In French election years, the news is filled with an array of specialized words and phrases you might not be familiar with. Here's some essential vocabulary to help you make sense of everything.
In solidarity with the people of #Ukraine, today's mot du jour is free for everyone.
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This lesson is your passport to understanding the French expression pass vaccinal
Paris's Arc de Triomphe
has been entirely wrapped in fabric as a temporary artwork created by (deceased) artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Learn about the mixed feelings of spectators in this video with interactive subtitles.
This lesson is your passport to understanding the French expression pass sanitaire
What is écriture inclusive
and why does it matter? Learn about "inclusive writing" in this animated video with interactive subtitles.
Click or tap to take over this lesson on the French expression coup d'État
Patriotism has come to French classrooms: from maternelle
, all classrooms are now required to display a French flag and La Marseillaise
Protests over the police killing of George Floyd in the US have spread all over the world, including Paris, reigniting anger over the killing of Adama Traoré in 2016 as well as police violence in general.
This lesson on the French expression cordon sanitaire
doesn't cross the line.
More than 300 French celebrities, confined alone at home but together in spirit, sang a beautiful song in appreciation of hospital workers making another tomorrow possible for the rest of us. Video with interactive subtitles.
Catch a glimpse of life in France under confinement
(lockdown) in this video with interactive subtitles.
From 30 October to 1st December 2020, France is once again on lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19. Anyone leaving their home must show a signed copy of this document upon request. I've turned it into a reading comprehension exercise with side-by-side translation. Updated 2 April 2020
Don't keep your distance from this lesson on the French expression distanciation sociale
On Monday, 16 March 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron announced that the entire country would go into lockdown the next day. Watch his historic address in this video with interactive subtitles.