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  • 193: "Que penses-tu du Brexit?"
    Wed, Apr 04, 2018

    Britains vote to withdraw from the European Union was widely controversial and continues to be so. Brexit from a French perspective is at the centre of our conversation this time.

  • 192: Le transfer de Neymar : comment expliquer une telle outrance?
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017

    The transfer of Brazilian footballer, Neymar, smashed all records in terms of the colossal sums of money involved. Are such sporting investments really justified? Lets talk about that.

  • 191: Je vais moffrir un t?l?phone basique
    Sat, Dec 02, 2017

    Our lesson this time was inspired by a recent article entitled Have smartphones destroyed a generation? A provocative title indeed, but one that got us thinking. Cest parti!

  • 190: Le ph?nom?ne Macron ... en marche!
    Tue, Jul 11, 2017

    Our lesson this time - for Advanced learners focuses on the stunning rise to the French presidency of the youthful Emmanuel Macron at just 39 years of age. How, exactly, did he manage to pull off such a victory? Lets discuss.

  • 189: Comment parler dun accident de la route?
    Mon, Jun 26, 2017

    A listener wondered if we could do a lesson on the basis of a traffic accident. So thats what weve done : weve simulated a discussion on the basis of a minor accident that did actually occur recently at our end. Lets start with a conversation: then well look closely at the vocabulary.

  • 188: Le retrait des ?tats-Unis de lAccord de Paris sur le changement climatique
    Thu, Jun 15, 2017

    The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Accord on climate change caused consternation worldwide, not least as almost all countries signed up to its terms in 2016. Lets talk about the decision of the U.S. administration to withdraw. Well discover how to make use of a whole range of interesting vocabulary. Cest parti!

  • 187: Un dipl?me universitaire, cela en vaut-il la peine?
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    In some countries, particularly the U.S., a university education has become so expensive that some wonder if it is even worth going to college at all, any more. Lets start with a conversation. Then well come back and look more closely at some key vocabulary.

  • 186: "Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'int?ressant ? la t?l??"
    Wed, Dec 21, 2016

    Its holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series weve seen. Thats the subject of our conversation this time. First, lets talk about a French production called Spiral.

  • 185: Les r?cifs coralliens menac?s de disparition
    Fri, Nov 04, 2016

    The coral reefs of the worlds oceans are in mortal danger but, as is often the case with environmental concerns, few people seem to appreciate that the dangers are imminent.That is the focus of our lesson this time.

  • 184: Les tablettes tactiles en classe: un 'canular' co?teux?
    Tue, Oct 25, 2016

    Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems were on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit ? Thats the subject of our conversation in this lesson.

  • 183: La Norv?ge : 'un pays de cocagne'
    Thu, Oct 06, 2016

    This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moores latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Lets start with a conversation.

  • 182: Les centres dappel: les ateliers de mis?re du 21e si?cle?
    Fri, Jul 29, 2016

    The title of this Advanced lesson may be controversial. After all, it is a fact that tens of thousands of people some of whom have been lifted out of abject poverty work in call centres around the world. However, questions one might ask are: what kind of work do call centre workers actually do? What kind of career prospects can workers realistically expect from such work? B?atrix talks of her friends experience in one such call centre. Lets listen.

  • 181: Tu or vous?
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016

    A listener asked about tu and vous. In English, we simply use the pronoun you but, in French, things are more complicated. In this conversation, we talk about when to use tu and vous and how to make the switch between the two when our relationships have evolved over time. Lets listen.

  • 180: Tu as lair stress? aujourdhui!
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016

    A listener asked said he had recently been in France and had heard a few slang words used frequently. In this lesson, our dialogue makes use of a variety of slang words, some of which are very common. Lets listen.

  • 179: "La Loi travail: une r?forme controvers?e"
    Fri, Jun 17, 2016

    This time, our lesson centres on the social tensions in France, arising from the proposed introduction of new work laws. The main protagonists are, on the one hand, the CGT - a very powerful union - and, on the other, the government which insists that there is no alternative to the new measures it is proposing.

