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INTRODUCTION
Greg: Hello everyone, this is Greg: and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Lower Beginner Season 1, Lesson 24 - At a French Job Interview.
Mailys: Bonjour tout le monde. This is Mailys: In this lesson, we will review the plural and plural constructions with ‘de’.
Greg: Jacques is interviewing for a manager position.
Mailys: During the interview, informal French is used.
Greg: Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Homme Pour terminer, pourquoi pensez-vous être la personne parfaite pour ce poste de gérant?
Jacques Je suis responsable, j’aime travailler, j’aime les gens et je cherche toujours de nouveaux défis.
Femme Très bien, merci. Veuillez attendre quelques minutes, s’il-vous-plaît.
(…)
Homme Qu’est-ce que vous pensez de Jacques?
Femme J’adore ses réponses originales à nos questions difficiles; il semble être la bonne personne, surtout pour notre magasin du centre-ville.
Homme Je suis d’accord avec vous. Alors, on le prend?
Femme Oui. Demandez-lui s’il peut commencer demain.
(…)
Homme Jacques, nous avons de bonnes nouvelles pour vous, vous avez l’emploi! Vous pouvez commencer demain à 8 heures pile?
Jacques Si je peux commencer demain?! Bien sûr! Je vais être à l’heure, évidemment. Merci et à demain!
Greg: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Homme Pour terminer, pourquoi pensez-vous être la personne parfaite pour ce poste de gérant?
Jacques Je suis responsable, j’aime travailler, j’aime les gens et je cherche toujours de nouveaux défis.
Femme Très bien, merci. Veuillez attendre quelques minutes, s’il-vous-plaît.
(…)
Homme Qu’est-ce que vous pensez de Jacques?
Femme J’adore ses réponses originales à nos questions difficiles; il semble être la bonne personne, surtout pour notre magasin du centre-ville.
Homme Je suis d’accord avec vous. Alors, on le prend?
Femme Oui. Demandez-lui s’il peut commencer demain.
(…)
Homme Jacques, nous avons de bonnes nouvelles pour vous, vous avez l’emploi! Vous pouvez commencer demain à 8 heures pile?
Jacques Si je peux commencer demain?! Bien sûr! Je vais être à l’heure, évidemment. Merci et à demain!
Greg: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Homme Pour terminer, pourquoi pensez-vous être la personne parfaite pour ce poste de gérant?
Greg: In closing, why do you think you are the perfect person for this manager position?
Jacques Je suis responsable, j’aime travailler, j’aime les gens et je cherche toujours de nouveaux défis.
Greg: I’m responsible, I like to work, I like people and I’m always looking for new challenges.
Femme Très bien, merci. Veuillez attendre quelques minutes, s’il-vous-plaît.
Greg: Very well, thanks. Please wait a few minutes.
(…)
Greg(…)
Homme Qu’est-ce que vous pensez de Jacques?
Greg: What do you think about Jacques?
Femme J’adore ses réponses originales à nos questions difficiles; il semble être la bonne personne, surtout pour notre magasin du centre-ville.
Greg: I love his original answers to our difficult questions; he seems to be the right person, especially for our downtown store.
Homme Je suis d’accord avec vous. Alors, on le prend?
Greg: I agree with you. So, we’re taking him?
Femme Oui. Demandez-lui s’il peut commencer demain.
Greg: Yes. Ask him if he can start tomorrow.
(…)
Greg(…)
Homme Jacques, nous avons de bonnes nouvelles pour vous, vous avez l’emploi! Vous pouvez commencer demain à 8 heures pile?
Greg: Jacques, we have good news for you, you got the job! Can you start tomorrow at 8 o’clock sharp?
Jacques Si je peux commencer demain?! Bien sûr! Je vais être à l’heure, évidemment. Merci et à demain!
Greg: If I can start tomorrow?! Of course! I’ll be on time, obviously. Thank you and see you tomorrow!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Greg: So Mailys, preparing for an interview can be a scary task, and not everyone can be as cool as Jacques.
Mailys: Yeah, I think preparing for a fake French interview can be a great way to practice your language skills and to use what you’ve learned so far.
Greg: Let’s go over some questions you’re likely to hear in a French interview.
Mailys: Pourquoi cherchez-vous un emploi?
Greg: Why are you looking for a job?
Mailys: Pourquoi voulez-vous travailler chez nous?
Greg: Why do you want to work with us?
Mailys: Quelles sont vos qualités les plus importantes pour ce poste?
Greg: What are your most important qualities for this position?
Mailys: I’d say they’re more or less the same kinds of questions you’d hear in an English interview.
Greg: Yes, I think so!
Mailys: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Greg: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Mailys: terminer [natural native speed]
Greg: to end
Mailys: terminer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: terminer [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: poste [natural native speed]
Greg: position
Mailys: poste [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: poste [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: gérant [natural native speed]
Greg: manager
Mailys: gérant [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: gérant [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: défi [natural native speed]
Greg: challenge
Mailys: défi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: défi [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: veuillez + infinitive verb [natural native speed]
Greg: please... + verb
Mailys: veuillez + infinitive verb [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: veuillez + infinitive verb [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: surtout [natural native speed]
Greg: especially
