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INTRODUCTION
Virginie: Salut!
Eric: Eric here!
Virginie: Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 3 - To Know Anything About Anybody in France, You HAVE to Start Here!
Eric: Hello, and welcome back to the FrenchPOD101.com, the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn French! I'm joined in the studio by...
Virginie: Hello everyone. Virginie here.
Eric: In this lesson you will learn how to identify people and objects.
Virginie: You will learn the two questions "who's this" and "what's this?"
Eric: Our dialog takes place on a weekend.
Virginie: Giulia offers Rob to go to a museum.
Eric: But our poor Rob doesn't know this museum.
Virginie: So he asked Giulia, "What is this?"
Eric: These speakers are friends. Therefore the speakers will be speaking informally. Now, if you're listening on an iPod...
Virginie: … or an iTouch or iPhone...
Eric: …click the center button of the iPod or tap the screen on an iTouch or iPhone, to see the notes for this lesson while you're listening!
Virginie: Read along, while you listen.
Eric: This technique will help you remember faster! Okay, let's listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Giulia: Tu viens au Centre Georges Pompidou?
Rob: Le Centre Georges Pompidou? Qu’est-ce que c’est?
Giulia: C’est un musée d’art moderne.
Rob: Et Georges Pompidou, qui c’est?
Giulia: Oh là là. C’est un président français.
Eric: One more time with the translation.
Giulia: Tu viens au Centre Georges Pompidou?
Virginie: Are you coming to the Georges Pompidou Center?
Rob: Le Centre Georges Pompidou? Qu’est-ce que c’est?
Eric: The Georges Pompidou Center? What is that?
Giulia: C’est un musée d’art moderne.
Virginie: It's a museum of modern art.
Rob: Et Georges Pompidou, qui c’est?
Eric: And who is Georges Pompidou?
Giulia: Oh là là. C’est un président français.
Virginie: Oh la la, he is a French President.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Virginie: Now, Eric have you ever been to the Centre Georges Pompidou?
Eric: Of course it's something you really don't want to miss in Paris.
Virginie: Yes. I used to go all the time. The Centre George Pompidou is the museum of modern art in Paris.
Eric: Right and have extremely futuristic architecture.
Virginie: Yes. If you pass by, you can't miss it. And it really has a great programmation.
Eric: Theaters, music and movies…
Virginie: …a very good bookstore, conferences...
Eric: …we definitely recommend a visit there.
Virginie: Absolutely.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: Okay. So let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Virginie: Le centre [natural native speed]
Eric: The Center
Virginie: Le centre [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Le centre [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Un musée [natural native speed]
Eric: A museum.
Virginie: Un musée [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un musée [natural native speed]
Eric: And?
Virginie: L'art [natural native speed]
Eric: An art
Virginie: L'art [slowly - broken down by syllable]. L'art [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Moderne [natural native speed]
Eric: Modern.
Virginie: Moderne [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Moderne [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Nn président [natural native speed]
Eric: A President.
Virginie: Un président [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un président [natural native speed]
Eric: And finally.
Virginie: Venir [natural native speed]
Eric: To come.
Virginie: Venir [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Venir [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Great. So let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases in this lesson.
Virginie: Okay. I think the most important word in here is....
Eric: Venir. And that means to come.
Virginie: Giulia asks Rob "Tu viens au centre georges pompidou?".
Eric: Are you coming to the georges pompidou center?
Virginie: But attention, venir is an irregular verb. You will find the complete conjugation in the lesson notes.
Eric: Let's just see how you say I'm coming or you're coming.
Virignie: I'm coming is "Je viens (spell)".
Eric: And you're coming is "tu viens" (spell).
Virginie: And in a question "tu viens?", means ""are you coming?"" and implies "do you want to come with?".
Eric: Oh la la!
Virginie: Why do you say oh la la, Eric?
Eric: I don't know, I heard Giulia said it and it sounds good.
Virginie: Yes. Oh la la is an infamous French way of expressing your impatience.
Eric: Just like Giulia's impatience in our dialog. She's a little tired of Rob's questions.
Virginie: You can also say "oh la la" to express a surprise.
Eric: But the intonation is going to be slightly different.
Virginie: Exactly. You will be "Oh la la! Eric Eric has been to the hairdresser's!!"
Eric: It's true. Maybe our listeners can feel the new haircut in my voice.
Virginie: Ahah. Okay now it's time to get some grammar highlights!

