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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute French Season 1, Lesson 8 - Talking about your age. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask someone's age and to say yours in French.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How old are you?' in French.
Yasmine: [Normal] Quel âge as-tu?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Yasmine: [Normal] quel [Slow] quel
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'age'
Yasmine: [Normal] âge [Slow] âge
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'have'
Yasmine: [Normal] as [Slow] as
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 old are you?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Quel âge as-tu? [Normal] Quel âge as-tu?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How old are you?'
Yasmine: [Normal] Quel âge avez-vous?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Yasmine: [Normal] quel [Slow] quel
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'age'
Yasmine: [Normal] âge [Slow] âge
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'have'
Yasmine: [Normal] avez [Slow] avez
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 old are you?'
Yasmine: [Slow] Quel âge avez-vous? [Normal] Quel âge avez-vous?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I am 17.'
Yasmine: [Normal] J'ai 17 ans.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] J' [Slow] J'
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'have'
Yasmine: [Normal] ai [Slow] ai
Becky: Next is the word meaning '17'
Yasmine: [Normal] 17 [Slow] 17
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'years'
Yasmine: [Normal] ans [Slow] ans
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I am 17.'
Yasmine: [Slow] J'ai 17 ans. [Normal] J'ai 17 ans.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'I prefer not to say.'
Yasmine: [Normal] Je préfère ne pas le dire.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Yasmine: [Normal] je [Slow] je
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'prefer'
Yasmine: [Normal] préfère [Slow] préfère
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'not'
Yasmine: [Normal] ne pas [Slow] ne pas
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'it'
Yasmine: [Normal] le [Slow] le
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'tell'
Yasmine: [Normal] dire [Slow] dire
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'I prefer not to say.'
Yasmine: [Slow] Je préfère ne pas le dire. [Normal] Je préfère ne pas le dire.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Yasmine: Keep in mind that asking about someone's age is often perceived as impolite; some people feel uncomfortable saying their age.

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 6:30 pm
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Hi Listeners! How old are you?

FrenchPod101.com
Thursday at 1:50 am
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Bonjour Alana et merci pour votre message !


Comment allez-vous ?


Bonne soirée,

Marie Alice

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Alana
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Quel âge avez-vous ?


J’ai 13 ans