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Sylvain: Bonjour tout le monde, je m’appelle Sylvain.
Céline: Bonjour, moi c’est Céline.
Sam: Sam here! Beginner series, Lesson 11 – My Nasty Aunt. Hi, my name is Sam, and I’m joined here by…
Sylvain: Sylvain.
Sam: ça va?
Sylvain: ça va, et vous ?
Céline: ça va bien. Hello, and welcome to the beginner series of FrenchPod101.com.
Sam: Of course, yes. Thanks for joining us for the eleventh lesson of this beginner series which focuses on the basics for anyone starting or for anyone that’s learned French before.
Céline: Or for people want to brush up on what they learned before.
Sam: So please join us for this lesson at FrenchPod101.com.
Céline: Ma famille me manque!
Sylvain: Moi aussi, especially when I have them on the phone and I cannot give them a kiss.
Sam: Ah la bise.
Sylvain: yes.
Sam: The Erica scene with the cheeks.
Céline: By the way, today we’ll talk about family. Right, Sam?
Sam: Right. Of course! C’est parti mon kiki.
Céline: Non ce n’est pas parti mon kiki! What’s the conversation today, Sam?
Sam: Of course, of course, we have to introduce the subject. Okay. Today’s conversation, Aurelie and Daniel are talking about Daniel’s nasty aunt.
Céline: Très bien donc maintenant c’est parti mon kiki.
Sylvain: On est partis!
Céline: I’ll be Aurelie.
Sylvain: And I suppose I will be Daniel.
Sam: Sounds good to me. Now let’s go.
Sylvain: Okay, let’s go.

