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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 18 - Making a Suggestion in French. Maryssa Here.
Aurore: Bonjour, I'm Aurore.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to give suggestions. The conversation takes place in a meeting room.
Aurore: It's between Laurène and Naïma.
Maryssa: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak both formal and informal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Laurène: Il y a des problèmes de management dans notre entreprise.
Naïma: Quels problèmes ?
Laurène: Pas assez de communication avec les employés. Et ils ne sentent pas considérés.
Naïma: Il faut prendre en compte leur ressenti. On pourrait peut-être organiser des petits groupes de réunion avec eux ? Voir ce qu'ils proposent ?
Laurène: C'est une bonne idée ! Peut-être créer une newsletter interne pour les tenir au courant ?
Naïma: Bonne idée également ! Il faut en parler avec le directeur.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Laurène: Il y a des problèmes de management dans notre entreprise.
Naïma: Quels problèmes ?
Laurène: Pas assez de communication avec les employés. Et ils ne sentent pas considérés.
Naïma: Il faut prendre en compte leur ressenti. On pourrait peut-être organiser des petits groupes de réunion avec eux ? Voir ce qu'ils proposent ?
Laurène: C'est une bonne idée ! Peut-être créer une newsletter interne pour les tenir au courant ?
Naïma: Bonne idée également ! Il faut en parler avec le directeur.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Laurène: There are management issues inside our company.
Naïma: Which problems?
Laurène: Communication with the employees is not enough. And they don't feel considered.
Naïma: We have to take into consideration their perception. Maybe we could organize small meetings with them? See what they suggest?
Laurène: That's a good idea! Maybe we could create an internal newsletter in order to keep them informed?
Naïma: That's also a good idea! We have to talk about it with our director.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Maryssa: It’s important to ensure that employees feel as if they are being listened to.
Aurore: I agree. Nobody likes to be out of the loop.
Maryssa: What is the procedure for finding a job with a French company?
Aurore: You should thoroughly check the job advert first.
Maryssa: That way, you’ll know what they’re looking for.
Aurore: You’ll need to send a cover letter and a CV. Usually you don’t need to send a manuscript letter anymore.
Maryssa: Make sure that your CV and cover letter stand out, and aren’t just generic, or the same as everyone else’s.
Aurore: Finding a job in France isn’t easy.
Maryssa: We spoke before about the difficulties of getting a permanent job.
Aurore: The unemployment rate in France is quite high, too.
Maryssa: Would speaking English give an advantage?
Aurore: If you can speak English and French, that would be a great advantage!
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Maryssa: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Aurore: management [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "management"
Aurore: management [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: management [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: il y a [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "there is"
Aurore: il y a [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: il y a [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: communication [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "communication"
Aurore: communication [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: communication [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: considéré [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "considered"
Aurore: considéré [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: considéré [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: prendre en compte [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "to take into consideration"
Aurore: prendre en compte [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: prendre en compte [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: ressenti [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "perception"
Aurore: ressenti [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: ressenti [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: newsletter [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "newsletter"
Aurore: newsletter [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: newsletter [natural native speed]
Maryssa: And last...
Aurore: interne [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "internal"
Aurore: interne [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: interne [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...
Aurore: prendre en compte
Maryssa: meaning "to take into consideration."
Maryssa: This is a verbal locution.
Aurore: It might sound formal as it isn’t used in everyday speech.
Maryssa: You’ll sound very professional if you use it at work, though!
Aurore: Tenir compte de is a similar expression to prendre en compte.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Aurore: Sure. For example, you can say... Il faut prendre en compte les nouveaux chiffres de cette année.
Maryssa: ... which means "The new figures for this year must be taken into account."
Maryssa: Okay, what's the next word?
Aurore: ressenti
Maryssa: meaning "perception."
Maryssa: This is a masculine word.
Aurore: Don’t confuse it with j'ai ressenti.
Maryssa: "I felt." This is the past participle of "to feel."
Aurore: It comes from ressentir.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Aurore: Sure. For example, you can say... J'ai ressenti son ressenti.
Maryssa: ... which means "I felt his feelings."
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn about giving suggestions. To make a suggestion in French, the French conditional is the perfect tense to use.
Aurore: This is because it describes events that are not guaranteed to occur.
Maryssa: It’s very similar to English conditionals.
Aurore: A good verb to use is pouvoir.
Maryssa: This is "can." You can use it in conditional, or past tense.
Aurore: For example, Peut-être créer une newsletter interne pour les tenir au courant?
Maryssa: "Maybe we could create an internal newsletter in order to keep them informed?"
Aurore: Peut-être is often used with suggestions.
Maryssa: It means "maybe." You can use it to show that your idea is a possibility, but not one you’re 100% sure about. Let’s look at some other verbs that might be useful.
Aurore: conseiller
Maryssa: "to advise"
Aurore: prier, supplier
Maryssa: "to beg"
Aurore: donner l'ordre de
Maryssa: "to command"
Aurore: encourager
Maryssa: "to encourage"
Aurore: interdire
Maryssa: "to forbid"
Aurore: Inviter
Maryssa: "to invite"
Aurore: ordonner
Maryssa: "to order"
Aurore: inciter à
Maryssa: "to urge"
Aurore: avertir
Maryssa: "to warn." If you want suggestions from your colleagues, you need to tell them that there is a problem or issue that needs addressing. Here are a couple of phrases that you can use for this:
Aurore: J’ai remarqué que…
Maryssa: "I have noticed that…"
Aurore: Il y a un problème.
Maryssa: "There is a problem." Let’s finish with an example sentence.
Aurore: J’ai remarqué que la photocopieuse imprime mal.
Maryssa: "I noticed that the photocopier prints badly."

Outro

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

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