Lesson focus

Eric: So the focus of this lesson is asking "What is this" and "Who is this?".
Virginie: Let's start with "What is this?" - "Qu'est-ce que c'est?".
Eric: This is a really useful phrase and a strange one too to foreign ears.
Virginie: The first part of the question is "Qu'est-ce que" and that means "What?".
Eric: Okay, so far so good.
Virginie: And the second part of the question is "c'est".
Eric: Which means literally "this is".
Virginie: So literally the question is "What this is?" - "Qu'est-ce que c'est?".
Eric: Usually the French don't inverse the verb and the subject to ask a question.
Virginie: No they usually don't.
Eric: Except in very formal occasions. So Virginie, how do we answer that question? How do you say "This is"?
Virginie: That's very simple, you just say "C'est".
Eric: The "c'est" from the question.
Virginie: Right. And see how Giulia says "c'est un musee" - "it's a museum".
Eric: Yes she used the indefinite masculine article UN (spell)
Virginie: Okay, lett's practice - Eric, qu'est-ce que c'est?
Eric: C'est un stylo.
Virginie: Of course you can't see what we are talking about, but Eric just said "this is a pen" - "c'est un stylo".
Eric: And now if you want to ask "who is this?" it's also really easy.
Virginie: Remember in our dialogue, Rob says "Qui c'est?".
Eric: The first word is "qui", which means "who?".
Virginie: And you probably recognized the second part of the question, which didn't change it's "c'est".
Eric: So literally it means "Who this is?".
Virginie: And you will answer this question just like you answered the previous question "What is this?".
Eric: Right, you will say "C'est", "This is....".
Virginie: So imagine that Eric and I are at the White House's garden party and George Clooney is there but of course I don't know him because I never go to the movies, I will ask Eric "Qui c'est?" - "Who is this?".
Eric: And I will answer "C'est George Clooney". This is George Clooney.
Virginie: And I want to know details about George Clooney because he's pretty cute. I will ask "George Clooney, qui c'est?" George clooney, who is this? Same question.
Eric: And I will answer with that George Clooney, "C'est un acteur" - "He is an actor.".
Virginie: Note how in French we say "C'est", this is, to describe the person's profession.
Eric: Okay, a quick recap -
Virginie: Qui c'est? Who is this?
Eric: C'est George Clooney. This is George Clooney.
Virginie: George Clooney, qui c'est?
Eric: C'est un acteur. He's an actor.
Virginie: And of course Eric and I didn't go to the White House's garden party that day.

Outro

Eric: Right, we were occupied. Okay, great. Well, that just about does it for today. Don't forget to stop by FrenchPod101.com, and pick up the lesson notes.
Virginie: It has the conversation transcript…
Eric: …vocab, small sentences and a grammar explanation…
Virginie: …and a cultural insight section.
Eric: Seeing the French…
Virginie: …really helps you remember faster.
Eric: But don't take our word for it, please have a look for yourself!
Virginie: And let us know what you think!
Eric: Okay, good bye
Virginie: Au revoir! Salut!

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FrenchPod101.com
Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Qu'est-ce que vous avez visité dernièrement? What did you visit recently?

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Wednesday at 9:40 pm
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Bonjour Eduarda,


"Qui c'est" or "c'est qui" are both spoken expressions.

In written French you should ask: "Qui est Georges Clooney" or "Georges Clooney, qui est-ce ?"


Bonne journée.

Marie Alice

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Eduarda
Tuesday at 10:11 pm
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I have a question about "George Clooney, qui c'est?". Wouldn't that be "George Clooney, c'est qui?" ? I am still learning French, but someone pointed that out to me and I'm rather confused.

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Monday at 5:10 am
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Merci Martha et Kathy pour votre commentaire !


Avez-vous aimé Paris ?


Bon dimanche !

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Martha
Monday at 11:04 am
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J’ai visite le muse d’Orsay a Paris, il y a cinq ans.

Kathy
Monday at 4:36 am
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Bonsoir! Je visite paris 22 years beforvery nice ciy lot with musee.

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Monday at 5:42 am
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Bonjour Junhao et merci pour votre message !


Vous allez bien ?


Depending on the context, French de can be used as the equivalent of various English prepositions, including of, from, in, by.

Before a word beginning with a vowel sound, de is generally written "d' "

Un musée d'art moderne= a modern art museum


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Hannah
Wednesday at 4:08 am
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J'ai visité la musée de droits de l'homme a Winnipeg

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Sunday at 7:24 pm
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Hi Madhuvidya,


Thank you for studying with us.


Should you have any questions, please let us know.


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Madhuvidya
Friday at 4:23 pm
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😄 I am able to speak a bit of french. Feeling happy


Junhao Hu
Sunday at 10:31 pm
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Hi, there, first of all, thank you for answering my question.

I thought " l'art " is " art ", but I don't understand why it is " d'art " in the conversation? Merci!


Junhao