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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute French Season 1, Lesson 10 - Asking how much. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how much something costs in French.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How much does this cost?' in French.
Yasmine: [Normal] Combien ça coûte?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how much'
Yasmine: [Normal] combien [Slow] combien
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'this'
Yasmine: [Normal] ça [Slow] ça
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'costs'
Yasmine: [Normal] coûte [Slow] coûte
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How much does this cost?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Combien ça coûte? [Normal] Combien ça coûte?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How much does this cost?'
Yasmine: [Normal] Cela coûte combien?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'this'
Yasmine: [Normal] cela [Slow] cela
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'costs'
Yasmine: [Normal] coûte [Slow] coûte
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'how much'
Yasmine: [Normal] combien [Slow] combien
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How much does this cost?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Cela coûte combien? [Normal] Cela coûte combien?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'OK, I'll take it.'
Yasmine: [Normal] D'accord, je le prends.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'ok'
Yasmine: [Normal] D'accord [Slow] D'accord
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] je [Slow] je
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Yasmine: [Normal] le [Slow] le
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'take'
Yasmine: [Normal] prends [Slow] prends
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'OK, I'll take it.'
Yasmine: [Slow] D'accord, je le prends. [Normal] D'accord, je le prends.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'No, thanks. It's too expensive.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Non merci. C'est cher.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no'
Yasmine: [Normal] non [Slow] non
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'thank you'
Yasmine: [Normal] merci [Slow] merci
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Yasmine: [Normal] C' [Slow] C'
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'is'
Yasmine: [Normal] est [Slow] est
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'expensive'
Yasmine: [Normal] cher(e) [Slow] cher(e)
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'No, thanks. It's too expensive.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Non merci. C'est cher. [Normal] Non merci. C'est cher.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yasmine: C'est combien? meaning “How much is it?” works very well and is the easiest form to remember!

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice asking prices here!

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Wednesday at 09:17 PM
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Bonjour Lesley,

Et bien, je me demande quel livre tu voulais acheter pour qu'il coûte aussi cher !


Bonjour Ebubechi,

Merci pour ton commentaire !


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Ebubechi Nnanna
Monday at 04:10 PM
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Je vous en prie

Lesley
Tuesday at 08:29 PM
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Bon jour Marian. Ce livre, c'est combien?

Quarante euros.

Quoi!! Ca coute COMBIEN?!! (c'était une grande surprise)

FrenchPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 12:33 AM
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Bonjour Saeyoung,

Merci pour ton commentaire ! Ta phrase est correcte, bravo ! 😄


Belle journée,

Marion

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Saeyoung
Wednesday at 11:33 AM
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Bonjour!

C'est combien?

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Thursday at 02:54 AM
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Bonjour Joshua,

Bravo, c'est ça !


Belle journée,

Marion

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Joshua Casares
Sunday at 01:04 AM
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Combien ça coûte? Quarante Euros.

FrenchPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 01:41 AM
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Bonjour Eva,

Merci pour ton commentaire. On dirait que tu as compris comment ça marche ! 😄


Bonne journée,

Marion

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eva
Sunday at 06:12 AM
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C'est combien?

Combien ca coûte?