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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: Salut chers auditeurs ! Je m'appelle Gabriella. Bienvenue à Lower Intermediate French, Season 2, Lesson 12 - A Quiet Meeting in a French Hotel.
Jeremy: Moi, c'est Jeremy.
Gabriella: Let's get started. Quel est le sujet de la leçon d'aujourd'hui ?
Jeremy: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use double pronouns.
Gabriella: This conversation is between Vincent and a receptionist.
Jeremy: C’est donc une conversation formelle.
DIALOGUE
Vincent: Bonjour, je voudrais réserver une salle au calme pour une réunion associative.
Réceptionniste : Bien Monsieur. Pour combien de personnes ?
Vincent : En théorie, une dizaine de personnes.
Réceptionniste : A quel nom ?
Vincent : Association Sonnan’bulles.
Réceptionniste : Quel serait votre programme ? Si vous ne le savez pas encore, vous avez jusqu’à 16h pour nous le faire savoir.
Vincent : Vous nous verrez arriver vers 18h, puis nous vous commanderons un apéritif dinatoire. Nous vous le commanderons sans alcool. C’est une réunion importante, nous élisons le nouveau Bureau.
Réceptionniste : Très bien Monsieur, nous vous servirons à 19h.
Gabriella: Now let's hear it with the English translation.
Vincent: Bonjour, je voudrais réserver une salle au calme pour une réunion associative.
Vincent: Good morning. I would like to make a reservation for an association meeting.
Réceptionniste : Bien Monsieur. Pour combien de personnes ?
Receptionist: Very well, sir. How many people?
Vincent : En théorie, une dizaine de personnes.
Vincent: Probably ten or so.
Réceptionniste : A quel nom ?
Receptionist: Under what name?
Vincent : Association Sonnan’bulles.
Vincent: Association Sonnan’bulles.
Réceptionniste : Quel serait votre programme ? Si vous ne le savez pas encore, vous avez jusqu’à 16h pour nous le faire savoir.
Receptionist: What are your plans? If you don't know yet, please let us know before 4 pm.
Vincent : Vous nous verrez arriver vers 18h, puis nous vous commanderons un apéritif dinatoire. Nous vous le commanderons sans alcool. C’est une réunion importante, nous élisons le nouveau Bureau.
Vincent: Well, you'll see us arrive around 6 pm, then we'll order a buffet dinner and drinks; we'll ask you to serve it without alcohol. It's an important meeting; we're electing the new board of the association.
Réceptionniste : Très bien Monsieur, nous vous servirons à 19h.
Receptionist: Very well, sir. We'll serve you at 7 pm.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Gabriella: Are associations common in France?
Jeremy: Yes, it’s quite easy to create one, especially if it’s under a special law, called Loi 1901. It’s for non-profit associations.
Gabriella: Are there any special criteria for these associations?
Jeremy: The main one is to have a board composed of three people: a president, a secretary, and an accountant—even if they've never studied accounting. It’s usually simple operations.
Gabriella: What about the subjects?
Jeremy: You can find associations for almost everything—games, students, cultural events, concert organizations, free food for poor people, and so on. You can even find kindergartens!
Gabriella: That’s impressive! Are they easy to find anywhere?
Jeremy: Yes, unless you live in a very small village with only old people and sheep, you can find them in any town!
Gabriella: [laughter] How interesting!
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Gabriella: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Jeremy, what’s our first word?
Jeremy: It’s the expression en théorie.
Gabriella: “In theory”. It’s used to express probability, isn’t it?
Jeremy: Yes, you’re right. It can replace “yes”, when the speaker is not totally sure.
Gabriella: So if someone is asking Tu penses qu’il viendra à la soirée?
Jeremy: You can answer, “En théorie...”. This stands for “most likely.”
Gabriella: Ok, I get it! In the dialogue, Vincent is talking about a bureau, but it doesn’t seem to be a desk.
Jeremy: Exactly, here, it means “the board”, so that means people at the head of the association.
Gabriella: Ok, je vois. C’est la seule signification ?
Jeremy: No, it can also be a "computer’s desktop" or "the office." For example, Je vais au bureau tous les jours pour 9 heures.
Gabriella: "I go to the office everyday at 9 am." And the last one is…
Jeremy: Apéritif dinatoire.
Gabriella: "Buffet dinner." It sounds classy.
Jeremy: It does! It’s usually served on formal occasions. But now, young people tend to do it to receive friends. It’s more jovial!
Gabriella: I see, I should try that for my next party!
Jeremy: Don’t forget me!
Gabriella: [laughter] Ne t’inquietes pas! You’re already invited! Okay, now onto the grammar.
GRAMMAR POINT
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn about double pronouns.
Jeremy: Yes, it’s a very important lesson, since the French use this daily.
Gabriella: They don’t like to repeat words!
Jeremy: No, they don’t, they feel it makes heavy sentences.
Gabriella: How are they used?
Jeremy: First, they all have a fixed place in the sentence, but they are not all necessary in the sentence at the same time!
Gabriella: Ok! First, the subject, then the reflexive pronoun... Me, te, nous, vous, or se.
Jeremy: Right. After this one, it’s the direct object... Le, la ou les.
Gabriella: Do you have an example for this one?
Jeremy: Il me donne une glace. Il me la donne.
Gabriella: “He gives me an ice-cream. He gives it to me.”
Jeremy: La replaces the word glace, because this is a direct object. And as explained before, me is placed before la.
Gabriella: C’est simple! Let’s go on. And what comes after the direct object?
Jeremy: Lui or leur, for the indirect objects.
Gabriella: After these ones, you can find en or y. They're used to replace an object, or a place. For example...
Jeremy: Il donne de la glace aux enfants. Il leur en donne.
Gabriella: “He's giving ice-cream to the children. He gives it to them.” Ok, so after these ones, you just put the verb and the rest of the sentence.
Jeremy: Exactly, all of them are placed between the subject and the verb. Nous vous le commanderons sans alcool.
Gabriella: "We'll ask you to serve it without alcohol." Ok, explained this way, it’s getting clearer. it’s Less hard than what I thought.
Jeremy: It just needs some practice.
Gabriella: Donc, n’hésitez pas à pratiquer dans les commentaires!
Jeremy: Bonne chance!

