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Apr

01

2012

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

Mar

18

2012

'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

Feb

29

2012

'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

Feb

27

2012

Mahler… interrompu!…

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

Feb

26

2012

"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

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Lesson no: 192, Level: Intermediate

Le transfert de Neymar: comment expliquer une telle outrance?

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.

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Lesson no: 191, Level: Intermediate

Je vais m’offrir un téléphone basique

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!

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Lesson no: 190, Level: Advanced

Le phénomène Macron ... en marche!

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.

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Lesson no: 189, Level: Intermediate

Comment parler d’un accident de la route?

A listener wondered if we could do a lesson on the basis of a traffic accident. So that’s what we’ve done : we’ve simulated a discussion on the basis of a minor accident that did actually occur recently at our end. Let’s start with a conversation: then we’ll look closely at the vocabulary.

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Lesson no: 188, Level: Intermediate

Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris

The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Accord on climate change caused consternation worldwide, not least as almost all countries signed up to its terms in 2016. Let’s talk about the decision of the U.S. administration to withdraw. We’ll discover how to make use of a whole range of interesting vocabulary. C’est parti!

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