  • 178: "Mohammed Ali: une personnalit? exceptionnelle"
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016

    He was the worlds most famous boxer. But, to many, he represented much more than a particular sport. In this lesson, lets talk about Mohammed Ali.

  • 177: "Que penses-tu d'AirBnB? Est-ce s?rieux?"
    Fri, Jun 03, 2016

    AirBnB has rocked the hospitality industry. For holiday-makers it has proved a boon but hoteliers are up in arms. On the other hand, hoteliers are up in arms, citing 'wild-west' practices and a lack of regulation, not to mention depleted rental accommodation, as property owners turn to this new rental model instead of committing to longer-term tenants.We discuss the service provided by AirBnB in this lesson.

  • 176: "Sur le chemin de l'?cole", un documentaire ?mouvant
    Sat, Dec 19, 2015

    What exactly does the word education mean to you ? Sur le chemin de l?cole is a provocative and inspiring documentary from Pascal Plisson. It depicts vividly the insatiable thirst for learning of children in some of the worlds most remote corners. Lets listen to a dialogue.

  • 175: "Have you heard about these 'superfoods'?"
    Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    This Advanced lesson (all in French) arises from a recent documentary relating to so-called 'superfoods'. Do humble foods like broccoli and quinoa deserve such an impressive label? Let's hear a conversation about them. C'est parti!

  • 174: "C'est un peu trop, l?, quand m?me!"
    Fri, Aug 07, 2015

    Several listeners have asked about the expression 'quand m?me'. In fact, it is extremely common in French and has a wide variety of meanings. A minor change in intonation can sometimes alter its meaning. Let'shear this expression used in various situations.

  • 173: "Les migrants en M?diterran?e, y a-t-il une solution?"
    Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    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.

  • 172: "J'ai vu un excellent film il y a quelques jours"
    Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    "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.

  • 171: "Les attentats terroristes de Paris soul?vent une foule de questions"
    Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters raised many questions. How far does freedom of speech go? Can we simply say whatever we like, whenever we wish? Let's hear a conversation, to start...

  • 170: "Faire du ski?... Allons-y, en piste!" (part II)
    Fri, Jan 02, 2015

    This second part of our two-part lessonfocuses on other skiing activities including 'snowboarding' and, of course, the very important social aspect of a skiing trip. Let's listen.

  • 169: "Faire du ski?... Allons-y, en piste!" (part I)
    Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    One of our listeners asked for a lesson that would include skiing-related vocabulary. In this two-part lesson, Bertrand plays the role of an experienced skiier while I'm a beginner. I'll soon be joining my friend, Damien for a week in the Alps. Let's listen...

  • 168: "Bonjour, pouvons-nous nous installer ? une table, s'il vous pla?t?"
    Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    In this lesson, we take a look at some essential tourist vocabulary that just about everybody needs on a holiday to France. Our conversation is a typical one where a family arrives on the terrasse of a caf?. Its very warm and everybody is thirsty. Lets see how the conversation unfolds with the waitress

  • 167: "As-tu suivi les ?v?nements r?cents en Ukraine?"
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    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...

  • 166: "C'est confirm?... t'es atteint d'APC!"
    Fri, Jun 06, 2014

    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. B?atrix and I are having a coffee but B?atrix is getting frustrated at my inattention. Let's listen...

  • 165: "Hier, j'ai assist? ? un concert ?blouissant!"
    Fri, May 23, 2014

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

  • 164: "As-tu vu 'Dallas Buyers' Club'?"
    Wed, May 14, 2014

    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.

  • 163. "Nelson Mandela: comment se fait-il que l'on parle autant de lui?"
    Sat, Feb 22, 2014

    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 B?atrix to discover why, exactly, Mandela became such an icon. Let's listen.

  • 162: "As-tu entendu parler des ouvriers n?palais au Qatar?"
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    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 controversies surrounding the plight of workers is current, and real. Lets listen to a conversation between B?atrix and R?my.

  • 161: "Are you following the Snowden affair?"
    Sat, Aug 03, 2013

    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, Zo? and Jules discuss the Snowden affair. Let's listen.

