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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

Dec

15

2011

Le mot du jour

La rengaine de la semaine

Une rengaine refers to a refrain, that is, in expressions like: 'it is a common refrain from politicians before elections', etc.… 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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