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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute French Season 1, Lesson 12 - What are you doing? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask what someone is doing in French.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'What are you doing?' in French.
Yasmine: [Normal] Que fais-tu?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Yasmine: [Normal] que [Slow] que
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'do'
Yasmine: [Normal] fais [Slow] fais
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you'
Yasmine: [Normal] tu [Slow] tu
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Que fais-tu? [Normal] Que fais-tu?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'What are you doing?'
Yasmine: [Normal] Que faites-vous?
Becky: First is the word meaning ‘what'
Yasmine: [Normal] que [Slow] que
Becky: Next is the word meaning ‘do’
Yasmine: [Normal] faites [Slow] faites
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you’, in formal register
Yasmine: [Normal] vous [Slow] vous
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Que faites-vous? [Normal] Que faites-vous?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I am studying.'
Yasmine: [Normal] J'étudie.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] j' [Slow] j'
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'study'
Yasmine: [Normal] étudie [Slow] étudie
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I am studying.'
Yasmine: [Slow] J'étudie. [Normal] J'étudie.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm doing nothing special.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Je ne fais rien de spécial.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] je [Slow] je
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'nothing'
Yasmine: [Normal] ne...rien [Slow] ne...rien
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'do'
Yasmine: [Normal] fais [Slow] fais
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'some’
Yasmine: [Normal] de [Slow] de
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'special'
Yasmine: [Normal] spécial [Slow] spécial
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I'm doing nothing special.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Je ne fais rien de spécial. [Normal] Je ne fais rien de spécial.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yasmine: Asking this can be either curiosity, or just a polite way to start a conversation when you want something from someone.

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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What are you doing while listening to this lesson?

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Friday at 04:46 PM
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Bonjour Ayodeji,

Careful with your spelling, "bonjour". 😉


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Ayodeji
Friday at 01:50 PM
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Bojour, que fais tu? J'étudie

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Thursday at 12:35 AM
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Bonjour Saeyoung,

Merci pour ton commentaire ! Tes phrases sont correctes, bravo ! 😄


Bonjour Joshua,

Attention à ne pas oublier des mots, ils faut dire "Je ne fais RIEN de spécial." 😉


Belle journée,

Marion

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Saeyoung
Wednesday at 11:48 AM
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Bonjour!! Ça va? ❤️

Que faites-vous?

Joshua Casarés
Sunday at 07:34 AM
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Je ne fais de spécial.

Frenchpod101.com
Wednesday at 01:17 AM
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Bonjour Laurie et merci pour votre commentaire !


1. Indeed, you may say "Que faites-vous" when asking about the occupation!😄


2. "Que fais-tu" is informal and must be used with someone you already know (like a friend, a colleague...)

If you want to be polite, you must use the "vouvoiement": "vous" instead of "tu"


Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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Laurie
Friday at 01:50 PM
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Hi, I have questions as below.

1. Can ''Que faites vous'' be used when asking the occupation?

2. What is the difference with ''Tu fais qoui'' ?

Thanks!

Frenchpod101.com
Monday at 01:58 AM
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Bonjour Saeed et merci pour votre commentaire !


C'est toujours appréciable de boire du thé ! 😄😎


Bonne année 2019 !

Marie Alice

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Saeed
Friday at 04:19 AM
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Je bois du thé et j'étudie lq langue française 💞💞💞💞