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No, the flowers are not beautiful. My brother has got two cars and three houses.. Do you have a cat? No, I have a dog. Have you got a television? No, we don't have a television. I have a friend who is an economist. Etes-vous heureux se? Est-ce que Paul McCartney est toujours populaire en Angleterre?
Vous avez combien d'enfants? Est-ce que nous avons rendez-vous demain matin? Est-ce que tu as faim? Avez-vous les cheveux blonds? C'est votre voiture? To a friend the tu form : Are you tired? Are you hungry? Do you have the time? Do you have a DVD? Do you have some French books? Are you frustrated? Do you have the newspaper? To an adult you don't know the vous form : Do you have a reservation? Are you English? Do you have a computer? Are you here on holiday? Do you have a car? Oui, je Oui J Je pense que j Non, je n We make a good impression 2.
I do an exercise 3. They do the homework 4. You do the housework 5. The girls are shopping 6. I'm doing some food shopping 7. I'm playing some piano 8. They do the cooking men 9. They do the cooking women She's packing now! You make money to a friend You make money to your boss You make war to several persons We make love, we don't make war I am making some mistakes, because it is difficult I make the rules, because I am the boss We don't make the rules I don't make the rules because, because I am not the boss.
Est-ce que vous faites la cuisine? Quel type de cuisine faites-vous? Qu'est ce que vous faites dans la vie? Profession 4. Vous faites de la musique? Vous faites de la couture? Est-ce que vous faites les magasins aujourd'hui? Est-ce que vous faites les courses tous les jours? On ne sait plus comment s'habiller. It's very warm today, it's about 20 degrees. Was it raining yesterday? No, it was just cloudy. It's always windy close to the ocean. And there is some fog in the morning. Is it snowing in the mountain? No, it's not snowing, but it's very cold! It's bad weather this week! I hope it will get beautiful soon.
It hasn't been raining for a few days, that's great! I love it when it is very hot. On a de la chance. Je ne vois rien!
Quel temps fait-il aujourd'hui? Nous sommes en quelle saison? Il fait froid ou il fait chaud dans votre pays en janvier? Il me manque 2. Ils lui manquent 3. Tu me manques 4. Est-ce qu'elle t'a plu? Est-ce qu'elles vous plaisent? Qu'est-ce qui vous a plu? We miss you 2. I missed them 3. He's going to miss me 4.
Did they miss her? Did you miss him? I liked him straight away 7. They will like her 8. We liked the film a lot 9. Did you like the game? Did he like the play? I like this house! Let's buy it and live here! I like your friends! We can invite them again. I like this jacket. How much does it cost? Do you like this ring? If not, we can change it. I'm enjoying this book! This author is strange and interesting. Verbes de mouvement : sortir, partir, revenir, retourner, rendre visite, aller rentrer Donnez moi un exemple"!
Attendez moi, j I'm going out this week-end, I would like to see a movie. I'm going to the neighbour to give him back his ladder. Please wait, I'll return in a few minutes. This afternoon, I'm going back to the store to exchange for another size. When are we leaving? The train is departing in 10 minutes, we must go now! Where are you going?
I'm going back to work! Tomorrow, I will drive to Paris. In 2 days, we will ask our neighbours to come for an aperitif. We're leaving in 3 days. I'm leaving from Paris and I' m arriving in Glascow. I'm sad to leave —We're taking a flight tomorrow. I'm stepping out for just a minute. I've just returned from the store.
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I need to bring back his car today. I'm taking my computer along with me! He called me to ask me if I could bring a bottle of champagne. I do would like to bring some souvenirs from France back to England. Did you bring along your daughter on the trip? At what time you bring the DVD back to the store? You should stop by your mom's and spend some time with her!
Can you swing back to my place quickly? If yes, can you bring over a few vegetables please? Bye honey, I'll be back in a couple of hours! When will you come back and see us? Et qu'est-ce que vous ressentiriez? Vous conduisez et une voiture fait une queue de poisson devant vous. Une bonne amie vous offre des fleurs, sans raison apparente. Quelqu'un vous dit: "Rentrez dans votre pays! On ne veut pas d'Anglais chez nous!
On vous annonce le divorce d'un couple d'amis. Une femme vous demande de l'argent dans la rue. Un chauffeur de taxi rentre dans une autre voiture parce qu'il regarde une belle femme marcher dans la rue. Vous entendez un bruit bizarre dans votre maison au milieu de la nuit. Anna : Hello, Doctor. Doctor : How do you feel exactly?
