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.
On 16 March 2020, the French government announced strict measures to control the spread of COVID-19, including total confinement for 15 days. 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.
Essential French vocabulary related to statistics, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases.
It might take you un petit quart d'heure
to read this lesson on the French expression un quart d'heure
In French election years, newspapers are 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.
News about the extent of damages to Notre-Dame de Paris and reactions from some locals.
News in Slow French is a weekly podcast aimed at intermediate-level French students. Native speakers report current events at a reduced but not unnatural pace, making it easier for you to understand without being overloaded by rapid-fire French.
Depending who you're talking to, those lovely little pastries filled with chocolate might be called pains au chocolat
. This tasty debate has finally been settled once and for all - at least in theory. Find out more in this short, fun video with interactive subtitles.
Everyone loves a good public holiday, n'est-ce pas ?
France has 11 of them, but they're not always paid days off from work. Learn about jours fériés
in this audio article.