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Apr

22

2012

Les présidentielles

The French are voting for a new president

... and that's the topic of conversation in our lesson just released.… Read More

Apr

13

2012

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

Apr

03

2012

demi, demie

… 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

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

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Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate

La présidence Trump approche des élections de mi-mandat

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.

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Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate

France: la réforme de l’accès à l’université

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.

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Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate

Que penses-tu du Brexit?

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.

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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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