Intermediate Lessons

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"Did you hear about the boys who survived in the Pacific?"

What an incredibly uplifting story it was to hear about the three boys rescued in the south Pacific. In case you didn’t hear about them, let’s listen to Gabriel and Énora discussing them. We'll make use of a range of powerful vocabulary and expressions, including 'De quoi s'agit-il?', 'atteindre', 'se dérouler', 'davantage', 'maigrir', and more. Let's get started...

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 145

"Do you know that President Sarkozy is on Facebook?"

Since President Obama utilised modern technologies so cleverly en route to the White House, world leaders have come to appreciate the power of social networking sites and services. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is acutely aware of the advantages afforded by these technologies, too. In this lesson – lesson 144 – Julien and Manon discuss President Sarkozy’s ‘web presence’ on Facebook. C'est parti!

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 144

"What do you think about the expulsion of the Roma from France?"

In this lesson, lesson 143, we talk about the controversial expulsion of members of the Roma community from France. The tough stance taken by President Sarkozy's government on the matter has been sharply criticised in certain quarters. Let's begin with a conversation between Cédric and Amandine. We'll meet the expressions "ce n'est qu'une tempête dans un verre d'eau", "en faire tout un plat", "éclaboussé dans les médias", and more.

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 143

"Have you heard about the trapped miners?"

Our lesson, this time, centres on an event that has captured everyone's attention - the situation regarding the trapped miners in Chile. Let's begin with a converstation between Olivier and Béatrix. We'll meet the expressions 'tenir le coup', 'mettre tout en oeuvre', 'faire venir [quelqu'un] sur place' and 'éviter que'. C'est parti!

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 142

"What do you think of the situation in the Gulf of Mexico?"

The subject of this lesson - lesson 140 - is the oil spill which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama is adamant that B.P. will resolve the problem and pick up the bill. Nonetheless, it represents another environmental disaster. Let’s hear a conversation on the subject. We will pick up a lot of useful vocabulary, not least of which is the expression 'une nappe de pétrole'.

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 140

Google is one of the great successes of the last ten years… what do you think?

In this lesson, lesson 139, we are talking about the phenomenon that is Google. But people have mixed feelings about this commercial entity that has become synonymous with searching for information on the Internet. Is it a monopolistic monster we should be wary of, or is Google we something we should all be grateful for? To get started, we hear the views of Pascale and Raphaël.

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 139

"J'aimerais envoyer de l'argent à une amie qui habite à Toulouse..."

In this lesson, our task is to find out how to transfer money to someone elsewhere in France. The Post Office can help us with this task but there are different options available. Let’s study some of the key vocabulary. Let’s begin with a role-play between the customer and the counter clerk.

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 138

De retour en Europe après dix ans aux États-Unis...

In this lesson, lesson 137, Paul and Julie are talking about Julie's friend, Anne, who has moved back to Europe having lived for a decade in the U.S. We examine the verb "vivre" again and we practise using the expressions "s'adapter bien à", "s'habituer à", "faire défaut" and "avoir tôt fait de". Let's get started!...

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 137

"How did it come to be that Haïti is 'the poorest country in the western hemisphere'?"

The subject of this lesson, lesson 136, is Haïti. Not, in fact, the dreadful tragedy which befell the country in January 2010, but the reasons why Haïti came to be so impoverished ever before the earthquake struck. Our dialogue is quite a long one this time, between Arnaud and Élodie. It is a lesson which makes extensive use of the passé simple. Let's get started.

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 136

"Je vais être en retard…"

The topic of this short lesson is how to explain that you're running late for an appointment. In our role-play, Mr. Morel is stuck in traffic. He has to pull over and make a quick call to say that he'll be a little late. Let's listen. We'll work with lots of useful expressions and vocabulary, including: "avoir rendez-vous", "avoir du retard", "Ça ira", "être sur le point de", "être à l'appareil", and more. C'est parti!

Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 135