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INTRODUCTION
Virginie:
Bonjour tout le monde! Hello everyone!
Eric:
Eric here!
Virginie:
Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 1, Bistrot Français: Easy Self-Introductions in French.
Eric:
Hello, and welcome to the FrenchPod101.com, the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn French!
Virginie:
Hi, I'm Virginie, and thanks again for being here with us for this Absolute Beginner, Season 1 lesson.
Eric:
In this lesson, you will learn how to ask someone's name and tell your own name.
Virginie:
And you will soon listen to a conversation. Where does it take place, Eric?
Eric:
It takes place in a classroom at the Sorbonne.
Virginie:
Oh, at the Sorbonne,. Well, this will involve students I bet.
Eric:
Right. The conversation is between Rob and Giulia, two students.
Virginie:
Yeah, Rob, freshly arrived from the U.S. to study in France for a semester.
Eric:
It's the first day of school, and Rob sits by Giulia, an Italian student.
Virginie:
The speakers are young and soon to be friends, therefore they will be speaking informally.
Eric:
Now, before we listen to the conversation.
Virginie:
We want to ask...
Eric:
Do you read the lesson notes, while you listen?
Virginie:
We received an email about this study tip.
Eric:
So we're wondering if you've tried it, and if so,
Virginie:
What do you think of it?
Eric:
You can leave us feedback in the comment section of this lesson. Okay, let's listen to this conversation.

Lesson conversation

Rob :
Bonjour.
Giulia :
Salut !
Rob :
Je suis Rob. Tu t'appelles ...?
Giulia :
Je m'appelle Giulia.
Rob :
Tu es française ?
Giulia :
Non, je suis italienne.
Eric:
One more time with the translation.
Rob :
Bonjour.
Rob:
Hello.
Giulia :
Salut !
Giulia:
Hi!
Rob :
Je suis Rob. Tu t'appelles ...?
Rob:
I'm Rob. Your name is...?
Giulia :
Je m'appelle Giulia.
Giulia:
My name is Giulia.
Rob :
Tu es française ?
Rob:
Are you French?
Giulia :
Non, je suis italienne.
Giulia:
No, I'm Italian.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Virginie:
So Rob and Giulia in our dialog meet for the first time.
Eric:
Right, and since they are both young -- they're college students -- they use the informal you.
Virginie:
Which in French is "tu".
Eric:
And that's spelled T-U. So what are the contexts for using tu are there in French?
Virginie:
In general if you are among friends and family.
Eric:
And to say hello, French people also tend to kiss, right?
Virginie:
Yes, for example our two characters Rob and Giulia, next time they meet, they will kiss.
Eric:
That's sort of a hello kiss. It's usually one kiss on each cheek.
Virginie:
Yeah, and you don't need to be very good friends to do that.
Eric:
So in what context can we give someone a kiss?
Virginie:
Well, you give a kiss each time you meet a friend, and also the first time you meet a friend of a friend.
Eric:
And you will give a kiss to say bye too?
Virginie:
Absolutely.
Eric:
What if I don't feel comfortable kissing someone I don't know?
Virginie:
Well, you can always offer your hand to shake, but the person in front of you might just say "hey, let's kiss".
Eric:
Wow, a little pushy. If I recall well, men usually don't kiss other men though?
Virginie:
No, they only give hello kisses to women, and among men, they just shake hands.
Eric:
Okay, we'll talk about French greeting habits more in our lessons to come.
VOCAB LIST
Virginie:
So what's next Eric?
Eric:
Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Virginie:
Bonjour [natural native speed].
Eric:
Hello.
Virginie:
Bonjour [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Bonjour [natural native speed].
Eric:
bonjour The next one.
Virginie:
Salut [natural native speed].
Eric:
Hi or bye (informal)
Virginie:
Salut [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Salut [natural native speed].
Eric:
And next.
Virginie:
Je / j' [natural native speed].
Eric:
I.
Virginie:
Je / j' [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Je / j' [natural native speed].
Eric:
And next.
Virginie:
Tu [natural native speed].
Eric:
You (informal)
Virginie:
Tu [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Tu [natural native speed].
Eric:
So what do we have next, Virginie?
Virginie:
S'appeler [natural native speed].
Eric:
To be called.
Virginie:
S'appeler [slowly - broken down by syllable]. S'appeler [natural native speed].
Eric:
And next.
Virginie:
être [natural native speed].
Eric:
To be.
Virginie:
être [slowly - broken down by syllable]. être [natural native speed].
Eric:
être The next one.
Virginie:
Non [natural native speed].
Eric:
No.
Virginie:
Non [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Non [natural native speed]
Eric:
Okay, next.
Virginie:
Français(e) [natural native speed].
Eric:
French.
Virginie:
Français(e) [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Français(e) [natural native speed].
Eric:
And finally.
Virginie:
Italienne [natural native speed].
Eric:
Italian (female).
Virginie:
Italienne [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Italienne [natural native speed].
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric:
Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Virginie:
The first word we're going to look at is.
Eric:
Bonjour, B-O-N-J-O-U-R. And that's "hello".
Virginie:
Yes, bonjour is said anytime during daytime.
Eric:
So, how would we say hello at night?
Virginie:
You need to say "Bonsoir".
Eric:
Bonsoir, B-O-N-S-O-I-R. Does it matter if I mix them up?
Virginie:
Not really, people will understand that you're saying hello.
Eric:
Now in our dialog, Giulia says salut to say hello to Rob.
Virginie:
Yeah, and that's spelled S-A-L-U-T. "Salut" is casual.
Eric:
So that's used among friends?
Virginie:
Yes, among friends, relatives, and friends of your friends, and young people.
Eric:
And you can say salut to say goodbye too?
Virginie:
Yes, like, I'm leaving now, salut!
Eric:
Now at the end of the dialog, Giulia says: "Je suis Italienne".
Virginie:
Which is "I am Italian".
Eric:
So to say your nationality, you just need to say "I am", "je suis" and then just add on your nationality.
Virginie:
Yes, while we're at it, let's take a look at some French.
Eric:
Well, why don't we start with American?
Virginie:
Of course.
Eric:
How would I say that?
Virginie:
Americain, Americain.
Eric:
And that's the masculine version, right? But, would it be different for women?
Virginie:
Yes, absolutely. French language has genders.
Eric:
Right, masculine and feminine.
Virginie:
Yes, just two genders. And French adjectives agree to the gender. And nationalities are adjectives.
Eric:
So if that's neat, you were going to say you're American, how would you say it?
Virginie:
I would say, "Je suis Americaine".
Eric:
Repeat the male version one more time.
Virginie:
"Americain", this is male. "Americaine", this is female.
Eric:
Can you hear the difference? Let's try one other nationality and see if we can hear the difference.
Virginie:
Sure.
Eric:
Chinese.
Virginie:
Okay, Chinese for men is "Chinois". Why don't you say, "I am Chinese", Eric?
Eric:
"Je suis Chinois".
Virginie:
And for female, it will be "Chinoise". To say, "I am Chinese", I would say, "Je suis Chinoise".
Eric:
So if it's "Chinois" or.
Virginie:
"Chinoise".
Eric:
And then finally, what about French in French?
Virginie:
Oh, that's important, right?
Eric:
That is.
Virginie:
Why don't we start with the male?
Eric:
"Je suis Français".
Virginie:
And for me, it would be, "Je suis Française".
Eric:
And don't forget the cedille when you write that down.
Virginie:
Yes, you know, the cedille is the little hook underneath the letter c. Well, you can check the lessons notes to figure that out.
Eric:
And that makes your c sound like s.
Virginie:
Exactly. I think that's enough vocabulary for now.

