". We'll also discuss using the imperfect tense to describe physical states in the past. Allons-y!
Lesson #: 54
In our last lesson, we saw how to make an dental appointment. This time, we’re in the dentist’s chair… The drill, fillings, injections, cavities – we’ll meet them all in this first part of a two-part lesson.
Lesson #: 53
We'll see how to make an appointment to see the dentist in this lesson. We'll meet a variety of useful expressions, including "prendre rendezvous avec quelqu'un", "ressentir (une douleur)" and "le plus rapidement possible". To see what all these mean - and how to use them - let's get started!
Lesson #: 52
In this lesson, lesson 51, our task is a simple but common one - to make a restaurant reservation. We'll learn to recognise some common questions which are likely to be put to us by the receptionist and we'll revise how to spell some words, including one or two surnames.
Lesson #: 51
A ski-wear shop is the setting for this, our 50th Learn French By Podcast lesson. We'll see how to make effective use of the verbs "aimer", "suivre", "passer" and "essayer" and we'll also revise the object pronouns "le", "la" and "les".
Lesson #: 50