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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 10 - Asking for Directions. Maryssa Here.
Laurent: Bonjour, I'm Laurent.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you’ll learn about asking for directions. The conversation takes place in the street.
Laurent: It's between Laurène, Thomas, and a pedestrian.
Maryssa: The speakers are two co-workers and a stranger, therefore, they will speak both formal and informal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Laurène: Mince... je crois bien que nous sommes perdus.
Thomas: Pourtant d'après le GPS de mon téléphone, le consulat doit être là.
Laurène: Attends, je vais demander à quelqu'un.
Laurène: Monsieur, excusez-moi de vous déranger, mais peut-êre pouvez-vous nous aider, nous sommes perdus.
Piéton: Oui bien sûr. Que cherchez-vous ?
Laurène: Le consulat s'il vous plaît. Malgré notre GPS nous ne le trouvons pas.
Piéton: Vous n'êtes pas très loin il faut remonter la rue, puis aller dans la petite ruelle en cul de sac sur votre gauche.
Laurène: Merci beaucoup !
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Laurène: Mince... je crois bien que nous sommes perdus.
Thomas: Pourtant d'après le GPS de mon téléphone, le consulat doit être là.
Laurène: Attends, je vais demander à quelqu'un.
Laurène: Monsieur, excusez-moi de vous déranger, mais peut-êre pouvez-vous nous aider, nous sommes perdus.
Piéton: Oui bien sûr. Que cherchez-vous ?
Laurène: Le consulat s'il vous plaît. Malgré notre GPS nous ne le trouvons pas.
Piéton: Vous n'êtes pas très loin il faut remonter la rue, puis aller dans la petite ruelle en cul de sac sur votre gauche.
Laurène: Merci beaucoup !
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Laurène: Bummer...I think we are lost.
Thomas: Yet, according to the GPS on my phone, the consulate must be there.
Laurène: Wait, I'll ask someone.
Laurène: Sir, I'm sorry to bother you, but maybe you can help us, we are lost.
Pedestrian: Yes, of course. What are you looking for?
Laurène: (We are looking for) the consulate. Despite our GPS, we do not find it.
Pedestrian: You are not very far; you have to walk up the street, then go into the little alley with a dead end on your left.
Laurène: Thank you so much!
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Maryssa: It seems like they weren’t far away from the consulate.
Laurent: Not at all! Sometimes it’s that last few metres that are the hardest part.
Maryssa: Yeah, especially in a new area with a lot of similar looking buildings.
Laurent: They did all of the right things to try to find the consulate, though.
Maryssa: Oh yes, they had the location on their GPS, didn’t they?
Laurent: Having a map, either a paper one or on your phone, is a good idea.
Maryssa: A lot of the GPS apps allow you to download the maps so you can use them offline, too.
Laurent: That’s handy if you’re in another country and don’t want to use your data.
Maryssa: You could even print them out and do it in a slightly more old-fashioned way.
Laurent: Or screenshot them!
Maryssa: That’s a good idea, too. That way, if you have to show them to a passerby when you ask for help, they can see where you’re going.
Laurent: You can say Je voudrais aller là.
Maryssa: "I want to go there." Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Maryssa: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Laurent: croire [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to believe
Laurent: croire [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: croire [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: perdu [natural native speed]
Maryssa: lost
Laurent: perdu [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: perdu [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: d'après [natural native speed]
Maryssa: yet
Laurent: d'après [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: d'après [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: consulat [natural native speed]
Maryssa: consulate
Laurent: consulat [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: consulat [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: demander [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to ask
Laurent: demander [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: demander [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: malgré [natural native speed]
Maryssa: in spite of
Laurent: malgré [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: malgré [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: déranger [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to disturb
Laurent: déranger [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: déranger [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: remonter [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to walk up
Laurent: remonter [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: remonter [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: rue [natural native speed]
Maryssa: street
Laurent: rue [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: rue [natural native speed]
Maryssa: And last...
Laurent: ruelle [natural native speed]
Maryssa: alley
Laurent: ruelle [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: ruelle [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Maryssa: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
Laurent: selon, d'après
Maryssa: meaning "according to".
Maryssa: This is two separate words that share the same meaning.
Laurent: Yes, both selon and d'après mean "according to."
Maryssa: They are prepositions.
Laurent: Selon provides information about the relation between two elements or events.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... Je mange selon ma faim
Maryssa: … which means "I eat according to my hunger."
Maryssa: Okay, what's the next word?
Laurent: malgré
Maryssa: meaning "despite".
Maryssa: This is another preposition.
Laurent: It’s pretty easy to use, I think.
Maryssa: Its sense and function are the same as the English "despite" and "in spite of."
Laurent: En dépit de means basically the same, but is less common.
Maryssa: What is the difference?
Laurent: Think of malgré meaning "despite." En dépit de is "in spite of."
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... Il travaille malgré sa fatigue.
Maryssa: ... which means "He is working despite his tiredness."
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn about asking for directions. When asking for directions, remember to always be polite.
Laurent: Yes, use the polite vous when you ask for directions from a stranger.
Maryssa: How can you get someone’s attention in a polite way?
Laurent: You can start by saying pardon monsieur or pardon madame.
Maryssa: "Excuse me, sir" or "excuse me, madam."
Laurent: Also, excusez-moi.
Maryssa: "Excuse me," or "sorry." Then you can ask where something is.
Laurent: The patterns for that are où est ...? or où se trouve ...?
Maryssa: That second one includes a reflexive verb that means "to be found." Let’s hear an example sentence.
Laurent: Pardon monsieur, où se trouve la bibliothèque?
Maryssa: "Pardon me, sir, where is the library?"
Laurent: You can also use je cherche. Excusez-moi, je cherche le marché.
Maryssa: "Excuse me, I’m looking for the market." In the business world, you might use these phrases to ask about a few places that can be found in the office. Let’s hear a couple of examples with these.
Laurent: Excusez-moi madame, où est la salle de réunion?
Maryssa: "Excuse me madam, where is the conference room?"
Laurent: Excusez-moi madame, où est l’ascenseur?
Maryssa: "Excuse me madam, where is the elevator?"
Laurent: Excusez-moi madame, où sont les toilettes?
Maryssa: "Excuse me madam, where is the toilet?" Next, let’s look at giving directions.
Laurent: To say "go straight," you use continuez tout droit. Continuez tout droit jusqu'au marché.
Maryssa: "Keep going straight all the way to the market." How do we say "to turn left," or "to turn right?"
Laurent: tournez à gauche or tournez à droite, respectively. Au marché, tournez à gauche.
Maryssa: "At the market, turn left."
Laurent: Au parc, tournez à droite.
Maryssa: "At the park, turn right."

Outro

Maryssa: 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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