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“Le groupe Nestlé serait également touché par le scandale alimentaire de la viande chevaline.”
“The Nestlé Group is now also affected by the horse-meat food scandal.”
In English, we simply say 'The Nestlé Group is also affected by…'. So, why the use of the conditional in the expression 'Nestlé serait touché' in today's headline, above, from france24.fr?… Why do we not simply say 'Nestlé est touché…?'… Read More
“En fait, je ne savais pas trop ce que je voulais…”
“In fact, I didn't really know what I wanted……”
One of our listeners asked about the words ce que in the sentence above, from one of our early lessons, (Lesson 27: "Wow! Your hair looks great!").… Read More
“Oscars: 'Lincoln' truste les nominations…”
“Oscars: 'Lincoln' monopolises the nominations……”
The recent headline, above, relates to the 'Oscars' which are just around the corner. But watch it! The verbe truster is un faux ami (a 'false friend').… Read More
“Il va falloir que l'on tienne le coup jusqu'à lundi…”
“We're going to have to cope until Monday…”
One of our listeners emailed us this morning, asking about the l' in the above sentence from one of our earlier lessons.… Read More
“On a tous le droit de s'exprimer…”
“We all have the right to express ourselves…”
One of our listeners wondered about the pronunciation of the word tous, referring to the sentence above which appeared in one of our earlier lessons.… 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.