Daily Archives: February 23, 2017

135 - Cyclone Ready - Vocabulary

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Anyone who hasn’t spent a cyclone season in Reunion will simply not understand. For those people, imagine not knowing if the shops will be open the next day in order to get food to feed your family. Imagine not even being allowed to leave your house. Even worse, imagine sitting down on the toilet to do your business and not knowing if the toilet will flush your business away.

January to March every year is a very special time weather-wise on our lovely tropical island. Scorching heat? Check. Torrential rain? Check. 160km winds that cause over three million euros of damage? Unfortunately, check.

Quite honestly, cyclones can be a real pain in the arse for the reasons mentioned above. Only, however, if you are unprepared. Myself and my family are certified cyclone ready!

Out in the back garden, we have a water tank with 350l of tap water. We got it at the hardware shop for a modest amount of money. Indispensable during a cyclone. You might think that this is a lot of water, honestly, it really isn’t. Especially when you consider that some toilets use 10l per flush. 10l! When you couple in the fact that gastroenteritis is prevalent during this season too, you’ve got some serious water-usage on your hands.

That’s enough about that. Food! Over the past six months or so, we’ve been adding about 5% of our shopping to a special box upstairs. Now it’s got enough tinned and dried goods to last us a couple of weeks. So even if every shop in the south has to close for a few days, we needn’t worry. We might get a bit sick of tinned cassoulet after a while but hey. And, will I miss rougail saucisse? Of course.

Torches are almost just as important. During a massive power cut you’ll need to be able to see when it’s dark outside. If you have young children, they’ll be less scared of the power cut if they regard the experience like a camping trip. We found some hand-cranking re-chargeable torches for a decent price in a sports goods store.

Games are not to be underestimated too. We’ve got a huge supply of board games at home. Enough to keep us busy for a heck of a long time.

Are you prepared for cyclone season? If cyclone season is over when you’re listening to this, were you prepared enough? Or were you one of the poor people queuing for hours to buy a pack of water and a half-dozen tins just before the red alert? Let us know below.

 

Vocabulary

 

weather-wise - météorologiquement parlant

scorching - brûlant

heat - chaleur

unfortunately - malheureusement

quite honestly - très honnêtement

 

pain in the arse - embêtement

back garden - arrière-cour

water tank - réservoir d'eau

hardware shop - quincaillerie

especially - notamment

 

tinned - en conserve

to worry - inquiéter

to get sick of - se lasser de

power cut - coupure de courant

to regard - considérer

 

hand-cranking - manivelle

board game - jeu de société

a heck of a long time - un sacré bout de temps

enough - assez

let us know - nous tenir au courant

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135 - Cyclone Ready - Slow

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Anyone who hasn’t spent a cyclone season in Reunion will simply not understand. For those people, imagine not knowing if the shops will be open the next day in order to get food to feed your family. Imagine not even being allowed to leave your house. Even worse, imagine sitting down on the toilet to do your business and not knowing if the toilet will flush your business away.

January to March every year is a very special time weather-wise on our lovely tropical island. Scorching heat? Check. Torrential rain? Check. 160km winds that cause over three million euros of damage? Unfortunately, check.

Quite honestly, cyclones can be a real pain in the arse for the reasons mentioned above. Only, however, if you are unprepared. Myself and my family are certified cyclone ready!

Out in the back garden, we have a water tank with 350l of tap water. We got it at the hardware shop for a modest amount of money. Indispensable during a cyclone. You might think that this is a lot of water, honestly, it really isn’t. Especially when you consider that some toilets use 10l per flush. 10l! When you couple in the fact that gastroenteritis is prevalent during this season too, you’ve got some serious water-usage on your hands.

That’s enough about that. Food! Over the past six months or so, we’ve been adding about 5% of our shopping to a special box upstairs. Now it’s got enough tinned and dried goods to last us a couple of weeks. So even if every shop in the south has to close for a few days, we needn’t worry. We might get a bit sick of tinned cassoulet after a while but hey. And, will I miss rougail saucisse? Of course.