Doctor : Ok, how long have you felt like this? Anna : Maybe 2 weeks. At first, I thought that I was feeling some cold symptoms. Doctor : It sounds as something is depressing you. Is there anything that improves your mental state? Anna : Yes, I do feel better staying at home than going to work! Doctor : Perhaps your work is the cause of what you are feeling now. Anna : Ah maybe. I feel a sense of dissatisfaction at work. Everyone is always stressed, and I feel an overall ambiance of frustration.
Doctor, do you think that you can give me a note that says that I have to stay home for a month? La Tour Eiffel Les chutes du Niagara sont connues dans le monde entier.
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Qu'est-ce que vous avez fait hier matin? Des enfants vont au bord de la mer 3. Je rentre chez moi 6. Une femme sort sous la pluie 9. Je pars pour l'Italie Je fais la vaisselle Nous prenons le temps pour visiter la ville. I didn't have time to call you yesterday! I didn't finish my homework. The doctor didn't speak to me. I didn't eat this morning. I didn't pick up the clothes at the laundry mat, I forgot! They didn't ask any questions. I didn't like the movie. You didn't work today? They didn't travel this summer. I didn't think about the proposition.
We didn't talk to the neighbour. We a group of men and women left for Paris this morning. She saw her best friend girl and they went to visit the Louvre. Christine liked her gift; she sent a thank you note. My parents went to Italy, they loved Roma. They a couple received free tickets to go see this movie; they enjoyed it very much.
The play that we saw last week was excellent. The flowers we planted are blooming now. She was born 3 days ago; the mother had an easy delivery. My cousin female took her drivers license exam last week. Bisous, Florence. I used to watch everything on TV but now I don't watch anything. I used to go out late on Saturday nights but now I mostly stay home.
We used to have a small garden but now we have a huge one. We used to work hard but now we don't work anymore. They used to do well in school and now they don't like studying anymore. He used to play in clubs, now he plays in front of thousands of people. She used to hate vegetables and now she eats everything. They used to love each other and now they don't even talk to each other.
I used to ask many questions in class but now we remain silent. I used to smoke and I now I never smoke. Your parent's habits when you used to live with them: 1. At what time did they use to get up? At what time did they use to go to bed?
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Where did they use to go on vacation? What were their favourite type of meal? What activities did they use to do? What work did they use to do? Did they use to do dinner parties in their home? Did they use to go to church? Did you used to play a sport with your dad? Did you used to help them with chores in the house? Que faisaient vos parents? Sortiez-vous tard le soir avec les copains? Faire du sport Lire des livres Manger Sortir tard le soir Ecouter de la musique Danser Quand j Son patron!
Yesterday, I was going to call you but I didn't have time. I missed the train, would it be possible to take the next one with the same ticket? Last week, we were going to stop by your place but we were running late. While driving, I always listen to a French learning language tape. We were going to go to France on vacation but the weather was too awful. I used to get up at but now I get up at I used to be bored at my job but now it's quite exciting.
Yesterday, I took the car out of the garage because I had to get the car ready for the trip. We went out around noon and stayed at the museum until 5pm. Yesterday, it was very hot and today it's freezing. Who has a big influence in your company? There were lots of birds outside this morning.
Usually, there are none. We stopped by your house but you were gone. Where were you? We are going to town during the day; we'll be back in the evening. What did you do last night? I was bored so I wrote a long letter to my cousin. Were you travelling last week? Did you fly? Skype did not work well yesterday; this morning it was fine. Now it is still fine. When Marie was younger she used to ride her bike everyday. Then she lost her bike and bought a car. She does not exercise enough. She has gained a lot of weight.
Xavier Delavigne, a well-known figure in the Parisian quarter of Montmartre, passed away yesterday. He died following a freak explosion in the laboratory of his perfume shop. He was years-old. Xavier lost both of his parents when he was still a child, and was raised by a Polish immigrant who taught the boy the art of perfume-making.
When he was years-old, Xavier married his first love, Clairette Marciano. Although he never received a formal education, Delavigne became a talented chemist and an accomplished perfumer. In , Clairette gave birth to their only son Marc, a jazz musician who now lives with his wife in San Francisco. Clairette died a few years later, leaving Xavier a widower. Xavier is survived by his son Marc and his grandsons Bruno and Felix.
