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INTRODUCTION
Virginie: Bonjuor.
Eric: Eric here!
Virginie: Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 2 - Bistrot Français: Understanding French Easily.
Eric: Hello, and welcome to the FrenchPOD101.com, the easiest, fastest 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 say hi.
Virginie: And how to say you understand and you don't understand something.
Eric: Our dialog takes place after History class when Rob meets Giulia.
Virginie: Rob has been now studying at the Sorbonne for a week and still has a hard time to understand everything in class.
Eric: Rob and Giulia are now friends.
Virginie: And since they are friends, our two characters will be speaking informally.
Eric: Attention listeners, comment.
Virginie: Comment.
Eric: And comment some more!
Virginie: It's easy.
Eric: And asking questions really helps improve progress. Let's listen to this conversation.

Lesson conversation

Rob: Salut Giulia, ça va?
Giulia: Ça va et toi?
Rob: Bof.
Giulia: Ça ne va pas?
Rob: Je ne comprends pas le français!
Giulia: Tu comprends très bien le français!
Eric: One more time with the translation.
Rob: Salut Giulia, ça va?
Eric: Hi Giulia, how are you?
Giulia: Ça va et toi?
Virginie: I’m good, and you?
Rob: Bof.
Eric: Not really well.
Giulia: Ça ne va pas?
Virginie: You’re not good?
Rob: Je ne comprends pas le français!
Eric: I don’t understand French!
Giulia: Tu comprends très bien le français!
Virginie: You understand French very well!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Eric: It seems that Rob is down today, don't you think Virginie?
Virginie: Yes it's sometimes hard to live in a country where you don't understand everything that's said.
Eric: Especially at school. Apparently our two characters just got out of History class.
Virginie: Yes and History class at the Sorbonne which is a prestigious university is quite a difficult thing to go through.
Eric: Right. I assume Rob had a hard time getting all the details about Napoleon.
Virginie: But he shouldn't get discouraged!
Eric: Giulia is there to reassure him. So let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Virginie: Ça va? [natural native speed]
Eric: How are you?
Virginie: Ça va? [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Ça va? [natural native speed]
Eric: And now the answer.
Virginie: Ça va. [natural native speed]
Eric: I'm fine.
Virginie: Ça va. [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Ça va. [natural native speed]
Eric: And next.
Virginie: Je ne parle pas bien le français. [natural native speed]
Eric: I don't speak French very well.
Virginie: Je ne parle pas bien le français. [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Je ne parle pas bien le français. [natural native speed]
Eric: And next.
Virginie: Très bien [natural native speed]
Eric: Very well
Virginie: Très bien [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Très bien [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Comprendre [natural native speed]
Eric: To understand.
Virginie: Comprendre [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Comprendre [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Et toi [natural native speed]
Eric: And you.
Virginie: Et toi [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Et toi [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Ca ne va pas [natural native speed]
Eric: It's not going well
Virginie: Ca ne va pas [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Ca ne va pas [natural native speed]
Eric: And finally.
Virginie: Bof [natural native speed]
Eric: Not really (casual).
Virginie: Bof [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Bof [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Okay. So let's take a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Virginie: Yes. The first word/phrase we’ll look at is "Ca va?"
Eric: Which means "How is it going?"
Virginie: When you meet a friend, it's the first thing you say after saying "hi".
Eric: What is "ca va", literally?
Virginie: It would be "it goes?". "Ca" is it and "va" is goes.
Eric: And it's a pretty automatic phrase to say in France when you meet a friend.
Virginie: It's almost like a punctuation mark, you say "Salut, ca va?".
Eric: So when someone asks "Ca va?" he is really inquiring into his friend's well-being?
Virginie: Not really, as you said it's automatic.
Eric: And usually you just answer "Ca va" which means "I'm well.".
Virginie: And literally - "it goes".
Eric: Watch your intonation though. It's going down this time.
Virginie: Yes your answer is a statement, right? So you will be "Ca va.".
Eric: But the question would be?
Virginie: Ca va?
Eric: Ca va Virginie?
Virginie: Ca va.
Eric: Let's use a slightly different way of asking "Ca va" now.
Virginie: Right, you can also ask "Comment ca va?".
Eric: And the added word at the beginning of the sentence is "Comment.".
Virginie: Which means "how".
Eric: Either way it's totally normal. How do you answer "Comment ca va?".
Virginie: You can answer "Ca va" or you can say "Ca va bien".
Eric: Ca va bien. "Bien" is "well" or "fine".
Virginie: Comment ca va, Eric?
Eric: Ca va bien, merci.
Virginie: Oh you just added a new word!
Eric: Oh yes?
Virginie: You said "merci", which is "thank you".
Eric: That's because I'm polite.
Virginie: You are. And it's always better to say "Ca va bien, merci" or "Ca va, merci".
Eric: But here Rob actually says something different, he says "bof", which in this context means "not really", or "not really well".
Virginie: Yes. This word "bof" is used a lot in France. People use it a lot. It's a casual and short way to say "Not really well", "Not really good".
Eric: And you can use this in other contexts?
Virginie: Yes for example when you're asked "Did you like this movie?", you can answer "bof". That means: "not really well", "I didn't enjoy it very much.".

