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Intro

Virginie: Salut tout le monde! Hi, everyone.
Eric: Eric here!
Virginie: Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 4 - Talking About This in French is Real Work! What Do You Do?
Eric: Hello, and welcome to the Absolute Beginner Season 1 at FrenchPOD101.com, where we study modern French in a fun, educational format!
Virginie: So, brush up on the French that you started learning long ago, or start learning today.
Eric: Thanks for being with us for this lesson, Virginie. What are we looking at today?
Virginie: Hi, Eric. In this lesson you will learn how to ask someone what he or she does.
Eric: Today's dialog takes place at the museum.
Virginie: Remember how Giulia recommended that Rob goes to the Museum of Art?
Eric: Well, he followed her advice.
Virginie: And now Rob stands fascinated in front of a Giacometti sculpture.
Eric: He starts taking notes on his notepad. A young woman comes to him.
Virginie: She probably thinks he's cute.
Eric: Maybe. This is our first dialog. We're going to use the formal way of speaking. The speakers are using it because they've never met before. Now, before we listen to the conversation...
Virginie: We want to ask...
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. Okay, let's start the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Sarah: Vous êtes étudiant?
Rob: Pardon? Ah, oui.
Sarah: Vous êtes étudiant à l’université?
Rob: Oui. Et vous, qu’est-ce que vous faites?
Sarah: Je suis comédienne.
Rob: De cinéma?
Sarah: Non, de théâtre.
Eric: One more time with the translation.
Sarah: Vous êtes étudiant?
Virginie: Are you a student?
Rob: Pardon? Ah, oui.
Eric: Excuse me? Oh, yes.
Sarah: Vous êtes étudiant à l’université?
Virginie: Are you a student at the university?
Rob: Oui. Et vous, qu’est-ce que vous faites?
Eric: Yes. And you, what do you do?
Sarah: Je suis comédienne.
Virginie: I am an actress.
Rob: De cinéma?
Eric: A movie actress?
Sarah: Non, de théâtre.
Virginie: No, a theater actress.
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Eric: So, Virginie, is it usual for a French women to pick up men at museums?
Virginie: No, not only in Museums!
Eric: What a country.
Virginie: More seriously, she's just talking to him. She saw him taking notes and she's just curious.
Eric: Okay. And what's her name?
Virginie: Sarah
Eric: Okay. One more question. Who is Giacometti?
Virginie: He was an Italian artist who lived in Paris.
Eric: And is he popular in France?
Virginie: Yes, he's pretty famous.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Virginie: Oui [natural native speed]
Eric: Yes.
Virginie: Oui [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Oui [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Pardon [natural native speed]
Eric: Pardon, excuse me.
Virginie: Pardon [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Pardon [natural native speed]
Eric: The next one.
Virginie: Le théâtre [natural native speed]
Eric: The theater.
Virginie: Le théâtre [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Le théâtre [natural native speed]
Eric: And next.
Virginie: Ah, oui [natural native speed]
Eric: Oh, yes.
Virginie: Ah, oui [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Ah, oui [natural native speed]
Eric: And next.
Virginie: Un cinéma [natural native speed]
Eric: The cinema.
Virginie: Un cinéma [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un cinéma [natural native speed]
Eric: And finally.
Virginie: Faire [natural native speed]
Eric: To do or to make.
Virginie: Faire [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Faire [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Okay. So, let's have a closer look at this dialogue.
Virginie: Yes. The first word we’ll look at is....
Eric: Well, I think we should start with the formal pronoun vous...
Virginie: Yes. Sarah asks Rob ""vous etes etudiant?"" Are you a student?
Eric: And she does so because he's a stranger, she doesn't know him.
Virginie: Now do you remember how Giulia and Rob in our previous dialogue said Tu right away when they first met?
Eric: Yes, right. Why didn't they say Vous since they didn't know each other either?
Virginie: Well that's because they knew they were both students.
Eric: So they were sort of in the same zone, part of the same planet.
Virginie: Right. They knew that on the student planet people say TU to each other.
Eric: Okay. That makes sense.
Virginie: It's very subtle. It gets easier when you have lived in France for awhile.
Eric: So Sarah say vous etes, ""you are"".
Virginie: Now we would like to talk about the word ""Pardon?""
Eric: That means ""excuse-me, or pardon-me, right?
Virginie: Yes, and it's used the exact same way as in English.
Eric: Pardon?
Virginie: I said it's used the exact same way as in English.
Eric: I know. I was only practicing.
Virginie: Oh okay, sorry. So what's our next word, Eric?
Eric: Comedienne. Sarah says that she's a comedienne, which means an actress.
Virginie: Yes, and comedienne is used for both theatre and cinema in French.
Eric: But it's also the word ""actrice"" in French, which is actress too.
Virginie: That's right. But actrice is only used for cinema actresses.
Eric: Okay. So comedienne is for both the cinema and the theatre, but actress is only for cinema.
Virginie: Yes!
Eric: Okay so let's go into some grammar.

