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INTRODUCTION
Virginie: Hello, bonjour!
Eric: Hello! Eric here. Gengo French Lesson 2. How to Make a First Impression in French that Will Last a Lifetime.
Virginie: Hello everyone. I am Virginie and welcome.
Eric: With us, you will learn to speak French with the fun and effective lessons.
Virginie: Yes, and we also provide you with cultural insights.
Eric: And tips that you won’t find in a textbook.
Virginie: In this lesson, you will learn about how to get to know people and how to introduce yourself.
Eric: This conversation takes place on Sunday on the plane just after boarding at 11 AM.
Virginie: Yes, remember, Joe is going to France and this conversation is between Joe and Manon, the girl he meets on the plane.
Eric: The speakers are friendly. So, therefore, they are going to be speaking informally. Okay, so let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Manon : Ça m'énerve, ça m'énerve...
Joe : Excusez-moi ?
Manon : Oh, pardon. Allez-y. Je vous en prie.
Joe : Bonjour. Moi c'est Joe.
Manon : Bonjour. Moi c'est Manon.
Joe : Excusez-moi. Vous pouvez répéter plus lentement ?
Manon : Ma-non.
Joe : Manon.
Manon : C'est ça. Mais vous pouvez m'appeler Mano.
Joe : Mano. Enchanté.
Manon : Moi aussi.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Manon : Ça m'énerve, ça m'énerve...
Joe : Excusez-moi ?
Manon : Oh, pardon. Allez-y. Je vous en prie.
Joe : Bonjour. Moi c'est Joe.
Manon : Bonjour. Moi c'est Manon.
Joe : Excusez-moi. Vous pouvez répéter plus lentement ?
Manon : Ma-non.
Joe : Manon.
Manon : C'est ça. Mais vous pouvez m'appeler Mano.
Joe : Mano. Enchanté.
Manon : Moi aussi.
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Manon : Ça m'énerve, ça m'énerve...
Eric: It gets on my nerves, it gets on my nerves.
Joe : Excusez-moi ?
Eric: Excuse me?
Manon : Oh, pardon. Allez-y. Je vous en prie.
Eric: Oh, sorry. Go ahead, please.
Joe : Bonjour. Moi c'est Joe.
Eric: Hello. I’m Joe.
Manon : Bonjour. Moi c'est Manon.
Eric: Hi. I’m Manon.
Joe : Excusez-moi. Vous pouvez répéter plus lentement ?
Eric: Excuse me. Can you repeat, slower ?
Manon : Ma-non.
EricManon Ma-non.
Joe : Manon.
Eric: Manon.
Manon : C'est ça. Mais vous pouvez m'appeler Mano.
Eric: That’s it. But you can call me Mano.
Joe : Mano. Enchanté.
Eric: Mano. Nice to meet you.
Manon : Moi aussi.
Eric: Nice to meet you too.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Eric: So Manon is listening to some pop songs, right?
Virginie: Yeah, she is listening to a song by Eric Greff.
Eric: And what is the name of this song?
Virginie: It’s called ça m'énerve. It annoys me.
Eric: And what is so annoying to him?
Virginie: Okay. Well, first, let me explain. Eric, the singer of this song is fictional. It’s a character.
Eric: Ah, so it’s a character that Eric Greff is making up.
Virginie: Right, and the character is German, his name is Helmut Fritz.
Eric: That’s a great name, Helmut Fritz.
Virginie: Yes, and he inherited a large amount of money.
Eric: Ah Ouais!
Virginie: And with this money, he moves to Paris.
Eric: Okay.
Virginie: And he starts hanging out with the friends high class.
Eric: Ah, the bourgeoisie.
Virginie: Yes the trendy bourgeoisie, the jet-set.
Eric: So what happens?
Virginie: After a while he gets tired of that you know superficial world, night life et cetera.
Eric: Ah and that’s what he is singing about in the song, ça m'énerve.
Virginie: Right. It annoys me. Exactly, he is annoyed and in this song, the song that Manon is singing in our dialogue, he says things like girls who wear Kate Moss bags it annoys me, et cetera, et cetera.
Eric: Okay well, the real name of the singer is once again?
Virginie: Eric Greff, let me spell that for you. Eric is like Eric, and Greff is G-R-E-F-F. You can check him out on YouTube. This is very, very funny.
Eric: Okay great. Now let’s take a look at the vocabulary.
VOCAB LIST
Eric: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Virginie: excusez-moi [natural native speed]
Eric: excuse me
Virginie: excusez-moi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: excusez-moi [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: pardon [natural native speed]
Eric: pardon, excuse me
Virginie: pardon [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: pardon [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: Je vous en prie. [natural native speed]
Eric: You are welcome, please
Virginie: Je vous en prie. [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: Je vous en prie. [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: bonjour [natural native speed]
Eric: hello
Virginie: bonjour [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: bonjour [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: lentement [natural native speed]
Eric: slowly
Virginie: lentement [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: lentement [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: c'est ça. [natural native speed]
Eric: that's it
Virginie: c'est ça. [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: c'est ça. [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: Enchanté(e). [natural native speed]
Eric: Pleased to meet you.
Virginie: Enchanté(e). [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: Enchanté(e). [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: Allez-y [natural native speed]
Eric: Go ahead
Virginie: Allez-y [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: Allez-y [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: s'il vous plaît [natural native speed]
Eric: please (formal)
Virginie: s'il vous plaît [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: s'il vous plaît [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: répéter [natural native speed]
Eric: to repeat
Virginie: répéter [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: répéter [natural native speed]
: Next:
Virginie: pouvoir [natural native speed]
Eric: can
Virginie: pouvoir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: pouvoir [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Eric: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Virginie: The first word/phrase we’ll look at is....
Eric: Let's start with the very first words Rob says in our dialog.
Virginie: Yes, Rob says "Excusez=moi?
Eric: and that means Excuse me, or pardon me.
Virginie: Yes excusez-moi. Rob is trying to get to his seat.
Eric: And so Manon realizes she's in the way that's why she says "oh pardon"
Virginie: Which is also, excuse me, or "sorry"
Eric: These two expressions can be used the same way
Virginie: Yes you can either say excusez moi or pardon to say excuse me or sorry.
Eric: Great. we also another important word here, Bonjour
Virginie: Yes, it's actually the basics! Bonjour is hello
Eric: And that's rather formal.
Virginie: Yes. If you talk to a friend you will say "salut".
Eric: Salut, hi.
Virginie: Yes.
Eric: One last word maybe?
Virginie: Yes, Manon tells Rob "allez-y"
Eric: And that's "go ahead"
Virginie: Yes. She's letting Rob go.
Eric: Don't get confused with allons-y.
Virginie: Allons-y is let's go. Allons-y.
Eric: So remember, everyoe.
Virginie: Allez-y is go ahead
Eric: And allons-y is let's go.
Virginie: Great. OK, now some grammar before we run out of time.

