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Let's take a closer look at the conversation.
Do you remember how Mark asks,
Mark Lee: "Are you a student?"
Mark Lee: Êtes-vous étudiant ?
First is Êtes, "are" as in "are you." Êtes (enunciated). Êtes.
Êtes is from the verb, être, meaning "to be." Être.
After this is vous, the plural form of "you," as in "you all." But here it's the formal way to address a single person. Vous (enunciated). Vous.
Together, Êtes-vous, "are you" when addressing a single person. Êtes-vous.
Last is the word, étudiant, "student." Étudiant (enunciated). Étudiant.
In French, all nouns have grammatical gender and are either singular or plural. Étudiant is masculine singular.
All together, it's Êtes-vous étudiant ? "Are you a student ?" Êtes-vous étudiant?
Now, let's take a closer look at the response.
Do you remember how Hugues says,
"No, I'm not a student. I'm an investor."
Hugues Henry: Non, je ne suis pas étudiant. Je suis investisseur.
First is non, "no." Non (enunciated). Non.
It answers Mark's yes-or-no question, "Are you a student?" Êtes-vous étudiant?
After this, Hugues specifies that he’s not a student. Je ne suis pas étudiant. "I'm not a student." Je ne suis pas étudiant.
First is je, "I." Je (enunciated). Je.
After this is ne suis pas, meaning "am not." Ne suis pas.
Let’s start with suis, meaning "am," as in "I am." Suis (enunciated). Suis.
Suis is from the verb, être, meaning "to be." Être.
Before the verb is ne. Ne (enunciated). Ne.
After the verb is pas. Pas (enunciated). Pas.
Together, ne...pas means "not." Ne...pas.
All together, it's je ne suis pas, "I am not." Je ne suis pas.
Next is étudiant. "Student." Étudiant.
All together, Je ne suis pas étudiant. "I'm not a student." Je ne suis pas étudiant.
Hugues then tells Mark his actual occupation. Je suis investisseur. "I'm an investor." Je suis investisseur.
First is je, "I." Je.
Next is suis, "am," as in "I am." Suis.
Last is investisseur, "investor." Investisseur (enunciated). Investisseur.
The word investisseur is a masculine singular noun.
Together, Je suis investisseur. "I'm an investor." Je suis investisseur.
All together, Non, je ne suis pas étudiant. Je suis investisseur.
"No, I'm not a student. I'm an investor."
Non, je ne suis pas étudiant. Je suis investisseur.
The pattern is
Non, je ne suis pas {occupation}. Je suis {actual occupation}.
"No, I'm not {occupation}. I'm {actual occupation}."
Non, je ne suis pas {occupation}. Je suis {actual occupation}.
Imagine you're Emma Auge, a student. The word for a female "student" is étudiante. Étudiante (enunciated). Étudiante.
Hugues asks you if you're a teacher. The word for a female "teacher" is professeure. professeure (enunciated). professeure.
Say
"No, I'm not a teacher. I'm a student."
Ready?
Emma Auge: Non, je ne suis pas professeure. Je suis étudiante.
Emma Auge: "No, I'm not a teacher. I'm a student."
Emma Auge: Non, je ne suis pas professeure. Je suis étudiante.

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Can you talk about your occupation using the pattern introduced in this lesson?