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Salut, je m'appelle Ingrid. Hi everybody! I’m Ingrid.
Welcome to FrenchPod101.com’s “Le français en 3 minutes”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn French.
In the last lesson we learned how to count euros. Did you practice at home?
In this lesson, we're going to learn other useful tips to talk about your schedule - for example, if a friend asks you "What are you doing this weekend?"
Let’s start!
To ask someone you already know or a friend, you say:
Qu'est-ce que tu fais ce week-end?
[slowly] Qu'est-ce que tu fais ce week-end?
Let’s break it down.
Qu'est-ce que → is "what".
Tu is the informal way to say “you.”
"fais is "to do" if you’re talking about “tu”.
And ce week-end is "this weekend"
If you want to ask the same question in a formal way, turn tu into vous, the formal verion.
Then you need to change fais to faites, because it’s referring to a different pronoun -- vous.
Qu'est-ce que vous faites ce week-end?
[slowly] Qu'est-ce que vous faites ce week-end?
What if you’re not asking about this weekend?
Asking about a different time period is as easy as replacing ce week-end.
Tomorrow is demain. So you can also say Qu'est-ce que tu fais demain? What are you doing tomorrow? Or, ou could also put in a weekday, like lundi, "Monday" or dimanche, which is "Sunday".
Qu'est-ce que tu fais lundi?
Qu'est-ce que tu fais dimanche?
So now, if someone asks *you* Qu'est ce que tu fais demain?, or "What are you doing tomorrow?", how can you answer?
Here's an example: Je vais au bureau. "I'm going to the office." Je vais means "I'm going", au means “to,” and bureau means "the office". Feel free to replace "office" with any other location!
Now it’s time for Ingrid’s Insights.
In some situations, the question Qu'est-ce que tu fais? can also mean more generally "What do you do?" or "What is your job?"
This is a really common question you can ask, or that you might be asked the first time you meet someone.
In this lesson we learned how to talk about your schedule. Next time we are going to learn how to use the verb être "to be". We'll also talk about how to tell people your nationality.
I'll be waiting for you in the next Le français en 3 minutes.
A bientôt!