French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
“C'est un peu trop, là, quand même!”
“That's a bit much, that, isn't it!”
Several listeners have asked about the expression quand même. In fact, it is extremely common in French and has a wide variety of meanings. A minor change in intonation can sometimes alter its meaning.… Read More
“Il me semble qu’il n’y ait pas beaucoup de réflexion…
“It seems to me that there isn’t much thought…”
This morning, we received a question regarding a sentence in Lesson 159 on the subject of Twitter. Our listener wondered about the use of the subjunctive after the expression “sembler que”. Our listener’s message was this:… Read More
"Les migrants en Méditerranée, y a-t-il une solution?"
"The migrants in the Mediterranean, is there a solution?"
Our lesson this time focuses on the plight of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, often with disastrous consequences.… Read More
"J'ai vu an excellent film il y a quelques jours…"
"I saw an excellent film a few days ago…"
"Still Alice", the story of a university professor afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, won an Oscar for Julianne Moore in the starring role. This film is the focus of our attention in this Advanced lesson, entirely in French. If you've been making progress with our Intermediate lessons, this lesson is for you.… Read More
"Les attentats de Paris soulèvent une foule de questions..."
"The attacks in Paris raise many questions..."
The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters raise many questions. How far does freedom of speech go? Can we simply say whatever we like, whenever we wish? Let's hear a conversation, to start...… Read More
Lesson no: 187, Level: Intermediate
In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.
Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate
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’.
Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate
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.