Torches are almost just as important. During a massive power cut you’ll need to be able to see when it’s dark outside. If you have young children, they’ll be less scared of the power cut if they regard the experience like a camping trip. We found some hand-cranking re-chargeable torches for a decent price in a sports goods store.

Games are not to be underestimated too. We’ve got a huge supply of board games at home. Enough to keep us busy for a heck of a long time.

Are you prepared for cyclone season? If cyclone season is over when you’re listening to this, were you prepared enough? Or were you one of the poor people queuing for hours to buy a pack of water and a half-dozen tins just before the red alert? Let us know below.

 

Vocabulary

 

weather-wise - météorologiquement parlant

scorching - brûlant

heat - chaleur

unfortunately - malheureusement

quite honestly - très honnêtement

 

pain in the arse - embêtement

back garden - arrière-cour

water tank - réservoir d'eau

hardware shop - quincaillerie

especially - notamment

 

tinned - en conserve

to worry - inquiéter

to get sick of - se lasser de

power cut - coupure de courant

to regard - considérer

 

hand-cranking - manivelle

board game - jeu de société

a heck of a long time - un sacré bout de temps

enough - assez

let us know - nous tenir au courant

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135 - Cyclone Ready

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Anyone who hasn’t spent a cyclone season in Reunion will simply not understand. For those people, imagine not knowing if the shops will be open the next day in order to get food to feed your family. Imagine not even being allowed to leave your house. Even worse, imagine sitting down on the toilet to do your business and not knowing if the toilet will flush your business away.

January to March every year is a very special time weather-wise on our lovely tropical island. Scorching heat? Check. Torrential rain? Check. 160km winds that cause over three million euros of damage? Unfortunately, check.

Quite honestly, cyclones can be a real pain in the arse for the reasons mentioned above. Only, however, if you are unprepared. Myself and my family are certified cyclone ready!

Out in the back garden, we have a water tank with 350l of tap water. We got it at the hardware shop for a modest amount of money. Indispensable during a cyclone. You might think that this is a lot of water, honestly, it really isn’t. Especially when you consider that some toilets use 10l per flush. 10l! When you couple in the fact that gastroenteritis is prevalent during this season too, you’ve got some serious water-usage on your hands.

That’s enough about that. Food! Over the past six months or so, we’ve been adding about 5% of our shopping to a special box upstairs. Now it’s got enough tinned and dried goods to last us a couple of weeks. So even if every shop in the south has to close for a few days, we needn’t worry. We might get a bit sick of tinned cassoulet after a while but hey. And, will I miss rougail saucisse? Of course.

Torches are almost just as important. During a massive power cut you’ll need to be able to see when it’s dark outside. If you have young children, they’ll be less scared of the power cut if they regard the experience like a camping trip. We found some hand-cranking re-chargeable torches for a decent price in a sports goods store.

Games are not to be underestimated too. We’ve got a huge supply of board games at home. Enough to keep us busy for a heck of a long time.

Are you prepared for cyclone season? If cyclone season is over when you’re listening to this, were you prepared enough? Or were you one of the poor people queuing for hours to buy a pack of water and a half-dozen tins just before the red alert? Let us know below.

 

Vocabulary

 

weather-wise - météorologiquement parlant

scorching - brûlant

heat - chaleur

unfortunately - malheureusement

quite honestly - très honnêtement

 

pain in the arse - embêtement

back garden - arrière-cour

water tank - réservoir d'eau

hardware shop - quincaillerie

especially - notamment

 

tinned - en conserve

to worry - inquiéter

to get sick of - se lasser de

power cut - coupure de courant

to regard - considérer

 

hand-cranking - manivelle

board game - jeu de société

a heck of a long time - un sacré bout de temps

enough - assez

let us know - nous tenir au courant

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134 - The Future Has Arrived - Vocabulary

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I love technology. When I heard about 4G arriving in Reunion Island I must admit I was excited. No longer were the days of buffering when trying to stream a video, or at least that is what I thought.