Lesson focus

Eric:
Well, the focus of this lesson is on how to ask and tell your name.
Virginie:
In the dialog, Rob says, "Je suis Rob".
Eric:
And that means "I am Rob".
Virginie:
Then he asks Giulia, "Tu t'appelles?".
Eric:
He's asking "Your name is?". You've got to watch your intonation here. You literally are saying, "you call yourself?"
Virginie:
To which Giulia answers, "Je m'appelle Giulia".
Eric:
My name is Giulia, or literally, "I call myself Giulia".
Virginie:
Let's focus on "je m'appelle" and "tu t'appelles" for today.
Eric:
Okay. And what verb is this, Virginie?
Virginie:
It's the verb "s'appeler".
Eric:
S apostrophe A-P-P-E-L-E-R. Note the s apostrophe is in the infinitive.
Virginie:
Now in order to say my name, I will say, using the verb "s'appeler" - "Je m'appelle".
Eric:
And "je" is "I".
Virginie:
And see how the s apostrophe of the infinitive became a "m" apostrophe, "m'appelle".
Eric:
The m apostrophe stands for "myself" - "I call myself".
Virginie:
So "je", "I", "m" apostrophe -"myself", and "appelle" - "call". "Je m'appelle."
Eric:
So these are reflexive verbs. The verb is following and changing based on the subject.
Virginie:
Exactly.
Eric:
So see how the "m" relates to the subject "je", but it won't be the same for "tu". The verb changes slightly for the subject. So if it's a you, we will say.
Virginie:
"Tu t'appelles..." - "Your name is..."
Eric:
"Tu t'appelles..". So now you have in your French bank my name is, your name is. What about his or her name is?
Virginie:
"His name is" is "Il s'appelle". And "her name is" is "elle s'appelle".
Eric:
"Il" is I-L, is "he". And you’re doing the "s" apostrophe, "Il s'appelle".
Virginie:
Yeah, and "elle", she, is spelled E-L-L-E, "elle s'appelle".
Eric:
Okay, so for a quick recap, I would say, "je m'appelle Eric".
Virginie:
Tu t'appelles Eric.
Eric:
Il s'appelle Rob.
Virginie:
Elle s'appelle Giulia.
Eric:
So now how do we ask someone's name, Virginie?
Virginie:
Well, Rob in the dialog said, "Tu t'appelles?"
Eric:
Listen to how Virginie's intonation goes up at the end of the question.
Virginie:
Yes, and that means, "you call yourself"?
Eric:
You can also add the word comment at the beginning or at the end of your question.
Virginie:
And that would be, "comment tu t'appelles?" Or "Tu t'appelles comment?"
Eric:
And literally, comment means how.
Virginie:
Right.
Eric:
Again, today we focused on the informal way of asking and saying your name.
Virginie:
But for those who are curious about the formal way, don't worry, we'll cover it later on in another lesson.
Eric:
Okay, great. Well that just about does it for today.

Outro

Virginie:
Are you ready to test what you just learned?
Eric:
Make this lesson's vocabulary stick by using lesson-specific flashcards in the learning center.
Virginie:
There is a reason everyone uses flashcards.
Eric:
They work.
Virginie:
They really do help memorization.
Eric:
You can get the flashcards for this lesson at.
Virginie:
FrenchPod101.com.
Eric:
Au revoir!
Virginie:
Au revoir!

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