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Apr

30

2012

vachement...

a colloquial alternative to très

One of our listeners asked for more information about the word vachement.… Read More

Apr

22

2012

Les présidentielles

The French are voting for a new president

... and that's the topic of conversation in our lesson just released.… Read More

Apr

13

2012

de nouveaux films, de gros problèmes, de vieilles maisons

... but, des gros mots

One of our listeners wondered about two expressions that surfaced in Lesson 133.… Read More

Apr

03

2012

demi, demie

… sometimes a noun, sometimes an adjective, sometimes an adverb!

demi and demie are very common in French but are also the source of confusion for learners. Let's take a closer look.… Read More

Apr

01

2012

faire bouillir la marmite

'to bring home the bacon'

The verb bouillir means 'to boil' while une marmite is a pot. The expression faire bouillir la marmite is used figuratively in reference to someone who is the breadwinner or who 'brings home the bacon'. Consider some uses of the verb bouillir:… Read More

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Recent Lessons

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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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Lesson no: 182, Level: Advanced

Les centres d’appel : ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?

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.

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