Lesson focus

Eric: Okay, so let's talk a little grammar now. The grammar focus for this lesson is the verb "comprendre" at the positive and negative forms.
Virginie: Je comprends!
Eric: Okay. Virginie just said she understands. Well good for you, Virginie.
Virginie: Yes. I said "Je comprends" - "I understand".
Eric: The verb is "comprendre", "to understand".
Virginie: But we know that when you first visit a foreign country it's more likely that you don't understand.
Eric: Right. In these situations you will say "Je ne comprends pas" - "I don't understand". Virginie, can you give us detail about the negative form in French?
Virginie: It's really, really easy. All you need to do is squeeze the verb between the two particles NE and PAS.
Eric: That's all?
Virginie: Yes, that's all. Listen to me, "Je NE comprends Pas".
Eric: Okay, well that's easy.
Virginie: In our dialog there is another negative sentence though.
Eric: Yes, Giulia asks Rob "Ca ne va pas?"
Virginie: Which means…
Eric: Literally ,"It doesn't go well?"
Virginie: See the negative structure here? The verb "va" is squeezed between "ne" and "pas".
Eric: Ca ne va pas. So if I want to say "I'm not well", I will just say "Ca ne va pas."
Virginie: Yes. Quick recap here, I think we need it. Ca va, Eric?
Eric: Bof.
Virginie: Ca ne va pas?
Eric: Ca ne va pas. Okay, that just about does it for today.

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Virginie: Salut!

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FrenchPod101.com
Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Our friend Rob is having a hard time following his all-in-French classes. By the way, why are YOU learning French?

Dottie
Saturday at 1:55 am
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Pimsleur teaches that with the word parler, le or la is not used before the language used. For example, they say it’s “Je parle francais,” not “Je parle le francais.” Which is correct?

Maritza
Saturday at 11:32 am
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This was a very short lesson, that did not teach me anything.

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Thursday at 6:16 am
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Bonjour Linda !


It is not that easy! 😆

The time it takes to become fluent depends on several things : age, aptitude and most important : how much effort and time you put into learning French.


Motivation and constancy are huge factors in learning a language.


Practice every day, watch french movies, read books in french language and you will become fluent.


Keep practicing !

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Linda
Monday at 1:51 am
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once i am done the full 25 lessons, will i speak perfect french already, or do i have to do more?

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Reza
Friday at 11:09 am
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Bonjour et merci!

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Hi Suzanne,


We recommend listening to the video/audio lesson first, reviewing the content with the Basic/Premium tools (PDFs, vocab lists), and practicing with the vocab quiz ([take quiz] in the [Vocabulary] section). For a detailed step-by-step lesson plan, check out our Basic and Premium Lesson Checklists on each lesson page.


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Suzanne Ginty
Tuesday at 3:24 pm
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Salut,


Could you also explain how I use the Flashcards please. I can't see how to put in an answer so I've just been pressing correct and following that.


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Suzanne Ginty
Tuesday at 2:58 pm
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Salut,


I'm wondering if you could suggest the best order of doing these lessons. I realise it probably doesn't matter but I thought if I had a sequence I wouldn't miss things then, if that makes sense. I don't understand what the Flashcard Deck is or how I use it. I've tried to add to it by highlighting the word (bof) but that didn't work. And should I expect an email for French Pod 101.com and Word of the Day each day?


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Bonjour Anne-Mari et merci pour votre commentaire,


C'est une très bonne raison pour apprendre le français! 😄


Bonne journée !

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