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INTRODUCTION
Sam: Hello. Welcome back to FrenchPod101.com Beginner Series, Lesson 22 – As Always Late, like the FrenchPod team.
Celine: Yes. You know why? Because we have an American in our team. That’s why.
Sam: Wait a minute, I was the only one that was on time today, actually.
Celine: Today. Yeah, you mentioned today. That’s good. Today.
Sam: Yeah. And I’m always on time, usually on time. No more than 30 minutes late.
Celine: Okay.
Sam: Okay.
Celine: So that’s the topic of our conversation today.
Sam: This is a conversation between Emile and his secretary.
Celine: Yeah. And he sounds like he’s really busy today.
Sam: Like the FrenchPod team.
Christophe: Oui.
Celine: We are always busy.
Sam: Always busy.
Christophe: Always busy.
Celine: And sometimes, late.
Christophe: Yes.
Celine: Shall we start?
Sam: Yes. C’est parti. Let’s go.

Lesson conversation

Female: Monsieur aujourd’hui vous êtes très occupé.
Male: Quelle heure est-il?
Female: Tard. Il est 6h45 du matin. Vous avez un petit déjeuner avec Nicolas Sarkozy et Carla Bruni à 7h30, une présentation à la convention “funky stratégie” à 2h40 de l’après-midi et un dîner d’affaires à 8h30 le soir.
Male: Ah, j’ai sommeil!
Sam: One more time, slowly.
Male: Encore une fois, lentement.
Female: Monsieur aujourd’hui vous êtes très occupé.
Male: Quelle heure est-il?
Female: Tard. Il est 6h45 du matin. Vous avez un petit déjeuner avec Nicolas Sarkozy et Carla Bruni à 7h30, une présentation à la convention “funky stratégie” à 2h40 de l’après-midi et un dîner d’affaires à 8h30 le soir.
Male: Ah, j’ai sommeil!
Sam: One more time with the English.
Male: Encore une fois avec l’anglais.
Female: Monsieur aujourd’hui vous êtes très occupé.
Sam: Sir, today you are very busy.
Male: Quelle heure est-il?
Sam: What time is it?
Female: Tard. Il est 6h45 du matin. Vous avez un petit déjeuner avec Nicolas Sarkozy et Carla Bruni à 7h30, une présentation à la convention “funky stratégie” à 2h40 de l’après-midi et un dîner d’affaires à 8h30 le soir.
Sam: Late, it’s 6:45 AM. You have breakfast with Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni at 7:30, a presentation of the funky strategies convention at 3:00 in the afternoon, and a business dinner at 6:30 in the evening.
Male: Ah, j’ai sommeil!
Sam: I’m sleepy.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Sam: Hey, guys, I have a question. In France, is it okay for the boss to be late?
Christophe: Sure.
Celine: Of course, it is.
Christophe: I mean, he’s the boss.
Sam: Can you scold him or her? Can you scold your boss for being…
Christophe: You can try to make a joke but…
Sam: You might get sacked.
Celine: Maybe. But there’s a strong hiérarchie in France.
Sam: Hierarchy?
Celine: Yeah, in French companies. So I mean, the boss is the boss.
Christophe: Yes.
Celine: That’s why it’s good to be the boss.
Christophe: Yes.
Sam: Sounds interesting. So the boss can be late but you can’t.
Celine: You cannot. You know that’s really interesting because in Toulouse, and only in Toulouse, I have to mention that, we have something we called le quart d’heure Toulousain.
Sam: What’s that?
Celine: It means the 15 minutes from Toulouse.
Sam: The Toulouse 15 minutes.
Celine: Yeah. It’s like you came delayed for 15 minutes, everybody is going to forgive you.
Sam: Oh.
Celine: Have you heard about that, Christophe?
Christophe: Yes.
Celine: A-ha.
Sam: What about 30 minutes? No?
Celine: I said 15 minutes. You know, that’s so American. You always want more and more and more.
Sam: No, no.
Celine: Let’s go to the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Sam: Okay. The first item is…
Christophe: occupé. [natural native speed]
Sam: Busy.
Christophe: occupé. [slowly - broken down by syllable] occupé. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Celine: très. [natural native speed]
Sam: Very.
Celine: très. [slowly - broken down by syllable] très. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Christophe: Heure [natural native speed]
Sam: Hour.
Christophe: heure. [slowly - broken down by syllable] heure. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Celine: Tard. [natural native speed]
Sam: Late.
Celine: tard. [slowly - broken down by syllable] tard. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Christophe: Petit déjeuner. [natural native speed]
Sam: Breakfast.
Christophe: Petit déjeuner. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Petit déjeuner. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Celine: Présentation. [natural native speed]
Sam: Presentation.
Celine: Présentation. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Présentation. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Christophe: Convention. [natural native speed]
Sam: Symposium.
