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INTRODUCTION
Greg: Hello everyone, I’m Greg: and welcome to FrenchPod101.com. This is Lower Beginner, Season 1, Lesson 11 - French Picnic, Part 2.
Mailys: Bonjour, tout le monde. This is Mailys. In this lesson, we will learn about ordinal numbers and more question words.
Greg: This is the second part of Mireille’s picnic date interrogation.
Mailys: And informal French is used.
Greg: Let’s listen to the conversation!

Lesson conversation

Mireille Deuxième question - depuis quand habites-tu là?
Jacques J’habite dans la même maison depuis 5 ans.
Mireille Troisième question - pourquoi habites-tu dans cette ville?
Jacques Je trouve que c’est une belle grande ville; il y a beaucoup de beaux parcs et les gens sont gentils.
Mireille Bonne réponse. Quatrième question - où travailles-tu?
Jacques Je travaille dans une petite école à côté de chez moi.
Mireille Cinquième question - que fais-tu?
Jacques Je suis concierge.
Mireille Concierge? Tu es concierge? Aimes-tu ça?
Jacques Bof, ça va. J’aime ça.
Mireille Dernière question - comment vois-tu ton avenir?
Jacques Je vois mon avenir… avec toi, Mireille!
Greg: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Mireille Deuxième question - depuis quand habites-tu là?
Jacques J’habite dans la même maison depuis 5 ans.
Mireille Troisième question - pourquoi habites-tu dans cette ville?
Jacques Je trouve que c’est une belle grande ville; il y a beaucoup de beaux parcs et les gens sont gentils.
Mireille Bonne réponse. Quatrième question - où travailles-tu?
Jacques Je travaille dans une petite école à côté de chez moi.
Mireille Cinquième question - que fais-tu?
Jacques Je suis concierge.
Mireille Concierge? Tu es concierge? Aimes-tu ça?
Jacques Bof, ça va. J’aime ça.
Mireille Dernière question - comment vois-tu ton avenir?
Jacques Je vois mon avenir… avec toi, Mireille!
Greg: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Mireille Deuxième question - depuis quand habites-tu là?
Greg: Second question - how long have you been living there for?
Jacques J’habite dans la même maison depuis 5 ans.
Greg: I’ve been living in the same house for 5 years.
Mireille Troisième question - pourquoi habites-tu dans cette ville?
Greg: Third question - why do you live in this city?
Jacques Je trouve que c’est une belle grande ville; il y a beaucoup de beaux parcs et les gens sont gentils.
Greg: I find that it’s a big and beautiful city. There are lots of beautiful parks and people are nice.
Mireille Bonne réponse. Quatrième question - où travailles-tu?
Greg: Good answer. Fourth question - where do you work?
Jacques Je travaille dans une petite école à côté de chez moi.
Greg: I work in a small school next to my house.
Mireille Cinquième question - que fais-tu?
Greg: Fifth question - what do you do?
Jacques Je suis concierge.
Greg: I’m a janitor.
Mireille Concierge? Tu es concierge? Aimes-tu ça?
Greg: A janitor? You are a janitor? Do you like it?
Jacques Bof, ça va. J’aime ça.
Greg: Bah, it’s fine. I do like it.
Mireille Dernière question - comment vois-tu ton avenir?
Greg: Last question - how do you see your future?
Jacques Je vois mon avenir… avec toi, Mireille!
Greg: I see my future… with you, Mireille!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Mailys: So, Jacques and Mireille live in a French-speaking city somewhere in the world.
Greg: The international community of French-speaking countries is called ‘la francophonie.’
Mailys: That’s right, ‘La francophonie’ refers to all the countries and states of the world where French is either an official language or is used by a large portion of the population.
Greg: There are about 80 million people speaking French as a first language, but a total of 300 to 400 million people speak French to some extent.
Mailys: French is spoken on many continents. In Europe, it's an official language in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Greg: In North America, it's an official language in Canada and a first language to about 80% of people in Québec, with over 6 million speakers.
Mailys: It's also the official language of many countries in Africa, in the Caribbean and in Polynesia.
Greg: Listeners, is there a French-speaking population where you live?
Mailys: Let us know! Okay, now let’s go to the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Greg: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Mailys: depuis [natural native speed]
Greg: since, for
Mailys: depuis [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: depuis [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: quand [natural native speed]
Greg: when
Mailys: quand [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: quand [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: trouver [natural native speed]
Greg: to find
Mailys: trouver [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: trouver [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: grand [natural native speed]
Greg: big, tall
Mailys: grand [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: grand [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: gens [natural native speed]
Greg: people
Mailys: gens [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: gens [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: réponse [natural native speed]
Greg: answer
Mailys: réponse [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: réponse [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: concierge [natural native speed]
Greg: janitor
Mailys: concierge [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: concierge [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: comment [natural native speed]
Greg: how
Mailys: comment [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: comment [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: dernier [natural native speed]
Greg: last
Mailys: dernier [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: dernier [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: avenir [natural native speed]
Greg: future
Mailys: avenir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: avenir [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Greg: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Let’s start with ‘depuis’.
Mailys: ‘depuis’ means “since” or “for”, and points to either the duration or the starting point of an ongoing situation.
Greg: Simply use a sentence in the present tense, and add ‘depuis’ plus the duration or starting point. To say “I’ve been speaking French for 2 years”, we say...
Mailys: Je parle français depuis deux ans.
Greg: Here are two more examples...
Mailys: Elle travaille ici depuis lundi.
Greg: She’s been working here since Monday.
Mailys: Elle travaille ici depuis un an.
Greg: She’s been working here for a year.
Greg: Let’s now look at ‘dernier’, meaning “last”.
Mailys: The feminine form is ‘dernière’.
Greg: What’s peculiar about this adjective is its placement. It comes before the noun, except with expressions of time where it comes after...
Mailys: C’est la dernière pizza que je mange.
Greg: It’s the last pizza that I eat.
Mailys: Il habite à Paris depuis l’an dernier.
Greg: He’s been living in Paris since last year.
Greg: Let's now look at the adjective ‘grand’. It means “tall” or “grown-up” when referring to people, and “large” with objects. The feminine is ‘grande’. This adjective usually comes before the noun.
Mailys: ‘Une grande ville’, “a big city”.
Greg: So far the adjectives we have presented that go before the noun are...
Mailys: ‘dernier’, ‘grand’, ‘petit’, and all ordinal numbers like ‘premier’.
Greg: Lastly, ‘gens’ means “people” and it is masculine plural. ‘Gens’ is always plural.
Mailys: J’aime beaucoup les gens de cette ville.
Greg: “I really like the people of this city.” Now let’s go on to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Greg: The focus of this lesson is ordinal numbers and question words.
Mailys: Let’s start with ordinal numbers. These are words like “first”, “second”, “third”, etc.
Greg: As Mireille is quizzing Jacques, she asks him a series of questions.
Mailys: ‘première question’, ‘deuxième question’, ‘troisième question’, and so on.
Greg: All ordinal numbers end in ‘ième’, except for ‘premier’ and ‘première’.
Mailys: Which is easy to remember because English speakers know the word ‘première’.
Greg: Let’s to listen to ordinal numbers up to 10 -
Mailys: premier
Greg: first
Mailys: deuxième
Greg: second
Mailys: troisième
Greg: third
Mailys: quatrième
Greg: fourth
Mailys: cinquième
Greg: fifth
Mailys: sixième
Greg: sixth
Mailys: septième
Greg: seventh
Mailys: huitième
Greg: eighth
Mailys: neuvième
Greg: ninth
Mailys: dixième
Greg: tenth
Greg: Don’t forget that these ordinal adjectives are placed before the noun...
Mailys: ‘la troisième bouteille’, ‘la cinquième question’, ‘le septième café’, and so on.
Greg: In this lesson, a few new question words were presented, in addition to ‘que’ and ‘où’ which we introduced in the previous lesson.
Mailys: We learned ‘quand’ meaning ”when”, ‘pourquoi,’ “why”, and ‘comment’, “how”.
Greg: Let’s listen to some examples. First with ‘quand’...
Mailys: ‘Quand travailles-tu?’ “When do you work?”
Greg: Mailys, could you give us an example with ‘depuis quand,’ “since when?”
Mailys: Sure, ‘depuis quand habites-tu à New York?’ which means “Since when have you been living in New York?”
Greg: Now with ‘pourquoi’ meaning “why”
Mailys: ‘Pourquoi est-ce que tu aimes la cuisine française?’ “Why do you like French cuisine?”
Greg: and finally, ‘comment’ meaning “how”.
Mailys: ‘Comment réserve-t-on une table?’ “How does one book a table?”
Greg: Thank you, Mailys. One last note -- you may have noticed that, when asked what he does, Jacques answered ‘je suis concierge’ without using an article before ‘concierge’.
Mailys: In French, when we use the verb to be to introduce a profession, no article is used. For example, ‘Je suis professeur’
Greg: I’m a teacher / professor
Mailys: And ‘Elle est dentiste’
Greg: She’s a dentist.
Greg: Alright. That’s it for this lesson! Thanks for listening, and join us for lesson 12 to find out if Jacques and Mireille will go out again!
Mailys: À bientôt tout le monde!
Greg: See you soon!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi everyone!

