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Dec

22

2011

A Roissy, la police remplace les grévistes pendant que la grève se poursuit

From this morning's Le Monde

Note the use of the expression se poursuivre. In this case, it's a more stylish alternative to continuer.… Read More

Dec

22

2011

"Chafni et Perruaux se rabibochent"

From this morning's Nouvel Observateur

In relation to an incident of alleged racism between a football player from Auxerre, Kamel Chafni, and line judge Johann Perruaux, the pair were keen to say the matter was now closed.… Read More

Dec

22

2011

"Joli cadeau de Noël pour les chantiers navals de Saint-Nazaire"

Adjectives ending in -al

Note the heading of this post. It's the title of an article from Libération this morning.… Read More

Dec

21

2011

'Nous, on n'a pas les moyens de partir en vacances'

From 'Libération'

It's not an exaggeration to say that the pronoun on is very common in French. It has many meanings, including 'one', 'people', 'you' (in an informal context), etc.… Read More

Dec

20

2011

se durcir

An expression in the news in recent days

Se durcir veut dire devenir de plus en plus dur. … Read More

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Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate

"Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"

It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.

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Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate

Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition

The coral reefs of the world’s oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent. That is the focus of our lesson this time.

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Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate

Les tablettes tactiles en classe : un « canular » très coûteux ?

Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

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Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate

La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'

This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation.

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Lesson no: 182, Level: Advanced

Les centres d’appel : ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?

The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.

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