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Intermediate Lessons

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110
The race to the White House has truly begun!

The real race to the White House has begun, after a gruelling campaign for the Democrats. For now Hillary Clinton is out of the picture, leaving Barack Obama and John McCain to slug it out. In this lesson, lesson 110, let’s discover some vocabulary which will help us discuss what’s been happening in recent weeks.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 110

109
The price of oil is going through the roof!

In this lesson, lesson 109, our conversation centres on oil and, more significantly, the spiralling price of oil. Let’s discover some of the vocabulary we'll need in order to talk about prices that are going through the roof, investors, yield, alternative sources of energy, speculating, and more.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 109

107
Were you watching Roland Garros?

Kaleema, one of our listeners in the U.S., asked if we would talk a little about tennis and Roland Garros. That’s the topic for today’s lesson. We’re coming to the end of the 2008 tournament : let’s see what vocabulary and expressions would be useful to discuss what's been happening.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 107

105
I have such backache!...

In this lesson we talk about a common physical condition which effects so many people : back pain. We’ll learn how to describe the pain and we’ll talk about the possible solutions to this problem. Should we visit our GP or our physiotherapist ? Let’s find out.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 105

104
Let's buy costume jewelry for the fancy dress!

In this lesson, lesson 104, we'll discover the vocabulary required to go on a shopping trip for inexpensive jewelry. Sophie wants to buy jewelry which will go with her outfit. Let's hear how her conversation with Jean unravels. The conversation begins at the shopping centre. Jean is starting out on the shopping trip, too, but he may not stand the pace for long...


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 104

103
"In the kitchen garden..."

This lesson is in response to an idea from Brian living in the Hautes-Alpes who was taking some time out from working in his kitchen garden and wanted to know how to talk about vegetables, manure, compost and more … He also mentioned food shortages and high food prices. This is the subject of today’s lesson – lesson 103.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 103

101
Complaining about poor service in a restaurant

One of our listeners asked: 'How do you complain about poor service?' In this lesson we'll see how to say we didn't order something, how to say that food is cold, and how to talk about an error in the bill. It all happened during this outing to a restaurant.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 101

100
It's our anniversary...

Hard though it is to believe, we have reached our hundredth lesson since we first started in June 2006. So, in this lesson, why not talk about anniversaries... and learn how to never forget an anniversary again! Let's start with a role-play between Marc and Sylvie ...


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 100

98
Have you been following the situation in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is anxiously awaiting the results of presidential elections. Robert Mugabe, in power for the last 28 years, looks to be in trouble but shows no signs of giving up the reins of power easily. Let’s hear a conversation in this Intermediate lesson which sheds some light on Mugabe himself as well as the challenges facing this country of Southern Africa. Let’s start with a role-play between Carole and Thierry.


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 98

97
What about the Olympics in Beijing?

In this lesson, lesson 97, we’ll hear a brief discussion about the olympics in Beijing. Let’s get started with a role-play between Yves and Olive. We'll talk about the pride of the Chinese Olympic Committee, the views of certain sports delegations and an action taken by one american actor…


Price: 1 credit(s)
Lesson #: 97

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