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Dec

05

2012

“Cela me fait penser à…”

“That makes me think of…”

What expressions can we use when we want to add our voice to a discussion? It's a question which was put to us in recent days.… Read More

Dec

03

2012

“Lagos, la mégalopole du Nigeria entame sa mue

“Lagos, the megalopolis of Nigeria is starting to moult

A feature from La Croix this morning contains an interesting headline relating to the transformation which is taking place in Lagos.… Read More

Nov

16

2012

“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

Nov

06

2012

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

Nov

02

2012

“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

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Recent Lessons

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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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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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