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INTRODUCTION
Brandon: Hi everyone! Welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is Lower Beginner Season 2 Lesson 7, What's Your French Opinion? I’m Brandon.
Yasmine: Bonjour. I'm Yasmine.
Brandon: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to express agreement and disagreement.
Brandon: This conversation takes place at a newspaper company.
Yasmine: It’s between Aude and Florine
Brandon: The speakers are co-workers, so they’ll be using informal French. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Aude : Nous ne pouvons imprimer ça.
Florine : Je ne suis pas d'accord. C'est très important.
Aude : Je te comprends mais ce n'est pas nouveau comme information.
Florine : C'est un article d'opinion !
Brandon: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Aude : Nous ne pouvons imprimer ça.
Florine : Je ne suis pas d'accord. C'est très important.
Aude : Je te comprends mais ce n'est pas nouveau comme information.
Florine : C'est un article d'opinion !
Brandon: Listen to the conversation with English translation
Aude : Nous ne pouvons imprimer ça.
Aude: We can't print this.
Florine : Je ne suis pas d'accord. C'est très important.
Florine: I disagree. It's very important.
Aude : Je te comprends mais ce n'est pas nouveau comme information.
Aude: I see your point but it is not new information.
Florine : C'est un article d'opinion !
Florine: It is an opinion article!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Brandon: So the two coworkers were giving their opinions about a news article. Yasmine, what is France’s best-selling newspaper from the regional daily press sector?
Yasmine: Well.. I think it’s Le canard enchainé. That’s a famous satirical newspaper with many opinion pieces.
Brandon: I see. And which newspapers would you recommend to our listeners?
Yasmine: Well, if you’re interested in reading a French newspaper, you should check out Libération, which is a political newspaper. Or you can also try Metro, which you can get for free, and it has more pictures than other newspapers.
Brandon: Those are some good tips. Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Let’s take a look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Brandon: The first word is..
Yasmine: pouvoir [natural native speed]
Brandon: can, to be able to
Yasmine: pouvoir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: pouvoir [natural native speed]
Next we have..
Yasmine: très [natural native speed]
Brandon: very
Yasmine: très [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: très [natural native speed]
Next we have..
Yasmine: important [natural native speed]
Brandon: important
Yasmine: important [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: important [natural native speed]
Next we have..
Yasmine: comprendre [natural native speed]
Brandon: to understand
Yasmine: comprendre [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: comprendre [natural native speed]
Next we have..
Yasmine: information [natural native speed]
Brandon: information
Yasmine: information [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: information [natural native speed]
Next we have..
Yasmine: nouveau [natural native speed]
Brandon: new
Yasmine: nouveau [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: nouveau [natural native speed]
Next we have..
Yasmine: article [natural native speed]
Brandon: article
Yasmine: article [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: article [natural native speed]
and last is...
Yasmine: opinion [natural native speed]
Brandon: opinion
Yasmine: opinion [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Yasmine: opinion [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Brandon: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. First up is...
Yasmine: imprimer
Brandon: Which means "to print"
Yasmine: Imprimer is a regular verb. It is conjugated with the auxiliary verb avoir in the past form.
Brandon: Yasmine, this word actually has two meanings, right?
Yasmine: Yes. One is literal and the other metaphoric. The first meaning is “to print,” or “to publish,” For example, J'imprime mon rapport de stage
Brandon: meaning “I am printing my training report.”
Yasmine: It also has the meaning of “to imprint itself,” as in Ce projet donne l'occasion aux jeunes d'imprimer leur identité
Brandon: meaning “This project provides an opportunity for young people to imprint their identity.”And there’s one additional meaning - “to understand.”
Yasmine: But if you say to someone Est-ce que tu imprimes bien ce que je te dis? meaning “Did you really take in what I just said?” you may seem rude. It's informal language, so be careful who you use it with. In this situation, imprimer means “understand.”
