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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hello and welcome to Culture Class: French Superstitions and Beliefs, Lesson 1 - Friday the 13th and Four-Leafed Clovers. I'm Eric and I'm joined by Yasmine.
Yasmine: Hi, I'm Yasmine.
THE TWO SUPERSTITIONS
Eric: In this lesson we will talk about two common superstitions in France. The first superstition is about bad luck. What’s it called in French?
Yasmine: vendredi 13
Eric: Which literally means "Friday the 13th." Yasmine, can you repeat the French phrase again?
Yasmine: [slow] vendredi 13 [normal] vendredi 13
Eric: We also have this superstition in US.
Yasmine: Yes, I think it’s a common superstition in Christian countries.
Eric: Friday the 13th is unlucky because according to the Bible, 13 people were present at the Last Supper, including Judas who betrayed Jesus.
Yasmine: Furthermore, Jesus died on a Friday.
Eric: However, nowadays in France, some companies, like the lottery, advertise Friday the 13th as a lucky day.
Yasmine: So it’s good luck or bad, depending on who you ask.
Eric: The second superstition is about good luck. What’s it called in French?
Yasmine: trèfle à 4 feuilles
Eric: Which literally means "four-leafed clover." Let’s hear it in French again.
Yasmine: [slow] trèfle à 4 feuilles [normal] trèfle à 4 feuilles
Eric: I remember as a kid, I would look for four-leafed clovers all over my neighborhood.
Yasmine: Me too! In France, it's believed that four-leafed clovers bring luck.
Eric: Each leaf of the clover represents something different – faith, hope, love.
Yasmine: A fourth leaf represents luck.
Eric: This superstition may have began because four-leafed clovers are very rare and finding one is a really happy coincidence.
Yasmine: That’s true. I only ever found one.

Outro

Eric: There you have it - two French superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Yasmine: À bientôt!

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