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Virginie: Bonjour tout le monde! Hello everyone. This is Virginie, welcome.
Eric:Hi, Virginie. This is Eric. Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 13 - Where Are You in France? Hello everyone! I'm Eric and welcome to FrenchPOD101. With us, you'll learn to speak French with fun and effective lessons.
Virginie:We also provide you with cultural insights and tips you won't find in a textbook...
Eric:So in this lesson what are we going to be looking at?
Virginie:In this lesson you will learn how to tell where and where your friends are.
Eric:In this dialogue, Rob, Sarah, Jules and Giulia are meeting at the park Buttes Chaumont for a picnic. Rob wants to introduce Giulia to Sarah.
Virginie:Yes. And this conversation is between Rob and Giulia.
Eric:And they're going to be speaking informal French. Before we listen to the conversation...
Virginie:…we want to ask you something...
Eric:Do you read the lesson notes, while you listen?
Virginie:We received an e-mail about this study tip.
Eric:So we were 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.
Virginie:Now, let's listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Giulia:Rob? C’est Giulia. Vous êtes où?
Rob:Nous sommes à la grotte.
Giulia:D’accord. Jules et Sarah, ils sont là?
Rob:Oui, ils sont là.
Eric:One more time with the translation.
Giulia:Rob? C’est Giulia. Vous êtes où?
Virginie:Rob, it’s Giulia. Where are you guys?
Rob:Nous sommes à la grotte.
Eric:We are at the cave.
Giulia:D’accord. Jules et Sarah, ils sont là?
Virginie:Okay. Are Jules and Sarah there?
Rob:Oui, ils sont là.
Eric:Yes, they are here.
Virginie:I’ll be right there!
Eric:What was the name of the park that they're going to again?
Virginie:Les Buttes Chaumont, The Chaumont hills if you prefer.
Eric:And where is it located?
Virginie:It's in the 19th arrondissement in Paris.
Eric:Our friends are gathering together for a picnic.
Virginie:Yes, oui, absolutely, a typical French picnic!
Eric:And what do French eat at a typical French picnic?
Virginie:Well I think you can guess the main item, Eric.
Virginie:Oui! Du vin! Wine!
Eric:You're allowed to drink alcohol in Parks in France?
Virginie:Yes we are, fortunately. Wine on the grass is so enjoyable.
Eric:Wow, that sounds really bacchus (adjective???).
Eric:So if I go to a picnic this weekend, Virginie, I'm going to bring you some camembert sandwhiches.
Virginie:Yes thank you. With some beguette too.
Eric:Wow. Sounds like a plan!
Virginie:It's nice. You can also bring a jambon beurre. Do you know what a jambon beurre is?
Eric:What's a jambon beurre?
Virginie:A jambon beurre is a ham sandwich with butter.
Eric:Okay sounds good. Well let's listen to some vocabulary.
Virginie:Allô [natural native speed]
Eric:Hello, this is used on the phone.
Allô [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Allô [natural native speed]
Virginie:à [natural native speed]
Eric:At, to or in.
Virginie:à [slowly - broken down by syllable]. à [natural native speed]
Virginie:Une grotte [natural native speed]
Eric:A cave.
Virginie:Une grotte [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Une grotte [natural native speed]
Virginie:Là [natural native speed]
Eric:There or here.
Virginie:Là [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Là [natural native speed]
Eric:The next one.
Virginie:Arriver [natural native speed]
Eric:To arrive.
Virginie:Arriver [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Arriver [natural native speed]
Virginie:Où [natural native speed]
Virginie:Où [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Où [natural native speed]
Eric:And finally.
Virginie:D'accord [natural native speed]
Eric:Okay, I agree.
Virginie:D'accord [slowly - broken down by syllable]. D'accord [natural native speed]
Virginie:What are are looking at today, Eric?
Eric:Why don't we explain, first, what Giulia said at the end of the dialog.
Virginie:Giulia says ""j'arrive!""
Eric:And this is the French way of saying ""I'll be right there.""
Virginie:Yes or ""I'm coming!""
Eric:Literally this is just I arrive.
Virginie:Oui. And here we have je which you know dropped its ""e"" because it's in front of a word starting with a vowel.
Eric:When je is in front of a word with a vowel, it just become j"".
Virginie:And then you have ""arrive"", which is arrive.
Eric:So you can just use ""j'arrive"" anytime you want to say ""coming!""
Virginie:Next, we have some phone greetings here, Eric.
Eric:We have ""allo?""
Eric:And that's what you say when you pick up your phone in French.
Virginie:Oui, directement, directly, you just say allo?
Eric:And that's ALLO.
Virginie:And then the person who's calling will say ""allo Eric? C'est Virginie!""
Eric:Hello, Eric. This is Virginie. Let's have a little practice here at, Virginie. I'm giving you a call what would you say?
Virginie:I would say, Allo?
Eric:Allo Virginie? C'est Eric!
Virginie:So a quick recap. It's allo then your friend's name…
Eric:…and then you can say C'est followed by your name. Great. So let's move on to our grammar.

Lesson focus

Virginie:As we said previously, the focus of this lesson is to ask your friends where you are.
Eric:Rob, Sarah and Jules are already at the park and they're waiting for Giulia to get there.
Virginie:Giulia is on her way and she wants to make sure where her friends exactly are in the park of Les Buttes Chaumont.
Eric:So she calls Rob and asked, Vous êtes où? ""Where are you?""
Virginie:Now in previous lessons we saw that vous is the formal you.
Eric:But here vous takes on a slightly different meaning. It's going to be the plural you or like you guys. So, vous in French has two meanings.
Virginie:It can be the formal you.
Eric:And it can be the plural you, or ""you guys.""
Virginie:Exactly. And it all depends on the context.
Eric:So to continue her phrase, she uses the verb etre, where are you guys, vous etes.
Virginie:And then she adds the little word ou, which we know is where.
Eric:But she could also ask the same question in a different way, right?
Virginie:Oui, oui, oui she could say ou vous etes as opposed to vous estes ou.
Eric:So the word ou can start the question as well.
Virginie:And another way she could have said that is ou etes-vous.
Eric:This is basically reversing the subject and the verb.
Virginie:Yes ou which is where, este which is the verb and vous which is the subject ou etes vous.
Eric:This is a slightly more formal way of posing a question, right?
Virginie:Yes, it's very, very formal. Very few people actually use it in France. We don't use that form of question really.
Eric:Right, who would use it though?
Virginie:My grandma would use it. My grandma is this very fancy Parisian lady. So he's very formal with pretty much everyone even me.
Eric:Even you, wow.
Virginie:Yes. If you ever meet my very grandma out there, you can say, ou etes vous. And she will say charming.
Eric:Vous etes charmant.
Eric:Maybe worth the effort! Well that just about does it for today.


Virginie:But before we go, we want to tell you about a way to drastically improve your pronunciation.
Eric:The voice recording tool.
Virginie:Yes, the voice recording tool in the premium learning center.
Eric:Record your voice with a click of a button.
Virginie:And then play it back just as easily.
Eric:So you record your voice, and then listen to it.
Virginie:And you can compare it to the native speakers...
Eric:…and adjust your pronunciation!
Virginie:This will help you improve your pronunciation very, very fast!
Eric:Thank you very much for listening.
Virginie:Have a great day. Au revoir.


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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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If all the FrenchPod101 users were to meet somewhere for a giant picnic, where do you think it should be?

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Saturday at 01:12 AM
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Bonjour Chanse,

Tu as raison, Montpellier est une ville très belle !

Bonne journée,


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Chanse Syres
Thursday at 02:40 PM
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Je pense le belle ville de Montpellier


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Wednesday at 05:00 PM
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Bonjour Nath,

Thank you for your comment! I have to admit I had no idea about the Spanish equivalents, but I'm not surprised they exist, French and Spanish do share a lot of similarities!

I'm glad you found the lesson useful. 😄

Bonne journée,


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Wednesday at 01:00 PM
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The words ici, là and là-bas are quite similar to three words that we have in Spanish:

ici = ahí, which would be translated to "here"

là = ahi, this one is like a combination of "here" and "there", neither near nor far

là-bas = allá, which would be translated to "there", although some English teachers say that it is more similar to the phrase "over there".

Fortunately, the notes are very helpful to understand these words even better. 😄😄

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Friday at 11:08 PM
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Bonjour Cris,

"Là" and "Ici" both mean "here", and you can use whichever you prefer, they're both equally used in French.

As for "there", it would actually translate to "Là-bas" in French (to indicate something that is farther away from you).

So, for example:

Put it here = Pose-le là/ici

He's going there for business = Il va là-bas pour son travail

Hope this helps! 😄

Bonne journée,


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Wednesday at 01:13 AM
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Bonjour !

"là" means both "there" and "here"? Can I use "ici" for "here" instead?

Merci !

Monday at 05:40 AM
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Merci Naizgi pour votre gentil message.

Vous allez bien ?

Bon dimanche !

Marie Alice

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Sunday at 06:02 PM
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Merci beaucoup c'est tres bien je suis content

Wednesday at 11:08 PM
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Merci pour votre commentaire Suzanne !

Don't give up and keep up the hard work!

Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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Sunday at 09:36 PM
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fun to listen but extremely hard to talk at same speed without being tongue tied.

I am enjoying trying never the less and gives me a greater appreciation of those trying to speak English.