  • 160: "What do you think of the lottery?"
    Sat, Jul 06, 2013

    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 theyre scandalous. Lucien, on the other hand, thinks that Zara needs to lighten up. Lets listen...

  • 159: "Are you on Twitter?"
    Sat, May 11, 2013

    Today, several hundred million people around the world are tweeting. In this lesson, lets hear a conversation between Bertrand and Amandine. Bertrand is a regular Twitter user, but Amandine is not. Lets listen...

  • 158: France at war in Mali
    Fri, Apr 05, 2013

    This lesson, which we recorded some time ago, focuses on the situation in Mali. In our role-play, Brendan asks Simone to shed some light on the military intervention of France in one of its former colonies. Let's listen. Then we'll come back and discuss some key vocabulary.

  • 157: "Tell me what's wrong..."
    Tue, Jan 15, 2013

    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 a 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...

  • 156: "Would you please stop texting?!"
    Thu, Jun 28, 2012

    More than a few people seem to suffer from the modern-day 'affliction' of almost constant texting. That's the topic of conversation in this lesson. Alain and Th?r?se are out for dinner but they have not yet said a word to each other. Let's listen.

  • 155: Mahler... interrupted!
    Fri, May 25, 2012

    We've all been there, in an auditorium, a church, a meeting where a phone has gone off. But few interruptions are as dramatic as a recent one in New York. Let's hear what happened, exactly.

  • 154: The presidential elections
    Sun, Apr 22, 2012

    Two men are at the forefront of the race to become the next president of the French republic. As is the case with all political battles, things often take an ugly twist on the campaign trail. Lets find out more.

  • 153: "What are your thoughts on the Facebook flotation?"
    Mon, Feb 13, 2012

    Facebook is about to float on the stock market. In the business community, it has been one of the most talked-about events of recent years with its massive valuation. Can it possibly be as valuable as people are suggesting?? Lets hear a dialogue between Genevi?ve and Bertrand. As someone with an interest in the stock market, Bertrand has strong views on the whole subject of the Facebook flotation.

  • 152: "The situation has changed on the Korean peninsula..."
    Wed, Feb 01, 2012

    The situation on the Korean Peninsula changed dramatically in December 2011 with the death of Kim Jong Il. Our conversation in this lesson focuses on the harsh communist regime of North Korea, long dominated by the 'personality cult' of its 'Dear Leader'.

  • 151: "What are your thoughts on the monarchy?"
    Thu, Oct 13, 2011

    The very existence of the monarchy is something which arouses strong feelings. Some think it is an institution to be cherished, others think it is an absurdity. Arnaud, sees it from two points of view. Against the backdrop of the recent marriage of William and Kate, let's listen to a role-play, quite a long one this time, between Arnaud and Yasmin...

  • 150: "Do you know the Ch?teau of Versailles?"
    Fri, May 06, 2011

    Paris boasts some wonderful sites for visitors but, surely, the Ch?teau of Versailles is the jewel in its crown. Even for visitors who don't get to see inside the castle, the majestic gardens won't disappoint. Let's hear a conversation - quite a long one this time - between Philippe and C?line. C?line has just returned from a trip to Paris...

  • 149: "Do you have information on the computer classes in town?"
    Fri, Apr 22, 2011

    In this era of information technology, well need to know some basic internet-related expressions. Those will be the basis of this Beginner lesson. Lets first listen to a short role-play between Jeanne and G?rard. Jeanne is looking for some information.

  • 148: "Is this the end of the 'European Project'?"
    Thu, Jan 20, 2011

    Europe is in crisis. The euro, too, is going through a turbulent phase. But are those who are predicting the end of the "European Project" simply being pessimistic? Let's analyse a discussion on the matter. C'est parti!

  • 147: Pronunciation: another look at the French alphabet
    Wed, Dec 29, 2010

    This lesson takes another look at the alphabet, and concentrates especially on the distinction between the letters 'E' and 'I', as well as between 'G' and 'J'. There's a particular focus, too, on the 'u' sound in French which often poses problems for learners. This lesson complements Lesson 5, which we prepared a good while back. Let's get started!

