French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
'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
"J'ai deux soeurs…"
Faites attention à la prononciation!
One of my students said "J'ai deux soeurs" to me the other day.… Read More
Les étoiles montantes du nouveau gouvernement de François Hollande
That is, the rising stars who will be part of M. Hollande's administration
François Hollande promised a new government, respectful of la parité hommes-femmes (parity among men and women) and open to la jeunesse et la diversité (youth and diversity).… Read More
Lesson no: 201, Level: Intermediate
Our conversation this time is about something which has been central to our lives around the world since the beginning of the year. We are speaking, of course, about the coronavirus pandemic.
Lesson no: 200, Level: Intermediate
The subject of this, our 200th lesson!, is the opioid crisis in the U.S. which has reached quite shocking proportions. How did it come to this? Let’s start with a conversation.
Lesson no: 199, Level: Intermediate
Our conversation this time focuses on people who are referred to as ’les décroissants’. But who exactly are ‘les décroissants’? To find out, let’s start with a conversation.
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.