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Introduction
Virginie: Hello everyone, Bonjour à tous!.
Eric: Eric here, Gengo French lesson 24 – Don’t miss you big chance to start speaking.
Virginie: Hi, this is Virginie here.
Eric: Hello Virginie, how are you?
Virginie: I am good. How are you Eric?
Eric: Good.
Virginie: In this lesson you will learn about the two adverbs, si and tellement.
Eric: And this conversation is gonna be taking place at a coffee shop near the Eiffel Tower.
Virginie: Actually Joe rents into Manon, remember the person from the plane?
Eric: So let’s have a listen what happens.
Dialogue
Joe : Vous attendez quelqu'un ? Eh bien, je suis là !
Manon : Hein ? Joe ? Qu'est-ce que tu fais là ?
Joe : (rires) Je fais du tourisme. Et toi, qu'est-ce que tu fais là ?
Manon : Je travaille. J'attends un client. Alors, c'est comment, la France ?
Joe : C'est super. Vraiment, c'est incroyable.
Manon : Ah, c'est mon client, là-bas. J'aimerais bien te parler de ton voyage, mais...
Joe : Tu as un moment ce week-end ?
Manon: Oui. Demain ?
Joe : Demain, je vais à Vincennes avec les amis de mes parents, pour la Fête de la Musique.
Manon : C'est si français. Et dimanche ?
Joe : Parfait.
Manon : Je t'envoie un email.
Joe : Super. À dimanche.
Manon : Ciao.
Eric: One more time, a little more slowly.
Joe : Vous attendez quelqu'un ? Eh bien, je suis là !
Manon : Hein ? Joe ? Qu'est-ce que tu fais là ?
Joe : (rires) Je fais du tourisme. Et toi, qu'est-ce que tu fais là ?
Manon : Je travaille. J'attends un client. Alors, c'est comment, la France ?
Joe : C'est super. Vraiment, c'est incroyable.
Manon : Ah, c'est mon client, là-bas. J'aimerais bien te parler de ton voyage, mais...
Joe : Tu as un moment ce week-end ?
Manon: Oui. Demain ?
Joe : Demain, je vais à Vincennes avec les amis de mes parents, pour la Fête de la Musique.
Manon : C'est si français. Et dimanche ?
Joe : Parfait.
Manon : Je t'envoie un email.
Joe : Super. À dimanche.
Manon : Ciao.
Eric: One more time, with the translation.
Joe : Vous attendez quelqu'un ? Eh bien, je suis là !
Eric: Are you waiting for someone? Well, I'm here.
Manon : Hein ? Joe ? Qu'est-ce que tu fais là ?
Eric: Huh? Joe? What are you doing here?
Joe : (rires) Je fais du tourisme. Et toi, qu'est-ce que tu fais là ?
Eric: I'm sightseeing. And you, what are you doing here?
Manon : Je travaille. J'attends un client. Alors, c'est comment, la France ?
Eric: I'm working. I'm waiting for a client. So, how is France?
Joe : C'est super. Vraiment, c'est incroyable.
Eric: It's great. Really, it's incredible.
Manon : Ah, c'est mon client, là-bas. J'aimerais bien te parler de ton voyage, mais...
Eric: Oh, that's my client over there. I would like to talk to you about your trip, but...
Joe : Tu as un moment ce week-end ?
Eric: Do you have a moment this weekend?
Manon: Oui. Demain ?
Eric: Yes. Tomorrow?
Joe : Demain, je vais à Vincennes avec les amis de mes parents, pour la Fête de la Musique.
Eric: Tomorrow, I'm going to Vincennes with my parents' friends for the Music Festival.
Manon : C'est si français. Et dimanche ?
Eric: That's so French. And Sunday?
Joe : Parfait.
Eric: Perfect.
Manon : Je t'envoie un email.
Eric: I'll send you an e-mail.
Joe : Super. À dimanche.
Eric: Great. See you Sunday.
Manon : Ciao.
Eric: Bye.
Post Conversation Banter
Virginie: Ok. It’s the summer, it’s June, and Joe is just sightseeing now, he is pretty free, he is done with work.
Eric: And he has a little bit of time to explore the city and maybe hope to get some outdoor festivals and things like that.
Virginie: And I think he should.
Eric: That’s great. So what do we have in the summer in Paris?
Virginie: One very nice thing in Paris in the summer is Paris Plages.
Eric: Which is like a kind of simulated beach that they set up in the center of Paris, right?
Virginie: Yeah, [Paris Plages means Paris Beach, basically. So what they do is they close roads, highways, and they put sand all over and it’s along the Seine, along the river, they put chairs and then they put mist maker because it’s very hot and they have booths with food – it’s really nice.
Eric: Wow. So do people actually go swimming in the sand?
Virginie: I don’t think go that far, but probably, maybe at night.
Eric: Maybe at night a few drunken Parisians, ok. Any other good festivals that you know about or?
Virginie: Well all over the country there is La Fête de la Musique, which is basically music day.
Eric: Right. And there is, like, a ton of live performances and everything outside. That’s is great, I’ve done that before. It’s free, they have great concerts. It’s interesting that huge brands, but it’s also sort of just any person who feels like getting up and playing their guitar or horn or whatever.
Virginie: Exactly, yeah, local bands and then more famous people play for the Fête de la Musique. It’s a good thing to do. I think that’s what Joe is gonna do.
Eric: How is the Fête de la Musique, say, in like the countryside or in the smaller villages?
Virginie: Actually I’ve been to a couple in villages. It’s really local kids who take the guitar and their drums and they play in the village square and their parents and family are there to support them.
Eric: That sounds nice, that’s fun.
Virginie: Yeah, it is very nice, very, very nice.
Eric: Have you ever played any music or?
Virginie: No. My brother used to though, a lot. It’s fun.
Eric: Ok. So let’s get into a little vocabulary.
Vocab List
