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Aug

10

2012

"Virez-moi la boxe et pendant qu'on y est, le tae kwon do, la natation synchronisée, le cricket et j'en passe…"

"Throw out boxing and, while we're at it, taekwondo, synchronised swimming, cricket… and you name it…"

Events at the Olympics have provoked wide-ranging commentary, some positive and some negative.… Read More

Aug

08

2012

"Qu'as-tu fait pendant ce week-end prolongé ?"

"What did you do for the long weekend?"

Un weekend prolongé is 'a long weekend'. So, we will encounter expressions like:… Read More

Aug

02

2012

'Les organisateurs des Jeux olympiques étaient dans la panade en raison de la défaillance de la société de sécurité G4S. Ils ont dû faire appel à l'armée…'

'The organisers of the Olympics were in the soup over the failure of the G4S security company. They had to call in the army…'

The expression être dans la panade is apt in the headline above which relates to the security problems at the Olympic Games.… Read More

Jul

31

2012

'En ce début de journée, Yannick Agnel, grande star des JO, remet ça en séries du 100 m.'

'This morning, Yannick Agnel, the big star of the Olympic Games, is at it again in the 100 metres.'

Another interesting expression comes from the sports headlines this morning. We often meet the verbs mettre ('to put') and remettre ('to put back', 'to hand back', 'to deliver', etc).… Read More

Jul

30

2012

'Grosse déception pour Adrian Mattenet. Le Français a été éliminé pour son entrée en lice face à l'Autrichien d'origine chinoise…'

'Huge disappointment for Adrian Mattenet. The Frenchman was eliminated after joining the fray against the Austrian of Chinese extraction, Weixing Chen…'

With the Olympics well under way in London, there is no shortage of sports-related vocabulary making the headlines.… Read More

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Lesson no: 186, Level: Intermediate

"Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"

It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’.

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Lesson no: 185, Level: Intermediate

Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition

The coral reefs of the world’s oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent. That is the focus of our lesson this time.

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Lesson no: 184, Level: Intermediate

Les tablettes tactiles en classe : un « canular » très coûteux ?

Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit? That’s the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

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Lesson no: 183, Level: Intermediate

La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'

This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation.

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Lesson no: 182, Level: Advanced

Les centres d’appel : ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?

The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people – some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty – work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? Béatrix talks of her friend’s experience in one such call centre. Let’s listen.

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