Brandon: I see. What’s the next word?
Yasmine: Next we have.. être d’accord
Brandon: This means "to agree with". Can you break down the phrase,?
Yasmine: Sure! être is one of the most common French verbs.
Brandon: Its conjugation is irregular and it means “to be.”
Yasmine: D'accord" is an interjection and literally means "alright, okay." D'accord is made up of de meaning "from" and accord meaning "agreement." D'accord means "all right."
Brandon: If you agree, or are in "accord" with someone, you need to use..
Yasmine: ...être plus the d'accord form.
Brandon: Let’s look at some examples. How do you say “I agree”?
Yasmine: You can say... Je suis d'accord.
Brandon: What about “we agree”?
Yasmine: In that case, you can say Nous sommes d'accord.
Brandon: But listeners, if someone asks you directly if you agree with him and it’s for a casual situation, sometimes you don't need to say this.
Yasmine: That’s right, you don’t need to say être + d'accord in full. D'accord is enough. In this case, it means "okay". D'accord is invariable. But, it is still possible to answer Je suis d'accord.
Brandon: Then how do you say “to disagree?”
Yasmine: Ne pas être d'accord means “to disagree.” It's the negative form of être d'accord.
Brandon: Ok, good to know. The next phrase is..
Yasmine: article d'opinion
Brandon: Meaning "opinion piece.” Can you break this down?
Yasmine: Sure. Article is a noun meaning "article." Opinion means "point of view." D' comes from the French preposition de.
Brandon: You can use this to express possession with names and nouns.
Yasmine: That’s right. "De" becomes "d' because "opinion" starts with a vowel. Un article d'opinion is an article written by a reporter who is sharing their point of view or their opinion about a theme.
Brandon: It can be about politics, fashion, or cinema...Many written newspapers and magazines have an opinion column. Okay, now let’s move on to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Brandon: In this lesson, you'll learn how to show agreement and disagreement in French.
Yasmine: We already learned some phrases in the previous section. In France, you can say 'Je suis d'accord' when you agree with the other person’s opinion. And now, let’s take a look at more examples to show your agreement.
Brandon: What's the first one?
Yasmine: First we have Je suis pour
Brandon: meaning “I’m for..”
Yasmine: Then, you can say what you agree with, for example, Je suis pour toi.
Brandon: meaning “I’m for you” or “I’m in agreement with you.” How do you say “I’m against”?
Yasmine: You can say Je suis contre using the preposition contre instead of pour.
Brandon:Okay, and what’s next?
Yasmine: Next we have Je suis favorable..
Brandon: meaning “I'm in favor.”
Yasmine: And if you want to say “I’m not in favor of..” you can say Je suis défavorable by adding dé to the adjective favorable.
Brandon: Are there any other phrases?
Yasmine: We also have Je suis de..
Brandon: It literally means “I’m with..” and you can use it the same way as “I agree with.” For example..
Yasmine: Je suis de son avis.
Brandon: “I agree with him.” Or literally “I’m with him.”
Yasmine: Conversely, you can say Je ne suis pas de son avis..meaning “I’m not with him” too.
Brandon: And sometimes, you might want to say “He’s right.” or “She’s right. That would be...
Yasmine: Il a raison or Elle a raison,
Brandon: meaning “He’s right, or “She’s right”, for when you agree with someone. If you don’t, you can say..
Yasmine: Il a tort or Elle a tort,
Brandon: meaning “He’s wrong” or She’s wrong.” Listeners, make sure to check the PDF lesson notes for more expressions and examples.

Outro

Brandon: Well, that’s all for this lesson. Thanks for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Yasmine: À bientôt!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What's your favorite French newspaper?

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Bonjour Nelle,


That is fine. :smile: Thanks for posting!


Have a great day!

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Nelle
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Je n'en sais pas.:sweat_smile:

I don't know any.

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Bonjour Ahmed,


Merci d'avoir commenté ! :sunglasses:

C'est intéressant de savoir quel journal il y a en Egypte !


Bonne journée !

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Ahmed
Monday at 07:24 PM
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Bonjour


En Egypte, il y a (les gazettes) et Ahram Hebdomadaire :smile:


Ahmed