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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute French Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking directions
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and understand basic directions in French.
Body
Becky: Imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask 'Where is the station?' in French.
Yasmine: [Normal] Où est la gare?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'where'
Yasmine: [Normal] où [Slow] où
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'is'
Yasmine: [Normal] est [Slow] est
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'the'
Yasmine: [Normal] la [Slow] la
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'station'
Yasmine: [Normal] gare [Slow] gare
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'Where is the station?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Où est la gare? [Normal] Où est la gare?
Becky: Here's a formal response meaning 'Go straight.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Allez tout droit.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'go'
Yasmine: [Normal] allez [Slow] allez
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'completely'
Yasmine: [Normal] tout [Slow] tout
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'straight'
Yasmine: [Normal] droit [Slow] droit
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal response meaning 'Go straight.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Allez tout droit. [Normal] Allez tout droit.
Becky: Here's a formal response meaning 'Turn right.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Tournez à droite.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'turn'
Yasmine: [Normal] tournez [Slow] tournez
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'to'
Yasmine: [Normal] à [Slow] à
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'right'
Yasmine: [Normal] droite [Slow] droite
Becky: Listen again to the formal response, 'Turn right.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Tournez à droite. [Normal] Tournez à droite.
Becky: Here's a formal response meaning, 'Turn left.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Tournez à gauche.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'turn'
Yasmine: [Normal] tournez [Slow] tournez
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'to'
Yasmine: [Normal] à [Slow] à
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'left'
Yasmine: [Normal] gauche [Slow] gauche
Becky: Listen again to the formal response, 'Turn left.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Tournez à gauche. [Normal] Tournez à gauche.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yasmine: Où est… which means “where is...?” is quite common, and also easy 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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