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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

Jul

10

2012

"Au Mexique, un vote s'achète pour une poignée de pesos"

"In Mexico, a vote can be bought for a handful of pesos"

Consider this headline from the news.… Read More

Jul

09

2012

Murray: "J'y crois encore"

... "I am continuing to believe."

The wait continues for Britain's Andy Murray to win his first Grand Slam title after his defeat in the Wimbledon final.… Read More

Jun

29

2012

'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

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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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Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate

Que penses-tu du Brexit?

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.

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