  • 146: "It's really cold this morning!"
    Tue, Dec 14, 2010

    Though the spring is still a long way off, weve already had some very cold weather in Europe. In this lesson lesson 146 lets talk about cold weather, icy roads? and a way of guarding against a fall on treacherous footpaths. To get started, lets listen to Caroline and Alain.

  • 145: "Did you hear about the boys who survived in the Pacific?"
    Fri, Dec 03, 2010

    What an incredibly uplifting story it was to hear about the three boys rescued in the south Pacific. In case you didnt hear about them, lets listen to Gabriel and ?nora discussing them. We'll make use of a range of powerful vocabulary and expressions, including 'De quoi s'agit-il?', 'atteindre', 'se d?rouler', 'davantage', 'maigrir', and more. Let's get started...

  • 144: "Do you know that President Sarkozy is on Facebook?"
    Tue, Nov 30, 2010

    Since President Obama utilised modern technologies so cleverly en route to the White House, world leaders have come to appreciate the power of social networking sites and services. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is acutely aware of the advantages afforded by these technologies, too. In this lesson lesson 144 Julien and Manon discuss President Sarkozys web presence on Facebook. C'est parti!

  • 143: "What do you think about the expulsion of the Roma from France?"
    Tue, Sep 21, 2010

    In this lesson, lesson 143, we talk about the controversial expulsion of members of the Roma community from France. The tough stance taken by President Sarkozy's government on the matter has been sharply criticised in certain quarters. Let's begin with a conversation between C?dric and Amandine. We'll meet the expressions "ce n'est qu'une temp?te dans un verre d'eau", "en faire tout un plat", "?clabouss? dans les m?dias", and more.

  • 142: "Have you heard about the trapped miners?"
    Mon, Sep 13, 2010

    Our lesson, this time, centres on an event that captured everyone's attention - the situation regarding the trapped miners in Chile. Let's begin with a converstation between Olivier and B?atrix. We'll meet the expressions 'tenir le coup', 'mettre tout en oeuvre', 'faire venir [quelqu'un] sur place' and '?viter que'. C'est parti!

  • 141: "What's happening, then, in Greece?"
    Wed, Jun 09, 2010

    The economic situation in Greece has slipped off the front pages of newspapers for the moment. However, Greece's problems and those of Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain are largely responsible for recent instability in the Euro zone. In this lesson, we hear a conversation in response to the question: "Que se passe-t-il donc en Gr?ce?"

  • 140: "What do you think of the situation in the Gulf of Mexico?"
    Wed, May 19, 2010

    The subject of this lesson - lesson 140 - is the oil spill which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama is adamant that B.P. will resolve the problem and pick up the bill. Nonetheless, it represents another environmental disaster. Lets hear a conversation on the subject. We will pick up a lot of useful vocabulary, not least of which is the expression 'une nappe de p?trole'.

  • 139: "Google is one of the great successes of the last ten years... what do you think?"
    Sun, May 02, 2010

    In this lesson, lesson 139, we are talking about the phenomenon that is Google. But people have mixed feelings about this commercial entity that has become synonymous with searching for information on the Internet. Is it a monopolistic monster we should be wary of, or is Google we something we should all be grateful for? Lets hear the views of Pascale and Rapha?l.

  • 138: "I'd like to send money to a friend who lives in Toulouse..."
    Sat, Mar 20, 2010

    In this lesson, our task is to find out how to transfer money to someone elsewhere in France. The Post Office can help us with this task but there are different options available. Lets study some of the key vocabulary. Lets begin with a role-play between the customer and the counter clerk.

  • 137: Back to Europe after 10 years in the U.S.
    Mon, Mar 08, 2010

    In this lesson, lesson 137, Paul and Julie are talking about Julie's friend, Anne, who has moved back to Europe having lived for a decade in the U.S. We examine the verb "vivre" again and we practise using the expressions "s'adapter bien ?", "s'habituer ?", "faire d?faut" and "avoir t?t fait de". Let's get started!...

