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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

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“Que penses-tu d'AirBnB? Est-ce sérieux?”

“What do you think of AirBnB? Is it [a] serious [service]?”

AirBnB has rocked the hospitality industry. For holiday-makers it has proved a boon but hoteliers are up in arms. … Read More




“Où est-ce que l’on récupère les bagages?…”

“Where do they collect the luggage?…”

A listener asked us about a sentence from Lesson #4…… Read More

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“Sur le chemin de l’école”, un documentaire émouvant

“On the path to school”, a moving documentary

What exactly does the word ‘education’ mean to you?… Read More




« As-tu reçu le texto que je t’ai envoyé? »

“Did you get the text I sent you?”

A listener emailed us this morning about the verb ‘to get’. In fact, French has no real equivalent. A wide range of verbs is used: it all depends on the context.… Read More

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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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Lesson no: 181, Level: Intermediate

‘Tu’ ou ‘vous’?

A listener asked about ‘tu’ and ‘vous’. In English, we simply use the pronoun ‘you’ but, in French, things are more complicated. In this conversation, we talk about when to use ‘tu’ and ‘vous’… and how to ‘make the switch’ between the two when our relationships have evolved over time. Let’s listen.

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Lesson no: 180, Level: Intermediate

"Tu as l'air stressé aujourd'hui!…"

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. Let’s listen…

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Lesson no: 179, Level: Advanced

La Loi travail: une réforme controversée

This time, our lesson centres on the social tensions in France, arising from the proposed introduction of the new employment law. The main protagonists are, on the one hand, the CGT - a very powerful union - and, on the other, the government which insists that there is no alternative to the new measures it is proposing.

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