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Sep

09

2012

"Les filles sont arrivées…", "Les desserts sont servis", "Le jeu est décidé"…

"The girls have arrived", "The desserts are served", "The game is decided"…

Our site visitors often ask us questions about verbs. You will know, if you are following our lessons, that we place a lot of emphasis on verbs and how they behave.… Read More

Aug

20

2012

Il y a de quoi en perdre la boule !

It's enough to drive you crazy!

There is an episode in The Bourne Legacy, released recently in cinemas, where a laboratory technician 'flips (out)' and assassinates his colleagues.… Read More

Aug

10

2012

"Virez-moi la boxe et pendant qu'on y est, le tae kwon do, la natation synchronisée, le cricket et j'en passe…"

"Throw out boxing and, while we're at it, taekwondo, synchronised swimming, cricket… and you name it…"

Events at the Olympics have provoked wide-ranging commentary, some positive and some negative.… Read More

Aug

08

2012

"Qu'as-tu fait pendant ce week-end prolongé ?"

"What did you do for the long weekend?"

Un weekend prolongé is 'a long weekend'. So, we will encounter expressions like:… Read More

Aug

02

2012

'Les organisateurs des Jeux olympiques étaient dans la panade en raison de la défaillance de la société de sécurité G4S. Ils ont dû faire appel à l'armée…'

'The organisers of the Olympics were in the soup over the failure of the G4S security company. They had to call in the army…'

The expression être dans la panade is apt in the headline above which relates to the security problems at the Olympic Games.… Read More

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Recent Lessons

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Lesson no: 198, Level: Intermediate

Je viens chercher mon fils!

One of our listeners was taking up a position as a teacher in a pre-school in France and asked if we would put together some expressions and vocabulary that might be used in a dialogue between the teacher and a parent. Let’s consider one such conversation.

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Lesson no: 197, Level: Intermediate

Quand ‘l’Afrique’ a gagné la Coupe du Monde!

Our lesson this time goes back to a joke made by chat-show host Trevor Noah last summer, following the World cup. The only thing is, some people didn’t find his joke funny at all, not least the French ambassador in Washington. So what was it all about, again? Let’s start, as usual, with a conversation to put things in context.

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Lesson no: 196, Level: Intermediate

Le Président Macron réinstaurera le Service national

Our conversation this time focuses on President Macron's plan to reintroduce national service in France. Some people are wondering if he is the right man to decide on such matters, given that he himself is the first French president not to have done military service.

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Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate

La présidence Trump approche des élections de mi-mandat

The Trump presidency is nearing the mid-term elections in November. Mr Trump – arguably more than any other American president – has polarised opinions. Let’s talk about the first half of his mandate and what has being going on in recent weeks.

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Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate

France: la réforme de l’accès à l’université

Traditionally, French high school graduates have been guaranteed public university places, regardless of the grades achieved in their baccalauréat. This, however, has resulted in very high drop-out rates. It is hoped that, from 2018, proposed reforms will result in a more efficient means of access to university.

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