Intermediate Lessons

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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!...

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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.

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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!

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Lesson #: 135

"As-tu entendu parler de Valentina Lisitsa?"

The subject of this lesson is a remarkable woman, born in the Ukraine but now a resident of the United States. Some say she has raised the bar of musical performance higher than anyone so far. Whether that is indeed true or not, let’s hear a role-play between Énora and Paul as they talk about Valentina Lisitsa.

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Lesson #: 134

"L'affaire Polanski, qu'en pensez-vous?"

In this lesson, lesson 133, we hear a discussion between Sonia and Frédéric about the Polanski affair. His recent arrest in Zurich was an outrage to some and long overdue to others. Discover useful words and expressions, including "clore", "extrader", "sidérer", "s'en ficher de", "faire chanter" and "écoeurer".

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Lesson #: 133

J'ai attrapé un virus!

In recent weeks, just about every news bulletin has had a mention of swine flu. To pick up some relevant vocabulary, in this lesson, lesson 132, we'll hear a role-play where Céline tells us how she picked up a virus. We'll discover some useful expressions, including: "Il me suffisait de", "envoyer des postillons", "un toubib", "tousser", and more.

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Lesson #: 132

"Je suis allé(e) à un super concert hier soir..."

In this lesson, lesson 131, we’ll discover how to talk about a concert we’ve been to. In this case, it’s a rock concert. Let’s get started with a role-play between Lucie and Étienne. We'll practice using a range of expressions: 'mettre des boules Quiès', 'se moquer de', 'déchirer', 'arriver à [faire quelque chose]', 'tenir le coup', 'bourdonner', and more. C'est parti!

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Lesson #: 131

"Le roi de la pop" est mort à l'âge de cinquante ans.

The world of pop music lost one of its most famous exponents in Michael Jackson. His passing was a shock, not least because he was only fifty. In this lesson, let’s talk about some of the things that made Jackson a larger-than-life figure … We’ll start with a role-play.

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Lesson #: 130

"Je n'ai jamais lu de telles absurdités!..."

In this lesson, lesson 129, we hear a role-play between Sandrine and Yann. They are discussing an article by a journalist who has made some rather unflattering comments about the French on an English website. Though the comments may have been tongue-in-cheek, neither Sandrine nor Yann finds the comments amusing. Let’s hear their thoughts...

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Lesson #: 129

Je souhaiterais ouvrir un compte en banque…

One of our listeners asked that we would do a lesson on opening a bank account. That’s the topic of conversation in this lesson, lesson 128. In fact, opening an account is not so straightforward and sometimes even necessitates an appointment. In any case, let’s study some of the vocabulary and expressions we’ll need. Let’s listen to a role-play between the customer and the bank teller.

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Lesson #: 128