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AQA French A2 Level - La Pollution - L'environnement - (Pollution and the Environment)

Updated on June 13, 2012

Contains the necessary vocabulary to do with pollution to do well in the listening, reading and writing components in the questions to do with pollution.

Make sure these words are memorised so that no surprise key vocabulary will crop up during the exam and so you are not left with a poor translation of the Reading section or poor grasp of the writing questions.

Links to all 9 topics of the syllabus are provided at the bottom of the page.

Good luck!

Words to Expect in the Test (Memorise them all!)

French
English
Putrescible
Biodegradable
L'ère industrielle
Industrial era
La circulation routière
Road traffic
Les ordures ménagères
Household waste
Un égout
Sewer
Le navire
Ship
Le naufrage
Shipwreck
Rompre
To break/to upset
Voire
Indeed/even
Grimper
To climb
Le réchauffement
Warming
La fonte des calottes glaciaires
Melting of the ice caps
La sécheresse
Drought
Sécher
To dry
Bouleverser
To upset
 
 
La balade
Walk
Déranger
To disturb
Un adhérent
Member
Le Grenelle
"round table" to bring organisations together
Viser à
To aim at
Lié à
Linked to
Primordial
Very important/fundamental
Sensible à
Aware
 
 
Gourmand
Greedy
Sache
Subjunctive of "to know" (savoir)
Confier à
To entrust
Ferroviaire
Using rail
Fluvial
Using rivers
 
 
Bannir
To banish
Nuisible
Harmful
Élaborer
To set out
Puissant
Powerful
Atteigne
Subjunctive of "to reach" (atteindre)
Avoir la cote
To be very popular
 
 

Key Phrases that Must be Learned!

French
English
La pollution est un phénomène qui existe depuis l'ère industrielle
Pollution is a phenomenon that has existed since the industrial era
Les chiffres indiquent un lien entre les émissions de CO2 et le réchauffement de la terre
Statistics indicate a link between CO2 emissions and global warming
Le réchauffement de la terre est lié aux activités de l'homme
Global warming is linked to human activities
C'est l'effet de serre qui accélère le réchauffement de la terre
It is the greenhouse effect that accelerates global warming
La polution atmosphérique vient des fumées émise par les centrales électriques au charbon ou au gaz.
Atmospheric pollution comes from fumes emitted by power plants from burning carbon or gas
Concernant la pollution de l'eau, on pourrait citer les accidents de pétroliers, les déchets industriels et agricoles et les égouts
In regards to water pollution, one could mention petrol tanker accidents, industrial and agricultural waste, and sewers
Les déchets ménagers posent un problème
Household waste poses a problem
Avec quelques degrés de plus, le niveau des oceáns s'élève et le littoral est couvert d'eau
With just a few degrees higher and the sea level will rise to submerge the coasts
La planète est bouleversé par les changement climatiques
The planet is upset by the changing climate
Les régions sont dévastees par les inondations, les vents et les pluies
Regions are devestated by floods, winds and rain
 
 
On doit lutter pour/contre le gaspillage
We must fight for/against wastage
On devrait trier les déchets
We should treat the waste
Il vaudrait mieux résoudre les océans
It would be better to solve the ocean's problems
Il ne faut pas gaspiller l'eau
We shouldn't waste water
Il est primordial de protéger les océans
It is vital that we protect the oceans
Il est important de sauvegarde un agriculture saine
It is important to maintain a healthy agriculture
Il est impératif qu'on trouve des solutions concernant les emballages
It is imperative that we find solutions concerning packaging
Ce qui me préoccupe, c'est le littoral parce que...
What bothers me, is the coastline because...
Préserver la nature est un urgence pour la survie de...
Preserving nature is urgent for the survival of...
Une amélioration des transports est nécessaire
An improvement to the transport system is necessary
Ne pas gasipller l'énergie, c'est un défi
Not wasting energy is a challenge
L'habitat subira des conséquences désastreuses
Habitats will suffer disastrous consequences
 
 
J'aimerais proposer que...
I would like to suggest that ...
Il faudrait que nous réduisions nos besoins en transports
We should reduce our need for transport
Il est important que les véhicules ne soient pas si gourmands en énergie
It is important that vehicles aren't so greedy with energy
On devrait commencer à privilégier les trasnsports en commun
We should start focussing on public transport
On pourrait confier les merchandises aux transports ferroviaries
We could reallocate merchandise to be transported by railway
Il est primordial qu'on sache modifier les modes de transport en fonction des usages
It is vital that we know how to change the modes of transport to optimise their usage
Il est souhaitable qu'on...
It is desirable that we...
Il s'agirait d'utiliser...
It would be about using...
Je voudrais que nous soyons plus intelligents en ce qui concerne...
I would like us to better know about...
Je ne crois pas qu'on puisse continuer à utiliser la voiture comme on le fait maintenant
I don't bel
 
I don't believe that we can continue to use cars like we do at the moment

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