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INTRODUCTION
Virginie:Bonjour a tous.
Eric: Hello, everyone, Eric here! Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 10 - Is Everything You Own in That French Purse?!
Virginie: Hello everyone! I'm Virginie and welcome to FrenchPOD101. I'm here with Eric.
Eric: And with us, you'll learn to speak French with fun and effective lessons.
Virginie: Yes, because we're very funny. We also provide you with cultural insights and tips you won't find in a textbook.
Eric: In this lesson Rob needs to make a phone call, but he doesn't have a phone.
Virginie: Rob is not very equipped, so he has to ask Giulia is she has a phone.
Eric: Let's listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Rob: Giulia, tu as un téléphone portable?
Giulia: Oui.
Giulia: Non…non…
Rob: (rires) Qu’est-ce que tu as dans ton sac?
Giulia: J’ai…un portefeuille, un stylo, un paquet de Kleenex…
Rob: (rires) Et un téléphone portable?
Giulia: Ah! Voilà!
Eric: One more time with the translation.
Rob: Giulia, tu as un téléphone portable?
Eric: Giulia, do you have a cell phone?
Giulia: Oui.
Virginie: Yes.
Giulia: Non…non…
Virginie: No…no…
Rob: (rires) Qu’est-ce que tu as dans ton sac?
Eric: (laughs) What do you have in your bag?
Giulia: J’ai…un portefeuille, un stylo, un paquet de Kleenex…
Virginie: I have…a wallet, a pen, a pack of Kleenex…
Rob: (rires) Et un téléphone portable?
Eric: (laughs) What about a cell phone?
Giulia: Ah! Voilà!
Virginie: Ah! There it is!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Eric: Wow. She had a lot of things in that purse.
Virginie: Yes that's the purpose of a purse. Being full.
Eric: Full of kinds of things.
Virginie: Oui, exactly. Women have a busy life. They need a place to store all kinds of things.
Eric: So, do women in France work a lot?
Virginie: Oh yes. Most women have jobs.
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: But the pay actually is lower than men's.
Eric: Ah.
Virginie: Yes, that's pretty bad. And you know what, they only got the right to vote in 1944.
Eric: Wow.
Virginie: I know. France needs to improve, but it's getting there.
Eric: But, there is something pretty good in France when you're a woman?
Virginie: What is it?
Eric: Don't you get a three-month leave after giving birth.
Virginie: Oh yes. But that's just normal.
Eric: And get time off too?
Virginie: Men, yes. They get a two-week leave, which is not enough, but still, it's nice.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: Okay interesting. So, let's take a look at our vocabulary. What do we have first?
Virginie: Avoir [natural native speed]
Eric: To have.
Virginie: Avoir [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Avoir [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Un portable [natural native speed]
Eric: Cell phone.
Virginie: Un portable [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un portable [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: Qu'est-ce que / qu'est-ce qu' [natural native speed]
Eric: What.
Virginie: Qu'est-ce que / qu'est-ce qu' [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Qu'est-ce que / qu'est-ce qu' [natural native speed]. Ton [natural native speed]
Eric: Your (informal).
Virginie: Ton [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Ton [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Sac [natural native speed]
Eric: Bag.
Virginie: Sac [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Sac [natural native speed]
Eric: Next one.
Virginie: Un portefeuille [natural native speed]
Eric: A wallet.
Virginie: Un portefeuille [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un portefeuille [natural native speed]
Eric: And next
Virginie: Un stylo [natural native speed]
Eric: A pen.
Virginie: Un stylo [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un stylo [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: Un paquet de Kleenex [natural native speed]
Eric: A pack of Kleenex.
Virginie: Un paquet de Kleenex [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un paquet de Kleenex [natural native speed]
Eric: And finally.
Virginie: Voilà [natural native speed]
Eric: Here you are or here it is.
Virginie: Voilà [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Voilà [natural native speed]]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Okay, the first word we're going to look at?
Virginie: Let's start with ""un portable.""
Eric: A cell phone.
Virginie: Yes literally that's ""a holdable,"" a portable.
Eric: Right, something you have with you all the time, you can bring around.
Virginie: Yes, exactly un portable. It comes from the verb porter, which mean to hold, to carry.
Eric: And that's also the same word for a laptop.
Virginie: Exactly, oui, un ordinateur portable.
Eric: The word ordinateur is computer,
Virginie: And portable is still, literally holdable, portable, carryable.
Eric: So, un portable is a cell phone, and un ordinateur portable is a laptop.
Virginie: Yes. Now I would like to explain the word ""ton.""
Eric: Right. Rob at some point in our dialog says ""ton sac.""
Virginie: Yes and that means ""your purse.""
Eric: So, ""ton"" is your in English.
Virginie: And that's informal, TON
Eric: So this is just one of the possessive adjective that we're going to look at another time.
Virginie: For now, just remember that ton is your.
Eric: So, by the way, Virginie, is sac really a purse?
Virginie: Yes, it's short for sac a mains.
Eric: Oh I see. So, sac is purse, but it also can mean a bag, correct?
Virginie: Yes, Eric, oui, sac is both purse and bag.
Eric: Easy.
Virginie: What else do we have here?
Eric: The best word voila!
Virginie: Oh yes. I know you like this word. Voila. It's an easy one. It means there you go, there you are, here it is.
Eric: This is sort of the typically phrase we think of French people saying, ""Viola.""
Virginie: Tout a fait. Absolutely. Viola!
Eric: You can also have voila followed by a name.
Virginie: Yes. Like in, Voila Eric!
Eric: and Here is Eric!
Virginie: Or Voila la grammaire.
Eric: Here is the grammar.
Virginie: Exactly. Absolutely there goes grammar!

