Intermediate Lessons

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Your car is ready to be collected...

In our last lesson, we booked our car in to the local garage for a service. This time – in lesson 121 – the car is ready. Let’s hear the conversation when Madame Legrand goes to pick up her car. We'll study the French for the adjectives 'rear' and 'front', the expressions 'to be all set', 'to stop at nothing' and 'to be thinking of [doing something]', the verbs 'to get', 'to pick up', 'to fill in'... and more. Let's get started...

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Lesson #: 121

I'd like to book my car in for a service, please...

This lesson – lesson 120 – is a short one. We simply want to make an appointment to book our car into the local garage for a service. Let’s hear a role-play. We'll learn the terms for 'car service' and 'additional costs', we'll make use of the verbs 'convenir', 'apporter' and 'amener', and finally, we'll pick up a term which French has borrowed from Italian. Allons-y!

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Lesson #: 120

I'd like to have a puncture repaired...

In this lesson, lesson 119, we need to have a specific service carried out. That is, to have a puncture repaired. But the expressions used could just as easily apply to a variety of services. Let’s begin with a role-play between Marie and a mechanic.

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Lesson #: 119

Go and tidy your room!

One of our listeners, Corrine, asked that we would do a lesson on phrases a mum might need around the home with her children. So, in this lesson, let’s deal with that. This time, Xavier, will play the role of a grumpy teenager while Amélie will be the mum ! Though the vocabulary is commonly used around the home, many of the expressions are quite tricky. Let's get started!

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Lesson #: 116

Les voyages en avion et la sécurité aéroportuaire

Brian, one of our listeners in Canada, asked that we would do a lesson on the difficulties one experiences nowadays travelling. In particular, the security issues at airports, whether people of colour encounter longer delays, and so on. That’s the topic of this lesson. We’ll begin with a role-play. We'll study the verbs 'engendrer' and 'occasionner', as well as the expressions 'être perçu comme' and 'être expérimenté'. Allons-y!

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Lesson #: 115

Large numbers and dates.

One of our listeners in the U.S. asked if we would create a lesson focusing on larger numbers, for example those found in dates, and so on. That’s the subject of this lesson, lesson 112. We’ll start with a role-play where Sylvie tells us about the region in which she lives.

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Lesson #: 112

What about the Irish who voted 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty?

In this lesson, lesson 111, we discuss the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters, an event which dominated current affairs in Europe recently. This very complicated document, aimed at facilitating the functioning of the EU, will not come into force - at least not for now. So then, what next for Europe ?

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Lesson #: 111

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.

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Lesson #: 110

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.

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Lesson #: 109

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.

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Lesson #: 107