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Jun

28

2012

'La validation de la réforme de l'assurance-santé d'Obama' - un coup dur pour Mitt Romney

Support for Obama's health insurance reform – a real blow for Mitt Romney

Un coup dur in this context relates to a 'real blow'.… Read More

Jun

19

2012

'Le Serbe a défait le Français Gilles Simon…'

'The Serb defeated the Frenchman, Gilles Simon…'

Consider the sports headline above. In our lessons, we've met the common verb faire many times. But what about the derivative défaire and the expression se défaire de?… Read More

Jun

07

2012

'Ton examen, tu l'auras les doigts dans le nez.'

'Your exam… it will be a piece of cake.'

To wish him well for upcoming exams, a friend sent my son a card containing the expression above.… Read More

Jun

05

2012

Suspect, aspect, prospect, respect

… they all look the same as in English, but watch the pronunciation!

Contrary to what we might expect, in the case of nouns, or adjectives in the masculine form, the ending -pect is pronounced like the English word 'pay'. In other words, the -ct is silent. Consider the following:… Read More

May

24

2012

"J'ai deux soeurs…"

Faites attention à la prononciation!

One of my students said "J'ai deux soeurs" to me the other day.… Read More

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Lesson no: 187, Level: Intermediate

Un diplôme universitaire, cela en vaut-il la peine?

In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.

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Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate

"Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"

It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.

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Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate

Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition

The coral reefs of the world’s oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent. That is the focus of our lesson this time.

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Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate

Les tablettes tactiles en classe : un « canular » très coûteux ?

Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

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Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate

La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'

This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation.

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