His shop has been left to his beloved grandson, Bruno, who shares Xavier's passion for perfumes. When was the last time you went to the movies? Where is the last spot you travelled to and what did you do? When is the last time you had a fun time among a group of people? Did you ever meet any celebrities? Have you made any friends at your work place?
What did you do before working at your current job? Where did you go last Sunday? What was the last meal you ate? When was the last time you watched the news and what were the subjects? When was the last time you visited a museum? Did you take pictures of your trip in Paris, what did you take? When was the time you experienced an interesting coincidence? Have you ever surprised anyone with anything? Oui j' y vais avec eux. Est-ce que tu vois le soleil en ce moment? Oui, je le vois. Est-ce que vous donnez souvent de l'argent aux mendiants? Les chats mangent-ils les souris?
Regardez-vous vos e-mails tous les matins? Est-ce que vous connaissez Juliette Binoche? Vous allez voir vos amis ce week-end? Et eux, est-ce qu'ils t'en offrent souvent? Tu manges encore des sucettes? Est-ce que tu as des CDs de musique hard rock chez toi? Est-ce que vous voyez vos voisins tous les jours? Est-ce que vous aviez beaucoup d'amis quand vous habitiez en Australie? Tu fais souvent du camping? Quand est-ce que vous allez faire vos courses, d'habitude?
Oui, je la regarde. Do you know how to get to the nearest IKEA store from your house? Can you go to your village without taking the car? Do you speak with the other English people who live in your region? Can the neighbours take your mail to the post office once in a while? Do you introduce your English friends to your French friends?
Do you play tennis? Are you taking the umbrella today? Do you take a nap every afternoon? Did you read your horoscope yesterday? Can you borrow your husband's car? Do you read your emails every day? Are there lots of people at your house this week-end? Do you have any fruits in your home today? Are you buying some bread? Are you going to give some things away before you move? Does you husband drink some wine every evening?
Would you like to taste a 35 year old cognac? Do your drive your car every day? Do you like to learn French? Oui, j'y vais. Est-ce que vous apportez un dessert? Mon mari va au club de tennis ce soir, et vous? Est-ce que vous achetez beaucoup de produits bio? I am teaching her some English.
I am telling him to listen to me. I am driving him to work. We are calling them to ask them some questions. I am buying this shirt for him. I am going to his place to bring him some wine. He is sitting behind him and he's always talking to her. He is writing to her a letter. He is calling me later to tell me about the project.
I am speaking to you, can you please listen to me? Can you please go with her? She needs your help! I'm taking them to the library and I will choose a few books for them. Did you see them? They wanted to speak to you! These flowers are beautiful, I want to buy them for her! I would like a coffee, can you give me one? The file is in the other room, can you bring it to me? Joe-Bob : J'ai faim! Tex : Tammy, j'ai faim! Bette : Ah? Tammy : Ah? Tex : Tammy m'adore. Je suis un peu perplexe.
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Il voyait maintenant devant lui une salle de bal. Dear Patrick,. The French tendency to drive fast will form the basis of our lesson this time - our conversation will deal with a near miss on the road. We'll learn how to say 'I had a narrow escape', we'll meet the expression 'Il m'a mis hors de moi!
In this lesson, lesson 45, a father brings his son to playschool for the first time. Let's hear the conversation between Mr. Jones and the playschool teacher. That will be the topic of this lesson. We'll learn how to say "I'm exhausted! We'll learn how to carry out a common task in this lesson - to book a hotel room. We'll see how to ask the receptionist how we should pay, if we can have our luggage taken up to our room, if we can be called early for breakfast, and more.
In this lesson, lesson 49, a hotel guest makes contact with the front desk in relation to a problem in his room. We'll discover how to say "I can't get it to work". We meet a noun, too, which can either refer to a technical fault - or a flaw in one's character. A ski-wear shop is the setting for this, our 50th Learn French By Podcast lesson. We'll see how to make effective use of the verbs "aimer", "suivre", "passer" and "essayer" and we'll also revise the object pronouns "le", "la" and "les".
In this lesson, lesson 51, our task is a simple but common one - to make a restaurant reservation. We'll learn to recognise some common questions which are likely to be put to us by the receptionist and we'll revise how to spell some words, including one or two surnames. We'll see how to make an appointment to see the dentist in this lesson. We'll meet a variety of useful expressions, including "prendre rendezvous avec quelqu'un", "ressentir une douleur " and "le plus rapidement possible".
