French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
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
dans, depuis, en to express time
Several prepositions can be used when discusssing time in French.
This morning, a listener asked about the differences between dans, depuis and en when discussing time. Let's consider some examples.… Read More
‘… Suivez-vous l'affaire Snowden?’
‘… Are you following the Snowden affair?’
The affair which surrounds former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, is still in the news.… Read More
Parler du présent
Speaking of the present
This morning, a listener asked about the present tense in French. In English, we frequently use two forms of the present but in French, one present tense is usually all that we need.… Read More
“Que penses-tu de la loterie?…”
“What do you think of the lottery?…”
Florida was home to a recent winner of the Powerball jackpot of around 400 million dollars. As always, there was a media frenzy.… Read More
Lesson no: 176, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 175, Level: Advanced
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!
Lesson no: 174, Level: Intermediate
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.
Lesson no: 173, Level: Advanced
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.
Lesson no: 172, Level: Advanced
"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.