En direct, en continu.

En direct, en continu.

ah dee-REKT, ah kaw-tee-NEW. Click below to hear this.*

Live, streaming.

So many ways to get the news, these days! Or to be entertained, for that matter. Here are two of the more modern terms you might want to know.

En direct means live in technical terminology, which makes much more sense than live, because we are not actually there in the audience, we are in our living room watching a little (or maybe a large) screen. But it’s a lot more direct than watching reruns, in any case, which were filmed years ago.

Then what’s en continu? It means continually, literally. And that’s what streaming is: it downloads continuously, while you are watching or listening, so you don’t have to wait for the entire download. That’s what those annoying “trailers” are doing at the bottom of your TV news screen. That’s what the YouTube you are watching is doing (and sometimes it pauses to “buffer”). That’s what you see at the bottom of your computer screen when you visit a site like this one, a story from Le Monde chosen at random. The black line you may see displays headlines from other stories, which may interest you more than the one you are reading.

And now you know! And I promise I won’t put a banner en continu on these pages anytime soon.

*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file:

en_direct_en_continu.mp3

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