  • 136: "How did it come to happen that Ha?ti is 'the poorest country in the western hemisphere'?"
    Fri, Feb 05, 2010

    The subject of this lesson, lesson 136, is Ha?ti. Not, in fact, the dreadful tragedy which befell the country in the form of an earthquake, but the reasons why Ha?ti continues to be such an impoverished country. The dialogue is a rather long one this time, between Arnaud and ?lodie. It is a lesson which makes extensive use of the pass? simple. Let's get started.

  • 135: "I'm going to be late"
    Sat, Dec 12, 2009

    The topic of this short lesson is how to explain that you're running late for an appointment. In our role-play, Mr. Morel is stuck in traffic. He has to pull over and make a quick call to say that he'll be a little late. Let's listen. We'll work with lots of useful expressions and vocabulary, including: "avoir rendez-vous", "avoir du retard", "?a ira", "?tre sur le point de", "?tre ? l'appareil", and more. C'est parti!

  • 134: "Have you heard of Valentina Lisitsa?"
    Fri, Dec 04, 2009

    The subject of this lesson is a remarkable woman, born in the Ukraine but now a resident of the United States. Some say she has raised the bar of musical performance higher than anyone so far. Whether that is indeed true or not, let's hear a role-play between ?nora and Paul as they talk about Valentina Lisitsa. We'll meet the following expressions, and more: couple le souffle, ?nerver, faire plaisir, mettre en valeur, jeter un coup d'oeil, ?tre critique.

  • 133: "What are your thoughts on the Polanski affair?"
    Wed, Oct 07, 2009

    In this lesson, lesson 133, we hear a discussion between Sonia and Fr?d?ric about the Polanski affair. His recent arrest in Zurich was an outrage to some and long overdue to others. Discover useful words and expressions, including "clore", "extrader", "sid?rer", "s'en ficher de", "faire chanter" and "?coeurer".

  • 132: "I've picked up a virus!"
    Thu, Sep 24, 2009

    In recent weeks, just about every news bulletin has had a mention of swine flu. To pick up some relevant vocabulary, in this lesson, lesson 132, well hear a role-play where C?line tells us how she picked up a virus. We'll discover some useful expressions, including: "Il me suffisait de", "?tre assis", "envoyer des postillons", "un toubib", "tousser", and more.

  • 131: "I went to a great concert last night!"
    Sun, Aug 16, 2009

    In this lesson, lesson 131, well discover how to talk about a concert weve been to. In this case, its a rock concert. Lets get started with a role-play between Lucie and ?tienne. We'll practice using a range of expressions: 'mettre des boules Qui?s', 'se moquer de', 'd?chirer', 'arriver ? [faire quelque chose]', 'tenir le coup', 'bourdonner', and more. C'est parti!

  • 130: "'The King of Pop' has died, aged 50"
    Fri, Jun 26, 2009

    The world of pop music lost one of its most famous exponents in Michael Jackson. His passing was a shock, not least because he was only fifty. In this lesson, lets talk about some of the things that made Jackson a larger-than-life figure... Well start with a role-play.

  • 129: "I've never heard such absurdities!"
    Fri, Jun 12, 2009

    In this lesson, lesson 129, we hear a role-play between Sandrine and Yann. They are discussing an article by a journalist who has made some rather unflattering comments about the French on an English website. Though the comments may have been tongue-in-cheek, neither Sandrine nor Yann finds the comments amusing. Lets hear their thoughts...

  • 128: "I'd like to open a bank account, please..."
    Sat, May 30, 2009

    One of our listeners asked that we would do a lesson on opening a bank account. Thats the topic of conversation in this lesson, lesson 128. In fact, opening an account is not so straightforward and sometimes even necessitates an appointment. In any case, lets study some of the vocabulary and expressions well need. Lets listen to a role-play between the customer and the bank teller.

  • 127: "Did you hear about the 'portraits' of Mr Cowen?"
    Tue, Apr 21, 2009

    Though this lesson, lesson 127, has an Irish flavour, our dialogue relates to a quirky story which hit the headlines worldwide at the expense of the Irish Prime Minister. Lets listen to a role-play between Xavier and Am?lie. We'll discover some very interesting expressions including '?tre nu comme un ver', '?tre culott?' and 'faire jaser les comm?res'. C'est parti!

