French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
de nouveaux films, de gros problèmes, de vieilles maisons
... but, des gros mots
One of our listeners wondered about two expressions that surfaced in Lesson 133.… Read More
… sometimes a noun, sometimes an adjective, sometimes an adverb!
demi and demie are very common in French but are also the source of confusion for learners. Let's take a closer look.… Read More
faire bouillir la marmite
'to bring home the bacon'
The verb bouillir means 'to boil' while une marmite is a pot. The expression faire bouillir la marmite is used figuratively in reference to someone who is the breadwinner or who 'brings home the bacon'. Consider some uses of the verb bouillir:… Read More
'Les trop gros bobbies devront se serrer la ceinture'
"'Bobbies' who are too fat are going to have to tighten their belts…"
That's according to a recent article in Le Figaro.… Read More
'Sarkozy – Hollande: duel à couteaux tirés'
L'expression en être à couteaux tirés avec quelqu'un
The presidential campaign is intensifying in France. A headline in one of the broadsheets characterised the battle between front-runners Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande as un duel à couteaux tirés, in other words 'a duel with knives drawn'. Though Mr Hollande is still ahead in the polls, his lead is diminishing.… Read More