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Jan

06

2012

un fantoche

'a puppet' (of the political kind)

In this recent article from france24.com, the North Korean press agency is quoted as follows:… Read More

Jan

03

2012

"François Hollande appuie sur l'accélérateur"

That's according to rfi.fr this morning

Their front page article shows a photograph of the presidential candidate at the wheel of his car, smiling and ready for action on the campaign trail.… Read More

Jan

01

2012

Bonne année à toutes et à tous!

Happy New Year!

We're greatly looking forward to 2012. We've made changes to our site and encourage you, in particular, to contribute to our blog posts which will appear regularly.… Read More

Dec

31

2011

"Dix ans après sa mise en circulation, l'euro suscite toujours la méfiance"

susciter – 'to arouse' (hatred, envy, jealousy, distrust, suspicion, etc)

This morning's article from france.24.fr discusses the public's continuing mistrust of the euro, ten years on from its introduction.… Read More

Dec

31

2011

"Faire silence au seuil de 2012"

How to say 'on the threshold of'

This article from this mornings la-croix.fr talks of an aspiration to greater calm in 2012.… Read More

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Recent Lessons

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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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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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