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INTRODUCTION
Virginie: Bonjour!
Eric: Eric here! Basic Bootcamp Season 1, Lesson 4 - Counting 1-20.
Virginie: Hello everyone! I'm Virginie, and welcome to FrenchPod101.
Eric: With us, you'll learn to speak French with fun and effective lessons.
Virginie: We also provide you with cultural insights...
Eric: and tips you won't find in a textbook.
Eric: In this lesson, you will learn about numbers and counting from 1 to 20 in French.
Virginie: And our dialogue takes place during a factory inventory.
Eric: So what kind of items can you count 1 by 1 in French?
Virginie: How about wine bottles?
Eric: Wine bottles, excellent! Ok, so let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Agnès: Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix.
Someone: Onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze, seize.
Agnès: dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt!
Eric: One more time, a little bit slowly.
Agnès: Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix.
Someone: Onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze, seize.
Agnès: dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt!
Eric: How about in English.
Agnès: Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix.
Eric: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Someone: Onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze, seize.
Eric: Eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen.
Agnès: dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt!
Eric: seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Virginie: Ok, so there are not a lot of items in that factory!
Eric: Right! There's only 20. Let's say it's a small wine bottle factory.
Virginie: Yeah, they probably don't make a lot of money.
Eric: What kind of money are they not making, I guess that'd be the Euro, right? I guess they don't have any many Euros.
Virginie: You mean in France? Yeah, the currency in France is the euro, but it used to be the Franc.
Eric: When did they switch currencies?
Virginie: In 2001, with the EU.
Eric: That must have been pretty weird.
Virginie: Yes, at first it was really confusing. Especially because the rate wasn't a round count.
Eric: What was it then, a fraction?
Virginie: It was like 1 euro equals 6.5 francs.
Eric: That's really weird. So it must have been very hard with small amounts of money, everything must have seemed so cheap!
Virginie: Yeah that was the tricky part. But the prices actually went up in France?
Eric: Really? So the currency is smaller, but the price is actually higher.
Virginie: Right!
Eric: I heard that the most affected country in EU was Italy, where the prices raised something like 30%.
Virginie: Yeah, I know, that's quite a lot.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Eric: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Virginie: un [natural native speed]
Eric: one
Virginie: un [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: un [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: deux [natural native speed]
Eric: two
Virginie: deux [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: deux [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: trois [natural native speed]
Eric: three
Virginie: trois [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: trois [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: quatre [natural native speed]
Eric: four
Virginie: quatre [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: quatre [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: cinq [natural native speed]
Eric: five
Virginie: cinq [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: cinq [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Virginie: You know what I suggest, Eric? I suggest that we spell the first 5 numbers for our listeners, what do you think?
Eric: I think it's a great idea, let's go for it!
Virginie: Ok, let's start with one, un.
Eric: And that's spelled UN.
Virginie: And then you have two, which is deux.
Eric: Which is spelled DEUX.
Virginie: Three, which is trois.
Eric: Spelled TROIS
Virginie: Four, which is quatre.
Eric: Spelled QUATRE.
Virginie: And finally, we have five, which is cinq.
Eric: CINQ.
Virginie: Right!

Lesson focus

Virginie: OK now here's what we're going to have you all do out there. No matter where you are, no matter if you’re at home, on the subway, in your car, we want you to talk to yourself.
Eric: That's right, talk to yourself.
Virginie: Yes, don’t worry if people think you look like you’re crazy.
Eric: Basically, Virginie is going to read out each number, and you have to repeat after her.
Virginie: OK here we go. I'm gonna count from 1 to 10, and the game is, you repeat after me.
Eric: Let's go!
Virginie: Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix.
Eric: So now we're gonna take on the number from 11 to 20.
Virginie: Same thing here, I'm gonna read out these numbers, and you guys will repeat after me. Onze, douze, treize, quatorze, quinze, seize
Eric: And I wanna stop you right there, and point out that these numbers aren't following any pattern, but they're all ending in a Z sound, as you heard from Virginie.
Virginie: Right, from 11 to 16, from onze to seize.
Eric: But after this point, there's gonna be a fixed pattern to the words, right?
Virginie: Yes, absolutely, so these numbers are: dix-sept, dix-huit, dix-neuf, vingt.
Eric: So what they are literally saying is ten seven, ten-eight, ten-nine. So as you've just learned, dix is 10, and sept is 7, so 17 is dix-sept.
Virginie: And 18 is dix-huit, 10 (dix) and 8 (huit).
Eric: And finally, dix-neuf for 19.
Virginie: And our last number would be 20, which is vingt, and it's spelled VINGT.
Eric: And actually this brings back to our French wine bottle theme, because the word in French for wine is vin.
Virginie: Oh, yes, so if you guys need to say, I have 20 bottles of wine, you'll just say j'ai vingt bouteille de vin.
Eric: I have 20 bottles of wine, j'ai vingt bouteille de vin. Bouteille is bottle, vin is wine, and vingt is 20.
Virginie: Thank you, Eric! I think that's it for today.

Outro

Eric: Now, don't forget to stop by FrenchPod101.com, and pick up the lesson notes.
Virginie: It has the conversation transcript
Eric: vocab, sample sentences, 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: Bye!
Virginie: Bye! Au revoir!

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How long did it take you to learn to count to 20 in your native language?

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Bonjour Diane,

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That's actually very smart! Practicing together is always a good idea to progress much faster! I wish you all the best! :-)


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That's good, you'll get even faster with time!


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It took me 62 seconds to count 1 - 20.😄

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