Mailys: surtout [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: surtout [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: nouvelles [natural native speed]
Greg: news
Mailys: nouvelles [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: nouvelles [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: commencer [natural native speed]
Greg: to start, to begin
Mailys: commencer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: commencer [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: à l’heure [natural native speed]
Greg: on time
Mailys: à l’heure [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: à l’heure [natural native speed]
Next:
Mailys: évidemment [natural native speed]
Greg: obviously
Mailys: évidemment [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mailys: évidemment [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..
Greg: ‘Veuillez’ is the imperative form of the verb ‘vouloir’ which means “to want”.
Mailys: It's used when making a polite request and is roughly equivalent to "please do something".
Mailys: Veuillez placer les livres sur la tablette.
Greg: Please place the books on the shelf.
Mailys: En cas d'urgence, veuillez téléphoner à ce numéro.
Greg: In case of an emergency, please call this number.
Greg: Next we have ‘Surtout’, which means “especially” or “mostly”. It usually comes after the verb.
Mailys: Nous aimons bien visiter la Tour Eiffel, mais moi, j'aime surtout les restaurants de Paris.
Greg: We like to visit the Eiffel Tower, but I especially like Paris' restaurants.
Mailys: Il travaille surtout le soir.
Greg: He works mostly in the evening.
Greg: ‘Surtout’ can also have a few other similar meanings.
Mailys: Ne regarde surtout pas!
Greg: Don't look, no matter what!
Mailys: Surtout, n'oublie pas ton parapluie!
Greg: Most of all, don't forget your umbrella!
Greg: Next is À l'heure, which means on time.
Mailys: Here are some examples. Le nouvel employé arrive toujours à l'heure.
Greg: The new employee always arrives on time.
Mailys: Mais où il est, lui?! Il est jamais à l'heure!
Greg: Where is he?! He's never on time!
Greg: Note that if something is done before a deadline, we use ‘à temps’ instead.
Mailys: Vous devez remettre vos devoirs à temps.
Greg: You must hand in your homework on time.
Mailys: Le train part dans 2 minutes? Ouf! Je suis à temps!
Greg: The train leaves in 2 minutes? Phew! I'm on time.
Greg: Ok, and with that, now let’s move on to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Mailys: The focus of this lesson is to review the plural.
Greg: We will review what we've introduced about the plural in the course of the previous lessons.
Mailys: We will also explain some irregularities, especially with the preposition ‘de’.
Greg: Most nouns simply take an ‘-s’ in the plural. This includes all nouns ending in a vowel or in a consonant, except for ‘s’, ‘x’ or ‘z’. This final ‘-s’ is always silent.
Mailys: Examples of words that take an ‘s’ in the plural are - ‘fille’, ‘garçon’, ‘biscuit’ and ‘café’.
Greg: If the noun ends in ‘s’, ‘x’ or ‘z’, then no ‘s’ is added and the noun stays the same.
Mailys: For instance - ‘fois’, ‘héros’ and ‘amoureux’.
Greg: Some nouns have an irregular, but predictable plural form.
Mailys: For instance, words ending in ‘-al’, a-l, or ‘-ail’, a-i-l, become ‘-aux,’ a-u-x, in the plural. For example-
Mailys: journal...
Greg: “newspaper” becomes
Mailys: journaux.
Mailys: travail
Greg: “work” becomes...
Mailys: travaux
Greg: A small number of nouns have a completely irregular plural.
Mailys: For instance, ‘œil’ becomes ‘yeux’, meaning “eyes”.
Greg: Adjectives also takes an ‘-s’ in the plural. The exceptions are roughly the same as with nouns - adjectives ending in ‘s’ or ‘x’ do not change.
Mailys: For instance, the following words don't change - ‘délicieux’, ‘heureux’, ‘vieux’ and ‘gros’.
Greg: Adjectives ending in ‘-al’, a-l, change to ‘-aux’, a-u-x, and those in ‘-eau’, e-a-u, take an ‘x’.
Mailys: so “original” becomes ‘originaux’ and ‘nouveau’ takes an ‘x’.
Greg: Note that this only applies to the masculine forms.
Mailys: If the feminine form ends in ‘-e’, then it just takes an ‘-s’.
Greg: An article, a noun and an adjective always agree in number and gender.
Mailys: This means they will all be singular or plural, or masculine or feminine, depending on the noun. In ‘Les biscuits délicieux’...
Greg: The delicious cookies
Mailys: The article, the noun and the adjective are all masculine plural. In ‘La grande fille’...
A.The tall girl
Mailys: All words are feminine singular.
Greg: The plural of the indefinite article ‘un’ is ‘des’
Mailys: un enfant, des enfants
Greg: but when ‘des’ is followed by an adjective, it becomes ‘de’.
Mailys: Un grand enfant
Greg: A tall child becomes
Mailys: De grands enfants
Greg: Tall children
Mailys: Une petite maison
Greg: A small house becomes
Mailys: De petites maisons
Greg: Small houses
Greg: Okay, and that’s it for this lesson! Join us for lesson 25 for the grand finale of our series of dialogues between Jacques and Mireille!
Mailys: I want to know how it ends! Au revoir et à bientôt!
Greg: See you soon!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone!

 

Please try and make a sentence using the plural form!

 

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Bonjour Deanna !


Merci pour votre commentaire !

Il faut dire "mais les parents ne LE sont pas", mais sinon votre phrase est juste !


Bon week-end !

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Deanna
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Quand il neige, les enfants sont heureux, mais leur parents ne sont pas!

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Bonjour Mike,


Merci beaucoup pour votre gentil commentaire ! :smile:


Bonne journée !

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