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Mar

21

2013

“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

Mar

08

2013

“Coffret prêt-à-surfer”

Mobile internet, without contract, for your trip to France

At this time of year, many people are planning their trips to France. Increasingly, travellers depend on an internet connection while abroad. Tourists can always go to the nearest McDonald's to find une connexion wifi. But what if you want your own internet, everywhere you go?…… Read More

Feb

19

2013

“Le groupe Nestlé serait également touché par le scandale alimentaire de la viande chevaline.”

“The Nestlé Group is now also affected by the horse-meat food scandal.”

In English, we simply say 'The Nestlé Group is also affected by…'. So, why the use of the conditional in the expression 'Nestlé serait touché' in today's headline, above, from france24.fr?… Why do we not simply say 'Nestlé est touché…?'… Read More

Feb

07

2013

“En fait, je ne savais pas trop ce que je voulais…”

“In fact, I didn't really know what I wanted……”

One of our listeners asked about the words ce que in the sentence above, from one of our early lessons, (Lesson 27: "Wow! Your hair looks great!").… Read More

Feb

06

2013

“Oscars: 'Lincoln' truste les nominations…”

“Oscars: 'Lincoln' monopolises the nominations……”

The recent headline, above, relates to the 'Oscars' which are just around the corner. But watch it! The verbe truster is un faux ami (a 'false friend').… Read More

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Lesson no: 163, Level: Intermediate

"Nelson Mandela: comment se fait-il que l'on parle autant de lui?"

If ever the term 'great statesman' were relevant, it could surely be attributed to Nelson Mandela. In our conversation this time, Bertrand puts some questions to Béatrix to discover why, exactly, Mandela became such an icon. Let's listen.

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Lesson no: 162, Level: Intermediate

"As-tu entendu parler des ouvriers népalais au Qatar?"

Our conversation this time focuses on working conditions as Qatar develops its infrastructure for the football World Cup in 2022. The tournament is some years away but the controversy surrounding the plight of workers is current, and real. Let’s listen to a conversation between Béatrix and Rémy.

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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?"

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...

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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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