Lesson focus

Virginie: This Lesson Focus on making polite requests, introducing oneself.
Eric: Yes rob is very new to being around French language, so he asks Manon.
Virginie: Vous pouvez répéter plus lentement, s'il vous plaît ? "Can you repeat slowly, please?"
Eric: Ok let's break it down.
Virginie: YEs. Vous pouvez is literally "you can"
Eric: And it menas "can you".
Virginie: then you have the infinitive "repeter"
Eric: which means "repeat"
Virginie: And then, you have "plus lentement"
Eric: And that's "slower".
Virginie: And finally you have "s'il vous plait"
Eric: Which means, please.
Virginie: S'il vous plait. Very important one.
Eric: What is interesting in the French grammar is how questions can be asked without reversing the verb and the subject.
Virginie: Yes, sometimes only the intonation will indicate it's a question.
Eric: Can you say it once again V?
Virginie: Of course. Vous pouvez repeter plus lentement s'il vous plait?
Eric: That's a simple request that will definitely be very handy if you go to France.
Virginie: Absolutely. Ok, I think we are done for the day.

Outro

Eric: That just about does it for today.
Virginie: Ready to test what you just learned?
Eric: Make this lesson's vocabulary stick by using lesson specific flashcards in the learning center.
Virginie: There is a reason everyone uses flashcards...
Eric: They work...
Virginie: They really do help memorization.
Eric: You can get the flashcards for this lesson at
Virginie: FrenchPod101.com.
Eric: Okay....
Eric: Au revoir! Bye!

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