  • 126: Looking for an apartment...
    Sat, Apr 04, 2009

    One or our listeners asked that we would do a lesson on renting an apartment. Its an activity which, as one might expect, has its own specific vocabulary. In this lesson, lesson 126, lets see if we can shed some light. Well hear a role-play between the 'agent immobilier' and J?r?me who is eager to find his own place in the Paris region...

  • 125: Lance Armstrong: the return!...
    Fri, Mar 20, 2009

    A new sporting chapter has opened for Lance Armstrong, 7-time winner of the Tour de France. This year, after 3 years of retirement, he plans a return to the worlds greatest cycling race. Surely it is a chapter which can only result in frustration for the American. In this lesson, lesson 125, lets hear a conversation between Sol?ne and Xavier about the controversial sportsman.

  • 124: "Did you hear about St?phane? He is going to be made redundant..."
    Mon, Feb 16, 2009

    As a consequence of the global financial crisis, unemployment is at the top of the agenda. Being made redundant is one of the themes of this lesson, lesson 124. We'll make use of the verbs 'licencier' and 'd?localiser', we'll examine the expressions 'd'autant plus', 'avoir le cafard' and 'mourir ? petit feu' and, finally, we'll learn about a curious place called 'P?taouchnok'!

  • 123: "I'd like to have these trousers cleaned, please..."
    Sun, Feb 01, 2009

    One of our listeners asked that we would do a lesson focusing on a trip to the local dry-cleaners. Thats the topic of conversation in this lesson, lesson 123. We'll discover lots of useful expressions and several versatile verbs, including 'd?tacher', 'enlever', 's'allumer', 's'?teindre'... and more. C'est parti!

  • 122: "Watch out for flying shoes, Mr President!"
    Sun, Dec 28, 2008

    In this lesson, lesson 122, we hear a conversation about the unexpected goodbye kiss President Bush received in Iraq. The President brushed it off as something insignificant but it will be an incident that many will remember from Mr Bushs final days in office. We'll study lots of interesting expressions, including 'to throw something at somebody', 'to hit the front pages', 'to take place', 'to do something on behalf of others', and more. Lets get started...

  • 121: "Your car is ready to be collected..."
    Fri, Dec 05, 2008

    In our last lesson, we booked our car in to the local garage for a service. This time in lesson 121 the car is ready. Lets hear the conversation when Madame Legrand goes to pick up her car. We'll study the French for the adjectives 'rear' and 'front', the expressions 'to be all set', 'to stop at nothing' and 'to be thinking of [doing something]', the verbs 'to get', 'to pick up', 'to fill in'... and more. Let's get started...

  • 120: "I'd like to book my car in for a service, please..."
    Fri, Nov 21, 2008

    This lesson lesson 120 is a short one. We simply want to make an appointment to book our car into the local garage for a service. Lets hear a role-play. We'll learn the terms for 'car service' and 'additional costs', we'll make use of the verbs 'convenir ?', 'apporter' and 'amener', and finally, we'll pick up a term which French has borrowed from Italian. Allons-y!

  • 119: "I'd like to have a puncture repaired..."
    Fri, Nov 14, 2008

    In this lesson, lesson 119, we need to have a specific service carried out, that is, to have a puncture repaired. But the expressions used could just as easily apply to a variety of services. Lets begin with a role-play between Marie and a mechanic.

  • 118: "Let's call a taxi!"
    Thu, Oct 16, 2008

    In this lesson - lesson 118 - well deal with a common situation - calling for a taxi - not such an easy task when you cant see the other persons gestures and so on, over the phone. Lets discover what vocabulary well need. Well start with a role-play where Xavier makes that call...

  • 117: The financial crisis: "how did it come to this?"
    Wed, Oct 08, 2008

    La crise financi?re a domin? la rentr?e 2008. Les march?s ont vraiment ?t? chahut?s en ce mois de septembre. Certains jours, une psychose de fin du monde r?gnait en bourse. Les grandes banques centrales ont d? injecter des milliards de dollars dans des banques priv?es pour les sauver de la faillite. Comment a-t-on pu en arriver l?? Tant de questions mais aucune r?ponse d?finitive.

