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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 12 - Asking for Information About Office Procedures. Maryssa Here.
Laurent: Bonjour, I'm Laurent.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask about office rules. The conversation takes place at the office.
Laurent: It's between Laurène and Thomas.
Maryssa: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak both formal and informal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Laurène: Demain nous avons une réunion avec toute l'équipe marketing et le directeur, à 10h en salle 3.
Thomas: Très bien. Dois-je m'habiller d'une certaine façon ? Plus classe que d'habitude ?
Laurène: Non rien de particulier. Du moment que tu ne viennes pas en tongs et en jogging !
Thomas: Haha soyez tranquille ça n'arrivera pas. Vous allez présenter notre nouveau projet ?
Laurène: Oui c'est ça. Voudrais-tu t'occuper du Powerpoint ?
Thomas: Pas de souci. J'utiliserais votre ordinateur ou le mien ?
Laurène: Le mien de préférence. As-tu le mot de passe ?
Thomas: Oui je l'ai.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Laurène: Demain nous avons une réunion avec toute l'équipe marketing et le directeur, à 10h en salle 3.
Thomas: Très bien. Dois-je m'habiller d'une certaine façon ? Plus classe que d'habitude ?
Laurène: Non rien de particulier. Du moment que tu ne viennes pas en tongs et en jogging !
Thomas: Haha soyez tranquille ça n'arrivera pas. Vous allez présenter notre nouveau projet ?
Laurène: Oui c'est ça. Voudrais-tu t'occuper du Powerpoint ?
Thomas: Pas de souci. J'utiliserais votre ordinateur ou le mien ?
Laurène: Le mien de préférence. As-tu le mot de passe ?
Thomas: Oui je l'ai.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Laurène: We have a meeting with the entire marketing team and the director tomorrow at 10 AM, room 3.
Thomas: Very well. Do I need to get dressed up in some way? Classier than usual?
Laurène: Nothing in particular. As long as you don't come with flip-flops and sweatpants.
Thomas: Haha don't worry, I won't. Are you going to introduce our new project?
Laurène: Yes. Would you be in charge of the PowerPoint?
Thomas: No problem. Will I use your laptop or mine?
Laurène: Mine ideally. Do you have the password?
Thomas: Yes I have it.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Maryssa: That sounds like an important meeting. It’s with the entire marketing team.
Laurent: Yeah, it sounds nerve wracking!
Maryssa: It can’t be that formal though, as there was no special dress code for it.
Laurent: That’s right. As long as Thomas isn’t dressed for the beach, then it’ll be okay.
Maryssa: What is the dress code like in French offices?
Laurent: Some countries have ‘casual Friday’ and things like that, but we don’t have that in France.
Maryssa: Is it best to be formal for your first few days?
Laurent: Yes, I think so. Dress business-like and see how everyone else dresses.
Maryssa: Offices can differ in their dress codes.
Laurent: Yes, if everyone is wearing a suit, then you should, too.
Maryssa: If people are wearing jeans though, maybe you can do so too, once you’ve been there a little longer.
Laurent: Be careful with facial hair, such as beards, as these aren’t always well-received in the office.
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: demain [natural native speed]
Maryssa: tomorrow
Laurent: demain [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: demain [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: s'occuper de [natural native speed]
Maryssa: taking care of
Laurent: s'occuper de [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: s'occuper de [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: équipe [natural native speed]
Maryssa: team
Laurent: équipe [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: équipe [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: s'habiller [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to get dressed
Laurent: s'habiller [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: s'habiller [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: classe [natural native speed]
Maryssa: classy
Laurent: classe [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: classe [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: tong [natural native speed]
Maryssa: flip-flop
Laurent: tong [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: tong [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: jogging [natural native speed]
Maryssa: sweatpants
Laurent: jogging [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: jogging [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: arriver [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to come
Laurent: arriver [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: arriver [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: souci [natural native speed]
Maryssa: trouble
Laurent: souci [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: souci [natural native speed]
Maryssa: And last...
Laurent: ordinateur [natural native speed]
Maryssa: computer
Laurent: ordinateur [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: ordinateur [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: s'habiller
Maryssa: meaning "to get dressed".
Maryssa: This is a verb.
Laurent: Yes, s'habiller is a reflexive verb. In French, this is verbe prénominal.
Maryssa: Reflexive verbs are used with reflexive pronouns.
Laurent: Such as me, te, se, nous, vous.
Maryssa: French reflexive verbs are all common.
Laurent: They’re used on a daily basis.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... Dêpechez-vous de vous habiller !
Maryssa: ... which means "Hurry up, get dressed!"
Maryssa: Okay, what's the next word?
Laurent: s'occuper de
Maryssa: meaning "to be in charge"
Maryssa: This is also a reflexive verb.
Laurent: Se becomes s' because the verb starts with a vowel.
Maryssa: It has several meanings, such as "to be in charge of."
Laurent: Also, "to take care of."
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... Il s'occupe des enfants ce soir.
Maryssa: ... which means "He is taking care of the kids tonight."
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn how to ask about rules. Sometimes when you’re in an office, you have to ask a direct question about the rules.
Laurent: You can do that in French using the verb devoir.
Maryssa: This means "to have to." What is it in its question form?
Laurent: It’s the verb followed by a pronoun. For example, dois-je.
Maryssa: Then you follow that up with the question. Let’s hear some examples.
Laurent: Dois-je m'habiller d'une certaine façon ?
Maryssa: "Do I need to get dressed up in some way?"
Laurent: Dois-je arriver à 8 heures le matin ?
Maryssa: "Do I have to arrive at 8 o'clock in the morning?" Let’s hear some more questions and phrases that might be useful when you start in the office.
Laurent: As-tu le mot de passe ?
Maryssa: "Do you have the password?"
Laurent: Y a-t-il une cafétéria ?
Maryssa: "Is there a cafeteria?"
Laurent: Es-ce qu’il y a une zone fumeur ?
Maryssa: "Is there a smoking area?"
Laurent: Comment utiliser la photocopieuse ?
Maryssa: "How do I use the printer?"
Laurent: Puis-je utiliser le réfrigérateur ?
Maryssa: "Can I use the refrigerator?"
Laurent: Où sont les toilettes ?
Maryssa: "Where is the restroom?"
Laurent: A quelle heure ouvre la cafétéria ?
Maryssa: "When is the cafeteria open?"

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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