If you want to know what's going on in the world, this vocabulary related to news and current events will help you understand what you read and hear.
Click or tap to take over this lesson on the French expression coup d'État
A great way to practice reading French, learning vocabulary, and finding out what's going on the world is to read the news in French.
In early September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed several Caribbean islands and affected many others. Guadeloupe, where I live, was one of them.
France has 11 public holidays (bank holidays), known as jours fériés
, jours chômés
, fêtes chômées
, or fêtes légales
Want to hear the patriotic French expression Vive la France !
in the wild? Check out these clips taken from speeches by French presidents and presidential candidates.
The French high-speed train TGV
is being rebranded as inOUI
, and not everyone is happy about it.
Short video summarizing the 2017 Cannes film festival.
Video of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron's victory speech with transcript and translation, plus grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation notes.
Short video of the results of the second and final round of the 2017 French presidential election.
Short video of the results of the first round of French election results.
Watch French news, documentaries, and game shows on TV to work on your French listening comprehension while learning something new.
There used to be 22 regions in Metropolitan France, now there are only 13. Learn about the newly combined and renamed French regions in this bilingual audio article.
On Bastille Day 2016, a semi truck plowed through the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, killing dozens of people. This short video summarizes the events.
With the UK leaving the EU, the French have been quick to suggest that they should take their language with them.