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Jun

24

2013

‘… ces tout derniers jours’

‘… these last few days’

One of our subscribers asked us about the expression above which appeared in Lesson 157 (‘Dites-moi ce qui ne vas pas’). Our subscriber’s question was: ‘Why is it tout and not tous?’… Read More

Jun

18

2013

‘S'il vous plaît, y a-t-il un distributeur par ici?’

‘Excuse me, is there an ATM around here?’

In English, we call them 'ATMs', or simply 'cash machines'.… Read More

Jun

13

2013

‘J'habite Londres…’

‘I live in London…’

To say that you live in a particular city, French books tell us simply to say either:… Read More

Jun

03

2013

‘Azarenka: droite dans ses bottes

‘Azarenka: cocksure of herself’

The sports headlines from the tennis tournament at Roland Garros (one of which we can see, above) have featured some interesting expressions in the last few days.… Read More

May

31

2013

More about qui and que

Two small French words with many meanings and functions

We already discussed the use of qui and que to ask questions. But these words have other meanings and functions too.… Read More

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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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