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Virginie: Bonjour tout le monde! Hello, everyone.
Eric: How To Bring Home the Bacon in French. What are we looking at in this lesson?
Virginie: Well, in this lesson, you will learn how to ask about what a third person does.
Eric: Sarah and Rob are now going to a party at Sarah's friend Jules.
Virginie: Right. And Rob asks questions about him.
Eric: He's probably curious of how the party is going to be.
Virginie: So Sarah and Rob are going to speak informal French for our dialogue.
Eric: Okay so, let's begin this conversation.

Lesson conversation

Rob: Il habite où, Jules?
Sarah: Il habite à Montparnasse.
Rob: Et qu’est-ce qu’il fait?
Sarah: Il est interprète.
Rob: Il parle anglais?
Sarah: Oui, il parle anglais et…russe!
Eric: One more time with the translation.
Rob: Il habite où, Jules?
Eric: Where does Jules live?
Sarah: Il habite à Montparnasse.
Virginie: He lives in Montparnasse.
Rob: Et qu’est-ce qu’il fait?
Eric: And what does he do?
Sarah: Il est interprète.
Virginie: He is an interpreter.
Rob: Il parle anglais?
Eric: Does he speak English?
Sarah: Oui, il parle anglais et…russe!
Virginie: Yes he speaks English and…Russian!
Eric: Wow. So is this a party dinner party that they're going to?
Virginie: Yes Jules, Sarah's friend, will probably cook a delicious dinner.
Eric: The French enjoy inviting people over for dinner.
Virginie: Yes, they like the quiet, private space of an apartment.
Eric: And home-made meals.
Virginie: By the way, Eric, did you know the in the XVIIIth century the French aristocracy would have 12-hour long meals.
Eric: I didn't know that. That's pretty excessive.
Virginie: Yes and it's because they would present all the dishes one by one, and they would comment on them, et cetera.
Eric: So Virginie, have you had any 12-hour meals?
Virginie: I've experienced quite long family meals!
Eric: Virginie, is an aristocrat.
Virginie: Actually my grandma would love to hear that.
Eric: Is she a royalist?
Virginie: Believe it or not! They still exist1
Eric: But only in Virginie's family.
Virginie: More seriously though, today, the French have 30 minute lunches just like everyone else.
Eric: What a shame.
Eric: Well, let's take a look at some of the vocabulary we have. What do we have first?
Virginie: Où [natural native speed]
Eric: Where.
Virginie: Où [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Où [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Il [natural native speed]
Eric: He.
Virginie: Il [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Il [natural native speed]
Eric: And then.
Virginie: Elle [natural native speed]
Eric: She.
Virginie: Elle [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Elle [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Un interprète [natural native speed]
Eric: An interpreter.
Virginie: Un interprète [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un interprète [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Russe [natural native speed]
Eric: Russian.
Virginie: Russe [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Russe [natural native speed]
Eric: And finally.
Virginie: Anglais(e) [natural native speed]
Eric: English.
Virginie: Anglais(e) [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Anglais(e) [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay, so what is our vocabulary today?
Virginie: Well we don't have much to cover today since most words have already been learned.
Eric: Okay. But what do we have that's new? What about Montparnasse?
Virginie: Montparnasse is a neighborhood in Paris.
Eric: Right. And that's in the 6th arrondissement right?
Virginie: Yes, it's on the left bank of the river la Seine.
Eric: And what is it known for?
Virginie: Montparnasse used to be the meeting place for intellectuals and artists.
Eric: Oh, like Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir.
Virginie: They used to meet there. And they will meet in cafes to discuss philosophy and politics.
Eric: Right, okay. I've been to one of them. The cafe de flore.
Virginie: That's a lovely cafe on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, it's right by Montparnasse.
Eric: But the coffee is really expensive there.
Virginie: Yes, I know, you also pay for the history of the place. That's why.
Eric: Okay. Well, Montparnasse is also a really big shopping area.
Virginie: Yes. For example, la rue de rennes, Rennes' street has some great stores.
Eric: And there's also a really large building.
Virginie: Yes, we are proud of it, la tour Montparnasse, the Montparnasse Tower. It's the tallest skyscraper in Paris.
Eric: So la tour Montparnasse is 210 meters high, and that's like 689 feet.
Virginie: Yes. And also, if you like theatre, you definitely need to go to Montparnasse.
Eric: Where exactly?
Virginie: Rue de la Gaite, also known as la rue des theatres, the theatre street.
Eric: And it's beautiful too.
Virginie: And after a good play you can enjoy wine and cheese in one of the numerous brasseries in the neighborhood.
Eric: So remember, Montparnasse is a great place to go!
Virginie: Now before we get the grammar point I would like to share a phrase with you
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: Its' ""on se fait une bouffe.""
Eric: And that literally means, ""let's gather to eat.""
Virginie: Yes it's (very slowly) On se fait une bouffe.
Eric: Literally that means, let's make some food. The first word ""on"" stands for we.
Virginie: And then the two words, se fait are literally ""make ourselves""
Eric: And the finally ""une boufffe"" is slang for ""a meal"", or ""food"".
Virginie: So again it is, on se fait une bouffe?
Eric: Let's make ourselves a meal?
Virginie: Now, what about our grammar point?

Lesson focus

Eric: So our focus today is on the third person.
Virginie: Yes Rob is invited to Sarah's friend dinner party.
Eric: And he wants to know a little about him.
Virginie: So he asked Sarah, ""il habite ou? Where does he live?
Eric: You recognized the verb ""habiter,"" to live.
Virginie: And the word ou, ""where.""
Eric: Now we have a new word which is il.
Virginie: Which means he in English.
Eric: So we're saying, ""Where does he live?""
Virginie: Il habite ou?
Eric: Or for the female, we can say?
Virginie: Elle habite où, ""elle"" is a she.
Eric: So where does she live?
Virginie: Tout a fait. Absolutely.
Eric: Okay that's easy. Now Rob also wants to know what Jules does.
Virginie: Yes he asked ""qu'est-ce qu'il fait?""
Eric: So you probably recognized ""qu'est-ce qu.""
Virginie: And qu'est-ce que remember is what in French.
Eric: And then we have ""il fait? Qu'est-ce qu'il fait?""
Virginie: Yes. You just need to know that the ""e"" at the end of qu'est-ce que just dropped.
Eric: And this is going to be replaced by an apostrophe.
Virginie: And that's because il and elle start with a vowel.
Eric: So the silent e drops in this case.
Virginie: Right. Okay, now it's time to take a look at the conjugation of the verb faire, to do.
Eric: The last time we saw ""tu fais"", you do. And that is spelled FAIS.
Virginie: And today we're seeing il or elle fait, he or she does.
Eric: And that's spelled ""fait.""
Virginie: Faire is an irregular verb.
Eric: So, let's see the first three singular pronouns with faire.
Virginie: Je fais.
Eric: Tu fais.
Virginie: Il fait and elle fait.
Eric: Great. Okay, one more time.
Virginie: Je fais.
Eric: Tu fais.
Virginie: Il fait and elle fait.
Eric: Okay great.


Eric: Well I think we've just about done it for today.
Virginie: Oui, Eric.
Eric: And thank you very much for listening today.
Virginie: Thank you all. Bonne journee, have a great day! Bye-bye.
Eric: Bye.


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