Virginie: quelqu'un [natural native speed]
Eric: someone
Virginie: quelqu'un [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: quelqu'un [natural native speed]
Virginie: hein? [natural native speed]
Eric: what? huh?
Virginie: hein? [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: hein? [natural native speed]
Virginie: faire du tourisme [natural native speed]
Eric: sightseeing
Virginie: faire du tourisme [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: faire du tourisme [natural native speed]
Virginie: travailler [natural native speed]
Eric: to work
Virginie: travailler [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: travailler [natural native speed]
Virginie: un client [natural native speed]
Eric: a client
Virginie: un client [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: un client [natural native speed]
Virginie: alors [natural native speed]
Eric: then, so
Virginie: alors [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: alors [natural native speed]
Virginie: super [natural native speed]
Eric: great
Virginie: super [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: super [natural native speed]
Virginie: vraiment [natural native speed]
Eric: truly, really
Virginie: vraiment [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: vraiment [natural native speed]
Virginie: incroyable [natural native speed]
Eric: incredible
Virginie: incroyable [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: incroyable [natural native speed]
Virginie: aimer [natural native speed]
Eric: to like
Virginie: aimer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: aimer [natural native speed]
Virginie: te/t' [natural native speed]
Eric: you (informal)
Virginie: te/t' [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: te/t' [natural native speed]
Virginie: parler [natural native speed]
Eric: to speak, to talk
Virginie: parler [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: parler [natural native speed]
Virginie: parler de [natural native speed]
Eric: to talk about
Virginie: parler de [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: parler de [natural native speed]
Virginie: mais [natural native speed]
Eric: but, however
Virginie: mais [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: mais [natural native speed]
Virginie: un moment [natural native speed]
Eric: a moment
Virginie: un moment [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: un moment [natural native speed]
Virginie: le week-end [natural native speed]
Eric: weekend
Virginie: le week-end [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: le week-end [natural native speed]
Virginie: une fête [natural native speed]
Eric: a party, a celebration
Virginie: une fête [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: une fête [natural native speed]
Virginie: si [natural native speed]
Eric: so
Virginie: si [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: si [natural native speed]
Virginie: parfait(e) [natural native speed]
Eric: perfect
Virginie: parfait(e) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: parfait(e) [natural native speed]
Virginie: envoyer [natural native speed]
Eric: to send
Virginie: envoyer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Virginie: envoyer [natural native speed]
Vocab and Phrase Usage
Virginie: What's the first word we gonna see, Eric?
Eric: Well, I'd like to talk about this interjection, hein?
Virginie: Yes, it's something we say a lot. Hein?
Eric: So, in the dialogue, Manon is surprised by Joe's line
Virginie: And that's when she says hein? She didn't get what he said
Eric: So it's something you say when you didn't understand what someone said, right?
Virginie: Oui. It's a way of asking to repeat. But be careful, it can sound like when you say "what?'
Eric: Oh I see it can sound a little rude.
Virginie: Yes.
Eric: OK what's our next word?
Virginie: Well, it is the expression "j'aimerais".
Eric: In the dialogue Manon tells Joe 'j'aimerais te parler de ton voyage...
Virginie: Yes, so she uses the verb aimer, which we know by now.
Eric: and...she uses it in the conditional tense.
Virginie: Exactly. Do you know the conditional tense? It's the tense with would.
Eric: I would like, I would come, I would...
Virginie: So what she says is "j'aimerais, I would like
Eric: It's basically the infinitive of the verb aimer and then adding on the ending for je,
Virginie: Which is AIS. Again j'aimerais
Eric: I would like. You're keeping the entire informative here.
Virginie: And it can be followed by either a noun
Eric: As in j'aimerais un cafe.
Virginie: I would like a coffee.
Eric: or a verb
Virginie: As in j'aimerais parler, like Manon says.
Eric: So now you have in your word bank three ways of requesting something
Virginie: Yes you have, je voudrais,
Eric: Basically I would like
Virginie: je veux
Eric: I want
Virginie: And j'aimerais
Eric: I would like.
Virginie: Bien. Now let's take a look at the sentence "qu'est-ce que tu fais là?"
Eric: Remember that Manon, at the beginning of the dialogue, is surprised to run into Joe.
Virginie: And she says "Joe? Qu'est-ce que tu fais là?
Eric: So, we already know that "qu'est-ce que tu fais" means what do you do
Virginie: Now when adding the adverb la,
Eric: Which we know means either here, or there.
Virginie: So it is literally "what do you do here"?
Eric: Again, it's "qu'est-ce que tu fais la?
Virginie: OK that will do it for the vocab.