Lesson conversation

Aurélie: Hé! Qu’est-ce que DM signifie sur l’assiette?
Daniel: Dufour Marie. C’est l’assiette de ma grand-tante Marie.
Aurélie: Et là, c’est sa photo ?
Daniel: Oui, elle est avec mon oncle.
Aurélie: Elle semble de mauvaise humeur!
Daniel: On l’a surnommée Tatie la furieuse.
Sam: One more time, slowly.
Female: Ok c’est parti, plus lentement.
Aurélie: Hé! Qu’est-ce que DM signifie sur l’assiette?
Daniel: Dufour Marie. C’est l’assiette de ma grand-tante Marie.
Aurélie: Et là, c’est sa photo?
Daniel: Oui, elle est avec mon oncle.
Aurélie: Elle semble de mauvaise humeur!
Daniel: On l’a surnommée Tatie la furieuse.
Sam: One more time with the English.
Aurélie: Hé! Qu’est-ce que DM signifie sur l’assiette?
Sam: Hey! What does DM mean on this plate?
Daniel: Dufour Marie. C’est l’assiette de ma grand-tante Marie.
Sam: Dufour Marie. It’s my great Aunt Mary’s plates.
Aurélie: Et là, c’est sa photo ?
Sam: And there, is it her picture?
Daniel: Oui, elle est avec mon oncle.
Sam: Yes, she is with my uncle.
Aurélie: Elle semble de mauvaise humeur!
Sam: She seems nasty.
Daniel: On l’a surnommée Tatie la furieuse.
Sam: We nicknamed her Nasty Auntie!
Céline: So Sam, Sylvain…
Sylvain: Oui?
Céline: …do you have a nickname in your family?
Sylvain: Yes.
Céline: Okay. qu’est-ce que c’est?
Sam: Oh, it’s a long story.
Sylvain: Do you know the Zola personnage? There’s a guy completely alcoholic.
Céline: Oh, really?
Sylvain: Gouget.
Céline: Gouget?
Sylvain: And it’s turned from Gouget progressively changed into Gouzet.
Céline: Ah, Gouzet.
Sylvain: And all the world will know my nickname Gouzet.
Céline: Gouzet. Okay. Gouzet is your nickname.
Sylvain: And my brother always say “mon Gouzet”.
Céline: Mon Gouzet.
Sylvain: Mon Gouzet. My Gouzet. Okay. You’d asked me, I answered.
Céline: Okay, Gouzet. From now it’s Gouzet.
Sam: Is there a translation in English for Gouzet?
Céline: No.
Sylvain: No. It’s family name. Gouget, a name of Zolas roman.
Céline: Yes, Emile Zola.
Sylvain: “L’Assommoir”.
Céline: Ah l’assommoir.
Sylvain: L’Assommoir from Emile Zola.
Sam: Okay. That’s interesting.
Céline: D’accord. Et toi Sam?
Sam: Nickname. No comment.
Céline: Ah bon?
Sylvain: I told my really nickname.
Céline: But nicknames are supposed to be cute, right? I mean, maybe your nickname is not cute but you can tell us.
Sam: Maybe a secret. It’s a secret.
Céline: If you don’t tell us, Sam, we’re going to give you one.
Sam: I don’t have to respond to it, so it’s okay.
Céline: Okay. Okay, let me think about it. But for me, you’re Mr. America.
Sam: Mr. America?
Sylvain: Captain America.
Sam: Captain America? I think maybe for copyright reasons, you can’t use Captain America.
Sylvain: I am sorry for all the rights.
Céline: Okay. So let’s say Capitaine America.
Sam: Capitaine America.
Sylvain: With the French pronunciation, it will be okay.
Céline: Yes.
Sylvain: Capitaine!
Sam: Hopefully, Marvel Comics won’t…
Sylvain: Sorry.
Céline: Okay, let’s get into the vocab.
Sam: Okay.
Sylvain: But your nickname, Céline.
Céline: j’en étais sûre.
Sylvain: J’en étais sûre... She was sure I was asking the question then.
Céline: I don’t have nicknames. Just Céline.
Sylvain: Right. You both!
Céline: Okay.
Sylvain: You’re so…
Sam: Full of it.
Céline: It’s Yna. No, it’s Yna.
Sam: Yna.
Céline: Yna.
Sylvain: It’s cute.
Céline: It is.
Sylvain: Okay. Then now let’s go the grammar vocabulary and all this.
Céline: Okay.
Sam: I think next is the vocabulary.
Sylvain: Thank you!
Sam: Okay. Let’s look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first item?
Sylvain: Assiette [natural native speed].
