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INTRODUCTION
Virginie:Bonjour, everyone. Hello.
Eric: Hello. Eric here! Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 9 - Can You Fit Me Into Your Busy Schedule in France?
Virginie: Hi, this is Virginie. How are you doing, Eric, today?
Eric: I'm pretty good. How are you doing today??
Virginie: I am good and welcome all on FrenchPOD101.com.
Eric: In this lesson we're going to learning how to talk about your schedule and to set up an outing.
Virginie: The dialogue is taking place at Julesâ place. Jules is a friend of Sarah's and there, Rob is going to meet a new person. Her name is…
Eric: Cathy. Again, they're going to be speaking informal French.
Virginie: Yes.
Eric: Let's have a listen.

Lesson conversation

Cathy: Tu aimes le vin, Rob?
Rob: Oui!!!
Cathy: Qu’est-ce que tu fais lundi?
Rob: Lundi soir?
Cathy: Oui. Je vais à une dégustation de vin chez Marcel.
Rob: Marcel, c’est qui?
Cathy: C’est un restaurant! Chez Marcel.
Rob: Ah! Lundi, je vais au cinéma.
Cathy: Et mardi?
Rob: Mardi, d’accord!
Eric: One more time with the translation.
Cathy: Tu aimes le vin, Rob?
Virginie: Do you like wine, Rob?
Rob: Oui!!!
Eric: Yes!
Cathy: Qu’est-ce que tu fais lundi?
Virginie: What are you doing on Monday?
Rob: Lundi soir?
Eric: Monday night?
Cathy: Oui. Je vais à une dégustation de vin chez Marcel.
Virginie: Yes. I am going to a wine tasting at Marcel’s.
Rob: Marcel, c’est qui?
Eric: Who’s Marcel?
Cathy: C’est un restaurant! Chez Marcel.
Virginie: It’s a restaurant! Marcel’s.
Rob: Ah! Lundi, je vais au cinéma.
Eric: Oh! Monday, I’m going to the movies.
Cathy: Et mardi?
Virginie: And Tuesday?
Rob: Mardi, d’accord!
Eric: Tuesday, Okay!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Eric: Wow, Cathy really seems to want to invite Rob out.
Virginie: Yes. If it hadn't been Tuesday, I think it would have been Wednesday.
Eric: He's a pretty lucky guy. So do French people go out every night?
Virginie: Yes, young people do. They hang out a lot on the weekdays. College students do. And I do!
Eric: Well, I guess that's because you don't have kids yet.
Virginie: That's true. Talking about kids..
Eric: Yes?
Virginie: You know that kids in France get their Wednesday free?
Eric: You mean elementary school kids?
Virginie: Yes. Wednesday in France is called ""kids day.""
Eric: So, what do they do?
Virginie: Well, they do all sorts of things, kids day in museums and movie theatres, have special schedule for kids.
Eric: Wow. So these have something to do with the fact that movies are released on Wednesdays?
Virginie: Oh yes absolutely more, absolutely. Movies in France are only released on Wednesdays. Isn't that weird?
Eric: But what do the parents do?
Virginie: Usually they sign them up to a ""centre aere,"" a recreation center, because parents are working, so they can't really take care of them on Wednesday.
Eric: So the parents don't get their Wednesdays off?
Virginie: No, sometimes women can work their schedule around Wednesday, but not all the time.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: I see, Okay. So what is our vocabulary like today?
Virginie: Okay Le vin [natural native speed]
Eric: Wine.
Virginie: Le vin [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Le vin [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: Le soir [natural native speed]
Eric: Evening.
Virginie: Le soir [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Le soir [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Une dégustation [natural native speed]
Eric: A tasting.
Virginie: Une dégustation [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Une dégustation [natural native speed]
Eric: The next one.
Virginie: Chez [natural native speed]
Eric: At (someone's home).
Virginie: Chez [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Chez [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Un restaurant [natural native speed]
Eric: A restaurant.
Virginie: Un restaurant [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Un restaurant [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: D'accord [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: D'accord [slowly - broken down by syllable]. D'accord [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Lundi [natural native speed]
Eric: Monday.
Virginie: Lundi [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Lundi [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Mardi [natural native speed]
Eric: Tuesday.
Virginie: Mardi [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Mardi [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Mercredi [natural native speed]
Eric: Wednesday.
Virginie: Mercredi [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Mercredi [natural native speed]
Eric: Next.
Virginie: Jeudi [natural native speed]
Eric: Thursday.
Virginie: Jeudi [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Jeudi [natural native speed]
Eric: And next.
Virginie: Vendredi [natural native speed]
Eric: Friday.
Virginie: Vendredi [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Vendredi [natural native speed]
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: Samedi [natural native speed]
Eric: Saturday.
Virginie: Samedi [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Samedi [natural native speed]
Eric: And finally.
Virginie: Dimanche [natural native speed]
Eric: Sunday.
Virginie: Dimanche [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Dimanche [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Okay. So it's like we're talking about the days of the week. Let's jump right in.
Virginie: Let's start with the toughest day of the week...Monday, lundi of course!
Eric: And why is that the toughest day?
Virginie: Because it's the first day of work!
Eric: Virginie, you're so French.
Virginie: Let's say that Lundi is also the beginning of something new, something exciting
Eric: Maybe. Okay, what about Tuesday?
Virginie: Tuesday is Mardi.
Eric: Mardi.
Virginie: Wednesday is Mercredi.
Eric: Kids Day.
Virginie: Right. And then we have Jeudi
Eric: Thursday.
Virginie: Oui. Thursdays nights are sometimes called ""le soir des etudiants.""
Eric: Student Nights?
Virginie: Yes that's because a lot of college students, in big cities, go out on Thursdays.
Eric: But not on Fridays or Saturdays?
Virginie: Yes, they do too on Fridays and Saturdays. But they go out on Thursday nights before they go back to their hometown for the weekend. Do you see what I mean?
Eric: Ah okay interesting.
Virginie: And now, it's the end of the week, finally, vendredi.
Eric: Friday what we've all been waiting for.
Virginie: And the weekend!! Samedi.
Eric: Saturday.
Virginie: And finally we have Dimanche.
Eric: Sunday. So what happens on Sundays in France?
Virginie: Not much. Just chilling and eating.
Eric: Okay, most of the stores are closed on Sundays, right?
Virginie: Yes, its true, but it's changing actually. It changed like a week ago. They passed a law that allows stores to open on Sundays in very touristy places.
Eric: So Sundays are getting a little more exciting all around France. So did Michelle Obama had something to do with this?
Virginie: Yes that was Nicolas Urquiza's excuse to open stores on Sundays, said that Michelle Obama couldn't shop of Sunday when she was in France, when she was visiting last month, I think. So he said, it's not normal, Michelle Obama should be able to shop without me calling Louis Vuitton and asking for the store to be open.
Eric: Poor Michelle. Okay. So now let's look at the phrase ""d'accord.""
Virginie: In our dialog Rob says d'accord to Cathy's invitation.
Eric: Which means okay.
Virginie: Yes. We also say the English version, okay. But d'accord is more polite.
Eric: D'accord.

