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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

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

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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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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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