French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
'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
'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
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
"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
Les étoiles montantes du nouveau gouvernement de François Hollande
That is, the rising stars who will be part of M. Hollande's administration
François Hollande promised a new government, respectful of la parité hommes-femmes (parity among men and women) and open to la jeunesse et la diversité (youth and diversity).… Read More
Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate
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’.
Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 182, Level: Advanced
The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.