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Oct

22

2013

« Moi, je n'aime pas du tout regarder des joueurs courir derričre un ballon ! »

«I don't like watching players run (around) after a ball!»

A listener sent us a question about the expression above, from one of our earlier lessons. Specifically, his question was:… Read More

Sep

30

2013

on - a very common pronoun

The pronoun on is used in a wide variety of contexts.

A listener emailed us in the last few days about the pronoun on. Its use is extremely common in French, especially in the spoken language.… Read More

Sep

19

2013

ne - it isn't always 'negative'

It is often easier to think of ne as part of a combination

A listener emailed us this morning with the following message:… Read More

Sep

18

2013

dont, whose, of which, of whom

The pronoun dont is used frequently in French.

A listener asked this morning about the word dont. Pronounced don(t), it replaces an object introduced by de.… Read More

Sep

11

2013

C’est vs Il est

How to say It is, He is, etc

We get quite a few questions about C’est and Il est. Sometimes it’s not so clear where we should use one rather than the other.… Read More

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Lesson no: 163, Level: Intermediate

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Lesson no: 162, Level: Intermediate

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Lesson no: 161, Level: Intermediate

"Suivez-vous l'affaire Snowden?"

Just recently, Edward Snowden was living a normal life. Now, however, he is a hunted man with a future that is very uncertain. Once he revealed that U.S. authorities were monitoring the daily communications of ordinary citizens, his life effectively changed forever. In this lesson, Zoë and Jules discuss the Snowden affair. Let's listen.

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Lesson no: 160, Level: Intermediate

"Que penses-tu de la loterie?"

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Lesson no: 159, Level: Intermediate

"Es-tu sur Twitter?"

Today, several hundred million people around the world are 'tweeting'. In this lesson, let's hear a conversation between Bertrand and Amandine. Bertrand is a regular Twitter user, but Amandine is not. Let's listen...

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