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INTRODUCTION
Eric:Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 11 - Using Descriptions to Play "I Spy" in French.
Virginie: Welcome to the FrenchPOD101.com, where we study modern French in a fun, educational format.
Eric: So brush up on the French you started learning long ago or start learning today.
Virginie: Thanks for being here with us for this lesson. So what are we looking at in this lesson?
Eric: Well, Rob is at that wine tasting with Cathy. She asked him about his home.
Virginie: Oh, yes. Shall we listen to the conversation?
Eric: Let's do it.

Lesson conversation

Cathy : Donc, tu viens d’où, Rob ?
Rob : Je viens de Chicago.
Cathy : Qu’est-ce qu’il y a à Chicago ?
Rob : Il y a … des immeubles !!!
Cathy : Il y a aussi les fameux hot dogs !
Rob : Oui ! Les fameux hot dogs et les fameux bandits !
Cathy : Al Capone…Ah, l’Amérique…
Eric: One more time with the translation.
Cathy: Donc, tu viens d’où, Rob?
Virginie: So, where do you come from, Rob?
Rob: Je viens de Chicago.
Eric: I come from Chicago.
Cathy: Qu’est-ce qu’il y a à Chicago?
Virginie: What’s in Chicago?
Rob: Il y a … des immeubles!!!
Eric: There are… buildings!
Cathy: Il y a aussi les fameux hot dogs!
Virginie: There are the much talked about hot dogs too!
Rob: Oui! Les fameux hot dogs et les fameux bandits!
Eric: Yes! The much talked about hot dogs and the much talked about gangsters too!
Cathy: Al Capone…Ah, l’Amérique…
Virginie: Al Capone…Oh, America!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Eric: I love how French people say Hot dogs.
Virginie: Yes. You know, if you translated it literally it would be chien chaud
Eric: I've heard that they say that in Quebec actually, they say chien chaud.
Virginie: That's true, that's Quebec French.
Eric: So Rob is from Chicago.
Virginie: Yes, it always sounds very dangerous to French ears, Chicago.
Eric: Really? Do you guys associate it with gangsters?
Virginie: Yes, exactly.
Eric: I guess it conjures up with the 1920 Chicago.
Virginie: Yes, the prohibition, the gangster, the mafia.
Eric: Interesting, okay. But French has its own gangsters too, right.
Virginie: Yes, we have our own gangster. For example in the 60s and 70s there was that one man called Jacques Mesrine.
Eric: Jacques Mesrine?
Virginie: Yes he was French Public Ennemy #1.
Eric: Was he a murderer?
Virginie: No, he was more of a professional robber. He robbed banks.
Eric: If you want to hear a little bit more about him, you can go to our lesson notes.
Virginie: Yes there is a good summary of who he was in the cultural insight.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: But for now, let's take a closer look at the vocabulary.
Virginie: Okay First, 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]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Il y a [natural native speed]
Eric: There is, there are and also ago.
Virginie: Il y a [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Il y a [natural native speed]
Eric: And then.
Virginie: à + city [natural native speed]
Eric: At, in.
Virginie: à + city [slowly - broken down by syllable]. à + city [natural native speed]
Eric: Next we have
Virginie: Un immeuble [natural native speed]
Eric: Building.
Virginie: Un immeuble [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un immeuble [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: Fameux [natural native speed]
Eric: Illustrious or well-known.
Virginie: Fameux [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Fameux [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: Un hot-dog [natural native speed]
Eric: A hot dog.
Virginie: Un hot-dog [slowly - broken down by syllable], Un hot-dog [natural native speed]. Un bandit [natural native speed]
Eric: A gangster.
Virginie: Un bandit [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un bandit [natural native speed]
Eric: And finally.
Virginie: L'Amérique [natural native speed]
Eric: America.
Virginie: L'Amérique [slowly - broken down by syllable], L'Amérique [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Okay. So what are we going to look at first?
Virginie: Okay, so our first word is un bandit.
Eric: Ah, Jacques Mesrine est un bandit.
Virginie: Exactly, Eric Jacques Mesrine is a gangster.
Eric: Could you also say gangster in French?
Virginie: Yes. We actually use the English version (with the French accent) =Un Gangster.
Eric: Wow, that sounds pretty tough.
Virginie: I know. Stop making fun of me when I speak Frenglish Eric, please un gangster.
Eric: It's fine. It comes from the American movies.
Virginie: Definitely, yes. Bandit sounds more French.
Eric: So let's talk about fameux. It sounds like famous in English.
Virginie: Yes but it doesn't mean famous, it's a faux-ami, a fake friend, do you know that word?
Eric: Right, a fake friend? Well what do you mean by that?
Virginie: You know, les faux amis, fake friends, are words that sound the same in the two languages, in French and in English, but they mean different things.
Eric: What does fameux mean exactly?
Virginie: It means ""much talked about"", or ""notorious"", ""illustrious.""
Eric: So how do you say ""famous"" in French?
Virginie: It's a good question. It's celebre. For example Madonna est celebre. Madonna is famous.
Eric: Okay I see.
Virginie: And, another example with fameux is ""le fameux vin de Californie.""
Eric: The much talked about or the well known California wine.
Virginie: Exactly.
Eric: One last word I would like to mention is Aussi.
Virginie: Moi aussi! Me too.
Eric: Aussi means too or also.
Virginie: Oui. Cathy gets excited and says ""il y a aussi les fameux hot-dogs!""
Eric: There are the famous hot dogs too!
Virginie: And usually aussi is placed right after the verb in French.
Eric: An example Virginie?
Virginie: Je suis professeur de francais. Je suis aussi actrice.
Eric: I am a French teacher. I am also an actress. So remember, aussi means too and aslo.

