French in your own time. At your own pace.
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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: 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.
Lesson no: 196, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate
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.