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INTRODUCTION
Jason: Hi everyone, I’m Jason.
Ingrid: And I’m Ingrid!
Jason: And welcome to Culture Class: Essential French Vocabulary, Lesson 25! In this lesson you'll learn 5 essential words related to People. These are five French writers. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at FrenchPod101.com
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Jason: Ingrid, what’s our first word?
Ingrid: Victor Hugo
Jason: Victor Hugo, a poet, novelist, and dramatist
Ingrid: (slow) Victor Hugo (regular) Victor Hugo
Jason: Listeners, please repeat:
Ingrid: Victor Hugo
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jason: Victor Hugo is an emblematic writer who created some of the most famous stories in French literature, like the "Notre-Dame de Paris" or "Les Misérables". He was also a political figure in his time.
Jason: Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Ingrid: (normal) Les élèves français étudient généralement les livres de Victor Hugo
Jason: French students usually study Victor Hugo's novels.
Ingrid: (slow) Les élèves français étudient généralement les livres de Victor Hugo
Jason: Okay, what’s the next word?
Ingrid: Emile Zola
Jason: Emile Zola, a novelist, critic, and political activist
Ingrid: (slow) Emile Zola (regular) Emile Zola
Jason: Listeners, please repeat:
Ingrid: Emile Zola
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jason: Emile Zola is a writer whose famous works include "L'Assommoir" and "Thérése Raquin". He was also a political figure in the late 19th century.
Jason: Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Ingrid: (normal) Émile Zola est le meneur de file du mouvement littéraire naturaliste
Jason: Emile Zola is the leader of the "naturalist" literature movement.
Ingrid: (slow) Émile Zola est le meneur de file du mouvement littéraire naturaliste
Jason: Okay, what’s the next word?
Ingrid: Molière
Jason: Molière, a French playwright and actor
Ingrid: (slow) Molière (regular) Molière
Jason: Listeners, please repeat:
Ingrid: Molière
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jason: Molière is a comedy theater playwright from the 16th century. He was also a friend of king Louis XIV. He wrote comical plays like "Le malade imaginaire" or "Tartuffe". His plays are still performed today.
Jason: Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Ingrid: (normal) On dit souvent que Molière n'a pas écrit ses propres pièces mais qu'un auteur anonyme les a écrites
Jason: It is said that many of Molière's plays were not written by himself but by another anonymous writer.
Ingrid: (slow) On dit souvent que Molière n'a pas écrit ses propres pièces mais qu'un auteur anonyme les a écrites
Jason: Okay, what’s the next word?
Ingrid: Voltaire
Jason: Voltaire, a writer, historian and philosopher
Ingrid: (slow) Voltaire (regular) Voltaire
Jason: Listeners, please repeat:
Ingrid: Voltaire
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jason: Voltaire is a writer from the 18th century, known for his irony and sarcasm. He wrote very intelligent and comical works which are now still studied at schools.
Jason: Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Ingrid: (normal) Un des livres les plus connus et drôle de Voltaire est Candide.
Jason: One of the most famous and funny works of Voltaire is "Candide".
Ingrid: (slow) Un des livres les plus connus et drôle de Voltaire est Candide.
Jason: Okay, what’s the last word?
Ingrid: Françoise Sagan
Jason: Françoise Sagan, a female playwright, novelist, and screenwriter
Ingrid: (slow) Françoise Sagan (regular) Françoise Sagan
Jason: Listeners, please repeat:
Ingrid: Françoise Sagan
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jason: Françoise Sagan is a female writer of the 20th century. Her works were sad and realist, and she published her first book "Bonjour tristesse" when she was only 18 years old.
Jason: Now, let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Ingrid: (normal) Françoise Sagan est connue pour être une auteure tourmentée, qui a commencé à écrire très jeune.
Jason: Françoise Sagan is known to be a tormented writer who started to write very young.
Ingrid: (slow) Françoise Sagan est connue pour être une auteure tourmentée, qui a commencé à écrire très jeune
QUIZ
Jason: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Ingrid will give you the French – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Ingrid: Victor Hugo
[pause]Jason: Victor Hugo, a poet, novelist, and dramatist
Ingrid: Emile Zola
[pause]Jason: Emile Zola, a novelist, critic, and political activist
Ingrid: Molière
[pause]Jason: Molière, a French playwright and actor
Ingrid: Voltaire
[pause]Jason: Voltaire, a writer, historian and philosopher
Ingrid: Françoise Sagan
[pause]Jason: Françoise Sagan, a female playwright, novelist, and screenwriter

Outro

Jason: There you have it – 5 French writers! We have more vocab lists available at FrenchPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Have you read the works of any famous French writer?

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Hi Hannah!


Yes, that's a good one! :thumbsup:


Cheers

Ofelia

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Hannah
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I knew Victor Hugo because I am reading Les Misérables. :smile: