French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
'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
'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
'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
'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
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
Lesson no: 198, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 197, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 196, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate
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.