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Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition
The coral reefs threatened with extinction
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.… Read More
Les tablettes tactiles en classe : un ‘canular’ très coûteux?
Tablets in the classroom: a costly ‘hoax’?
Tablets in the classroom were recently described as ‘a 60 billion dollar hoax’.… Read More
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
Lesson no: 200, Level: Intermediate
The subject of this, our 200th lesson!, is the opioid crisis in the U.S. which has reached quite shocking proportions. How did it come to this? Let’s start with a conversation.
Lesson no: 199, Level: Intermediate
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.
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.