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188: Le retrait des États-Unis de l’Accord de Paris sur le changement climatique


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:37:18 +0000
Summary: 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. Let’s talk about the decision of the U.S. administration to withdraw. We’ll discover h..


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187: Un diplôme universitaire, cela en vaut-il la peine?


Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:16:12 +0000
Summary: 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. Let’s start with a conversation. Then we’ll come back and look more closely at some key vo..


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186: "Est-ce que tu regardes quelque chose d'intéressant à la télé?"


Published: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:32:50 +0000
Summary: It’s holiday season, a time of year when we might discuss a film or TV series we’ve seen. That’s the subject of our conversation this time. First, let’s talk about a French production called ‘Spiral’...


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185: Les récifs coralliens menacés de disparition


Published: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 22:55:55 +0000
Summary: The coral reefs of the world’s 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...


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Les tablettes tactiles en classe: un 'canular' coûteux?


Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:22:55 +0000
Summary: Digital tablets in the classroom were recently described as a 60 billion dollar hoax. Despite these strong words, it seems we’re on an inexorable drive to place a screen in front of every child in the classroom. But to whose benefit ? That’s the subje..


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La Norvège : 'un pays de cocagne'


Published: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:33:10 +0000
Summary: This lesson is inspired by our having heard about Norway in Michael Moore’s latest satirical documentary. Now, no country is perfect but Norway certainly seems to have a lot going for it. Let’s start with a conversation...


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182: Les centres d’appel: ‘les ateliers de misère du 21e siècle’?


Published: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:42:11 +0000
Summary: 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 ..


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181: ‘Tu’ or ‘vous’?


Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:33:30 +0000
Summary: 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’ betwee..


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180: ‘Tu as l’air stressé aujourd’hui!…’


Published: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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. Let’s listen...


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179: "La Loi travail: une réforme controversée"


Published: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:26:44 +0000
Summary: 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 the..


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178: "Mohammed Ali: une personnalité exceptionnelle"


Published: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:35:14 +0000
Summary: He was the world’s most famous boxer. But, to many, he represented much more than a particular sport. In this lesson, let’s talk about Mohammed Ali...


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177: "Que penses-tu d'AirBnB? Est-ce sérieux?"


Published: Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:07:25 +0000
Summary: 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 accommodat..


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176: "Sur le chemin de l'école", un documentaire émouvant


Published: Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:48:12 +0000
Summary: 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 cor..


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175: "Have you heard about these 'superfoods'?"


Published: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:25:43 +0000
Summary: 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!..


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174: "C'est un peu trop, là, quand même!"


Published: Fri, 07 Aug 2015 08:14:13 +0000
Summary: Several listeners have asked about the expression 'quand même'. 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's hear this expression used in various situat..


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173: "Les migrants en Méditerranée, y a-t-il une solution?"


Published: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:19:38 +0000
Summary: 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...


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172: "J'ai vu un excellent film il y a quelques jours"


Published: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:25:20 +0000
Summary: "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 ma..


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171: "Les attentats terroristes de Paris soulèvent une foule de questions"


Published: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:49:37 +0000
Summary: 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.....


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170: "Faire du ski?... Allons-y, en piste!" (part II)


Published: Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:01:50 +0000
Summary: This second part of our two-part lesson focuses on other skiing activities including 'snowboarding' and, of course, the very important social aspect of a skiing trip. Let's listen...


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169: "Faire du ski?... Allons-y, en piste!" (part I)


Published: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:08:24 +0000
Summary: 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 list..


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168: "Bonjour, pouvons-nous nous installer à une table, s'il vous plaît?"


Published: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:31:43 +0000
Summary: 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 café. It’s very warm and everybody is thirsty. Let..


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167: "As-tu suivi les événements récents en Ukraine?"


Published: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:39:00 +0000
Summary: 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 ..


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


Published: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:56:08 +0000
Summary: 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 Béat..


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


Published: Fri, 23 May 2014 13:41:12 +0000
Summary: 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 w..


