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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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Jun

16

2015

"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

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Apr

10

2015

"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

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Mar

11

2015

"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

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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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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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