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Sep

22

2012

Les verbes pronominaux, tell me more…

'Reflexive' verbs are the subject of many emails we receive…

We receive many questions on the subject of les verbes prononominaux. So, what is a verbe pronominal, exactly?… Read More

Sep

14

2012

"Les ouvriers ont repeint la façade…"

"The workers painted the facade…"

To use new French words and expressions effectively, we need to be able to recognise and distinguish between direct and indirect objects.… Read More

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

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Lesson no: 200, Level: Intermediate

La crise des opioïdes

The subject of this, our 200th lesson!, is the opioid crisis in the U.S. which has reached quite shocking proportions. How did it come to this? Let’s start with a conversation.

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Lesson no: 199, Level: Intermediate

Les ‘décroissants’, c’est qui?

Our conversation this time focuses on people who are referred to as ’les décroissants’. But who exactly are ‘les décroissants’? To find out, let’s start with a conversation.

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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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