The Big News

The Big News


Andrew Lacoste came home with a bunch of flowers and a big smile on his face.  His wife Juliette knew he had big news, but didn’t know if it was good or bad.  He had called Juliette in the morning and told her to make sure all the children were together when he got home. He had big news and wanted everyone to hear it at the same time, even the baby.

Their oldest daughter Diane stopped playing piano and their oldest son Pierre left football practice early. Michel, 8 years old, hoped the big news was about a new pet.  He wanted a dog.  The baby Zoe just wanted to go to sleep. 

Andrew came home with a dozen roses and an apple pie.  “Guess what! I got a raise and we are all moving to the USA for one year.”


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Episode 1

Reading skill

Choose the right answer

Why did Andrew want all his children to be at home?

 He wanted to share his news with them
 He was bringing them flowers and an apple pie
 He had a new puppy for Michel
 He wanted to be at home with his family

Choose the right answer

What were the children doing when Andrew came home?

 Playing football
 Playing the piano
 All of the above
 None of the above

Listening skill

Answer the following question

Find in the audio part another name for the USA.

Choose the right answer

Why was Juliette unsure whether to cheer or cry?

 She did not know whether she really wanted to go to the USA
 She was nervous about leaving Paris
 Both of the above
 Neither of the above


Choose the right answer

How many roses did Andrew bring home?


Answer the following question

Find a word in the text that means “bouquet”.


Attention, dans les questions suivantes vous devez donner toutes les réponses grammaticalement possibles, sans tenir compte du sens de l'épisode.

Translate the sentence

La femme d'Andrew s'appelle Julliette.

 Andrew's wife is called Juliette.
 Andrew has a wife Juliette.

Choose the right answer (one or several answers possible)

Diane ... playing the piano.


Translate the sentence

Andrew va chez le fleuriste tous les jours.

 Andrew goes to the flowershop every day.
 Andrew go to the flowershop daily.
 Andrew goes at the flowershop every day.

Turn the following question into indirect speech

"Where are we moving?", they asked

 They asked where were they moving.
 They asked where they were moving.
 They asked where they are moving.

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