  • 116: "Go and tidy your room!"
    Thu, Sep 25, 2008

    One of our listeners, Corrine, asked that we would do a lesson on phrases a mum might need around the home with her children. So, in this lesson, lets deal with that. This time, Xavier, will play the role of a grumpy teenager while Am?lie will be the mum! Though the vocabulary is commonly used around the home, many of the expressions are quite tricky.

  • 115: Plane travel and airport security
    Wed, Sep 10, 2008

    Brian, one of our listeners in Canada, asked that we would do a lesson on the difficulties one experiences nowadays travelling. In particular, the security issues at airports, whether people of colour encounter longer delays, and so on. Thats the topic of this lesson. Well begin with a role-play. We'll study the verbs 'engendrer' and 'occasionner', as well as the expressions '?tre per?u comme' and '?tre exp?riment?'. Allons-y!

  • 114: Shopping for clothes
    Sat, Aug 23, 2008

    One of our listeners asked for a lesson which would help when buying clothes. In this Beginner lesson lesson 114 that will be the topic conversation. We'll discover how to ask for a garment one size larger or smaller, how to ask if we may try something on, how to say something suits or not, and more. Lets start with a role-play between a shop assistant and a customer. Allons-y!

  • 113: Getting to know more about the Tour de France
    Fri, Aug 15, 2008

    The Tour de France is the worlds premier cycling race. It traces a route la Grande Boucle through France and certain stages des ?tapes are sometimes organised in neighbouring countries. In this Advanced lesson, lesson 113, lets discuss a sports event that captivates cycling enthusiasts everywhere during the month of July each year.

  • 112: Large numbers and dates
    Mon, Jul 28, 2008

    One of our listeners in the U.S. asked if we would create a lesson focusing on larger numbers, for example those found in dates, and so on. Thats the subject of this lesson, lesson 112. Well start with a role-play where Sylvie tells us about the region in which she lives.

  • 111: "What about the Irish who voted 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty?"
    Wed, Jul 02, 2008

    In this lesson, lesson 111, we discuss the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters. An event which dominated current affairs in Europe recently. This very complicated document, aimed at facilitating the functioning of the EU, will not come into force - at least not for now. So then, what next for Europe??

  • 110: "The race to the White House has truly begun!"
    Wed, Jun 25, 2008

    The real race to the White House has begun, after a gruelling campaign for the Democrats. For now Hillary Clinton is out of the picture, leaving Barack Obama and John McCain to slug it out. In this lesson, lesson 110, lets discover some vocabulary which will help us discuss whats been happening in recent weeks. Well start with a role-play between ?milien and L?a...

  • 109: "The price of oil is going through the roof!"
    Wed, Jun 18, 2008

    In this lesson, lesson 109, our conversation centres on oil and, more significantly, the spiralling price of oil. Let's discover some of the vocabulary we'll need in order to talk about prices that are going through the roof, investors, yield, alternative sources of energy, speculating, and more.

  • 108: How to say 'my', 'your', 'his', 'her'...
    Fri, Jun 13, 2008

    In this Beginner lesson, lesson 108, we talk about possessive adjectives, that is, words like my, your and his in English. We'll discover that, like regular adjectives, possessive adjectives also must agree in number and gender with the nouns they qualify. Let's go ahead and see how they work.

  • 107: "Were you watching Roland Garros?"
    Sat, Jun 07, 2008

    Kaleema, one of our listeners in the U.S. asked if we would talk a little about tennis and Roland Garros. Thats the topic for todays lesson. Were coming to the end of the 2008 tournament?: lets see what vocabulary and expressions would be useful to discuss what's been happening.

  • 106: "Do you know the Dordogne?"
    Fri, Jun 06, 2008

    The subject we will deal with in this lesson was suggested to us by Maureen, one of our listeners in Australia. This year, Maureen will forsake city life for a holiday in the countryside, in the Dordogne, to be precise. Let's discover this magnificent 'd?partement' which is one of the most visited in France after Paris and the ?le de France.