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In our last lesson, we saw how to make an dental appointment. In our last lesson, a trip to the dentist resulted in a filling. The dentist and patient had a brief chat at the end of the appointment. Let's see how their conversation ended up. We'll study the expressions "to finish [doing]", "to be in agony" and "to find it difficult [to do]". We'll also discuss using the imperfect tense to describe physical states in the past.
This time, our dog is in trouble and requires a trip to the vet. It's a longer lesson this time, so let's get started…. Hardly a day passes without the terrible conflict in Iraq making the news headlines. In this lesson we will study some vocabulary which will allow us to offer an opinion - and ask the opinion of others - on a crisis for which a solution seems more elusive than ever. France will soon have a new president. So, too, will the U.
In this lesson, let's study some vocabulary and expressions related to the political scene in the U. In our recent discussion of American politics, we mentioned Barack Obama. This time our role-play will focus on whether America is ready for a woman to take the top job at the Oval Office. Let's hear what Caroline, in particular, thinks of Hillary Clinton and her chances of landing the ultimate position in politics. We'll discover how to discuss a programme from last night's TV schedule in this lesson. In particular, Xavier talks about a documentary he saw on the life of Henri Troyat, a prolific French writer.
In this lesson, we'll study the vocabulary needed to ask someone how he or she is progressing at an art course. We'll examine a range of useful expressions, including 'avoir peur de', 'il y a toutes sortes de' and 'se moquer de quelqu'un '. We'll also see how to make use of the verbs 'devenir', 'intervenir' and 'se permettre de'. We're looking for someone to help create a website in this lesson - lesson We'll learn some useful computing-related vocabulary.
We're looking for someone to help us with a specific task, once again, in this lesson. We'll also learn how to say 'When it comes to A good deed - giving blood, to be precise - is the topic of this lesson, lesson We'll study a variety of expressions, including "I did a good deed We'll also learn the meaning of an amusing expression: 'tomber dans les pommes'. At first sight, it appears to have something to do with falling into apples but, in fact, means something quite different! We'll see how to say 'What's the matter? Let's get going. Antoine and Linda are visiting the Louvre museum in this lesson.
Though it should be an enjoyable outing, Antoine is unhappy about a number of things and is doing his fair share of moaning and groaning. So, let's learn how to say 'You never stop moaning! There are lots of other interesting expressions, too, including: 'You didn't have to come, you know! It's summer vacation time. In this lesson, let's discover how to carry out a common task for tourists - to hire a car. We'll learn how to ask the basic questions related to this undertaking, as well as some more specific vocabulary including 'car insurance', 'driving licence', 'deposit', 'petrol', 'a refill of the tank ', and more.
In the last lesson, we were talking about hiring a car. Perhaps the first thing tourists to the French capital must think about is how best to get around. The number of hours worked per week by French employees has been a hot topic in France recently. Let's listen to a conversation between Christian and Marie in which Christian chastises Marie for not standing up to her boss and saying enough is enough …. Continuing our theme of the last lesson, this time we look at the promises made by President Sarkozy in relation to the environment during the run-up to the French presidential elections.
We'll hear Jacques' and Laure's views on some of those promises, too…. It is perhaps the most hated word in the French language. So what about the delicate subject of personal hygiene? How do we discuss it in French? In this lesson we'll find out. Some people love them, others hate them. Still more cannot do without them. This month, Italy lost one of her great musicians and personalities in Luciano Pavarotti.
We'll learn how to say someone has passed away, how to say we miss someone, how to say 'it's sad that…', and more. C'est parti! In this, our 80th lesson, we talk about a change which will soon apply to all new French car registrations. In this lesson we talk about a recent court ruling in the U. This lesson is based on a request from one of our listeners who needed the assistance of a plumber while in France.
So, what happens if the bath drain gets blocked? How do we convey this to the plumber? In the last lesson, we called a plumber and spoke to him over the phone. It seems nobody can organise strikes quite like the French. In recent weeks, President Sarkozy has had his first real test since coming into office with the public transport system grinding to a halt.
For now, though, the public are on his side — and the side of the government. But what about all those baby terms? We'll study lots of new vocabulary — discussing the breed of dog, commenting on his coat, describing his temperament, and more. Our lesson is in response to a suggestion from Alyssa, one of our listeners, who has relocated to Geneva… with her dog. Though France could not be described as a religious country, Christmas is widely celebrated in French towns and cities, with children eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.
