French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
“Elle s'est vu interdire de quitter la France.”
“She was prohibited from leaving France.”
We received an email this morning with a question about the expression se voir [+ verb]. We have met the verb voir (= to see) many times, but what about the reflexive use of this verb, se voir?… Read More
“Personne n'est dupe de tous ces appâts … le marketing, c'est du baratin !”
“Nobody is taken in by all these lures… marketing, it's [all just] hot air!”
An interesting expression came up in some content we were preparing this morning.… Read More
“Sandy : ‘Beaucoup de gens sont partis car il n’y a ni chauffage ni électricité’”
“Sandy : ‘Many people have left because there is neither heating nor electricity’”
After the devastating passage of 'Sandy', resumption of normality is still a way off for many people on the U.S. east coast.… Read More
"Les résultats financiers de Google déçoivent les marchés financiers"
"Google's financial results disappoint the financial markets"
The news headline above related to the fall in Google's share price, following a leak which revealed that the search giant's quarterly profits had fallen by 20 percent.… Read More
"... et Lance Armstrong a déjoué les tests"
"... Lance Armstrong eluded/evaded the tests"
The world of cycling is trying to come to terms with the damning report which found Lance Armstrong guilty of leading a sophisticated doping conspiracy over many years.… Read More
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.
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.