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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

Jul

31

2012

'En ce début de journée, Yannick Agnel, grande star des JO, remet ça en séries du 100 m.'

'This morning, Yannick Agnel, the big star of the Olympic Games, is at it again in the 100 metres.'

Another interesting expression comes from the sports headlines this morning. We often meet the verbs mettre ('to put') and remettre ('to put back', 'to hand back', 'to deliver', etc).… Read More

Jul

30

2012

'Grosse déception pour Adrian Mattenet. Le Français a été éliminé pour son entrée en lice face à l'Autrichien d'origine chinoise…'

'Huge disappointment for Adrian Mattenet. The Frenchman was eliminated after joining the fray against the Austrian of Chinese extraction, Weixing Chen…'

With the Olympics well under way in London, there is no shortage of sports-related vocabulary making the headlines.… Read More

Jul

16

2012

"Je suis désolé mais j'ai eu un empêchement de dernière minute."

"Sorry, but something has come up at the last minute."

In your 'Useful Expressions' list, one you will certainly want to put at the top of that list is avoir un empêchement.… Read More

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Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate

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Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate

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Lesson no: 192, Level: Intermediate

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Lesson no: 191, Level: Intermediate

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