But what about the vocabulary related to this festive season? Despite the fact that such events are becoming more anachronistic with each passing year, there is still no shortage of enthusiasm for events like the Miss France competition. Beginner It has been a while since we have had a basic lesson so this lesson - our 90th lesson - is just that.
This lesson centres on a job interview. We'll study the verbs 'to apply for ', 'to specialise' and 'to spread oneself too thin'; we'll also discover adjectives we might use about ourselves to emphasise why we're suited to a particular position. Let's get started…. It seems that one quick way of becoming a cult hero is to blow over 7 billion dollars on financial trading. This is a short lesson, for Beginners, to recap on one of the basics — numbers and counting. This lesson is in response to a listener who asked about getting fit, going to the gym, avoiding fast food and so on.
Local and regional elections are about to take place in France. It's all a little complicated, in fact. In this lesson - an advanced lesson completely in French! This short lesson is a follow-on from lesson 93 on the numbers from 1 to This time, we'll proceed as far as the number 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….
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. It is the story of France's best known singer — the artist who made 'Non, je ne regrette rien' an expression familiar to everyone. Hard though it is to believe, we have reached our hundredth lesson since we first started in June So, in this lesson, why not talk about anniversaries Let's start with a role-play between Marc and Sylvie One of our listeners asked: 'How do you complain about poor service?
It all happened during this outing to a restaurant. Lessons 93 and 96 dealt with numbers from and , respectively. This Beginner lesson will take us from 70 to , and beyond. We will then know virtually everything we need when dealing with numbers generally. In this lesson, lesson , 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 Should we visit our GP or our physiotherapist? Kaleema, one of our listeners in the U. 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. In this lesson, lesson , our conversation centres on oil and, more significantly, the spiralling price of oil.
The real race to the White House has begun, after a gruelling campaign for the Democrats. In this lesson, lesson , 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? One of our listeners in the U. One of our listeners asked for a lesson which would help when buying clothes. In this Beginner lesson — lesson — 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. 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. One of our listeners, Corrine, asked that we would do a lesson on phrases a mum might need around the home with her children. Though the vocabulary is commonly used around the home, many of the expressions are quite tricky. In this lesson, lesson , 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. This lesson — lesson — is a short one. We simply want to make an appointment to book our car into the local garage for a service. 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.
In our last lesson, we booked our car in to the local garage for a service. This time — in lesson — the car is ready. 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' 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.
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 A new sporting chapter has opened for Lance Armstrong, 7-time winner of the Tour de France. Surely it is a chapter which can only result in frustration for the American? One or our listeners asked that we would do a lesson on renting an apartment. Though this lesson, lesson , has an Irish flavour, our dialogue relates to a quirky story which hit the headlines worldwide… at the expense of the Irish Prime Minister. One of our listeners asked that we would do a lesson on opening a bank account.
In fact, opening an account is not so straightforward and sometimes even necessitates an appointment. In this lesson, lesson , 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. 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 recent weeks, just about every news bulletin has had a mention of swine flu. We'll discover some useful expressions, including: "Il me suffisait de", "envoyer des postillons", "un toubib", "tousser", and more. His recent arrest in Zurich was an outrage to some and long overdue to others. 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. 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. In this lesson, lesson , Paul and Julie are talking about Julie's friend, Anne, who has moved back to Europe having lived for a decade in the U. 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. In this lesson, lesson , 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? The subject of this lesson - lesson - is the oil spill which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama is adamant that B. Nonetheless, it represents another environmental disaster. 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. Our lesson, this time, centres on an event that has captured everyone's attention - the situation regarding the trapped miners in Chile. In this lesson, lesson , 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. 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. What an incredibly uplifting story it was to hear about the three boys rescued in the south Pacific. We'll make use of a range of powerful vocabulary and expressions, including 'De quoi s'agit-il? We had some very cold weather in Europe this winter.
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. Europe is in crisis. The euro, too, is going through a turbulent phase. Are those who predict the end of the 'European project' simply being pessimistic?
Let's hear a discussion on the matter. Those will be the basis of this Beginner lesson. Jeanne is looking for some information. Even for visitors who don't get to see inside the castle, the majestic gardens won't disappoint. 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 Our conversation in this lesson focuses on the harsh communist regime of North Korea, long dominated by the 'personality cult' of its 'Dear Leader'.
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? As someone with an interest in the stock market, Bertrand has strong views on the whole subject of the Facebook flotation. 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.