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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute French Season 1, Lesson 4 - How are you? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask how somebody is in French.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How are you?' in French.
Yasmine: [Normal] Comment vas-tu?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Yasmine: [Normal] comment [Slow] comment
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'go'
Yasmine: [Normal] vas [Slow] vas
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you'
Yasmine: [Normal] tu [Slow] tu
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How are you?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Comment vas-tu? [Normal] Comment vas-tu?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How are you?'
Yasmine: [Normal] Comment allez-vous?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'how'
Yasmine: [Normal] comment [Slow] comment
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'go'
Yasmine: [Normal] allez [Slow] allez
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you'
Yasmine: [Normal] vous [Slow] vous
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How are you?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Comment allez-vous? [Normal] Comment allez-vous?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Je vais bien. Merci.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] je [Slow] je
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'go'
Yasmine: [Normal] vais [Slow] vais
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'good'
Yasmine: [Normal] bien [Slow] bien
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'thank you'
Yasmine: [Normal] merci [Slow] merci
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Je vais bien. Merci. [Normal] Je vais bien. Merci.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'Not so well.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Pas très bien.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'not'
Yasmine: [Normal] pas [Slow] pas
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'very'
Yasmine: [Normal] très [Slow] très
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'good'
Yasmine: [Normal] bien [Slow] bien
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'Not so well.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Pas très bien. [Normal] Pas très bien.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yasmine: Asking someone how they are is just a formal greeting in French – it’s a sentence you say just to be polite after saying "hello"; it doesn't mean that you actually care about how the other person feels. Most people answer "good and you?" then you say "good", and move on with the conversation.

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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Thursday at 6:30 pm
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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in French.

Frenchpod101.com
Monday at 5:35 am
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Bonjour Ton amour !


Thank you for your comment.

ça va ? = how are you

Indeed, you can answer "ça va". (I'm good)


Bon dimanche !

Marie Alice

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ton amour por lor mor
Saturday at 4:52 pm
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merci pour cours (i think coursmeans lesson :-) )

but.... what does "Ça va?"

or "comment Ça va ?"

(and also "Ça va" as an answer)

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Saturday at 8:38 pm
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Hi Ali,


Thank you for posting.


Keep up practicing and in case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Ali olcay
Friday at 12:08 am
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Je vais bien merci

Frenchpod101.comVerified
Sunday at 4:47 pm
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Bonjour Salman et merci pour votre message !


Je vais bien, je vous remercie !

Je suis en week-end, je vais pouvoir profiter du beau temps !


Bon week-end !

Marie Alice

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Salman
Tuesday at 11:41 pm
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je vais bien. merci. et vous?😄

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Sunday at 4:33 am
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Je vais bien Felipe, merci !

Je suis contente d'être en week-end !


Bon week-end !

Marie Alice

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Felipe
Tuesday at 7:25 pm
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Je vais bien, merci!

Et vous?

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Monday at 6:23 am
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Bonjour Mitchell !


Je vais bien merci ! :smile:

Je suis un peu nostalgique car mon week-end est déjà terminé !

Il faut recommencer une nouvelle semaine !


Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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Mitchell
Wednesday at 1:16 am
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ça roule! et toi, comment ça va? :)