Let us know if you have any questions about this lesson.

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Friday at 09:45 PM
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Bonjour Aishat,

Ah ça, on le découvrira dans les prochains épisodes !


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Aishat
Friday at 02:07 AM
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J'espère Mireille aime Jacques aussi.

Alors, est-ce que Mireille habite à la ville comme Jacques.

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Tuesday at 04:59 PM
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Bonjour Eva,

Merci pour ton commentaire !


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eva
Wednesday at 07:14 AM
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Je apprend le français depuis Mars.

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Friday at 03:43 PM
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Bonjour Josh,

I'm glad I could help! 😄

FYI, "utile" is not an adjective you would use for people, only objects. Instead you can say "ton aide m'a été très précieuse/utile" for example, or simply "Tu m'as beaucoup aidé". 😉


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Josh
Wednesday at 03:30 PM
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Bonjour Marion!


Comme d'habitude, tu es très utile, Marion! (I hope I got this sentence right this time.) Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse. I wouldn't have recognized my mistakes until you pointed them out. 😄


à la prochaine!

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Monday at 05:53 PM
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Bonjour Josh,

Be careful, you should say "Est-ce que cette leçon est excellente ?", and "Oui, elle est excellente" or you could use a pronoun to avoid the repetition: "Oui, elle l'est".

Also, just FYI, you wouldn't really use "très" with "excellente" as "excellent(e)" is already a superlative that means "very good". Adding "très" onto it would be quite redundant! 😉


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Josh
Friday at 03:36 PM
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Bonjour à tous!


Est-ce que cette leçon très excellente?

-- Oui! Je pense que c'est excellente!


J'espère Jacques et Mireille seront ensemble. ❤️️😄


Merci beaucoup et à demain!

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Tuesday at 09:15 PM
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Bonjour Andrew,

C'est difficile de se souvenir de tout ! 😅


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Andrew
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Les gens oublient toujours St.Pierre et Miquelon quand ils disent de francophonie.