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AQA French A2 Level - L'énergie - L'environnement

Updated on June 10, 2014

This hub contains key vocabulary to do with energy that you need to memorise for the listening, reading and writing components of your exam. Be sure to learn them so that no surprise vocabulary will throw you off during the exam.

Links to the other 8 topics are provided at the bottom of the article.

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

To grow
Le pétrole
To use up
Une flambée des prix
Price hike
La raréfraction
La politique énergétique
Energy policy
La nocivité
La vague
Le fleuve
Le panneau
Une éolienne
Wind turbine
To feed
La chute d'eau
La marée
La mise en oeuvre
Le barrage
To bring about/to lead to/to cause
To drive out
La taille
To divide
Souscrire à
To subscribe
Le gaspillage
Relever le défi
To rase the challenge
Spread out
Le moindre déplacement
The least movement
Lié à
Linked to
Le frein
La croissance
To recommend
Provenir: proviendra de
To come from: will come from

To grow - croitre - conjugation

Present: croîs, croîs, croît, croîssons, croîssez, croîssent
Future: croîtrai, croîtras, croîtra, croîtrons, croîtrez, croîssont
Conditional: croîtrais, croîtrais, coîtrait, croîtrions, croîtriez, croîtraient
Imperfect: croissaîs, croissaîs, croissaît, crossîons, croîssiez

Example: le nombre des adhérents va croître rapidement - the number of members is going to grow rapidly.

To spread out - étendre - conjugation

Present: étends, étends, étend, étendons, étendez, étendent
Future: étendrai, étendras, étendra, étendrons, étendrez, étendront
Conditional: étendrais, étendrais, étendrait, étendrons, étendriez, étendrient
Imperfect: étendais, étendais, étendait, étendions, étendiez, étendent

Now you should know these words:

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Key Phrases that Must be Learned!

Les combustibles fossiles sont à la base du réchauffement de la terre
Fossil fuels are the basis for global warming
Tout le monde est d'accord sur le fait que l'épuisement de nos combustibles fossiles est prévisible car...
Everyone agrees on the fact that the exhaustion of our fossil fuels is predictable because
Contrairement à ce que certains pensent, moi je préfère le nucléaire
Contrary to what some people think, I prefer nuclear energy
Du fait que nous épuisons nos combustibles fossiles, il faudrait...
The fact that we are using our fossil fuels means that we should...
Ceci permettrait...
This allows...
Ceci détruit...
This destroys...
Ceci provoque/entraîne
This provokes/leads to
C'est nuisible/néfaste
This is harmful/detrimental
Ceci est reconnu...
This is known as
Jusqu'à présent on considérait le nucléaire comme avantageux
Up until now we considered nuclear energy to be advantageous
Mais en raison du coût...
But for financial reasons...
Quant à la rentabilité, il faudrait penser à
As for profitability, we should think that
C'est quand on produit...
It's when we produce...
C'est lorsqu'on crée
It's when we create
Cette technique utilise...
This technique uses...
On convertit...
We convert...
On construit...
We build...
Ceci permet d'utiliser la force du vent
This allows us to use wind power
Les éoliennes offrent la possibilité de produire un énergie propre
Wind turbines give us the chance to produce clean energy
Tandis que le nucléaire pose le problème des déchets
Whereas nuclear energy creates the problem of (radioactive) waste
On peut produire de l'électricité en captant l'énergie du soleil, alors que le charbon émet du CO2 dans l'atmosphere
WAe can create electricity by capturing solar energy, whilst coal emits CO2 into the atmosphere
D'un côté le nucléaire nous donne de l'énergie sans émissions de CO2
On the one hand nuclear energy gives us energy without emitting CO2
Mais d'un autre côté on doit gérer le problème des déchets radioactifs
But on the other hand we must manage the problem of radioactive waste
On pourrait baisser la température
We could lower the temperature
Prendre une douche plutôt qu'un bain
Take showers rather than baths
Je fais mon compost
I make my own compost
On a déja eu des villes nouvelles sans åme
We already have new, soulless towns
A mon avis, il faut développer les petites villes
In my opinion, we should develop small towns
Mieux vaut améliorer ce qui existe déjà
It is better to improve that which already exists
Je me précipiterais pour aller y vivre
I can't wait to go and live there
Il faut tirer les leçons du passé
We should learn from the past
On veut des quartiers agréables à vivre
We want nice areas to live in
Il faut beaucoup d'espaces verts
There should be lots of green spaces
On désire des commerces de proximité
We want local shops
Il faut bannir la voiture
We should ban cars

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A short video to test your energy knowledge! Subtitles in French!


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