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Apr

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2018

« Que penses-tu du Brexit? »

“What do you think of Brexit?”

Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union was widely controversial and continues to be so. Brexit – from a French perspective – is at the centre of our conversation this time.

Our lesson contains a whole range of interesting vocabulary. To discover how to use expressions such as the following, let’s get started!

  • avoir l’occasion de (to have the chance to)
  • populiste (m) (populist)
  • mentir (to lie)
  • une grande puissance (a big power)
  • se détournér de (to turn away from)
  • régenter [qqc] (to control)
  • se mettre à dos [qqn] (to antagonise)
  • se défausser sur (to shift the blame towards)
  • être du ressort de [qqn] (to be the responsibility of [sb])
  • prendre un nouveau départ (to have a new beginning)
  • mettre les bâtons dans les roues à [qqn] (to put a spanner in the works for [sb])
  • avoir un pied dedans et un pied dehors de [qqc] (to not commit to)
  • avoir le beurre et l’argent du beurre (to have one’s cake and eat it)
  • préserver sa souveraineté (to preserve one’s sovereignty)
  • traité (m) constitutionnel (constitutional treaty)
  • faire du replâtrage (to paper over the cracks)
  • faire du surplace (to be at a standstill)
  • une Europe à plusieurs vitesses (a multi-speed Europe)
  • donner une nouvelle impulsion à [qqc] (to give a new impetus to)

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