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Dec

19

2015

“Sur le chemin de l’école”, un documentaire émouvant

“On the path to school”, a moving documentary

What exactly does the word ‘education’ mean to you?… Read More

Nov

28

2015

« As-tu reçu le texto que je t’ai envoyé? »

“Did you get the text I sent you?”

A listener emailed us this morning about the verb ‘to get’. In fact, French has no real equivalent. A wide range of verbs is used: it all depends on the context.… Read More

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Aug

10

2015

"As-tu entendu parler de ces 'aliments miraculeux'?"

"Have you heard about these 'superfoods'?"

This Advanced lesson (all in French) arises from a recent documentary relating to so-called 'superfoods'.… Read More

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Jul

31

2015

“C'est un peu trop, là, quand même!”

“That's a bit much, that, isn't it!”

Several listeners have asked about the expression quand même. In fact, it is extremely common in French and has a wide variety of meanings. A minor change in intonation can sometimes alter its meaning.… Read More

Jun

30

2015

Il me semble qu’il n’y ait pas beaucoup de réflexion…

It seems to me that there isn’t much thought…”

This morning, we received a question regarding a sentence in Lesson 159 on the subject of Twitter. Our listener wondered about the use of the subjunctive after the expression “sembler que”. Our listener’s message was this:… Read More

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Lesson no: 176, Level: Intermediate

"Sur le chemin de l'école", un film émouvant

What exactly does the word ‘education’ mean to you ? Sur le chemin de l’école is a provocative and inspiring documentary from Pascal Plisson. It depicts vividly the insatiable thirst for learning of children in some of the world’s most remote corners. Let’s listen to a dialogue.

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Lesson no: 175, Level: Advanced

"Have you heard of these 'superfoods'?"

This Advanced lesson (all in French) arises from a recent documentary relating to so-called 'superfoods'. Do humble foods like broccoli and quinoa deserve the label of 'superfoods'? Let's hear a conversation about them. C'est parti!

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Lesson no: 174, Level: Intermediate

"C'est un peu trop, là, quand même!"

This is a very short lesson, focusing on the expression quand même which is very common but which has a variety of meanings in English, depending on the context. Several listeners have asked us about this expression. To elucidate, let’s take a couple of very short snippets of conversation.

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Lesson no: 173, Level: Advanced

"Les migrants en Méditerranée, y a-t-il une solution?"

This Advanced lesson focuses on the plight of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to the European mainland, often with disastrous consequences. Let's listen.

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Lesson no: 172, Level: Advanced

"J'ai vu un excellent film il y a quelques jours…"

"Still Alice", the story of a university professor afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, won an Oscar for Julianne Moore in the starring role. This film is the focus of our attention in this Advanced lesson, entirely in French. If you've been making progress with our Intermediate lessons, this lesson is for you.

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