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INTRODUCTION
Maryssa: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Business French for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 9 - Going on a French Business Trip. Maryssa Here.
Laurent: Bonjour, I'm Laurent.
Maryssa: In this lesson, you’ll learn useful words and phrases when taking a flight. The conversation takes place at the airport.
Laurent: It's between Naïma and a customs officer.
Maryssa: The speakers are strangers, therefore, they will speak formal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Naïma: Bonjour !
Customs officer: Bonjour madame. Veuillez me montrer votre passeport et votre billet d'avion si vous souhaitez accéder à la salle d'embarquement.
Naïma: Bien sûr. Mais je n'ai pas de billet d'avion, j'ai mon titre de transport sur mon portable.
Customs officer: C'est bon aussi. Je dois scanner le QR code. Tout est en ordre vous pouvez y aller
Naïma: Merci, bonne journée.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Naïma: Bonjour !
Customs officer: Bonjour madame. Veuillez me montrer votre passeport et votre billet d'avion si vous souhaitez accéder à la salle d'embarquement.
Naïma: Bien sûr. Mais je n'ai pas de billet d'avion, j'ai mon titre de transport sur mon portable.
Customs officer: C'est bon aussi. Je dois scanner le QR code. Tout est en ordre vous pouvez y aller
Naïma: Merci, bonne journée.
Maryssa: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Naïma: Good morning!
Customs officer: Hello Madam. Please show me your passport and airline ticket if you wish to access the boarding lounge.
Naïma: Of course. But I do not have a plane ticket, I have my transport ticket on my cell phone.
Customs officer: It's good too. I have to scan the QR code. It's okay, you can go.
Naïma: Thank you, have a nice day.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Maryssa: Lucky Naïma is going on a business trip.
Laurent: Is it lucky? She’ll still be working.
Maryssa: Hopefully she’ll get some time to see the sights of Poland while she’s there.
Laurent: Let’s hope so! And that the business side is productive.
Maryssa: Do the staff in French airports speak English?
Laurent: Most of them do.
Maryssa: I imagine that’s definitely the case in the big cities.
Laurent: Yes, if you’re in Paris, Marseille, Lyon or cities like that, they will speak English.
Maryssa: And of course, airports are pretty similar everywhere in the world.
Laurent: Yeah, the procedures are similar, especially.
Maryssa: Remember to stay calm and polite.
Laurent: If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask a staff member.
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: passeport [natural native speed]
Maryssa: passport
Laurent: passeport [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: passeport [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: billet d'avion [natural native speed]
Maryssa: airline ticket
Laurent: billet d'avion [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: billet d'avion [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: souhaiter [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to wish
Laurent: souhaiter [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: souhaiter [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: accéder [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to access
Laurent: accéder [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: accéder [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: salle d'embarquement [natural native speed]
Maryssa: boarding lounge
Laurent: salle d'embarquement [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: salle d'embarquement [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: bien sûr [natural native speed]
Maryssa: of course
Laurent: bien sûr [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: bien sûr [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: portable [natural native speed]
Maryssa: cell phone
Laurent: portable [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: portable [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: ordre [natural native speed]
Maryssa: order
Laurent: ordre [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: ordre [natural native speed]
Maryssa: Next we have...
Laurent: scanner [natural native speed]
Maryssa: to scan
Laurent: scanner [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: scanner [natural native speed]
Maryssa: And last...
Laurent: bonne journée [natural native speed]
Maryssa: have a good day!
Laurent: bonne journée [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Laurent: bonne journée [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: sur mon portable
Maryssa: meaning "on my cell phone".
Maryssa: Let’s look at this phrase.
Laurent: Sur is a very common French preposition that usually means "on."
Maryssa: In this case it refers to the location of being "on" the cell phone.
Laurent: sûr also means "certain."
Maryssa: But this used as an adjective is a little different.
Laurent: Yes, it has a circumflex accent, so you can tell the difference.
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... J'ai la réservation sur mon portable.
Maryssa: ... which means "I have the reservation on my phone."
Maryssa: Okay, what's the next word?
Laurent: Bonne journée!
Maryssa: meaning "Have a nice day!"
Maryssa: How is this greeting used?
Laurent: You might think it is similar to bonjour, but you should think of it differently.
Maryssa: Yes, that is more of a "hello!"
Laurent: But Bonne journée! is more like a farewell phrase.
Maryssa: You can say it when you are leaving someone. What would you say at night?
Laurent: Bonne soirée!
Maryssa: Can you give us an example using this word?
Laurent: Sure. For example, you can say... Je m'en vais, bonne journée !
Maryssa: ... which means "I'm leaving, have a nice day!"
Maryssa: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Maryssa: In this lesson, you'll learn useful words and phrases when taking a flight. One of the most stressful parts of airports, is immigration and customs, I think.
Laurent: I agree. When you get off the plane in France, you’ll need to follow the signs to Contrôle des passeports.
Maryssa: That’s "passport control." If you’re from the EU, you can follow the signs for EU passengers.
Laurent: Citoyens UE. If you’re not from the EU, then it’s Tous passeports.
Maryssa: That means "all passports." When you get to the immigration counter, you will be asked to stay behind the yellow line.
Laurent: Attendez derrière la ligne jaune. You’ll then be called to the counter by a member of the Police aux Frontières
Maryssa: "The Border Police." What will they ask you?
Laurent: Passeport, s'il vous plait.
Maryssa: "Passport, please."
Laurent: Or, Veuillez me montrer votre passeport.
Maryssa: "Please show me your passport." Let’s hear a few other things you might be asked for, and not just in an airport.
Laurent: Votre sac, s'il vous plaît.
Maryssa: "Your bag, please."
Laurent: Votre carte bancaire, s'il vous plaît.
Maryssa: "Your bank card, please."
Laurent: Votre réservation, s'il vous plaît.
Maryssa: "Your reservation, please." As you can probably tell, all of these sentences follow a pattern.
Laurent: We use votre with a single item. If it’s plural, use vos.
Maryssa: Next, let’s move onto the modal verb "to have." This is an irregular verb in French, so Laurent, can you tell us the conjugations?
Laurent: Sure. je dois, tu dois, il doit, nous devons, vous devez, ils doivent
Maryssa: This is then usually followed by another verb in its infinitive form. For example...
Laurent: Tu dois écouter le professeur.
Maryssa: "You have to listen to the teacher."
Laurent: Vous devez arriver à l'heure.
Maryssa: "You must arrive on time." You can also use it for assumptions.
Laurent: Yes. Such as, Il doit travailler dur ces jours-ci car il a l’air fatigué.
Maryssa: "He must work hard these days because he looks tired."
Laurent: Tu passes un entretien ? Tu dois être stressé.
Maryssa: "You have a job interview? You must be stressed."

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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