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Apr

26

2013

"N'est-ce pas ce que tu aimes tant chez moi?!"

"Isn't that what you like most about me?!"

One of our listeners was revising one of our earliers lessons (no. 77) and wondered about the meaning of the question above which arose in the dialogue between Xavier and Amélie.… Read More

Apr

23

2013

Alors, tu viens?

Are you coming, then?

One of our listeners emailed us this morning about the adverb alors.… Read More

Apr

17

2013

'Le procès de l'opposant russe Alexeï Navalny reporté au 24 avril'

'The trial of Russian opposition candidate Navalny postponed until April 24th'

The above headline from this morning's france24.fr makes use of the verb reporter. But watch it: this verb is a faux ami. Depending on the context, it means 'to postpone', 'to defer', 'to transfer', 'to take [someone] back to', etc.… Read More

Apr

15

2013

La placardisation: a dubious practice

Perhaps you already know that un placard is simply 'a cupboard'?

But what about la placardisation or la mise au placard, literally, 'being put in the cupboard'? It is a practice which has become more frequent, especially since the financial crisis.… Read More

Apr

08

2013

Langue française: comment prononcer certains noms de villes?

How do we pronounce the name of certain (French) cities?

It is a question we have been asked more than once.… 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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