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INTRODUCTION
Sam: Hey guys, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. This is the Lower Intermediate Series, Lesson Number 21. And I'm here again with...
Alex: Alexandre et...
Céline: Céline!
Sam: Ok. Today, guys, we have another lovely lesson. What's the focus of today's conversation?
Alex: The focus of this lesson is asking for information in an efficient way by avoiding repetitions.
Sam: So the conversation takes place?
Céline: Anytime and anywhere in France.
Sam: And it's between?
Alex: Between mother and daughter planning on their shopping needs and futilities.
Sam: What's their relationship?
Céline: Mother and daughter.
Sam: Oh. I forgot already. I'm sorry.
Céline: Une maman et sa fille.
Sam: A mother and her daughter. Ok. Shall we start?
Céline: Oui moi je suis prête.
Alex: Moi aussi.
Sam: C'est parti!
Céline: Tu es prête?
Alex: Je suis prêt.
Sam: This conversation takes place between Aurélie and Alice. They're talking about grocery shopping and other kinds of shopping. Jennifer will be Alice and Céline will be Aurélie.
DIALOGUE
Céline: On va faire du lèche-vitrines cet après-midi?
Jennifer: Oui on va en ville faire les courses.
Céline: Lesquelles?
Jennifer: Les courses pour pouvoir manger.
Céline: On va dans lequel? Le super ou l’hypermarché?
Jennifer: L’hypermarché, après on va chez la fleuriste.
Céline: Laquelle, celle à côté de Mode fashion?
Jennifer: Oui comme ça, tu peux regarder les dernières tendances.
Sam: Now, with the English.
Céline: On va faire du lèche-vitrines cet après-midi?
Sam: Are we going shopping this afternoon?
Jennifer: Oui on va en ville faire les courses.
Sam: Yes, we’re going in town to go for groceries.
Céline: Lesquelles?
Sam: Which ones?
Jennifer: Les courses pour pouvoir manger.
Sam: The groceries we can eat.
Céline: On va dans lequel? Le super ou l’hypermarché?
Sam: Which one will we go to? The supermarket or the hypermarket?
Jennifer: L’hypermarché, après on va chez la fleuriste.
Sam: The hypermarket. After, we go to the florist.
Céline: Laquelle, celle à côté de Mode fashion?
Sam: Which one, the one next to Mode Fashion?
Jennifer: Oui comme ça, tu peux regarder les dernières tendances.
Sam: Yes, then you can look at the new fashion.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Sam: Hey, in France, where do people usually go grocery shopping?
Alex: Des fois ce sont les supermarchés ou les hypermarchés. Mais ça dépend. Qu’est-ce que tu en penses Céline?
Céline: Oui. Le plus souvent c’est le samedi.
Sam: Ok.
Céline: Et c’est dans les hypermarchés.
Sam: Supermarché? Hypermarché?
Céline: Hypermarché. Plus grand que les supermarchés.
Sam: Like a big supermarket.
Céline: Voilà. Le dimanche matin, les Français vont au marché.
Sam: On Sunday mornings, the French go to like open-air markets.
Céline: Oui, alors c’est un petit peu plus cher, par contre, ben on peut acheter du fromage, du pain, des légumes, de la viande, du poisson… et la qualité est vraiment meilleure.
Sam: Oh, so people with a little bit more money go to these markets and the things they buy are the little bit better quality.
Céline: Tout à fait.
Sam: The vegetables, cheese, fruit, things like that.
Céline: Oui. Que de bonnes choses.
Alex: Et c’est toujours frais.
Sam: It's always fresh. Ok. Let's look at some lovely vocab and phrases from this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Sam: The first item is?
Céline: Manger.
Sam: To eat.
Céline: Manger. Manger.
Sam: Next?
Alex: Les courses.
Sam: Groceries.
Alex: Les courses. Les courses.
Sam: Next?
Céline: Lèche-vitrines.
Sam: Window shopping.
Céline: Lèche-vitrines. Lèche-vitrines.
Sam: Next?
Alex: Mode.
Sam: Fashion.
Alex: Mode. Mode.
Sam: Next?
Céline: Fleuriste.
Sam: Flower shop or florist.
Céline: Fleuriste. Fleuriste. Fleuriste.
Sam: Next?
Alex: Après-midi.
Sam: Afternoon.
Alex: Après-midi. Après-midi.
Sam: Next?
Céline: Lesquelles.
Sam: Which ones, plural.
Céline: Lesquelles. Lesquelles.
Sam: Next?
Alex: Laquelle.
Sam: Which one, feminine singular.
Alex: Laquelle. Laquelle.
Sam: Next?
Céline: Pouvoir.
Sam: Can.
Céline: Pouvoir. Pouvoir.
Sam: Next?
Alex: Après.
Sam: After.
Alex: Après. Après.
Sam: Next?
Céline: Celle.
Sam: This one or the one.
Céline: Celle. Celle.
Sam: Next?
Alex: Comme ça.
Sam: So then.
Alex: Comme ça. Comme ça.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Sam: Now let's have a look at the vocabulary usage from this lesson.
Alex: Wow. Let me have a go and take over. Le premier mot c’est “lèche-vitrines”.
Sam: Is that one word?
Céline: Wrong. It's a compound noun with “lèche” translated as 'lick', et la “vitrine”, 'window display' especially the ones facing the street to get people to come in.
Sam: Wow. Without being too crazy, 'lick' and 'a window'?
Céline: Yes. Next word is “les courses”.
Sam: Can we have an example of this vocabulary word, please?
Alex: Bien sûr. Rien que pour toi. Je vais faire les courses samedi matin.
Sam: You're going shopping Saturday morning.
Alex: Yes.
Céline: “Les courses” is at the plural form. Exclusivement. And that means grocery shopping, and is used with the verb “faire”, as in the previous sentence.
Alex: It also means 'race'. Comme: “la course de motos” par exemple.
Sam: Motorbike race.
Alex: Right.
Céline: Next word is “pouvoir”.
Sam: A verb, right?
Alex: Yes, a verb meaning 'can' and used as a noun to indicate power.
Céline: Par exemple: Il doit pouvoir exécuter son pouvoir.
Sam: He should have the possibility to execute his power.
Alex: What a nice description of me.
Sam: And the last word is “celle”.
Alex: This is for pointing out something.
Céline: Par exemple: La chanson, c’est celle de Carla.
Sam: Ah, that song. It's the one by Carla.
Alex: Here, “celle” only refers to feminine nouns.
Sam: Ah. I understand. Thank you. So now let's move on to some grammar.
Céline: Bonne idée. Voici le temps de la grammaire.

