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New Bien-dire Initial video

6 Jun 2018 15:15:46

Check out our new video that helps to explain the features and benefits of Bien-dire Initial, the audio magazine from France for beginner to intermediate learners of French.

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As a recent article in The Conversation neatly states, In medieval Britain, if you wanted to get ahead, you had to speak French. Post Brexit, the status of English as the dominant language of Europe is not as assured as many suppose--one only has to look ...

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speed-up-your-french

Voilà! The end to all your faux amis faux pas,

If you're learning a second language, then you know the frustration of making the same mistakes over and over again. Irregular verbs, silent letters, false friends: sometimes them seems as if they're all out t...

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To coincide with the 100th edition of the Tour de France, the BBC Magazine has a nicely-researched feature on the key cycling vocabulary that every self-respecting connoisseur of the sport should know.  As much as anything the article is a good promotion ...

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Inspirational and heart-warming story on BBC Radio 4 Today programme on the French singer, Barbara's song, Goettingen. Sung entirely in German, this song came out shortly after a treaty was signed 50 years ago between France and Germany to enshrine post-w...

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Some important lessons can be learnt from an article in this week's Metro on the consequences of the rising tide of franglais in the French language and what to do about it. According to the Office Québécois de la Langue Française (OQLF), which is respons...

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Insightful article on the BBC web site to a Radio 4 programme on what attracts so many French to live in London. Many of the estimated 400,000 French in London live in the East End which is where the they first came en masse in the 17th Century. At that t...

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Fascinating interview on RFI with the André Goosse, editor of Le Bon Usage, the bible of French grammar, to mark the recent publication of the 15th edition. Goosse talks about the differences in approach in France and from this Belgian publication in resp...

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Loose Ends and the Etymologicon

4 Dec 2011 13:18:53

Think that 'gene pool', 'car pool' and 'pooling your resources' have something to do with water? Then you'll need to think again, thanks to Mark Forsyth's new book, Etymologicon, a circular tour through the origins of words. As the author explains in an i...

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Vous, les femmes !

16 Nov 2011 22:29:27

Surely, this must be a first on British TV, a foreign language comedy show with sub-titles. Women! (Vous, les femmes), a sketch show in French and produced in France is currently screening on Fridays on BBC2 and the BBC iPlayer. Vive la différence ! But, ...

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