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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 11 - Making Small Talk in France. Maryssa Here.
Laurent: Bonjour, I'm Laurent.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you’ll learn about business small talk and ordering food. The conversation takes place at a restaurant.
Laurent: It's between a waiter, Laurène and Johanne.
Maryssa: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak both formal and informal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Waiter: Bonjour, avez-vous choisi ?
Laurène: Oui merci. Je vais prendre la salade de saison et le plat du jour.
Johanne: Et moi je vais prendre une salade lyonnaise et une assiette de frites s'il vous plaît.
Laurène: Je suis contente de te revoir. Tout se passe bien au travail ?
Johanne: Tout se passe bien. Mais j'ai besoin de ton avis sur notre site internet.
Laurène: Bien sûr ! On mange d'abord et on en parle ensuite ?
Johanne: Faisons comme ça ! C'est tout bon.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Waiter: Bonjour, avez-vous choisi ?
Laurène: Oui merci. Je vais prendre la salade de saison et le plat du jour.
Johanne: Et moi je vais prendre une salade lyonnaise et une assiette de frites s'il vous plaît.
Laurène: Je suis contente de te revoir. Tout se passe bien au travail ?
Johanne: Tout se passe bien. Mais j'ai besoin de ton avis sur notre site internet.
Laurène: Bien sûr ! On mange d'abord et on en parle ensuite ?
Johanne: Faisons comme ça ! C'est tout bon.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Waiter: Good morning, have you made your choice?
Laurène: Yes, thank you. I'll take a seasonal salad and the dish of the day.
Johanne: And I'll take a Lyonnaise salad and a plate of fries please.
Laurène: It's nice to see you again. Is everything going well at work?
Johanne: Everything is going well. But I need your opinion about our website.
Laurène: Sure! First we eat and then we talk?
Johanne: Let's do this then! All good.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Maryssa: This time, we heard a conversation at a business lunch.
Laurent: Yes, Laurène and Johanne were discussing work in a restaurant.
Maryssa: What are French business lunches like?
Laurent: I think that it’s quite an experience.
Maryssa: Why is that?
Laurent: French people like to take their time when they eat. We can spend hours around a table.
Maryssa: Do you have tips for French business dinners?
Laurent: It’s common for wine to be served, but try not to drink too much!
Maryssa: That’s a good piece of advice! At the end of the meal, how do you ask for the bill?
Laurent: L'addition s'il-vous -plaît.
Maryssa: "The bill, please." How about, "I pay the bill?"
Laurent: Je règle l'addition.
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Maryssa: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Laurent: choisir [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to choose
Laurent: choisir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: choisir [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: prendre [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to take
Laurent: prendre [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: prendre [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: salade [natural native speed]
Maryssa: salad
Laurent: salade [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: salade [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: plat [natural native speed]
Maryssa: dish
Laurent: plat [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: plat [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: avis [natural native speed]
Maryssa: opinion
Laurent: avis [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: avis [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: site internet [natural native speed]
Maryssa: website
Laurent: site internet [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: site internet [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: d'abord [natural native speed]
Maryssa: first
Laurent: d'abord [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: d'abord [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: bon [natural native speed]
Maryssa: good
Laurent: bon [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: bon [natural native speed]
Maryssa: And lastly...
Laurent: ensuite [natural native speed]
Maryssa: next, then
Laurent: ensuite [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: ensuite [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 phrase is...
Laurent: Faisons comme ça !
Maryssa: meaning "Let's do this then!"
Maryssa: How is this phrase used?
Laurent: It’s used to express agreement with someone.
Maryssa: You’d usually hear it at the end of a discussion.
Laurent: It’s a common expression in French.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... C'est entendu, faisons comme ça !
Maryssa: ... which means "Alright, let's do this!"
Maryssa: Okay, what's the next word?
Laurent: C'est tout bon.
Maryssa: meaning "All good."
Maryssa: This is an idiom.
Laurent: Yes, it’s used to express your agreement.
Maryssa: It shows that everything is good.
Laurent: You can add pour moi at the end of the sentence.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... C'est tout bon pour moi.
Maryssa: ... which means "That's fine by me."
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn about business small talk and ordering food. What phrase do you think would come in handy when making small talk in a business setting?
Laurent: I think, Je suis content de...
Maryssa: This means "I’m glad of…" or "It’s nice to…"
Laurent: In that phrase, content is an adjective.
Maryssa: It means "happy." In French, adjectives change depending on the gender and number of the noun they describe.
Laurent: content is used with masculine nouns. Contente is used with feminine nouns.
Maryssa: Let’s hear some sentence examples.
Laurent: Je suis content de te revoir.
Maryssa: "It’s nice to see you again."
Laurent: Je suis content que tu aies accepté mon invitation.
Maryssa: "I’m glad that you accepted my invitation."
Laurent: Je suis contente que la transaction se soit bien passée.
Maryssa: "I’m glad that the transaction went well." Now, let’s look at ordering food. What is the sentence pattern for this?
Laurent: Je vais prendre, followed by the food or drink, then s'il vous plaît.
Maryssa: "I’ll take," followed by the food or drink and then "please." An example, please?
Laurent: Je vais prendre la salade de saison et le plat du jour.
Maryssa: "I'll take a seasonal salad and the dish of the day."
Laurent: This sentence pattern uses the futur proche.
Maryssa: This is a tense used to talk about the near future.
Laurent: We use the present tense of aller and then add the infinitive.
Maryssa: So that’s the verb "to go" plus the infinitive. How does this work, Laurent?
Laurent: For example, Je vais prendre…
Maryssa: "I’ll have.."
Laurent: Tu vas prendre.
Maryssa: "You’ll have…" As well as "have," there are other verbs you can use.
Laurent: Yes, such as Je voudrais…
Maryssa: "I’d like…"
Laurent: J'aimerais…
Maryssa: "I’d like…"
Laurent: Je souhaiterais...
Maryssa: "I’d like…" Let’s finish with one last sentence example.
Laurent: Je voudrais commander à manger.
Maryssa: "I’d like to order food."

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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