Lesson focus

Eric: Well, we're going to be focusing on saying I have.
Virginie: And how to say ""do you have?""
Eric: In our dialogue, Rob asked Giulia ""tu as un telephone portable?""
Virginie: ""Do you have a cell phone?""
Eric: So it's pretty easy.
Virginie: Yes, it's really easy.
Eric: First we have tu, which is you informal.
Virginie: Then you have the verb to have, avoir, conjugated with tu, obviously.
Eric: And that is ""as"" AS, as (spell).
Virginie: Tu as, you have.
Eric: Then all you need to do is add what you're inquiring about.
Virginie: Here, it's a cell phone, right, so un telephone portable?
Eric: And we have to remember the article which is un, un telephone portable.
Virginie: Exactly. Un is a and we saw that in a previous lesson. And portable is again a cell phone.
Eric: So what is the entire sentence?
Virginie: Tu as un telephone portable? Literally ""you have a cell phone?""
Eric: So what if we want to ask about something else though?
Virginie: Okay what about un stylo?
Eric: A pen.
Virginie: Tu as un stylo?
Eric: Do you have a pen?
Virginie: C'est facile, it's easy. Non? What do you think, Eric.
Eric: Oui Virginie c'est facile. It's very easy.
Virginie: Now let's look at what Giulia answers.
Eric: Well, Giulia says ""J'ai...un portefeuille, un stylo, etc.
Virginie: Which is I have a wallet, a pen, etc.
Eric: To say I have is pretty simple.
Virginie: It is ""j'ai.""
Eric: Once more time?
Virginie: Bien sur, of course, ""j'ai"".
Eric: So that's j'ai.
Virginie: Do you remember what happens if the verb after je starts with a vowel?
Eric: Well, I think the ""e"" gets dropped, the vowel get dropped and we just replaced it with an apostrophe.
Virginie: Okay, and that's the case here.
Eric: A little recap it's j'ai, j'ai.
Virginie: And it's I have
Eric: And tu as.
Virginie: Is you have
Eric: One more thing, what if I want to ask ""do you have the pen?""
Virginie: Oh, you mean the one pen I gave you earlier? Well it will be ""tu as le stylo?""
Eric: Right. So that's a little more specific. We're using the definite article le.
Virginie: Yes, because we know which exact pen we're talking about, so definite article.

Outro

Eric: Le, great. I think that does it for today. Okay so some of our listeners already know about one of the most powerful tools on FrenchPOD101.com…
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Virginie: Yes, by listening to lines of the conversation you just heard again and again and again.
Eric: So every time you hear it, it will become a little more clear.
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Eric: So you can try the line-by-line audio in the Premium Learning Center at FrenchPOD101.com. Thank you so much.
Virginie: Au revoir!
Eric: Bye.

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Sac a mains is a handbag in most of the english-speaking world and a purse is a smaller portable item ladies put their money in. I take it the use of 'purse' here is an americanism?

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Bonjour Peter !


Thank you for your answer !

"I love it' => "Je l'adore"

"I love this lesson" => "J'ai adoré cette leçon"


"Est" come from the verb "Etre" ( to be) conjugated at present time

je suis = I am

tu es = You are

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Peter Fraser
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Bonjour Marie :)


Thanks very much for replying. I was attempting to respond to: "How did you like this lesson?" by saying "I love it", but I don't want to use Google Translate if I can help it because that's cheating. Unfortunately, somehow, I got confused between ça and est for "it", -- I don't know where I got "est" from, to be honest. I think "est" might even be Latin?!


So anyway, "How did you like this lesson?"

My answer: "J'adore ça !" I love it!


Ideally I'd like to say "I loved it", but I don't know how to form the past tense yet in French. Needless to say, French and I have a long road ahead.


Thanks again, Marie :) :)