  • 105: "I have such backache!..."
    Thu, May 29, 2008

    In this lesson we talk about a common physical condition which effects so many people?: back pain. Well learn how to describe the pain and well talk about the possible solutions to this problem. Should we visit our GP or our physiotherapist?? Lets find out.

  • 104: "Let's buy costume jewelry for the fancy dress!"
    Fri, May 23, 2008

    In this lesson, lesson 104, we'll discover the vocabulary required to go on a shopping trip for inexpensive jewelry. Sophie wants to buy jewelry which will go with her outfit. Let's hear how her conversation with Jean unravels. The conversation begins at the shopping centre. Jean is starting out on the shopping trip, too, but he may not stand the pace for long...

  • 103: In the kitchen garden...
    Wed, May 14, 2008

    This lesson is in response to an idea from Brian living in the Hautes-Alpes who was taking some time out from working in his kitchen garden and wanted to know how to talk about vegetables, manure, compost and more He also mentioned food shortages and high food prices. This is the subject of todays lesson lesson 103. Lets get started with a role play between J?r?me and Sabrina.

  • 102: "Let's count!" [Part III]
    Mon, May 12, 2008

    Lessons 93 and 96 dealt with numbers from 1 - 20 and 21 - 69, respectively. This beginner lesson will take us from 70 to 100, and beyond. We will then know virtually everything we need when dealing with numbers generally.

  • 101: Complaining about poor service in a restaurant
    Fri, May 02, 2008

    One of our listeners asked: 'How do you complain about bad service?' In this lesson, we will see how to say we didn't order something, how to say that food is cold, and how to talk about an error in the bill. It all happened during this outing to a restaurant.

  • 100: "It's our anniversary..."
    Mon, Apr 21, 2008

    Hard though it is to believe, we have reached our hundredth lesson since we first started in June 2006. So, in this lesson, why not talk about anniversaries... and learn how to never forget an anniversary again! Let's start with a role-play between Marc and Sylvie...

  • 99: "Marion Cotillard as ?dith Piaf in 'La M?me': did you enjoy her interpretation?"
    Mon, Apr 14, 2008

    'La M?me' was released into French cinemas recently. It is the story of France's best known singer the artist who made 'Non, je ne regrette rien' an expression familiar to everyone. In this advanced lesson, let's discuss film that brought French actress, Marion Cotillard, the highest accolade at the Oscars for her role as ?dith Piaf.

  • 98: "Have you been following the situation in Zimbabwe?"
    Tue, Apr 08, 2008

    Zimbabwe is anxiously awaiting the results of presidential elections. Robert Mugabe, in power for the last 28 years, looks to be in trouble but shows no signs of giving up the reins of power easily. Lets hear a conversation in this intermediate lesson which sheds some light on Mugabe himself as well as the challenges facing this country of southern Africa. Lets start with a role-play between Carole and Thierry.

  • 97: "What about the Olympics in Beijing?"
    Mon, Mar 31, 2008

    In this lesson, lesson 97, we'll hear a brief discussion about the Olympics in Beijing. Let's get started with a role-play between Yves and Olive. We'll talk about the pride of the Chinese Olympic Committee, the views of certain sports delegations and an action taken by one American actor.

  • 96: "Let's count!" [part II]
    Fri, Mar 21, 2008

    This short lesson is a follow-on from lesson 93 on the numbers from 1 to 10. This time, we'll proceed as far as the number 69. From 70 onwards, there are another few twists which well deal with in a later lesson. Allons-y!...

  • 95: "'Les Cantonales', 'Les R?gionales', tell me more?"
    Sun, Mar 09, 2008

    Local and regional elections are about to take place in France. It's all a little complicated, in fact. In this lesson - an advanced leson completely in French! - let's study at least some of the vocabulary and expressions which will shed a little light on all things political...

  • 94: "Hey, Xavier, you've been working out!"
    Wed, Mar 05, 2008

    This lesson is in response to a listener who asked about getting fit, going to the gym, avoiding fast food and so on. The possibilities are endless but, in this lesson lesson 94 well study just some of the key vocabulary. C'est parti!...

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