French in your own time. At your own pace.
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'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
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
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
Downcast and Pocket Casts to manage your podcasts
iTunes has always been a useful application for managing podcasts, but there are others, too.
One of our listeners contacted us recently and let us know that he was using Downcast to manage podcasts on his iOS devices (iPhone, iPad).… Read More
“Marie est toujours à l'heure.”
“Marie is always on time.”
One of our listeners asked about the word toujours. It's an interesting adverb – with distinctly different meanings – depending on the context.… Read More
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.
Lesson no: 192, Level: Intermediate
The transfer of Brazilian footballer, Neymar, smashed all records in terms of the colossal sums of money involved. Are such sporting investments really justified? Let’s talk about that.
Lesson no: 191, Level: Intermediate
Our lesson this time was inspired by a recent article entitled “Has the smartphone destroyed a generation?” A provocative title indeed, but one that got us thinking. C’est parti!
Lesson no: 190, Level: Advanced
Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners – focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Let’s discuss.