I made sure my phone was fully charged and I had all the correct settings ready to finally see the 4G symbol on the 1st of December. The morning came and went, still no 4G. I couldn’t help but feel that they had somehow forgotten about me…

Around noon, I finally saw the 4G symbol. Hallelujah! I quickly went to stream some videos on the net to see the 4G in action. I was, however, a little disappointed with the speed, it didn’t seem to be as fast as the 4G in the UK. Although the videos did stream with only slight buffering, I couldn’t help but compare it to being able to watch HD videos at the push of a button. I decided to be patient, something that is very difficult for me, and see if the service improved. As the days and weeks passed the speed increased and it is now slightly comparable to that of the UK. I can now stream videos in HD but it is still not perfect.

Not only has 4G allowed Reunion Island to move with the technological times, it has also opened the floodgates for mass competition. Gone are the days of expensive phone contracts with hardly any data allowance. Now the prices are, in my opinion, more reasonable. No they are not as cheap as the UK but they are better than they were. There are now contracts, which boast 20 gigabytes of internet for as little as 25€. I think this is a massive advantage for everybody living in Reunion Island! I would go as far as to say that I think in the coming months the contracts will again reduce in price, with the introduction of other phone companies to the island.

In addition to the cheaper prices, I feel that I have better signal quality. Even when at home, I have a full signal so I no longer need to hang out of the window to try and gain a few extra bars!

As I said, I am so happy that Reunion Island is moving forward with technology and I am excited to see what the future holds for us in paradise!

 

Vocabulary

 

no longer  = ne…plus

buffering/ to buffer = charger

to stream = regarder en streaming

at least = au moins

to make sure = vérifier

 

settings  = paramètres

cannot help = ne pas pouvoir s’empêcher

around = vers

hallelujah = alléluia

in action = en fonctionnement

 

to be disappointed = être déçu

speed = vitesse

slight = léger

to open the floodgates = ouvrir la porte à qqch

mass competition = concurrence de masse

 

phone contracts = forfaits

data allowance = internet inclus avec le forfait

cheaper = moins cher

signal = réseau

bars = barres

 

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134 - The Future Has Arrived! - Slow

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I love technology. When I heard about 4G arriving in Reunion Island I must admit I was excited. No longer were the days of buffering when trying to stream a video, or at least that is what I thought.

I made sure my phone was fully charged and I had all the correct settings ready to finally see the 4G symbol on the 1st of December. The morning came and went, still no 4G. I couldn’t help but feel that they had somehow forgotten about me…

Around noon, I finally saw the 4G symbol. Hallelujah! I quickly went to stream some videos on the net to see the 4G in action. I was, however, a little disappointed with the speed, it didn’t seem to be as fast as the 4G in the UK. Although the videos did stream with only slight buffering, I couldn’t help but compare it to being able to watch HD videos at the push of a button. I decided to be patient, something that is very difficult for me, and see if the service improved. As the days and weeks passed the speed increased and it is now slightly comparable to that of the UK. I can now stream videos in HD but it is still not perfect.

Not only has 4G allowed Reunion Island to move with the technological times, it has also opened the floodgates for mass competition. Gone are the days of expensive phone contracts with hardly any data allowance. Now the prices are, in my opinion, more reasonable. No they are not as cheap as the UK but they are better than they were. There are now contracts, which boast 20 gigabytes of internet for as little as 25€. I think this is a massive advantage for everybody living in Reunion Island! I would go as far as to say that I think in the coming months the contracts will again reduce in price, with the introduction of other phone companies to the island.

In addition to the cheaper prices, I feel that I have better signal quality. Even when at home, I have a full signal so I no longer need to hang out of the window to try and gain a few extra bars!

As I said, I am so happy that Reunion Island is moving forward with technology and I am excited to see what the future holds for us in paradise!

 

Vocabulary

 

no longer  = ne…plus

buffering/ to buffer = charger

to stream = regarder en streaming

at least = au moins

to make sure = vérifier

 

settings  = paramètres

cannot help = ne pas pouvoir s’empêcher

around = vers

hallelujah = alléluia

in action = en fonctionnement

 

to be disappointed = être déçu

speed = vitesse

slight = léger

to open the floodgates = ouvrir la porte à qqch

mass competition = concurrence de masse

 

phone contracts = forfaits

data allowance = internet inclus avec le forfait

cheaper = moins cher

signal = réseau

bars = barres

 

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134 - The Future Has Arrived!