Lesson focus

Virginie: What's our grammar point today, Eric?
Eric: We're going to be describing the things around you.
Virginie: Yes, that can be useful. Rob says that in Chicago Il y a … des immeubles""
Eric: Which means there are buildings.
Virginie: Let's break it down. First we have Il y a. Let me spell it out for you it's Il y a.
Eric: And that's there is, or there are.
Virginie: Right after it, we have ""des immeubles.""
Eric: ""Buildings"".
Virginie: Once again, it's Il y a des immeubles. What's new here is the little word ""des.""
Eric: Des, that's the indefinite plural article.
Virginie: Right. Rob is describing what there is in Chicago among other things.
Eric: So he uses an indefinite article, like he would say a building or a street.
Virginie: Yes. Only it's plus, so it's des, DES, the indefinite article.
Eric: Now, when Cathy mentioned the hot dogs, she uses the definite plural article.
Virginie: Yes she says ""il y a les fameux hot dogs.""
Eric: There are the well-known hot dogs.
Virginie: Les is the definite plus, actually it's LES.
Eric: And of course Chicago has special hot dogs.
Virginie: Yes, they are unique. That's why Cathy uses the definite article.
Eric: LES hot dogs de Chicago.
Virginie: Okay, a quick recap here because it's a little tricky. Il y a.
Eric: There are.
Virginie: Des immeubles
Eric: Buildings.
Virginie: Il y a
Eric: There are.
Virginie: Les fameux hot dogs
Eric: The well-known hot dogs. Okay, great. Well that just about does it for today.

Outro

Virginie: Before we go, we want to tell you if you are ready to test what you just learned?
Eric: The best way to do is by using flashcards which are available at the Learning Center.
Virginie: Yes, because there is a reason why everyone uses flashcards.
Eric: They work.
Virginie: They help memorization.
Eric: And you can get the flashcards for this lesson at FrenchPod101.com
Virginie: Thank you for listening. Au revoir.
Eric: Thank you. Bye.

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Talking about landmarks, what do you think should be one of the next seven wonders of the world?

Simranjeet Singh
Sunday at 4:18 pm
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Je suis aussi actrice.


Is it correct to say- Je suis aussi La/une actrice?

Gwynn
Saturday at 4:42 pm
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Bonjour, in the lesson notes “fameux” hot dogs is translated as famous, but in the transcript we are advised this is a faux ami and should be translated as much talked about.


Does this need correcting or am I wrong?


Merci

Carlos
Thursday at 4:17 pm
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Oui, Marie Alice.


Les cenotes sont vraiment merveilleux!

Frenchpod101.com
Wednesday at 3:29 am
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Bonjour Carlos et merci pour votre message.


Je ne connaissais pas les Cenotes, c'est magnifique ! 😳👍😄

Merci pour cette découverte.


Bonne journée !

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Carlos
Saturday at 5:37 pm
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Salut tout le monde!


Je crois que les cenotes à la péninsule de Yucatan au Mexique.

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Friday at 4:48 pm
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Bonjour Don et merci pour votre message !


Vous allez bien ?


Bonne journée !

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Don
Tuesday at 12:59 pm
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En australie je choise le Great Barrier Reef!

Don
Tuesday at 12:56 pm
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Merci, bonne revision des articles.

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Thursday at 3:20 pm
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Bonjour May !


Merci pour votre question.

Non, vous ne pouvez pas utilisez "que" à la place. 😞 Vous pouvez utiliser "quoi" : qu'Est-ce que c'est ? (what is it?) => c'est quoi ?


Bonne journée !

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May
Saturday at 1:28 am
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Bonjour Ce leçon es tres perspicace! Mais jai un question: pouvez nous utilisons que au lieu de qu-est ce que en autre phrases??? Merçi toute le monde!!!