Christophe: Convention. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Convention. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Celine: Après-midi. [natural native speed]
Sam: Afternoon.
Celine: Après-midi. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Après-midi. [natural native speed]
Sam: next…
Christophe: Dîner d'affaires. [natural native speed]
Sam: Business dinner.
Christophe: Dîner d'affaires. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Dîner d’affaires. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Celine: Soir. [natural native speed]
Sam: Evening.
Celine: Soir. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Soir. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Christophe: Avoir sommeil. [natural native speed]
Sam: To be sleepy.
Christophe: Avoir sommeil. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Avoir sommeil. [natural native speed]
Sam: Next…
Celine: Avec. [natural native speed]
Sam: With.
Celine: Avec. [slowly - broken down by syllable] Avec. [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Celine: We have so many words today, right Sam?
Sam: A lot of exciting words.
Celine: Exciting?
Sam: Yes.
Celine: So show me.
Sam: Like occupé(e).
Celine: Oh, okay. It means “busy.”
Sam: Yeah.
Christophe: Yes.
Celine: Okay. So an example?
Christophe: Je suis occupé demain, “I’m busy tomorrow.”
Sam: Moi aussi.
Celine: Toi aussi? Oh, you’re as busy as Emile.
Sam: Maybe busier.
Celine: So you can also say “Les toilettes sont occupées?”, “are the restrooms taken?”
Sam: Oh, no, that’s a bad thing. You don’t want the restrooms to be busy.
Celine: No. You want them to be “libre”.
Sam: Of course!
Christophe: Yes.
Celine: Available.
Sam: Yes. I’ll make sure to learn both those words.
Celine: Oui.
Christophe: Oui.
Celine: So next word is très.
Christophe: Its English equivalent is “very.” Très is an adverb clarifying an adjective of verb or another adverb.
Sam: Okay. For example…
Celine: Je suis très belle. “I’m very beautiful.” très is linked to the adjective “belle.”
Christophe: Did you ask the question to your mirror, Celine?
Sam: It just fell over, I think.
Celine: Alors là c’est pas gentil. No, it’s not nice at all. I’m the one who gives examples. I’m not going to say je suis laide, “I’m ugly.”
Christophe: Why not?
Celine: Because I’m not.
Christophe: It’s just an example.
Celine: Okay, let’s move on to the next word.
Sam: One of my favorites, petit déjeuner – breakfast. Pancakes, bacon, scrambled.
Christophe: No, no, no, no, no.
Celine: Oh, yes. I love American breakfast. That’s the only thing I love about American.
Christophe: Tartines!
Celine: No, no. Bacon, eggs…
Sam: Eggs, sausage, with syrup over everything.
Celine: Oh, non. Là t’exagères.
Christophe: Marmelade?
Celine: So this is a masculine noun. Notice déjeuner refers also to “lunch.” So if you have a blank about the French word breakfast, think about the small lunch literal translation of petit. petit déjeuner.
Sam: Oh, that’s totally cool. That’s a really nice way to memorize that word – small lunch.
Celine: So you have petit déjeuner, breakfast, déjeuner…
Sam: déjeuner.
Celine: Lunch.
Christophe: Et?
Celine: Dîner!
Christophe: Voilà.
Sam: What about snack?
Celine: goûter.
Sam: Goûter. How many goûter do you have during the day?
Christophe: Only one.
Sam: Only one?
Celine: Yeah, one. At 4:00?
Christophe: At 4:00? Yeah.
Sam: I think I have maybe five or six.
Christophe: Yeah, American way.
Celine: American style. So you see, in the dialogue, Emile has a petit dejeuner with Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni.
Sam: If you are having petit déjeuner with Nicolas Sarkozy an Carla Burni, what would you eat?
Celine: I think a lot of things.
Sam: For example?
Celine: For example, salty food and eggs, bacon, maybe.
Sam: Pancakes.
Celine: Pancakes sounds like more like family style. I mean, it would be like the high class petit déjeuner.
Sam: Pancakes are high class!
Celine: Ah bon?
Christophe: Really?
Sam: Maybe.
Celine: Oh yeah avec… oui ça dépend. It depends. What you add to the pancakes?
Christophe: foie gras.
Celine: Non pas de foie gras. Okay, you’re not concentrating.
Christophe: Okay, okay.
Celine: So the next word is avoir sommeil.
Sam: The next phrase should be…
Celine: Oh, no, no, no. You’re not going to sleep.
Christophe: Yeah. Time to have nap.
Celine: No.
Christophe: Not come on!
Celine: So in the conversation, it is an adjective but it can also be a masculine noun, le sommeil.
Sam: For example?
Celine: For example, sommeil as a noun. Le sommeil est vital pour une bonne santé.
Sam: Sleep is vital for good health.
Christophe: And now, another example with an adjective il bâille il a sommeil.
Sam: Yohan, he’s sleepy.
Celine: You’re not sleepy.
Sam: Actually I’m a little bit but…
Celine: So why don’t we check the grammar?
Christophe: Okay.
Sam: I’m sorry. Yeah.