Lesson focus

Virginie: All right, let's do some grammar now.
Eric: We're focusing on your schedule.
Virginie: Right. Cathy asked Rob ""qu'est ce que tu fais lundi?
Eric: Right. And you probably remember the question ""qu'est-ce que tu fais.""
Virginie: That was in the previous lesson. What do you do? ""Qu'est-ce que tu fais."" Well, if you just add the day of week right after you have?
Eric: Qu-est-ce que tu fais lundi?
Virginie: What do you do on Monday?
Eric: And then Rob answers Lundi Soir?
Virginie: He says, Monday night?
Eric: So to talk about a specific night you would just say the day of the week.
Virginie: And then you add ""soir"",
Eric: …for night.
Virginie: For example Tuesday night will be
Eric: Mardi soir.
Virginie: Exactly.
Eric: Facile. Very easy.
Virginie: Now before we go. New verb alert!
Eric: This is an an irregular verb, the verb aller
Virginie: To go.
Eric: For today let's just stick with the conjugation with je, I.
Virginie: Cathy, in the dialogue, says ""je vais a une degustation.""
Eric: I am going to a tasting.
Virginie: Here Je vais is I go. Je vais
Eric: And to say I go to, you will say ""je vais a.""
Virginie: ""A"" is ""to""
Eric: But as you noticed, Rob says je vais au cinema. Why is that, Virginie?
Virginie: He says je vais au cinema because cinema is a masculine now and with masculine nouns, you say je vais au (spell) and au is AU. I think we're done for today, right, Eric?
Eric: Thanks, Virginie for being with us today.

Outro

Virginie: Before we go, we would like to tell you something. You need to test yourself because it's the most effective way to learn.
Eric: So we have a few types of quizzes.
Virginie: Vocabulary, grammar and content specific.
Eric: And each quiz targets a specific skill.
Virginie: And together these quizzes will help you master several fundamental skills.
Eric: And they're waiting for you at the learning center of FrenchPOD101.com.
Virginie: Okay. Have a good day, everyone. Bye-bye. Au revoir.
Eric: Thanks so much for listening.

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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What do YOU do on your Saturday nights?

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Sunday at 08:33 AM
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Salut CESAR VIDAL,


Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

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CESAR VIDAL
Tuesday at 01:17 AM
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I love learning especially the days of the week!😁😁❤️️

Martel
Saturday at 07:32 AM
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The impious heathen Michelle could not shop on Sunday? So sad.

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Wednesday at 06:15 PM
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Bonjour Cecil,

Both translations look fine to me! 😄


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Cecil Eugene
Wednesday at 01:45 PM
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I think you have a spelling mistake in the grammer notes.


Its says Qu'est-ce que vous faites mercredi and in english it says What do you do on Wednesday.

Shouldnt it be What are you doing on Wednesday?

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Wednesday at 08:45 PM
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Bonjour Débora,

Merci pour ton commentaire. Attention, il faut plutôt dire "mon amoureux(se)" ou "mon copain/ma copine".


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Débora
Tuesday at 07:46 AM
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Salut mes amis!


Le samedi soir, Je vais au cinéma avec mon amour.

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Monday at 06:27 PM
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Bonjour Josh,

Exactly, though to talk about jobs, we would usually say "Qu'est-ce que tu fais dans la vie" to avoid the confusion. 😉


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Josh
Saturday at 04:52 PM
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Bonjour a tous! 😄


Just a quick question, so " Qu'est-ce que tu fais? " can be translated as either " What do you do? " (Simple Present in English) OR " What are you doing? " (Present Progressive in english)?


Merci beaucoup!

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Salut Deepika,


Great to hear that! 😇 Thank you very much for your message.

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