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INTRODUCTION
Sydney: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 1 - Introducing Yourself in a Business Meeting. Sydney Here.
Laurent: Bonjour, I'm Laurent.
Sydney: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself when meeting your supervisor for the first time. The conversation takes place in an office.
Laurent: It's between Laurène and Thomas.
Sydney: The speakers are strangers, therefore, they will speak formal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Laurène: Bonjour, vous devez être notre nouveau stagiaire, le directeur m'a prévenu que vous arriviez.
Thomas: Tout à fait c'est bien moi. Je m'appelle Thomas Mol. Enchanté de vous rencontrer
Laurène: Je m'appelle Laurène Pali. Enchantée également. Je suis votre responsable.
Sydney: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Laurène: Bonjour, vous devez être notre nouveau stagiaire, le directeur m'a prévenu que vous arriviez.
Thomas: Tout à fait c'est bien moi. Je m'appelle Thomas Mol. Enchanté de vous rencontrer
Laurène: Je m'appelle Laurène Pali. Enchantée également. Je suis votre responsable.
Sydney: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Laurène: Hello, you must be the new trainee, our director told me you were coming.
Thomas: Indeed it's me. My name is Thomas Mol. Very nice to meet you.
Laurène: I'm Laurène Pali. Nice to meet you too. I'm your supervisor.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Sydney: We just heard a nice, professional and polite business greeting.
Laurent: Yes, that was a great example of how to introduce yourself.
Sydney: When you meet someone in a business setting in France, is it common to hand over business cards?
Laurent: They’re not commonly used in France, no.
Sydney: I guess technology has rendered business cards obsolete.
Laurent: For a lot of people, yes. It’s a lot easier to just give a phone number or social media account.
Sydney: Are there any professions that use business cards?
Laurent: Some freelancers, salespeople, and self-employed workers will, but not all.
Sydney: I’m sure that even freelancers have their own websites these days.
Laurent: That’s right. Business cards really are rare in modern France.
Sydney: So if you’re working for a company, there’s not really any need to have any made.
Laurent: No. But if you do, you might say: Voici ma carte de visite.
Sydney: "Here’s my business card." Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Sydney: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Laurent: stagiaire [natural native speed]
Sydney: "trainee"
Laurent: stagiaire [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: stagiaire [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: être [natural native speed]
Sydney: "to be"
Laurent: être [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: être [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: directeur [natural native speed]
Sydney: "director"
Laurent: directeur [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: directeur [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: prévenir [natural native speed]
Sydney: "to inform"
Laurent: prévenir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: prévenir [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: responsable [natural native speed]
Sydney: "person in charge of"
Laurent: responsable [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: responsable [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: rencontrer [natural native speed]
Sydney: "to meet"
Laurent: rencontrer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: rencontrer [natural native speed]
Sydney: And last...
Laurent: moi [natural native speed]
Sydney: "me"
Laurent: moi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: moi [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Sydney: Let's have a closer look at the usage of one of the phrases from this lesson. The phrase is...
Laurent: Vous devez être ~
Sydney: meaning "You must be ~".
Sydney: Let’s look at the words in this phrase.
Laurent: First is vous, which is the personal pronoun "you" in plural form.
Sydney: It’s plural because this is formal speech.
Laurent: Next is the verbal phrase devez être.
Sydney: This means "must be."
Laurent: devez is a conjugation of devoir, which means "to have."
Sydney: This conjugates irregularly, so you need to learn the conjugations by heart. Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... Vous devez être notre nouveau voisin.
Sydney: ...which means "You must be our new neighbour."
Sydney: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Sydney: In this lesson, you'll learn about meeting your supervisor for the first time. How do we introduce ourselves in a business setting?
Laurent: You should give your full name first, followed by your company name.
Sydney: Okay, name, then company. Can you give us an example?
Laurent: Je m’appelle Linda Baker d’Alpha.
Sydney: "I’m Linda Baker from Alpha."
Laurent: It’s also polite to then say something like Enchantée de vous rencontrer.
Sydney: "Pleased to meet you." Let’s hear that altogether.
Laurent: Je m’appelle Linda Baker d’Alpha. Enchantée de vous rencontrer.
Sydney: "I’m Linda Baker from Alpha. Pleased to meet you."
Laurent: If you’re talking to someone from another company, you should say your position too.
Sydney: Yes, that’s important! Let’s hear some examples of how we can add that into our self-introduction.
Laurent: Je m’appelle Guillaume, délégué pour les boulangeries Paul. C’est un plaisir..
Sydney: "I’m Guillaume, the representative of Paul’s bakery. It's a pleasure."
Laurent: Enchanté de vous rencontrer, je suis le directeur de Delta.
Sydney: "Nice to meet you, I am the director of Delta." What do we do if the other person introduces themselves first?
Laurent: You can introduce yourself in basically the same way.
Sydney: That sounds easy enough.
Laurent: Je m'appelle Thomas Mol. Enchanté de vous rencontrer.
Sydney: "My name is Thomas Mol. Very nice to meet you." That’s all you need! The second sentence there is a formal sentence you can use when you meet someone for the first time.
Laurent: Yes, Enchanté de vous rencontrer. Enchanté means "delighted" and rencontrer means "to meet".
Sydney: In-between those words is a preposition.
Laurent: Yes, de can be translated to "of." There is also vous.
Sydney: We spoke about that earlier, it’s the plural form of "you" and is used in formal language.
Laurent: If you’re meeting someone your age or a friend’s relative you can say Enchantée également instead.
Sydney: "Nice to meet you too."

Outro

Sydney: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Laurent: A la prochaine!

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Try to introduce yourself in French!

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