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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 8 - Arranging a Business Meeting. Maryssa Here.
Laurent: Bonjour, I'm Laurent.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you’ll learn about booking a meeting room. The conversation takes place at the office.
Laurent: It's between Thomas and Laurène, and Naïma on the phone.
Maryssa: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak both formal and informal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Laurène: Thomas, est-ce que la salle de réunion est disponible cet après-midi ? Pourrais-tu vérifier sur le planning en ligne si elle est libre s'il te plaît ?
Thomas: Bien sûr. Je crois que Naïma en a besoin, elle a reservé la salle tout l'après-midi.
Laurène: Mince...peux-tu l'appeler pour confirmer ?
Thomas: Allo Naïma ? Oui c'est Thomas. Nous avons besoin de la salle de réunion pour cet après-midi mais tu l'as déjà reservé n'est-ce pas ?
Naïma (on the phone): Oui effectivement. Mais j'en ai besoin de 13h à 15h. Vous pouvez y aller ensuite.
Thomas: Très bien faisons comme ça alors. Merci.
Thomas: C'est bon, la salle est réservée de 15h à 17h !
Laurène: Parfait !
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Laurène: Thomas, est-ce que la salle de réunion est disponible cet après-midi ? Pourrais-tu vérifier sur le planning en ligne si elle est libre s'il te plaît ?
Thomas: Bien sûr. Je crois que Naïma en a besoin, elle a reservé la salle tout l'après-midi.
Laurène: Mince...peux-tu l'appeler pour confirmer ?
Thomas: Allo Naïma ? Oui c'est Thomas. Nous avons besoin de la salle de réunion pour cet après-midi mais tu l'as déjà reservé n'est-ce pas ?
Naïma (on the phone): Oui effectivement. Mais j'en ai besoin de 13h à 15h. Vous pouvez y aller ensuite.
Thomas: Très bien faisons comme ça alors. Merci.
Thomas: C'est bon, la salle est réservée de 15h à 17h !
Laurène: Parfait !
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Laurène: Thomas, is the meeting room available this afternoon? Could you check on the online schedule if it's available with the online planner, please?
Thomas: Sure. I think Naïma needs it, she booked the room all afternoon.
Laurène: Damn...Could you call her to double check?
Thomas: Hello Naïma? It's Thomas. We need the meeting room this afternoon, but it seems you already booked it?
Naïma: Indeed. But I need it from 1 PM to 3 PM. You can use it after.
Thomas: Great, let's do this then.
Thomas: It's okay, it's booked from 3 PM to 5 PM.
Laurène: Perfect!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Maryssa: It’s good that they were able to figure out the issues around the meeting room.
Laurent: Yeah, everyone that needs it, can use it.
Maryssa: If you have a meeting set up, how important is it to be on time?
Laurent: It’s very important. You shouldn’t just be on time, but you should be early.
Maryssa: That gives a good impression.
Laurent: It does. It shows that you are concerned with the outcome of the meeting.
Maryssa: Are handshakes common in French business meetings?
Laurent: Yes they are. When you give your hand, you should state your name, too.
Maryssa: What other things can you do to impress your business partners?
Laurent: You can host a special event or a dinner.
Maryssa: Is this better than giving a business gift?
Laurent: Yes, gifts aren’t commonly given to people you’re not close to.
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: salle de réunion [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "meeting room"
Laurent: salle de réunion [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: salle de réunion [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: réserver [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "to book"
Laurent: réserver [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: réserver [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: confirmer [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "to confirm"
Laurent: confirmer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: confirmer [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: n'est-ce pas ? [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "Isn’t it?"
Laurent: n'est-ce pas ? [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: n'est-ce pas ? [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: pouvoir [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "can"
Laurent: pouvoir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: pouvoir [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: besoin [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "need"
Laurent: besoin [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: besoin [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: faire [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "to do"
Laurent: faire [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: faire [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: comme [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "as"
Laurent: comme [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: comme [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: alors [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "then, so"
Laurent: alors [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: alors [natural native speed]
Maryssa: And last...
Laurent: parfait [natural native speed]
Maryssa: "perfect"
Laurent: parfait [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: parfait [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: appeler pour confirmer
Maryssa: meaning "to call to confirm."
Maryssa: This phrase has two verbs.
Laurent: The first is appeler meaning "to call" and the second is confirmer.
Maryssa: This means "to confirm." The word in the middle can be translated as "for."
Laurent: Yes, that is pour.
Maryssa: Usually when you have multiple verbs in a sentence, the first one is conjugated.
Laurent: The other ones are in the infinitive form.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... J'appelle le restaurant pour confirmer notre reservation.
Maryssa: ...which means "I'm calling the restaurant to confirm our reservation."
Maryssa: Okay, what's the next word?
Laurent: J'en ai besoin.
Maryssa: meaning "I need it."
Maryssa: This is a phrase.
Laurent: To express need in French, you can use avoir besoin de.
Maryssa: Literally, it means "to have need of something."
Laurent: You can also use J'en ai besoin plus quelque chose, or an infinitive verb.
Maryssa: This can mean "to need to do."
Laurent: That’s right.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... J'ai besoin de toi.
Maryssa: ... which means "I need you."
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn about booking a meeting room. If we’re going to have a formal or important meeting, then we need a place to have it.
Laurent: Yes. You can use a sentence like Est-ce que la salle de réunion est libre…
Maryssa: "Is the meeting room free…"
Laurent: Or, Est que la salle de réunion est disponible…
Maryssa: "Is the meeting room available…" and then you add the date and time that you’re inquiring about. If you’re asking about a day, you should use the definite article.
Laurent: Yes, that is le. So, le lundi.
Maryssa: "On Monday." For time, you use the preposition...
Laurent: à, for example à 15 heures.
Maryssa: "At 3pm." Let’s hear some sentences with this altogether.
Laurent: Est-ce que la salle de réunion est disponible le mercredi après-midi ?
Maryssa: "Is the big meeting room free on Wednesday afternoon?"
Laurent: Est-ce que la salle de réunion est disponible à 14 heures ?
Maryssa: "Is the small meeting room available at 2 PM?" Now you have a time, you have to ask the attendees if they can make it. For example,
Laurent: Êtes-vous libre mercredi après-midi ?
Maryssa: "Are you free on Wednesday afternoon?"
Laurent: Est-ce que M. Jones est disponible à 14 heures ?
Maryssa: "Is Mr. Jones available at 2pm?" If you don’t have a set time, you can ask your co-workers what time is good for them.
Laurent: You can say, Quand es-tu disponible ?
Maryssa: "When are you available?"
Laurent: Quelle heure te convient ?
Maryssa: "What time is good for you?"
Laurent: Quelle heure t’arrange ?
Maryssa: "What time works for you?" Hopefully, your co-worker will respond with a time that works for you, too. But if it doesn’t, you’ll need to tell them that politely. Some phrases you can use include:
Laurent: Je suis occupé à ce moment là.
Maryssa: "I’m busy then."
Laurent: Je ne suis pas au bureau.
Maryssa: "I’m out of the office."
Laurent: J’ai prévu quelque chose d’autre.
Maryssa: "I have something else scheduled."

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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