French in your own time. At your own pace.
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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
… 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
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
'Les trop gros bobbies devront se serrer la ceinture'
"'Bobbies' who are too fat are going to have to tighten their belts…"
That's according to a recent article in Le Figaro.… Read More
'Sarkozy – Hollande: duel à couteaux tirés'
L'expression en être à couteaux tirés avec quelqu'un
The presidential campaign is intensifying in France. A headline in one of the broadsheets characterised the battle between front-runners Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande as un duel à couteaux tirés, in other words 'a duel with knives drawn'. Though Mr Hollande is still ahead in the polls, his lead is diminishing.… Read More
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.
Lesson no: 188, Level: Intermediate
The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Accord on climate change caused consternation worldwide, not least as almost all countries signed up to its terms in 2016. Let’s talk about the decision of the U.S. administration to withdraw. We’ll discover how to make use of a whole range of interesting vocabulary. C’est parti!
Lesson no: 187, Level: Intermediate
In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.
Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate
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’.
Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate
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.