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May

04

2013

“Tu y vas tous les combien?

How often do you go there?

A listener asked about the expression above, from one of our recent lessons.… Read More

Apr

26

2013

"N'est-ce pas ce que tu aimes tant chez moi?!"

"Isn't that what you like most about me?!"

One of our listeners was revising one of our earliers lessons (no. 77) and wondered about the meaning of the question above which arose in the dialogue between Xavier and Amélie.… Read More

Apr

23

2013

Alors, tu viens?

Are you coming, then?

One of our listeners emailed us this morning about the adverb alors.… Read More

Apr

17

2013

'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

Apr

15

2013

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

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Recent Lessons

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Lesson no: 167, Level: Intermediate

"Est-ce que tu suis la situation en Ukraine?"

Little did we know when we were preparing this lesson in recent days that the situation in Ukraine would become even more fragile with the shooting down of a civilian airliner. Bertrand gives his views on why the impasse with Russia is so volatile. Let's listen first; then we'll look closely at the key vocabulary...

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Lesson no: 166, Level: Intermediate

"C'est confirmé... t'es atteint d'APC!"

The focus of our lesson this time is something which could be described as a modern-day disorder, afflicting a huge number of people. We're not talking about a physical disorder, per se... more of a social one. Béatrix and I are having a coffee but Béatrix is getting frustrated at my inattention. Let's listen...

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Lesson no: 165, Level: Intermediate

"Hier, j'ai assisté à un concert éblouissant!"

Our lesson this time focuses on a concert Béatrix attended, a classical concert. Bertrand wonders what makes the difference between a concerto on the one hand and a symphony on the other. Béatrix gives him a very basic music lesson. Let's listen. Then we'll come back and take a closer look at the key vocabulary.

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Lesson no: 164, Level: Intermediate

"As-tu vu 'Dallas Buyers' Club'?"

Our lesson this time centres around a film called “Dallas Buyers’ Club”, the story of a Texan cowboy who contracted AIDS at a time when most people had not yet heard of the disease. Let’s listen. Then we’ll take a closer look at the key vocabulary.

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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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