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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 talk about nationality. This is the second part of our lesson on the verb être, which is "to be".
This verb is also used to talk about location, to say things like "I am in the street" or "He is in the room", so it's very useful!
When you want to know where something or someone is, you use the verb être in French.
For example, when someone asks you on the phone Où es-tu? That means "Where are you?" in an informal way.
Let's break it down.
Où means "Where"
Es is "are.” This is the “to be” verb être conjugated for tu.
And tu, as you know, is the informal word for "you"
All together it is Où es-tu?
[slowly] Où es-tu ?
Answering this question is very easy! You just say Je suis + the place where you are.
Je means “I” and
suis is that verb être again.
Then you add the place. So for example, you can say Je suis dans la rue which is "I am in the street"
[slowly] Je suis dans la rue.
Now let’s see a few other possible answers with I:
"I am at the office" would be Je suis au bureau.
"I am in a meeting" would be Je suis en reunion.
"I am in a store" would be Je suis dans un magasin.
Another useful expression with the verb être is when you answer the phone. To introduce your name you can say C’est + your name.
So when I pick up the phone I often say C’est Ingrid. It is really simple—you just say C’est, which means "It is" + your name
This verb être changes a lot depending on the pronoun it is pointing to and its tense. Let’s review a few of the versions we’ve seen so far.
êtes - Vous êtes de quelle nationalité?
suis - Je suis américain.
es - Où es-tu?
est - C’est
Now it’s time for Ingrid’s tips.
Also with the verb être, you can use this convenient question if you are lost in the street for example Je ne sais pas où je suis, pouvez-vous m’aider s’il vous plait?
That means I don’t know where I am, can you help me please?
(One more time, slowly: Je ne sais pas où je suis, pouvez-vous m’aider s’il vous plait?)
In this lesson we learned how to talk about your location thanks to verb être. Next time we’ll learn how to talk about ages using the verb avoir, which is "to have" in French. So do you want to know how to ask somebody’s age? I’ll be waiting for you in the next Le français en 3 minutes.
A bientôt!