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Sep

11

2013

C’est vs Il est

How to say It is, He is, etc

We get quite a few questions about C’est and Il est. Sometimes it’s not so clear where we should use one rather than the other.… Read More

Aug

15

2013

dans, depuis, en to express time

Several prepositions can be used when discusssing time in French.

This morning, a listener asked about the differences between dans, depuis and en when discussing time. Let's consider some examples.… Read More

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Aug

04

2013

‘… Suivez-vous l'affaire Snowden?’

‘… Are you following the Snowden affair?’

The affair which surrounds former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, is still in the news.… Read More

Aug

03

2013

Parler du présent

Speaking of the present

This morning, a listener asked about the present tense in French. In English, we frequently use two forms of the present but in French, one present tense is usually all that we need.… Read More

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Jul

06

2013

“Que penses-tu de la loterie?…”

“What do you think of the lottery?…”

Florida was home to a recent winner of the Powerball jackpot of around 400 million dollars. As always, there was a media frenzy.… Read More

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Recent Lessons

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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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Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate

Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition

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. That is the focus of our lesson this time.

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Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate

Les tablettes tactiles en classe : un « canular » très coûteux ?

Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

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Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate

La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'

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.

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Lesson no: 182, Level: Advanced

Les centres d’appel : ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?

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. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.

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