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: 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.
Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate
Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union was widely controversial and continues to be so. Brexit – from a French perspective – is at the centre of our conversation this time.