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dont, whose, of which, of whom
The pronoun dont is used frequently in French.
A listener asked this morning about the word dont. Pronounced don(t), it replaces an object introduced by de.… Read More
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
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
‘… 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
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
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.