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I love technology. When I heard about 4G arriving in Reunion Island I must admit I was excited. No longer were the days of buffering when trying to stream a video, or at least that is what I thought.

I made sure my phone was fully charged and I had all the correct settings ready to finally see the 4G symbol on the 1st of December. The morning came and went, still no 4G. I couldn’t help but feel that they had somehow forgotten about me…

Around noon, I finally saw the 4G symbol. Hallelujah! I quickly went to stream some videos on the net to see the 4G in action. I was, however, a little disappointed with the speed, it didn’t seem to be as fast as the 4G in the UK. Although the videos did stream with only slight buffering, I couldn’t help but compare it to being able to watch HD videos at the push of a button. I decided to be patient, something that is very difficult for me, and see if the service improved. As the days and weeks passed the speed increased and it is now slightly comparable to that of the UK. I can now stream videos in HD but it is still not perfect.

Not only has 4G allowed Reunion Island to move with the technological times, it has also opened the floodgates for mass competition. Gone are the days of expensive phone contracts with hardly any data allowance. Now the prices are, in my opinion, more reasonable. No they are not as cheap as the UK but they are better than they were. There are now contracts, which boast 20 gigabytes of internet for as little as 25€. I think this is a massive advantage for everybody living in Reunion Island! I would go as far as to say that I think in the coming months the contracts will again reduce in price, with the introduction of other phone companies to the island.

In addition to the cheaper prices, I feel that I have better signal quality. Even when at home, I have a full signal so I no longer need to hang out of the window to try and gain a few extra bars!

As I said, I am so happy that Reunion Island is moving forward with technology and I am excited to see what the future holds for us in paradise!

 

Vocabulary

 

no longer  = ne…plus

buffering/ to buffer = charger

to stream = regarder en streaming

at least = au moins

to make sure = vérifier

 

settings  = paramètres

cannot help = ne pas pouvoir s’empêcher

around = vers

hallelujah = alléluia

in action = en fonctionnement

 

to be disappointed = être déçu

speed = vitesse

slight = léger

to open the floodgates = ouvrir la porte à qqch

mass competition = concurrence de masse

 

phone contracts = forfaits

data allowance = internet inclus avec le forfait

cheaper = moins cher

signal = réseau

bars = barres

 

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133 - Suffering in Paradise - Vocabulary

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Whenever I think of what I'm about to tell you, I get goosebumps. This may have been the worst time of my life. In fact, I am sure of it.

It all started last year January 4th. My friends and I decided to go on holiday to Mauritius for one week. We went pretty wild. Drunkenly doing the Carlton dance and singing Tom jones'  hit 'It's not Unusual' on a speedboat was a heavy feature. If you don't know what the Carlton dance is, I recommend googling it, you won't regret it.

Anyway, there we were, high as kites on life, and it seemed like the best holiday of my life. The day before our departure, we did something I'd always dreamt of. We swam with dolphins! I'm a pisces and I love swimming, so it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that I lost track of time in the water. In fact, When i finally resurfaced, I saw that half the other tourists on their boats had left and I had swam way out of the intended area. I got quite frightened, but eventually my boat found me and after a quick telling off for spending too long in the water, the Carlton dance put me back in good spirits. However, with the excitement of having been just inches away from beautiful dolphins, I completely, stupidly, forgot to dry my ears...

Fast forward two days and I'm back in Reunion having dinner with a friend at a restaurant in St Denis. I notice a sharp pain in my right ear. Shrugging it off as the music being too loud, I think nothing more of it. What a mistake!

Several days and nights spent in the hospital, an MRI scan , 5 different doctors and 5 different treatments later, I was still suffering unbelievable pain, which no doctor seemed to understand the root of.

Some thought it was neuralgia, a nerve problem in my face, and absolutely zero doctors believed me when I told them I thought it was swimmer's ear turned really bad. They said that an ear infection was not able to produce enough pain that would make someone need Ketamine. That's right, the only thing that calmed me down from my screaming, crying state, was the same drug that is used to tranquilize horses. How elegant is that?

