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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

Jun

28

2012

'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

Jun

19

2012

'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

Jun

07

2012

'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

Jun

05

2012

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

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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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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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