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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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May

23

2013

“Est-ce que tu twittes souvent?!”

“Do you often send tweets?...”

Millions of people around the world 'tweet' every day. But how do we talk about it all in French?… Read More

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Lesson no: 200, Level: Intermediate

La crise des opioïdes

The subject of this, our 200th lesson!, is the opioid crisis in the U.S. which has reached quite shocking proportions. How did it come to this? Let’s start with a conversation.

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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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