After two days of begging, they eventually let me see an ear specialist, and long story short, my ear is on the mend, but it has taken months...

The real nightmare was receiving the hospital bill.. over a thousand euros. That was the price I paid for a holiday in paradise...

Vocabulary

 

goosebumps = chair de poule

high = (ici) émerveillé
pisces = signe astrologique du poisson

to lose track of time = perdre la notion du temps

intended area = zone conseillée

 

to tell off = gronder


fast forward = passons directement


sharp pain = douleur aigüe


to shrug off = ne pas prêter attention

several = plusieurs

 

MRI = IRM


root = source

neuralgia = névralgie


swimmer's ear = otite


to beg = supplier

 

long story short = enfin, bref… 


to be on the mend = aller mieux
n

nightmare = cauchemar


bill = facture


over = plus de

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133 - Suffering in Paradise - Slow

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Whenever I think of what I'm about to tell you, I get goosebumps. This may have been the worst time of my life. In fact, I am sure of it.

It all started last year January 4th. My friends and I decided to go on holiday to Mauritius for one week. We went pretty wild. Drunkenly doing the Carlton dance and singing Tom jones'  hit 'It's not Unusual' on a speedboat was a heavy feature. If you don't know what the Carlton dance is, I recommend googling it, you won't regret it.

Anyway, there we were, high as kites on life, and it seemed like the best holiday of my life. The day before our departure, we did something I'd always dreamt of. We swam with dolphins! I'm a pisces and I love swimming, so it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that I lost track of time in the water. In fact, When i finally resurfaced, I saw that half the other tourists on their boats had left and I had swam way out of the intended area. I got quite frightened, but eventually my boat found me and after a quick telling off for spending too long in the water, the Carlton dance put me back in good spirits. However, with the excitement of having been just inches away from beautiful dolphins, I completely, stupidly, forgot to dry my ears...

Fast forward two days and I'm back in Reunion having dinner with a friend at a restaurant in St Denis. I notice a sharp pain in my right ear. Shrugging it off as the music being too loud, I think nothing more of it. What a mistake!

Several days and nights spent in the hospital, an MRI scan , 5 different doctors and 5 different treatments later, I was still suffering unbelievable pain, which no doctor seemed to understand the root of.

Some thought it was neuralgia, a nerve problem in my face, and absolutely zero doctors believed me when I told them I thought it was swimmer's ear turned really bad. They said that an ear infection was not able to produce enough pain that would make someone need Ketamine. That's right, the only thing that calmed me down from my screaming, crying state, was the same drug that is used to tranquilize horses. How elegant is that?

After two days of begging, they eventually let me see an ear specialist, and long story short, my ear is on the mend, but it has taken months...

The real nightmare was receiving the hospital bill.. over a thousand euros. That was the price I paid for a holiday in paradise...

Vocabulary

 

goosebumps = chair de poule

high = (ici) émerveillé
pisces = signe astrologique du poisson

to lose track of time = perdre la notion du temps

intended area = zone conseillée

 

to tell off = gronder


fast forward = passons directement


sharp pain = douleur aigüe


to shrug off = ne pas prêter attention

several = plusieurs

 

MRI = IRM


root = source

neuralgia = névralgie


swimmer's ear = otite


to beg = supplier

 

long story short = enfin, bref… 


to be on the mend = aller mieux
n

nightmare = cauchemar


bill = facture


over = plus de

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133 - Suffering in Paradise

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Whenever I think of what I'm about to tell you, I get goosebumps. This may have been the worst time of my life. In fact, I am sure of it.

It all started last year January 4th. My friends and I decided to go on holiday to Mauritius for one week. We went pretty wild. Drunkenly doing the Carlton dance and singing Tom jones'  hit 'It's not Unusual' on a speedboat was a heavy feature. If you don't know what the Carlton dance is, I recommend googling it, you won't regret it.

