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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute French Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invitation. in French.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to say 'No, thank you.' in French.
Yasmine: [Normal] Non merci.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'no'
Yasmine: [Normal] non [Slow] non
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'thank you'
Yasmine: [Normal] merci [Slow] merci
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Non merci. [Normal] Non merci.
Becky: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'No, thank you.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Sans façon.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'without'
Yasmine: [Normal] sans [Slow] sans
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'fuss'
Yasmine: [Normal] façon [Slow] façon
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Sans façon. [Normal] Sans façon.
Becky: Next up is the formal way to say 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Désolé(e), mais je suis indisponible.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'sorry'
Yasmine: [Normal] désolé(e) [Slow] désolé(e)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'but'
Yasmine: [Normal] mais [Slow] mais
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] je [Slow] je
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Yasmine: [Normal] suis [Slow] suis
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'unavailable'
Yasmine: [Normal] indisponible [Slow] indisponible
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Désolé(e), mais je suis indisponible. [Normal] Désolé(e), mais je suis indisponible.
Becky: Finally, here is an informal way to say 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Désolé(e), je suis déjà occupé(e).
Becky: First is a word meaning 'sorry'
Yasmine: [Normal] désolé(e) [Slow] désolé(e)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] je [Slow] je
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Yasmine: [Normal] suis [Slow] suis
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'already'
Yasmine: [Normal] déjà [Slow] déjà
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'busy'
Yasmine: [Normal] occupé(e) [Slow] occupé(e)
Becky: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Désolé(e), je suis déjà occupé(e). [Normal] Désolé(e), je suis déjà occupé(e).
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yasmine: Non merci (no thank you) can seem a bit strong, so if you want to sound more polite, it's good to use désolé(e) mais... meaning “sorry but…”, and then give some reason when you’re refusing something.

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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