French in your own time. At your own pace.
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'Le procès de l'opposant russe Alexeï Navalny reporté au 24 avril'
'The trial of Russian opposition candidate Navalny postponed until April 24th'
The above headline from this morning's france24.fr makes use of the verb reporter. But watch it: this verb is a faux ami. Depending on the context, it means 'to postpone', 'to defer', 'to transfer', 'to take [someone] back to', etc.… Read More
La placardisation: a dubious practice
Perhaps you already know that un placard is simply 'a cupboard'?
But what about la placardisation or la mise au placard, literally, 'being put in the cupboard'? It is a practice which has become more frequent, especially since the financial crisis.… Read More
Langue française: comment prononcer certains noms de villes?
How do we pronounce the name of certain (French) cities?
It is a question we have been asked more than once.… Read More
Downcast and Pocket Casts to manage your podcasts
iTunes has always been a useful application for managing podcasts, but there are others, too.
One of our listeners contacted us recently and let us know that he was using Downcast to manage podcasts on his iOS devices (iPhone, iPad).… Read More
“Marie est toujours à l'heure.”
“Marie is always on time.”
One of our listeners asked about the word toujours. It's an interesting adverb – with distinctly different meanings – depending on the context.… Read More
Lesson no: 161, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 160, Level: Intermediate
Florida was home to a recent winner of the Powerball jackpot of around 400 million dollars. As always, there was a media frenzy. In this lesson, Lucien and Zara discuss lotteries in general. Zara thinks they're scandalous. Lucien, on the other hand, thinks that Zara needs to lighten up. Let's listen...
Lesson no: 159, Level: Intermediate
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...
Lesson no: 158, Level: Advanced
This time, our lesson focuses on the situation in Mali. In our role-play, Brendan asks Simone to shed some light on the reasons for the military intervention of France in one of its former colonies. An advanced lesson this time, mostly in French.
Lesson no: 157, Level: Intermediate
One of our listeners, a doctor working in a French-speaking community in New York, suggested that we devote a lesson to a dialogue between a doctor and patient. That's the subject of this lesson. The patient, Mr Gauthier, has just come into the doctor's clinic, which is where the conversation takes place...