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    Weekend Break: French

    By Dr Françoise Parent-Ugochukwu

    Get the most out of your trip to France - take our audio introduction to the language and culture of France with you

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    45 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Jan 2018

  • Weekend Break: French

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    Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 17 Jan 2018
    Get the most out of your trip to France - take our audio introduction to the language and culture of France with you
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    Harry Potter and the Translator’s Challenge

    By Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    How did translators go about converting the anagram 'Tom Marvolo Riddle'? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    20 Jul 2017

  • Harry Potter and the Translator’s Challenge

    Harry Potter and the Translator’s Challenge Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Fernando Rosell-Aguliar
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Jul 2017
    How did translators go about converting the anagram 'Tom Marvolo Riddle'? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores the tricky business of translating J.K....
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 May 2016

  • Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 May 2016
    Why has the English language dominated the Eurovision Song Contest once more? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores what the competition holds this year.
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    OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    The French poet who nearly won a Nobel 12 times; why the Himalayas keep growing; and what sharks use their noses for....

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Jan 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2016
    The French poet who nearly won a Nobel 12 times; why the Himalayas keep growing; and what sharks use their noses for. Then more free learning through the day.
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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    08 Dec 2015

  • Star Wars: La syntaxe du français avec Maître Yoda

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
    How does a 900 year-old Jedi master sound in French? Try your hand at reordering sentences, you must.
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    May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages

    By Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    Which language has Jabba the Hut's name literally translated to Jabba the Forester? How can you translate Yoda's...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Dec 2015

  • May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages

    May the Forza be with you: Star Wars in other languages Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
    Which language has Jabba the Hut's name literally translated to Jabba the Forester? How can you translate Yoda's syntax into other languages? Find out: 
  • Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life

    Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours...

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Oct 2015

  • Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life

    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
    Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours exploring colours and what they mean....
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    Speak in colours!

    By Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde

    What does 'rire jaune' or 'avoir un bleu' mean? Learn French idioms that use colour to convey a particular mood or...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Sep 2015

  • Speak in colours!

    Speak in colours! Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Sep 2015
    What does 'rire jaune' or 'avoir un bleu' mean? Learn French idioms that use colour to convey a particular mood or impression of a person or situation....
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    15 mins

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    27 Aug 2015

  • Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales

    Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales Creative commons image Icon Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
    The musician and poet Zachary Richard has kept the Cajun tradition alive. But how has the migration of his stories affected them? Mathilde Köstler considers...

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  • Intermediate French: Holiday plans

    This free course, Intermediate French: Holiday plans, is taken from Ouverture, a language course that concentrates on French as a tool for...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    19 Jul 2018

  • Intermediate French: Holiday plans

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    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 19 Jul 2018
    This free course, Intermediate French: Holiday plans, is taken from Ouverture, a...
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    Beginners’ French: Food and drink

    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and...

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 May 2018

  • Beginners’ French: Food and drink

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 14 May 2018
    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and...
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    Beginners' French: in the city

    This free course, Beginners' French: in the city, helps you to acquire the basic language to find your way around a French town. You will learn how...

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    15 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    20 Mar 2018

  • Beginners' French: in the city

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    Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 20 Mar 2018
    This free course, Beginners' French: in the city, helps you to acquire the basic...
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    Intermediate French: Le quatorze juillet

    This free course, Intermediate French: Le quatorze juillet, is taken from Ouverture, a language module that concentrates on French as a tool for...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Feb 2018

  • Intermediate French: Le quatorze juillet

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Feb 2018
    This free course, Intermediate French: Le quatorze juillet, is taken from...
  • Improve your understanding of spoken French

    This free course, Improve your understanding of spoken French, is aimed at intermediate learners of French with an interest in language and culture...

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    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jan 2018

  • Improve your understanding of spoken French

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    Improve your understanding of spoken French
    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 25 Jan 2018
    This free course, Improve your understanding of spoken French, is aimed at...
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    Cultures

    In this free course, Cultures, you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world, and you will examine the...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Dec 2017

  • Cultures

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    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 14 Dec 2017
    In this free course, Cultures, you will address the question of traditional music...
  • Advanced French: At the science museum in Paris

    Using the topic of science and technology in France, this free course, Advanced French: At the science museum in Paris, will show you how to...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2016

  • Advanced French: At the science museum in Paris

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    Advanced French: At the science museum in Paris
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Mar 2016
    Using the topic of science and technology in France, this free course, Advanced...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2018
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Jul 2018
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Jul 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    BA (Honours) Humanities
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2018
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

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    BA (Honours) Business Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2018
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Jul 2018
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the...

    BA (Honours) Language Studies

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    BA (Honours) Language Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2018
    Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language,...