Sam: Plate.
Sylvain: Assiette [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Assiette [natural native speed].
Sam: Next…
Céline: Grand-tante [natural native speed].
Sam: Great-aunt.
Céline: Grand-tante [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Grand-tante [natural native speed].
Sam: Next…
Sylvain: Photo [natural native speed].
Sam: Picture.
Sylvain: Photo [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Photo [natural native speed].
Sam: Next…
Céline: Avec.
Sam: With.
Céline: Avec. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Avec. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Sylvain: Oncle [natural native speed].
Sam: Uncle.
Sylvain: Oncle [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Oncle [natural native speed].
Sam: Next word?
Sylvain: Signifier [natural native speed].
Sam: To mean.
Sylvain: Signifier [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Signifier [natural native speed].
Sam: Next…
Céline: Sembler [natural native speed].
Sam: To seem.
Céline: Sembler [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Sembler [natural native speed].
Sam: Next…
Céline: Humeur [natural native speed].
Sam: Mood.
Céline: Humeur [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Humeur [natural native speed].
Sam: Next…
Sylvain: Surnommer [natural native speed].
Sam: Nicknamed.
Sylvain: Surnommer [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Surnommer [natural native speed].
Sam: And lastly…
Céline: Furieux (-euse) [natural native speed].
Sam: Furious (feminine).
Céline: Furieux (-euse) [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Furieux (-euse) [natural native speed].
Sam: Now, let’s have a closer look how some of these items are used.
Sylvain: Signifier is “to mean.”
Sam: Can you provide an example with signifier?
Sylvain: Qu’est-ce que “fourchette” signifie?
Céline: ça signifie “fork”.
Sam: What does “fourchette” mean? It means fork.
Sylvain: There is a more common way to ask for the meaning of a word. You can use “qu’est-ce que ça veut dire fourchette?”.
Sam: “What does fork mean?” Great. You’ll find both ways in the vocabulary question section in the learning center.
Céline: The next set of words is “furieuse” or “furieux”.
Sylvain: They both mean “furious.” The former is feminine and the latter is masculine.
Sam: Oh. And there’s a rule for the masculine and feminine forms?
Céline: Yes. All the masculine adjectives ending with eux have their feminine counterparts ending in eus.
Sam: Oh, okay. Then there’s “sembler” which means “to seem.”
Céline: For example, Sylvain?
Sylvain: For example, tu sembles fatiguée.
Sam: “You seem tired.”
Céline: Oui je suis crevée.
Sylvain: Meaning “I’m really tired.”
Céline: Yes. But it’s in slang French.
Sylvain: Yes, I’m tired. It has been a long time since I have heard this one.
Céline: Oui je suis crevée!
Sylvain: Ah ben ça fait longtemps que j’ai pas entendu ce mot-là!
Sam: So you’re really tired and “crevée” is slang and it’s been a long time since you’ve heard that word?
Sylvain: Slang in French is “argot”.
Céline: oui argot.
Sam: Oh, really?
Céline: Yeah.
Sylvain: Yeah. Yeah. It’s a complex language.
Sam: That’s great that you guys add a slang. And you know what, we’ll try our best to add some slang here and there. What’s our last item?
Céline: It is “mauvaise.” It’s the feminine form of “bad.”
Sylvain: The masculine form is “mauvais.”
Sam: Okay. How about an example with the word “mauvaise”?
Céline: Angèle a mauvaise haleine le matin.
Sylvain: “Angèle has bad breath in the morning.”
Sam: Maybe we should give her some advice or Altoids?

