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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
Mohammed Ali: une personnalité exceptionnelle
Mohammed Ali: a remarkable personality
He was the world’s most famous boxer. But, to many, he represented much more than a particular sport.… Read More
Lesson no: 187, Level: Intermediate
In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.
Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate
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’.
Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate
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.