French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
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: 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.
Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate
Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union was widely controversial and continues to be so. Brexit – from a French perspective – is at the centre of our conversation this time.
Lesson no: 192, Level: Intermediate
The transfer of Brazilian footballer, Neymar, smashed all records in terms of the colossal sums of money involved. Are such sporting investments really justified? Let’s talk about that.
Lesson no: 191, Level: Intermediate
Our lesson this time was inspired by a recent article entitled “Has the smartphone destroyed a generation?” A provocative title indeed, but one that got us thinking. C’est parti!
Lesson no: 190, Level: Advanced
Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners – focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Let’s discuss.