French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
'Voudrais-tu éteindre ton téléphone, s'il te plaît?…'
'Would you please turn off your phone?…'
More and more people seem to suffer from the modern-day 'affliction' of constantly composing text messages.… Read More
'La validation de la réforme de l'assurance-santé d'Obama' - un coup dur pour Mitt Romney
Support for Obama's health insurance reform – a real blow for Mitt Romney
Un coup dur in this context relates to a 'real blow'.… Read More
'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
Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate
Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union was widely controversial and continues to be so. Brexit – from a French perspective – is at the centre of our conversation this time.
Lesson no: 192, Level: Intermediate
The transfer of Brazilian footballer, Neymar, smashed all records in terms of the colossal sums of money involved. Are such sporting investments really justified? Let’s talk about that.
Lesson no: 191, Level: Intermediate
Our lesson this time was inspired by a recent article entitled “Has the smartphone destroyed a generation?” A provocative title indeed, but one that got us thinking. C’est parti!
Lesson no: 190, Level: Advanced
Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners – focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Let’s discuss.
Lesson no: 189, Level: Intermediate
A listener wondered if we could do a lesson on the basis of a traffic accident. So that’s what we’ve done : we’ve simulated a discussion on the basis of a minor accident that did actually occur recently at our end. Let’s start with a conversation: then we’ll look closely at the vocabulary.