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Feb

17

2012

'Le travail dominical revient dans le débat présidentiel'

This article from today's Figaro highlights the issue of Sunday store opening times.

It has been a theme raised in recent days by the frontrunning presidential candidates in France, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. Furthermore, it is an issue that has never really gone away since the controversial loi Maillé which permits businesses to trade in certain tourist areas and in major population centres.… Read More

Feb

11

2012

The Facebook flotation

New lesson coming soon

We're putting the final touches to a new lesson which focuses on the upcoming Facebook flotation.… Read More

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Feb

01

2012

'La situation vient de changer dans la péninsule coréenne...'

New intermediate lesson

The situation on the Korean Peninsula changed in December 2011 with the death of Kim Jong Il. Our conversation in this lesson (accessible from the Intermediate category under Lesson Guides, above) focuses on the harsh communist regime of North Korea, long dominated by the 'personality cult' of its 'Dear Leader'.… Read More

Jan

19

2012

The French word personne

It has two functions… let's take a look

The pronoun personne, accompanied by ne allows us to say 'nobody'.… Read More

Jan

15

2012

beaucoup and bien

Adding emphasis…

One of our site users asked for clarification regarding a point in our Lesson 79: 'Tu veux du café?' ('Would you like coffee?').… Read More

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Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate

"Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"

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’.

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Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate

Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition

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.

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Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate

Les tablettes tactiles en classe : un « canular » très coûteux ?

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.

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Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate

La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'

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.

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Lesson no: 182, Level: Advanced

Les centres d’appel : ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?

The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.

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