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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 19 - A French Business Presentation. Maryssa Here.
Aurore: Bonjour, I'm Aurore.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you’ll learn about describing a product. The conversation takes place in a meeting room.
Aurore: It's between Laurène and a customer.
Maryssa: The speakers are strangers, therefore, they will speak both formal and informal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Laurène: Voici le dernier produit que nous avons imaginé. C'est un agenda.
customer: Il me paraît bien grand pour un agenda.
Laurène: Oui c'est normal. Nous nous sommes inspirés du Bullet journal, très tendance en ce moment.
Il a donc des spirales, une plus grande taille et plus de pages. Pour écrire plus.
customer: Et qu'est ce qu'il a de plus comparé à un agenda classique ?
Laurène: Il contient plusieurs plannings permettant de mieux s'organiser. Il est aussi coloré, il est attrayant.
customer: C'est vrai, cela donne envie d'écrire !
Laurène: C'est le but ! Il contient aussi des autocollants.
customer: Le papier est de meilleure qualité que le précédent.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Laurène: Voici le dernier produit que nous avons imaginé. C'est un agenda.
customer: Il me paraît bien grand pour un agenda.
Laurène: Oui c'est normal. Nous nous sommes inspirés du Bullet journal, très tendance en ce moment.
Il a donc des spirales, une plus grande taille et plus de pages. Pour écrire plus.
customer: Et qu'est ce qu'il a de plus comparé à un agenda classique ?
Laurène: Il contient plusieurs plannings permettant de mieux s'organiser. Il est aussi coloré, il est attrayant.
customer: C'est vrai, cela donne envie d'écrire !
Laurène: C'est le but ! Il contient aussi des autocollants.
customer: Le papier est de meilleure qualité que le précédent.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Laurène: Here's the latest product we have imagined. It's a diary.
Customer: To me, it seems big for a diary.
Laurène: Yes, that's normal. We were inspired by the Bullet journal, which is the latest trend. It has spirals, a bigger size, and more pages. In order to write more.
Customer: Compared to a regular diary, what is its advantage?
Laurène: It has several schedules, allowing you to better organize. It contains colored pictures, it's attractive.
Customer: True, it makes me want to write in it!
Laurène: That's the point! It also has stickers.
Customer: The quality of the paper is better than the previous one.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Maryssa: Laurène is doing a good job of selling that diary to the customer.
Aurore: Yes, the customer is hearing all about its new features.
Maryssa: It sounds good, I think I want one, too!
Aurore: Let’s all buy diaries from Laurène!
Maryssa: Aurore, I wanted to ask you about the French economy.
Aurore: In France, there are two growth and employment sectors. The first is the BTP, or Bâtiment Travaux Publics.
Maryssa: That means "public buildings and works sector." What is the other?
Aurore: It’s transport.
Maryssa: This includes the automobile and aeronautical industries.
Aurore: There’s a lot of temporary work in both sectors.
Maryssa: Only temporary work? Is it easy to find permanent jobs?
Aurore: It can be quite difficult, I think.
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: produit [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "product"
Aurore: produit [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: produit [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: paraître [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "to appear"
Aurore: paraître [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: paraître [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: agenda [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "diary"
Aurore: agenda [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: agenda [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: s'inspirer de [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "to be inspired by"
Aurore: s'inspirer de [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: s'inspirer de [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: tendance [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "trend"
Aurore: tendance [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: tendance [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: comparé à [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "compared to"
Aurore: comparé à [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: comparé à [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: attrayant [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "attractive"
Aurore: attrayant [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: attrayant [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: autocollant [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "sticker"
Aurore: autocollant [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: autocollant [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Aurore: planning [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "schedule"
Aurore: planning [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: planning [natural native speed]
Maryssa: And last...
Aurore: qualité [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "quality"
Aurore: qualité [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Aurore: qualité [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: Il me paraît
Maryssa: meaning "to me it seems."
Maryssa: This is a phrase.
Aurore: It includes the verb paraître.
Maryssa: This means "to seem" and is a transitive verb.
Aurore: il me paraît is "personal."
Maryssa: It shows how something seems to you.
Aurore: "Less personal" is il paraît.
Maryssa: "It seems." Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Aurore: Sure. For example, you can say... Mon école primaire me paraît plus petite maintenant que je suis adulte.
Maryssa: … which means "My elementary school seems smaller now that I'm an adult."
Maryssa: Okay, what's the next word?
Aurore: s'inspirer de
Maryssa: meaning "to be inspired by."
Maryssa: This is a transitive verb.
Aurore: Inspirer is a verb that means "to inspire."
Maryssa: How can you say that you are inspired?
Aurore: By adding the verb être. Je suis inspiré.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this verb?
Aurore: Sure. For example, you can say... Pour peindre, je m'inspire de mon artiste préférée, Frida Kahlo.
Maryssa: ... which means "When I paint, I'm inspired by my favorite artist, Frida Kahlo."
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn about describing a product. To do this, you’ll need to know some adjectives and adverbs that can really make your product sound good.
Aurore: Remember, the form will change depending on the gender of the noun.
Maryssa: That’s right! Aurore will give both forms, with the masculine form first. What’s first?
Aurore: novateur, novatrice
Maryssa: "innovative." Next is;
Aurore: naturel, naturelle
Maryssa: "natural." Our next one is;
Aurore: fantastique, fantastique
Maryssa: "amazing." Next is;
Aurore: extraordinaire, extraordinaire
Maryssa: "extraordinary." And finally;
Aurore: nutritif, nutritive
Maryssa: "nutritional." And yes, some of those were the same for both masculine and feminine. Now, let’s hear some phrases that you can use.
Aurore: Notre produit contient seulement…
Maryssa: "Our product contains only…"
Aurore: Notre produit contient autant de…
Maryssa: "Our product contains as much/many as…" And now, a couple of full sentences.
Aurore: Ce qui rend notre produit différent c’est son goût extraordinaire.
Maryssa: "What makes our product different is its amazing taste."
Aurore: La robe est de couleur rouge et orange.
Maryssa: "The dress is red and orange." Another good way to promote your product is to compare it to something else.
Aurore: You can use the expression comparé à.
Maryssa: This means "compared to."
Aurore: The pattern is Comparé à ce produit, mon produit est...
Maryssa: "Compared to this product, my product is…" You can use other nouns in place of the word "product." Let’s hear some examples.
Aurore: Comparé au dentifrice classique, mon dentifrice est blanchissant.
Maryssa: "Compared to traditional toothpastes, my toothpaste is teeth-whitening."
Aurore: Les légumes bio sont meilleures pour la santé comparés aux légumes non bio.
Maryssa: "Organic vegetables are better for the health compared to non-organic vegetables."

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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