Lesson focus

Virginie: The grammar focus today is the question ""qu'est-ce que vous faites?"", what do you do?
Eric: And if you listened to our previous lesson this is going to be pretty easy.
Virginie: Yes. Last week we saw that the words ""Qu'est-ce que"" at the beginning of question stand for ""what.""
Eric: With that said, the second part of the question is ""vous faites""
Virginie: Which means ""you do."" So the entire question is literally ""what you do?""
Eric: Qu'est-ce que vous faites?
Virginie: And if Eric actually asks me…
Eric: Qu'est-ce que vous faites?
Virginie: I will answer, Je suis professeur de francais, I am a French teacher. I just used the verb, to be, etre, that you already know.
Eric: Now since I know Virginie pretty well, I will use the informal you, ""tu"" as opposed to the vous. Qu'est-ce que tu fais?
Virginie: Je suis professeur de Francais.
Eric: Now ""vous faites"" and ""tu fais"" both are conjugations of the verb ""faire"", to do or to make.
Virginie: And you'll find the whole conjugation in the lesson notes.
Eric: Okay, well I think that will do it for our grammar focus.
Virginie: But before we go we would like to talk about the little word ""et""
Eric: Okay and that means ""and"". You probably noticed it in previous lessons.
Virginie: Yes in our dialog Rob asks Sarah ""et vous""
Eric: And that means ""What about you?"", ""and you"".
Virginie: Okay, now I think we're all set.
Eric: Well, that just about does it for today.

Outro

Virginie: Ready to test what you just learned?
Eric: Make this lesson's vocabulary stick by using lesson specific flashcards in the learning center.
Virginie: There is a reason everyone uses flashcards...
Eric: They work...
Virginie: They really do help memorization.
Eric: You can get the flashcards for this lesson at…
Virginie: FrenchPod101.com.
Eric: Okay, great. Good bye.
Eric: Bye. Salut!

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Et vous, qu'est-ce que vous faites?

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Tuesday at 06:14 PM
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Bonjour Cris,

Sales assistant would be "Vendeur/Vendeuse" or "Assistant(e) commercial(e)" (this term is perhaps a little more professionnal) and "Game designer" would be "Concepteur/Conceptrice de jeux-vidéo".

Hope this helps! 😄


Bonjour Bebe,

Unfortunately, we can't put an audio recording for each and every word as it would clutter the lessons and wouldn't really be useful either. I recommend you learn the basic rules of French pronunciation so you can pronounce each word: https://www.frenchpod101.com/lesson-library/ultimate-french-pronunciation-guide/.

And if a word still gives you trouble, you can always use an online dictionary (like Linguee for example) to hear what it sounds like! 😉


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Bebe
Saturday at 04:20 PM
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I think Frenchpod101 should put more audio that noted in the notes.There are many example in the note but I don’t know how to pronounce it.

Cris
Tuesday at 09:51 PM
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Hi there!


How do I say "sales assistant" and "game designer" in French?


Thanks!

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Friday at 05:07 PM
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Bonjour Chipresh,

Merci pour ton commentaire ! Ça ne doit pas être un métier facile. 😅


Bonne journée,

Marion

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chipresh
Thursday at 09:57 AM
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je suis pharmacien

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Tuesday at 08:15 PM
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Bonjour Abul,

Merci pour ton commentaire. Attention en français on dit "podologue". 👍


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Abul
Saturday at 02:27 AM
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Je suis chiropodist

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Wednesday at 05:10 PM
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Bonjour Faith,

Il faut dire "Je suis assistante du service clientèle dans un aéroport".


Bonjour Aydin,

It's up to you to decide based on the atmosphere and the age gap between you and the people around. If it's a friendly atmosphere and the person looks to be about your age, then yes, I'd say you can use "tu". If the person is quite a bit older, I would default to "vous" and then adjust based on whether the person is friendly or not. When in doubt, you can always ask "On peut se tutoyer ?" you can even add "C'est plus cordial !" to signal that you're just trying to be friendly, and not rude.


Bonjour Lisa,

Il faut dire "Je suis propriétaire d'une animalerie". Ça doit être un métier intéressant ! 😄


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Lisa Dee
Wednesday at 06:32 AM
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Hello,

Thank you for your help in teaching me French. I own a pet store. How might I say this in French?


Merci!


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Aydin
Tuesday at 08:31 AM
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Salut ! Comment ça va ?


I've got a question about tu / vous. It was touched in this video at 4m55s about using tu to strangers. Let's say I'm in a class for one of my hobbies (let's say French class) would I say 'tu' when I meet someone for the first time here? Since we are all in a friendly atmosphere?


Merci ~