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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

Apr

04

2013

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

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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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Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate

France: la réforme de l’accès à l’université

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.

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Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate

Que penses-tu du Brexit?

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.

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Lesson no: 192, Level: Intermediate

Le transfert de Neymar: comment expliquer une telle outrance?

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.

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Lesson no: 191, Level: Intermediate

Je vais m’offrir un téléphone basique

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!

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