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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
If you're a music lover, our next lesson will be of interest to you.
At a recent performance of the New York Philharmonic, concert-goers were dismayed to hear the incongruous and persistent sound of a marimba ring out from the very first row of the auditorium at a key moment.… Read More
"Hollande: 'secourir Edith Bouvier'"
le verbe secourir
This article from Le Figaro focuses attention on the plight of French journalist, Edith Bouvier, seriously wounded in Homs, Syria. For more than a week, bombs have rained down on Homs. One dares not estimate the number of victims beneath the rubble. Survivors lack all necessities: water, electricity and food.… Read More
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.
Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate
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.