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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!

Direct download: 175-aliments-miraculeux.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:25am UTC

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 situations.

Direct download: LFBP-174-quand-meme.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:14am UTC

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.

Direct download: 173-migrants.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 2:19pm UTC

"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.

Direct download: 172b-session_mixdown.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 2:25pm UTC

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...

Direct download: 171-charlie.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:49pm UTC

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.

Direct download: 170a_II.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 12:01pm UTC

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...

Direct download: 169_final_1.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 1:08pm UTC

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’s see how the conversation unfolds with the waitress…

Direct download: 168a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 9:31pm UTC

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...

Direct download: 167_ukraine_a.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 3:39pm UTC

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 Béatrix is getting frustrated at my inattention. Let's listen...

Direct download: 166.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 3:56pm UTC