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La Norvège : ‘un pays de cocagne’
Norway: ‘a land of plenty’
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.… Read More
Les centres d’appel: ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?
Call centres: ‘the sweatshops of the 21st century’?
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.… Read More
‘Tu’ ou ‘vous’ ?
‘Tu’ or ‘vous’ ?
A listener asked about ‘tu’ and ‘vous’. In English, we simply use the pronoun ‘you’ but, in French, things are more complicated.… Read More
“T’as l’air stressé aujourd’hui… On dirait que tu as les boules!…”
“You look stressed today… It seems you’re very angry!”
A listener asked said he had recently been in France and had heard a few slang words used frequently. In this lesson, our dialogue makes use of a variety of slang words, some of which are very common.… Read More
La Loi travail: une réforme controversée
The employment law: a controversial reform
This time, our lesson centres on the social tensions in France, arising from the proposed introduction of new employment laws.… Read More
Lesson no: 198, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 197, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 196, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate
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.