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Nov 14 2008

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MY PERSONAL FRENCH TUTOR

I love YVAN AMAR of Radio France International’s ‘learn French’ section. He doesn’t know me, but I regard him as my personal French tutor. Each day he takes a word from the news bulletins (les mots de l’acualité), and discusses its meaning, origins and usage. This week we’ve had chouchou, obamania, coude à coude, and motion (the last two were explaining the very complicated voting for various motions that has been going on in the socialist party, about which I wrote earlier). The transcript for each program is also available. Thanks to the internet, I can listen to Radio France even when I’m back in Australia.

Then each week, Yvan also presents a longer program, called Danse des mots, in which he presents interviews and discussions with all manner of people on the subject of francophonie. Recent topics covered include ‘Indigenous French speakers’, ‘the birth of social and political French’, ‘Francophone forum in Quebec’ and ‘Stylistic figures used in contemporary French’.

I download all these, and also the twice daily downloadable news bulletins, put them all on my MP3 player, and listen to them while I am walking to work, or standing in queues, or travelling on the Metro. Voilà!


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