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INTRODUCTION
Sydney: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 2 - Introducing Your New Colleague. Sydney Here.
Laurent: Bonjour, I'm Laurent.
Sydney: In this lesson, you’ll learn about introducing someone in a business situation. The conversation takes place in an office.
Sydney: The speakers are boss and employee, therefore, they will speak formal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Laurène: Bonjour à tous. Je vous présente Thomas, mon nouveau stagiaire.
Thomas: Bonjour et merci de m'accueillir. Enchanté de vous rencontrer.
Julien : Bonjour. Pouvez-vous me répéter votre nom s'il vous plaît ? Je n'ai pas compris.
Thomas: C'est Thomas !
Julien : Bienvenue dans l'équipe. Voici votre bureau.
Thomas: Merci beaucoup.
Laurène: Et voici tes mots de passe pour te connecter à ton ordinateur de bureau.
Thomas: Encore merci !
Sydney: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Laurène: Bonjour à tous. Je vous présente Thomas, mon nouveau stagiaire.
Thomas: Bonjour et merci de m'accueillir. Enchanté de vous rencontrer.
Julien : Bonjour. Pouvez-vous me répéter votre nom s'il vous plaît ? Je n'ai pas compris.
Thomas: C'est Thomas !
Julien : Bienvenue dans l'équipe. Voici votre bureau.
Thomas: Merci beaucoup.
Laurène: Et voici tes mots de passe pour te connecter à ton ordinateur de bureau.
Thomas: Encore merci !
Sydney: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Laurène: Hello everyone. I introduce you to Thomas, my new trainee.
Thomas: Hello, and thank you for your welcoming. Pleased to meet you.
Julien : Hello. Could you repeat your name please? I did not understand.
Thomas: It's Thomas!
Julien : Welcome to the team. Here's your desk.
Thomas: Thank you very much.
Laurène: And here's your passwords to log yourself in with your computer.
Thomas: Thank you again!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Sydney: In the conversation, we heard Thomas being introduced to the team.
Laurent: Yes, he had a warm welcome and hopefully he’ll be happy there.
Sydney: It all sounded pretty formal.
Laurent: During your first meetings, you should always try to be respectful and welcoming.
Sydney: What should you say if you are introducing someone else?
Laurent: You should say their name, surname, and role.
Sydney: And of course, use formal language if necessary.
Laurent: If you’re not sure how formal you should be, it’s always best to be too formal than not formal enough.
Sydney: That’s good advice.
Laurent: The first time you introduce someone, use Monsieur or Madame followed by their family name.
Sydney: If they’ve already said that first names are okay, then you can use that too. But only if you know it’s definitely fine.
Laurent: Also, make sure you use the formal vous at a first meeting, unless the person invited you to use tu.
Sydney: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Sydney: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Laurent: présenter [natural native speed]
Sydney: "to introduce"
Laurent: présenter [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: présenter [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: accueillir [natural native speed]
Sydney: "greet"
Laurent: accueillir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: accueillir [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: répéter [natural native speed]
Sydney: "to repeat"
Laurent: répéter [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: répéter [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: comprendre [natural native speed]
Sydney: "to understand"
Laurent: comprendre [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: comprendre [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: c'est [natural native speed]
Sydney: "it's, this is, that is"
Laurent: c'est [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: c'est [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: bienvenue [natural native speed]
Sydney: "welcome"
Laurent: bienvenue [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: bienvenue [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: mot de passe [natural native speed]
Sydney: "password"
Laurent: mot de passe [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: mot de passe [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: ordinateur [natural native speed]
Sydney: "computer"
Laurent: ordinateur [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: ordinateur [natural native speed]
Sydney: Next we have...
Laurent: bureau [natural native speed]
Sydney: "office, desk"
Laurent: bureau [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: bureau [natural native speed]
Sydney: And last...
Laurent: se connecter [natural native speed]
Sydney: "to log in"
Laurent: se connecter [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: se connecter [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Sydney: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
Laurent: bureau
Sydney: meaning "desk" and "office." This is a masculine noun.
Laurent: Yes, bureau can mean both "desk" or "office."
Sydney: So it depends on the context. For example, if you say...
Laurent: Je suis dans mon bureau.
Sydney: It means "I’m in my office."
Laurent: It doesn’t mean "I’m in my desk!"
Sydney: Can you give us another example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... J'ai besoin d'un nouveau bureau pour mon bureau.
Sydney: ...which means "I need a new desk for my office."
Sydney: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Laurent: Se connecter
Sydney: meaning "to log in." This is a verb.
Laurent: Verbs with se are known as reflexive verbs.
Sydney: So pronouns change to reflect the subject of the verb.
Laurent: You’ll often hear Se connecter in the IT field.
Sydney: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... Il faut se connecter pour voir les photos de ses amis sur Facebook.
Sydney: ... which means "You have to log in to view your friends' photos on Facebook."
Sydney: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Sydney: In this lesson, you'll learn about introducing someone. When you introduce someone in a business setting, you should say what their position is. For example, in the conversation we heard...
Laurent: Je vous présente Thomas, mon nouveau stagiaire.
Sydney: "I introduce you to Thomas, my new trainee."
Laurent: Présenter is a verb meaning "to introduce."
Sydney: Let’s look at some words we can use to describe positions.
Laurent: Directeur
Sydney: "president"
Laurent: PDG
Sydney: "CEO"
Laurent: Directeur des ventes
Sydney: "sales director"
Laurent: Responsable administratif
Sydney: "office manager"
Laurent: secrétaire
Sydney: "secretary"
Laurent: chef
Sydney: "boss"
Laurent: responsable
Sydney: "supervisor" or "director." Sometimes when someone is introduced to you, you don’t always catch their name. A polite way to ask them to repeat their name is...
Laurent: Pouvez-vous me répéter votre nom s'il vous plaît ? Je n'ai pas compris.
Sydney: Those are a couple of long sentences, so let’s look at them closer.
Laurent: Pouvez-vous means "could you." It comes from the French verb pouvoir.
Sydney: It’s a polite way to ask something of someone. You can make this sentence more polite by adding...
Laurent: Excusez-moi
Sydney: "Excuse me," at the start. It’s good to use this with clients.

Outro

Sydney: 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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What would you say to introduce your colleague?