Lesson focus

Céline: Today is about the interrogative pronouns.
Sam: What are they for?
Céline: As any pronouns, they replace a noun. In other words, a thing, an idea, or a person.
Alex: They are interrogative as they are found in questions only.
Sam: So what are they used for?
Céline: Oh my god. Same question again! They give the speaker the chance to ask about which of something a person is talking about or pointing at.
Sam: For example?
Alex: D'accord. Je suis allé m’inscrire à un cours.
Sam: I went to enroll in a course.
Céline: Lequel?
Sam: Which one?
Alex: Le cours d’art dramatique.
Sam: The theater course. Ok, 'lequel' here is used to talk about which one, but only for something masculine and singular.
Céline: C’est juste. 'Laquelle', ending with a double 'l' and the letter 'e' is for singular and feminine nouns.
Alex: 'Lesquels', composed of the definite article 'les' and ending with an 's' is used for plural nouns.
Céline: If 'Lesquels' is ending with only one 'l', it is masculine and two 'l' and an 'e' it is feminine.
Alex: The other spelling difference can be heard. 'Lequel', masculine. 'Laquelle', feminine. “Lesquel(le)s”, plural.
Sam: Sounds good!
Céline: Sounds very good. C'est parfait!
Sam: And easy to understand.
Céline: Oui.
Sam: Shall we stop there?
Céline: Ah bon?
Alex: Déjà?
Céline: Non là c’est très rapide, hein. Moi je ne vois pas le temps passer.
Alex: N’est-ce pas?
Sam: Ok, thank you, guys.
Céline: Merci à toi.

Outro

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Céline: Oui! Je crois que c’est une bonne idée. À bientôt!
Alex: A la prochaine. Au revoir.
Sam: Au revoir.
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Where would you prefer shopping regardless of financial situation?

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Bonjour Stan et merci pour votre commentaire ! :thumbsup:


Voici votre texte corrigé : Je préfère faire les courses au marché parce que j'aime parler avec les marchand / commerçants.

Et je suis d'accord avec vous ! C'est beaucoup plus sympathique ! :smile:


Passez une bonne journée !

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Stan
Thursday at 7:54 pm
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Jai prefer faire les courses au marché parce que jáime parler avec les merchants.


I prefer shopping in the open air market because I like speaking with the merchants.

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Bonjour Stan !


C'est une super nouvelle ! J'espère que vous allez aimer !

Il faut dire "Ma femme et moi même partirons pour Paris en Septembre."

Bon voyage !


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Mon femme et moi nous partirons pour Paris dans Septembre.

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Which one of you IS buying lunch? I know it is a course for French, but, come on, let's not destroy English while we're at it, Sam.......