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Aug

04

2013

‘… 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

Aug

03

2013

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

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Jul

06

2013

“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

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

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Lesson no: 199, Level: Intermediate

Les ‘décroissants’, c’est qui?

Our conversation this time focuses on people who are referred to as ’les décroissants’. But who exactly are ‘les décroissants’? To find out, let’s start with a conversation.

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Lesson no: 198, Level: Intermediate

Je viens chercher mon fils!

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.

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Lesson no: 197, Level: Intermediate

Quand ‘l’Afrique’ a gagné la Coupe du Monde!

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.

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Lesson no: 196, Level: Intermediate

Le Président Macron réinstaurera le Service national

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.

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Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate

La présidence Trump approche des élections de mi-mandat

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.

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