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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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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

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Bonjour Arpit,

I'm glad you like the lessons! :-)


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Bonjour Ebubechi,

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Ebubechi Nnanna
Friday at 06:02 PM
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Merci pour tout.

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Bonjour Joshua,

Elle sera sans doute ravie de le savoir ! 😄


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Joshua Casares
Friday at 05:12 AM
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Desoleé mais je suis en amour avec Avril.

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Sunday at 05:17 AM
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Bonjour Moignard !


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Moignard
Tuesday at 12:44 AM
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Merci énormément.

"Thanks a lot." That phrase can be very negative and mildly impolite in English. It can mean 'well if that is all you can do then I am going.'

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Friday at 04:53 AM
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Bonjour Lori et merci pour votre message !


Il faut dire: Je souhaiterais pouvoir venir, mais je suis déjà occupée.


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Lori Thompson
Saturday at 03:52 AM
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Je suis désolée. Je souhaite que je pourrais venir, mais je suis déjà occupé. 😞