Lesson focus

Celine: Okay. Sam, it’s not time to sleep because what time is it?
Sam: I’m too sleepy.
Celine: Quelle heure est-il? No, it’s a point of the grammar.
Sam: Oh. I don’t have a watch.
Christophe: Il est 10h10.
Sam: It’s 10 after 10, almost lunch time!
Celine: Sam…okay. So that’s the easiest way to give time, the number of hours first, and then the word “heures” and the minutes after, “dix heures dix”.
Christophe: But today, we are going to challenge you with telling time with the minutes already passed and the ones yet to arrive.
Sam: What are you trying to say?
Celine: You can either say it is 45 past three or a quarter to 4:00. The first way, the minutes passed are indicated; on the other hand, with a quarter past 4:00, the minutes to complete the next hour are described.
Christophe: Let’s look at how to tell a quarter of an hour.
Celine: A quarter in French is “un quart”. So 15 minutes after the hour is “et quart”.
Sam: So let’s say it’s 3:15, you would say “trois heures et quart”.
Celine: Okay. But are you talking about the afternoon or the twilight zone in the middle of the night?
Sam: In the morning. So “trois heures et quart du matin”, right?
Celine: Bravo!
Christophe: Bravo, Sam!
Celine: Tout à fait. So you know, we don’t say PM, AM in French. We say…
Sam: Why?
Celine: …c’est du matin.
Christophe: du soir.
Celine: ou de l’après-midi.
Christophe: Oui.
Sam: Okay. So morning, night or afternoon. Makes sense.
Celine: So après-midi is afternoon, morning is matin.
Sam: And night is soir.
Christophe: Oui.
Sam: Okay.
Celine: So, to tell 15 minutes before the hour, it is “moins le quart”.
Christophe: Oui.
Celine: So this is before, right?
Sam: Right.
Celine: Before is “moins”.
Sam: moins
Celine: Meaning “less.”
Sam: Yes. So let’s see. If I wanted to say 2:45 or a quarter to 3:00, trois heures moins le quart.
Celine: Tout à fait!
Christophe: Oui bravo.
Celine: So let’s try with a quarter to 7:00.
Sam: Sept heures moins le quart.
Christophe: Oui c’est ça.
Celine: So, sept heures moins le quart, “it’s time to get up”?
Sam: Really? That’s early!
Celine: Yes, that is. But you know, we are hardworking. So to sum up, a quarter before the hour, put the numbers of hour first then the word heures followed by moins le quart.
Christophe: To grow easily and achieve this language point, we’ll look at half an hour.
Sam: Thirty minutes. Are you talking about time like neuf heures et demie?
Celine: Oh Sam!
Christophe: Oui c’est ça!
Celine: Okay. You took the words out of my mouth. Half is “demi(e)”. But to incorporate it in telling the time, don’t omit “et”.
Christophe: So 9:30 would be neuf heures et demie.
Sam: Oh.
Celine: Actually, it was perfect, Sam.
Christophe: Oui.
Sam: Oh, wow. It must have been those pancakes I had for breakfast.
Celine: Oui avec du foie gras.
Christophe: Oui.
Celine: With foie gras. Okay. I think that’s the end of today’s lesson. So please practice every day every time you see the time in English. Just think about the same time in French. That’s a good practice, I think.