Lesson focus

Virginie: What's our grammar point, Eric?
Eric: Our focus in this lesson is actually pretty easy...
Virginie: Oh, good.
Eric: Yeah we're talking about the adverbs "si" and "tellement". When followed by an adjective, mean so.
Virginie: In our dialogue, Manon says "c'est si francais!
Eric: It's so French! So here the word French is an adjective
Virginie: She's referring to Joe going to the Fete de la musique, which is a Music Fair.
Eric: C'est si facile!
Virginie: It's so easy!
Eric: OK now is it the same use for tellement?
Virginie: Yes, since tellement is not in our dialogue let us spell it out for you
Eric: That's TELLEMENT
Virginie: For example c'est tellement bon!!
Eric: It's so good!
Virginie: C'est tellement agreable!
Eric: It's so pleasant! So are "si" and "tellment" used as often in France?
Virginie: No, actually Tellement is way more usual.
Eric: Now I heard tellement in other contexts, and I think it meant something else.
Virginie: Oh yes, you probably heard the expression "not much," pas tellement.
Eric: Can you tell us a little more about that?
Virginie: Sure. When the negative "pas", not, is right before tellement, then it means not much.
Eric: So it's Pas tellement.
Virginie: Yes for example, je n'aime pas tellement le fromage.
Eric: I don't like cheese much.
Virginie: Yes. Again, je n'aime pas tellement
Eric: I don't like much, literally
Virginie: Yes and then the thing you don't like, here it's cheese.
Eric: Je n'aime pas tellement le fromage
Virginie: Or if I ask Eric, Eric tu aimes le fromage?
Eric: Eric, do you like cheese?
Virginie: If Eric doesn't like cheese much, he can simply answer "pas tellement".
Eric: Not much.
Virginie: Makes sense?
Eric: Yes it makes sense. Tellement followed by an adjective is So.
Virginie: yes, and if there's a pas before tellement then it means "not much".

Outro

Eric: Great, I think we're done for our lesson.
Virginie: Thank you for listening, merci!
Eric: Thank you for listening.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Sunday at 6:20 am
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Bonjour Andy !

Merci pour votre commentaire !


“Ici” always means a precise space which necessarily contains the speaker himself, to the point that he can show the place: "Je place le livre ici", implied, you see it, at the end of my finger.”Là”, on the contrary, should indicate a place far from yourself.

Ici and là are interchangeable in casual spoken French unless there is a need to make a difference


Bon week-end !

Marie Alice

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Andy
Friday at 9:29 pm
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Hi!

Just wondering, are là and ici interchangeable? Why would you use one instead of the other?


Merci!

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Bonjour Gloria !


Vous êtes trop gentille, vous me faites rougir !! :smile: (You are too nice you make me blush)

Merci beaucoup pour tous ces compliments ! :heart:


Continuez comme ça ! (Keep up the hard work)


A bientôt et bonne journée !

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Gloria
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Bonjour Marie Alice,


I am going through all the comments from all the lessons that I sent in and writing out the corrected versions on flash cards to review from time to time. I really appreciate all the effort you put into correcting all the mistakes. All this reminds me of my days in the classroom when I was a teacher and correcting all those papers. You are very special Marie Alice.

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Bonjour Gloria !


Merci pour votre commentaire ! :smile:

Il faut dire : c'est agréable de croiser quelqu'un par hasard, surtout un vieil ami.


Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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Gloria
Monday at 5:29 am
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C'est agréable se croiser avec quelqu'un encore, surtout un vieux ami.


(It's pleasant to run into someone again, especially an old friend.)