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AQA French A2 Level - Sciences et Technologie: Avances ou Régression - Problèmes Sociaux Contemporains

Updated on November 27, 2012

This article covers the "science and technology" part of the A2 syllabus. You can expect that these to be the words that will crop up and throw you off during the exam so make sure to learn them beforehand.

The other 8 topics of the syllabus are also covered in a similar format and links to those articles are provided at the bottom of the page.

Good luck!

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

French
English
Le rapport
Relationship
L'immédiateté
Immediacy
L'ubiquité
Being/Going Everywhere
Le lieu de travail
Workplace
La gestion
Management
Ferroviaire
Railway (adjective)
Le point de repère
Landmark/reference point
La répression
Punishment
La voie de dépassement
Overtaking
C'en est de même pour
The same applies to
Disloqué
Disembodied
Émaner
Emanating
Déclencher
To trigger
Se coincer
To get stuck
La conduite
Driving
Lutter
To struggle
Le décryptage du génome
Decoding of the human genome
La guérison
Cure
Le régime nutritionnel
Diet
Démentèlement
Dismantiling
Un réseau
A network
Pirates d'informatiques
Computer hackers
Enquête
Investigation
Supçonner
To suspect
Introduire
To introduce
Les gendarmes
The police
Interpollé
Arrested
Logiciels
Software
Performant et à jour
Efficient and up to date

Key Phrases that Must be Learned!

French
English
La technologie tend à renforcer le phénomène de l'individualisme
Technology tends to reinforce the phenomenon of individualism
A cause d'internet, on se retire de la société/ne prend plus conscience d'autrui
Because of the internet, one withdraws himself from society/doesn't take others into account
Toutes les avances comportent aussi des risques et des menaces
All of these advances also carry risks and threats
Chaque individu est associé à des mots de pass/codes
Every individual is associated with passwords/codes
En utilisant les codes, on laisse des empreintes électroniques/ on peut être surveillé et manipulé
Whilst using codes we leave electronic traces/ we can be observed and manipulated
Les traces/ empreintes électroniques peuvent être appropriées par des entreprises commerciales/administrations/terroristes/trafiquants/opérateurs de sites porno/pédophiles
The tracks/ electronic footprints can be passed on to commercial businesses/administration/terrorists/traffickers/porn and paeodophile sites
On risque de ne plus avoir de vie privée
There is a risk of not having a private life
Il existe aussi des instruments de contrôle/régulation pour combattre les risques et les menaces
There also exists methods to control/regulations to combat the risks and threats.
Grâce à la technologie moderne, on peut travailler chez soi/ gérer ses affaires en ligne/ être connecté par le son et par l'image à tous les autres
Thanks to modern technologie, we can work at home/ manage his business online/ be connected by sound and image to others
Acceptons les progrès et profitons-en, sans prendre trop de risques
Let's accept progress and make the most of it, without taking too many risks
Si on insiste sur la tolérance zéro et le risque zéro dans la vie, il faudra accepter en même temps les progrès zero
If we insist on having zero tolerance and zero risk in life, then at the same time we must accept having zero progress
 
 
Grâce à la navigation par satellite on peut:
Thanks to satellite navigation one can:
Trouver son chemin
Find his way
Guider le trafic
Manage traffic
Secourir les gens en detresse
Help people in distress
Surveiller les délinquants portant un bracelet électronique
Keep track of criminals by making them wear electronic bracelets
Découvrir les terroristes
Find terrorists
Contrôler les frontières
Control the borders
Faciliter l'utilisation des transports en commun
Aid the usage of communal transport
C'est extraordinaire/ fantastique/ rassurant
It's extraordinary/fantastic/reassuring
Par contre, on peut aussi surveiller/ positionner n'importe qui à son insu
On the other hand, we can observe/locate anyone without them knowing
C'est affreux/ inadmissible/ déprimant/ un affront à la vie privée
It's awful/unacceptable/depressing/an offence to our private lives
 
 
La biotechnologie menace la stabilité globale/ risque d'augmenter la faim
Biotechnology threatens global stability/ risks increasing hunger
L'industrialisation de l'alimentation est/ le réchauffement de la terre est/ Nos empreintes carboniques sont inadmissible(s)
The industrialisation of food/ global warming/our carbon footprints/ are unacceptable
Rarement peut-on profiter de sa liberté personelle
Rarely can we benefit from personal freedom
L'innovation est de moins en moins favorable
Innovation is becoming less and less favorable
Grâce à la science et la technologie, on peut guêrir les maladies graves/ soigner les problèmes psychologiques/ combattre le chômage et la faim dans le monde
Thanks to science and technology, we can cure serious illnesses/treat psychological problem/fight unemployment and hunger in the world
C'est le rôle des scientifiques d'améliorer notre qualité de vie
It's the role of the scientists to improve our quality of life

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