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


Published: Wed, 14 May 2014 11:17:23 +0000
Summary: 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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163. "Nelson Mandela: comment se fait-il que l'on parle autant de lui?"


Published: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:33:25 +0000
Summary: 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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162: "As-tu entendu parler des ouvriers népalais au Qatar?"


Published: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:09:00 +0000
Summary: 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. Let’s list..


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161: "Are you following the Snowden affair?"


Published: Sat, 03 Aug 2013 15:35:00 +0000
Summary: 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 chang..


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160: "What do you think of the lottery?"


Published: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 12:27:00 +0000
Summary: 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, thi..


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159: "Are you on Twitter?"


Published: Sat, 11 May 2013 10:11:00 +0000
Summary: 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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158: France at war in Mali


Published: Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:08:00 +0000
Summary: 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 s..


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157: "Tell me what's wrong..."


Published: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:05:00 +0000
Summary: 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..


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156: "Would you please stop texting?!"


Published: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:47:00 +0000
Summary: 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 Thérèse are out for dinner but they have not yet said a word to each other. Let's listen...


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155: Mahler... interrupted!


Published: Fri, 25 May 2012 20:45:00 +0000
Summary: 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...


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154: The presidential elections


Published: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:23:00 +0000
Summary: 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. Let’s find out more...


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153: "What are your thoughts on the Facebook flotation?"


Published: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:39:00 +0000
Summary: 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 ? Let’s hear a dialogue betw..


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152: "The situation has changed on the Korean peninsula..."


Published: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:15:00 +0000
Summary: 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'...


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151: "What are your thoughts on the monarchy?"


Published: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:17:00 +0000
Summary: 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 Willia..


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150: "Do you know the Château of Versailles?"


Published: Fri, 06 May 2011 14:45:00 +0000
Summary: Paris boasts some wonderful sites for visitors but, surely, the Château 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..


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149: "Do you have information on the computer classes in town?"


Published: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:10:00 +0000
Summary: In this era of information technology, we’ll need to know some basic internet-related expressions. Those will be the basis of this Beginner lesson. Let’s first listen to a short role-play between Jeanne and Gérard. Jeanne is looking for some informat..


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148: "Is this the end of the 'European Project'?"


Published: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:45:00 +0000
Summary: 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!..


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147: Pronunciation: another look at the French alphabet


Published: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:40:00 +0000
Summary: 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 lear..


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146: "It's really cold this morning!"


Published: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:18:00 +0000
Summary: Though the spring is still a long way off, we’ve already had some very cold weather in Europe. In this lesson – lesson 146 – let’s talk about cold weather, icy roads … and a way of guarding against a fall on treacherous footpaths. To get start..


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145: "Did you hear about the boys who survived in the Pacific?"


Published: Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:25:00 +0000
Summary: What an incredibly uplifting story it was to hear about the three boys rescued in the south Pacific. In case you didn’t hear about them, let’s listen to Gabriel and Énora discussing them. We'll make use of a range of powerful vocabulary and expressio..


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144: "Do you know that President Sarkozy is on Facebook?"


Published: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:25:00 +0000
Summary: 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 afford..


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143: "What do you think about the expulsion of the Roma from France?"


Published: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:53:00 +0000
Summary: 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 ..


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142: "Have you heard about the trapped miners?"


Published: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 18:31:00 +0000
Summary: 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 Béatrix. We'll meet the expressions 'tenir le coup', 'mettre tout en..


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141: "What's happening, then, in Greece?"


Published: Wed, 09 Jun 2010 08:45:00 +0000
Summary: 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, w..


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140: "What do you think of the situation in the Gulf of Mexico?"


Published: Wed, 19 May 2010 16:48:00 +0000
Summary: 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. Let’s hear a ..


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139: "Google is one of the great successes of the last ten years... what do you think?"


Published: Sun, 02 May 2010 19:44:00 +0000
Summary: 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 b..


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