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Dec

19

2015

“Sur le chemin de l’école”, un documentaire émouvant

“On the path to school”, a moving documentary

What exactly does the word ‘education’ mean to you?… Read More

Nov

28

2015

« As-tu reçu le texto que je t’ai envoyé? »

“Did you get the text I sent you?”

A listener emailed us this morning about the verb ‘to get’. In fact, French has no real equivalent. A wide range of verbs is used: it all depends on the context.… Read More

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Aug

10

2015

"As-tu entendu parler de ces 'aliments miraculeux'?"

"Have you heard about these 'superfoods'?"

This Advanced lesson (all in French) arises from a recent documentary relating to so-called 'superfoods'.… Read More

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Jul

31

2015

“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

Jun

30

2015

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

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Lesson no: 190, Level: Advanced

Le phénomène Macron ... en marche!

Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners – focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Let’s discuss.

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Lesson no: 189, Level: Intermediate

Comment parler d’un accident de la route?

A listener wondered if we could do a lesson on the basis of a traffic accident. So that’s what we’ve done : we’ve simulated a discussion on the basis of a minor accident that did actually occur recently at our end. Let’s start with a conversation: then we’ll look closely at the vocabulary.

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Lesson no: 188, Level: Intermediate

Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris

The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Accord on climate change caused consternation worldwide, not least as almost all countries signed up to its terms in 2016. Let’s talk about the decision of the U.S. administration to withdraw. We’ll discover how to make use of a whole range of interesting vocabulary. C’est parti!

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Lesson no: 187, Level: Intermediate

Un diplôme universitaire, cela en vaut-il la peine?

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.

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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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