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Mar

21

2013

“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

Mar

08

2013

“Coffret prêt-à-surfer”

Mobile internet, without contract, for your trip to France

At this time of year, many people are planning their trips to France. Increasingly, travellers depend on an internet connection while abroad. Tourists can always go to the nearest McDonald's to find une connexion wifi. But what if you want your own internet, everywhere you go?…… Read More

Feb

19

2013

“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

Feb

07

2013

“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

Feb

06

2013

“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

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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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