Outro

Sam: Yeah. It sounds like a good idea. So be sure to check out FrenchPod101.com for more great stuff. Thanks for the lesson, guys.
Celine: Merci! Quelle heure est-il? Quelle heure est-il?
Christophe: Euh… l’heure de manger!
Celine: C’est l’heure de manger, c’est midi!
Sam: Lunch time.
Christophe: Oui.
Sam: Let’s go!

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What time is it? Where are you located? What do you usually do in the morning?

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Bonjour Maryam et merci pour votre message !


Vous avez raison ! Nous allons corriger ça, merci.


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Maryam Rifai
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Dans les examples ,il est un error 7:15 est sept et quart

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Merci à vous Bayram pour ce gentil message !


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Merci beaucoup pour le dialogue.a plus tard


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Bonjour K !


Oui le brunch existe en France ! Et ça porte le même nom qu'en anglais: brunch. 😄


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Je suis en Europe, j'n y suis pas jamais alle' en France! Je aime beaucoup le francais. Dites-moi, s'il vous plait, est-ce que "brunch" existe en France? Mercie beaucoup.

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Do you have brunch in France? How would you say brunch? And, are there restaurants that serve brunch, or late breakfast? How would you say late breakfast?


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Bonjour Diana !

Comment allez-vous ?


Il faut dire : "je suis directrice d'éducation pour l'Utah".

Directeur = masculin

Directrice = féminin


You can use the international keyboard, which requires a simple control panel configuration on your computer !


Otherwise :


à : ALT + 133 À ALT + 0192


â : ALT + 131 Â ALT + 0194


ä : ALT + 132 Ä ALT + 142


ç : ALT + 135 Ç ALT + 128


é : ALT + 130 É ALT + 144


è : ALT + 138 È ALT + 0200


ê : ALT + 136 Ê ALT + 0202


ë : ALT + 137 Ë ALT + 0203


î : ALT + 140 Î ALT + 0206


ï : ALT + 139 Ï ALT + 0207


ô : ALT + 147 Ô ALT + 0212


ù : ALT + 151 Ù ALT + 0217


û : ALT + 150 Û ALT + 0219


ü : ALT + 129 Ü ALT + 154


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Bon soir, Marie Alice.

Je suis une directoire d'education por L'etat de Utah. (I still can't figure out how to type the accent.)

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Bonjour Diana et merci pour votre message !


Que faites-vous dans la vie ?


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