Anyway, there we were, high as kites on life, and it seemed like the best holiday of my life. The day before our departure, we did something I'd always dreamt of. We swam with dolphins! I'm a pisces and I love swimming, so it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that I lost track of time in the water. In fact, When i finally resurfaced, I saw that half the other tourists on their boats had left and I had swam way out of the intended area. I got quite frightened, but eventually my boat found me and after a quick telling off for spending too long in the water, the Carlton dance put me back in good spirits. However, with the excitement of having been just inches away from beautiful dolphins, I completely, stupidly, forgot to dry my ears...

Fast forward two days and I'm back in Reunion having dinner with a friend at a restaurant in St Denis. I notice a sharp pain in my right ear. Shrugging it off as the music being too loud, I think nothing more of it. What a mistake!

Several days and nights spent in the hospital, an MRI scan , 5 different doctors and 5 different treatments later, I was still suffering unbelievable pain, which no doctor seemed to understand the root of.

Some thought it was neuralgia, a nerve problem in my face, and absolutely zero doctors believed me when I told them I thought it was swimmer's ear turned really bad. They said that an ear infection was not able to produce enough pain that would make someone need Ketamine. That's right, the only thing that calmed me down from my screaming, crying state, was the same drug that is used to tranquilize horses. How elegant is that?

After two days of begging, they eventually let me see an ear specialist, and long story short, my ear is on the mend, but it has taken months...

The real nightmare was receiving the hospital bill.. over a thousand euros. That was the price I paid for a holiday in paradise...

Vocabulary

 

goosebumps = chair de poule

high = (ici) émerveillé
pisces = signe astrologique du poisson

to lose track of time = perdre la notion du temps

intended area = zone conseillée

 

to tell off = gronder


fast forward = passons directement


sharp pain = douleur aigüe


to shrug off = ne pas prêter attention

several = plusieurs

 

MRI = IRM


root = source

neuralgia = névralgie


swimmer's ear = otite


to beg = supplier

 

long story short = enfin, bref… 


to be on the mend = aller mieux
n

nightmare = cauchemar


bill = facture


over = plus de

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132 - An Unlikely Client - Vocabulary

Hi. My name’s Kathryn and last year I worked as a language assistant in Moufia, in the north of Reunion Island. It didn’t take long to realize that the twelve-hour contract left me with a lot of time to spare and most of my friends quickly posted adverts online to get some extra cash. I resisted at first, but then jumped on the bandwagon and put an ad up offering my services as an English language tutor. I had a fair bit of response and was excited to meet new people and help them with their English. 

One day, about three months ago, I received a really appealing request from someone called Michel. He said he urgently needed to improve his English for work reasons and required six hours of training each week. He was even willing to pay me a considerable sum upfront to show his commitment to the classes.

This probably should have triggered alarm bells in my head. Looking back, it was clearly too good to be true, but all I could see were images of myself throwing handfuls of cash into the warm Reunionese air with glee.

Michel, who was only contactable by text messaging, gave me the address of his workplace and told me to come along at 9am sharp the next day to discuss his objectives. So the next morning, bright and early, I set off to find his office in Technopole. I hadn’t really paid attention when tapping in the address so when the GPS told me ‘you have reached your destination’, I was surprised to find that I was not outside an office building like he had described, but instead, before me, was Domenjod Prison.

Somewhat foolishly, it didn’t even cross my mind that this was a prank. I presumed I had misunderstood his directions or typed in the wrong address. It took me an hour of waiting and unanswered text messages to realize that Michel was either an inmate in Domenjod Prison or a bored kid.

I would like to think the former; that he is an inmate who, despite the mistakes of his past, is now looking to change his ways. And what better way to get ahead in life, than to learn English?

 

Vocabulary

 

time to spare - du temps libre

to jump on the bandwagon - suivre le mouvement

a fair bit - pas mal de

to require - avoir besoin

willing - prêt

 

upfront - à l’avance

glee - joie

9am sharp - 9h pile

bright and early - de bonne heure

to set off - prendre la route

 

to reach - atteindre

instead - au lieu de

foolishly - bêtement

to cross the mind- traverser l’esprit

prank - farce

 

inmate - détenu

despite - malgré

to change one's ways - changer de voie

to get ahead in life - avancer dans la vie

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