Lesson focus

Now guys, let’s look at some grammar. Today, we’ll focus on family members.
Céline: Family is important to me. In particular, mes parents.
Sylvain: Your parents, of course.
Sam: What about siblings? Don’t you have any siblings?
Sylvain: J’ai un frère.
Céline: J’ai deux frères et deux soeurs.
Sam: So Sylvain, you have one brother. And Céline, you have?
Céline: deux frères
Sam: Two brothers?
Céline: et deux soeurs.
Sam: And two sisters. Wow, a big family. You know what, I’ve only got one sister. She’s older than me.
Céline: Une grande soeur.
Sam: Yes.
Sylvain: Une grande soeur.
Sam: That’s big sister.
Céline: D’accord.
Sam: How about your grandparents? Do they have siblings?
Sylvain: Usually yes.
Céline: Yeah, but…yeah. Yeah. Maybe. I don’t know. I forgot.
Sylvain: It’s a good question. Yeah. My grand-mère paternelle a un frère.
Sam: So your paternal grandmother has one brother?
Sylvain: And my grand-mère maternelle est fille unique.
Sam: Ah, your maternal grandmother is an only child. Wow.
Sylvain: That’s right.
Sam: My grandmother had…oh, I don’t know on either side. They’re really big family.
Céline: Yeah, me too.
Sam: So sorry if they’re listening. I don’t remember.
Céline: Yeah. Yeah. Okay. I’m sorry, too. Actually, they don’t understand English. It’s fine.
Sam: Okay. I probably should have said that in French in case my family is listening, that’s if they bothered…
Céline: I mean, it’s no problem because they don’t understand French either, so it’s fine.
Sam: Yeah. And they don’t have a computer, so…maybe.
Sylvain: Okay.
Sam: Okay. Hey, guys, mère is “mother.” How would you say “my father”?
Sylvain: mon père.
Sam: Okay. And grandmother is grand-mère.
Céline: grand-mère oui. So grandfather?
Sam: grand-père.
Sylvain: Grand-père.
Sylvain: But you have to notice an interesting point here.
Sam: Okay. What’s the point?
Sylvain: We don’t say “grande mère”; we say “grand-mère” even if it’s a feminine…
Sam: Ah, you leave out the D.
Sylvain: …it is masculine. That’s before the Middle Age tradition. I escaped the explanation because everybody was…
Sam: I think our listeners will understand.
Céline: Yes.
Sam: grand-mère.
Céline: grand-mère.
Sam: grand-père.
Céline: So how do you call your grandmother?
Sam: Grandmother?
Céline: Grandmother? Grand-mère?
Sam: Grandma. Grandma.
Céline: Grandmom. Okay.
Sam: Grandma.
Céline: Usually in France, we say…we also say grand-mère or mamie. Mamie, Papi.
Sam: Is that like saying grandma? Because where I live, they say “grandma” like M-A.
Céline: No, no. On dit Mamie, Papi.
Sylvain: Mamie, Papi ouais.
Sam: So there’s no translation with grandma?
Sylvain: Mais grand-mère.
Céline: Grand-mère.
Sylvain: On l’a déjà dit.
Sam: Of course.
Céline: On l’a déjà dit Sam, tu ne suis pas, you’re sleeping.
Sam: No, no, just eating.
Céline: And I also have a beau-père.
Sylvain: un beau-père.
Céline: un beau-père.
Sylvain: What is a Beau-père?
Sam: A beau-père? A handsome…
Sylvain: No…
Céline: Yeah, he’s handsome too but..
Sam: Your husband’s father? Stepfather?
Céline: Yes, stepfather. Beau-père.
Sylvain: Not the father-in-law?
Céline: Also father-in-law.
Sylvain: Okay.
Céline: But I don’t have a father-in-law. Not yet.
Sam: Okay. Or maybe we can get into that nuance in another lesson.
Sylvain: English.
Sam: You guys are a piece of work. In case any of my family members had bought a computer, which you haven’t probably, hello.
Céline: Sylvain?
Sylvain: Bonjour aussi à… Bonjour à toute ma famille en France, à Tatie, Mamie, tout le monde et euh à mon frère et euh ma maman euh et ben pis tous les amis hein. Bonjour à tous!
Céline: Ah ben oui attends attends attends mais toi t’as dit tout le monde alors moi je sais: euh bonjour maman, bonjour papa, bonjour Claude, Emmanuel, Edouard, Antoine, Virginie, tout le monde. Gros gros bisous.
Sam: Yeah. Now, if someone to say hello to you guys’ families and also to apologies for the strange French accent sometimes. Say hello to your families.
Sylvain: What strange accent?
Céline: Mais non!
Sam: My accent, American.
Céline: Mais il est beau ton accent américain. I love your American accent.
Sylvain: Please listen.
Sam: You love America, too?
Céline: I love your American accent when you speak French.
Sam: What does it sound like? Sound American?
Céline: Oh, yeah, definitely.
Sam: Okay.
Sylvain: That’s nice. Listener, please keep your accent. It’s a charm.
Sam: Oh. I think so too.
Céline: Bisous bisous.
Sam: Of course. Bisous bisous.
Sylvain: Ouais.
Sam: Okay. I think that’s a good place to end for today. So let’s wrap up today’s lesson, but don’t forget to check out the grammar bank in the lesson center at FrenchPod101.com. Also, feel free to use our forum for your questions. And if you’d like to leave a comment, we’ll be happy to answer. So anything else, guys?
Céline: Okay. I just say is I lied. My nickname is not Yna.
Sam: What is your nickname?
Céline: It’s mangouste.
Sam: mangouste?
Sylvain: génial! génial!
Sam: What does mangouste mean in English?
Céline: mongoose.
Sam: mongoose.
Céline: oui.
Sam: mangoose?
Céline: mangoose.
Sylvain: She hates men.
Sam: Okay. Well, thank you guys for listening. See you next time.
Sylvain: See you!
Céline: Bye, au revoir!


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Do you have pictures of your family around the house or in your wallet?

Monday at 04:56 AM
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Bonjour Kate,

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You can say "mon grand-père paternel" or "mon grand-père du côté de mon père". As you want.

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Monday at 08:44 AM
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Would it be correct to say -du côté de mon père, mon grand-père était ...- instead of paternelle? In English, we don't use paternal/maternal in this context.


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Would it be correct to say -du côté de mon père, mon grand-père était ...- instead of paternelle? In English, we don't use paternal/maternal in this context.


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How cute he must be! :)



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j'ai un chien,Il s'appale Chucho. Il est un pug.

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C'est génial et merci beaucoup

Wednesday at 09:56 PM
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Incroyable chit chat!

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Hello Alise,

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Let me correct you :

"Mon surnom est Sissy. Je ne l'aime pas. Ma mère et mon père me l'ont donné quand mon frère est né".

I think your nickname is really cute, I like it :smile:

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Ma pronom est Sissy. Je ne t'aime pas. Ma mere et mon pere le donnez-moi quand mon frere etait ne.

My nickname is Sissy. I don't like it. My mother and father gave it to me when my brother was born.

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