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Jun

07

2012

'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

Jun

05

2012

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

May

24

2012

"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

May

11

2012

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

Apr

30

2012

vachement...

a colloquial alternative to très

One of our listeners asked for more information about the word vachement.… Read More

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Lesson no: 200, Level: Intermediate

La crise des opioïdes

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.

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Lesson no: 199, Level: Intermediate

Les ‘décroissants’, c’est qui?

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.

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Lesson no: 198, Level: Intermediate

Je viens chercher mon fils!

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.

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Lesson no: 197, Level: Intermediate

Quand ‘l’Afrique’ a gagné la Coupe du Monde!

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.

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Lesson no: 196, Level: Intermediate

Le Président Macron réinstaurera le Service national

Our conversation this time focuses on President Macron's plan to reintroduce national service in France. Some people are wondering if he is the right man to decide on such matters, given that he himself is the first French president not to have done military service.

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