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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
“Que penses-tu de la loterie?…”
“What do you think of the lottery?…”
Florida was home to a recent winner of the Powerball jackpot of around 400 million dollars. As always, there was a media frenzy.… Read More
‘… 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
‘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
‘I live in London…’
To say that you live in a particular city, French books tell us simply to say either:… Read More
Lesson no: 198, Level: Intermediate
One of our listeners was taking up a position as a teacher in a pre-school in France and asked if we would put together some expressions and vocabulary that might be used in a dialogue between the teacher and a parent. Let’s consider one such conversation.
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.