Le premier mai

"Le premier mai" has been shared to the blog from the French reading practice section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills.


In much of the world, the 1st of May is a public holiday called Labour Day. Learn the history in this French video with transcript and translation. Click any phrase to read the English and find links to related French grammar lessons.

1er mai, fête du travail

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Aurélie Drouard

Aurélie is our resident French Expert. She has created most of the wonderful content you see on the site and is usually the person answering your tricky help questions. She comes from a small village near Chartres in Central France, country of cereal fields and not much else. She left (in a hurry) to study English at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris, before leaving France in 2007 to experience the “London lifestyle” - and never looked back! She's worked as a professional French teacher, translator and linguist in the UK since.  She loves to share her love of languages and is a self-professed cinema and literature geek!

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Comments: 2

Malcolm

29 April 2016

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This May Day video is in a style that almost exasperates learners. Thank goodness for the script. Be honest! Can any A level student ever reach that standard?

Lia

29 April 2016

Malcolm, my thoughts are the same. I studied french with the OU and I should be a B1/B2 level. I also scored high in my assignment, yet I've been thrown back to A2 after taking the entry quiz! So it's back to basics for me.

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