Outro

Jeremy: Okay, that’s all for this lesson.
Gabriella: As always, make sure to check the lesson notes and leave us a comment. Thank you for listening everyone, and we’ll see you next time.
Jeremy: Salut!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Bonjour tout le monde ! Est-ce que vous faites partie d'une association ?

Hi everyone! Are you a part of an association?

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Thursday at 06:16 PM
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Bonjour Rajiv,

I'm not sure what you want me to do here? I can't put these three sentences into one. There's a reason they're divided. Making them one would just mess with the paragraph.


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Rajiv K P
Wednesday at 02:57 PM
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The below are 3 sentences to practice speaking. They are very long also...... Please break them down into one - one sentence .This will help us to practice easily speaking and playing back.........


"Vous nous verrez arriver vers 18h, puis nous vous commanderons un apéritif dinatoire. Nous vous le commanderons sans alcool. C’est une réunion importante, nous élisons le nouveau Bureau."

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Monday at 05:20 PM
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Bonjour Richard,

I'm not sure, to be honest. But "une salle au calme" would be "a quiet room" in English.


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Richard Green
Monday at 01:25 AM
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"une salle au calme" why did you leave this out of the translation

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Friday at 05:24 PM
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Bonjour Mahi,

En peut être pronom personnel avec fonction de COD ou COI, alors que le/la/les ont uniquement une fonction de COD. Dans de nombreux cas, en et le/la/les peuvent être échangés lorsque le pronom est COD.

Par exemple, tu peux tout à fait dire "il en mange" et "il la mange". Le sens est le même.


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Mahi
Wednesday at 09:30 PM
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Quelle est la difference entre en et les objets directs (le, la ou les)?

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Friday at 05:09 PM
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Bonjour Desley,

As you mentioned, lui/leur are indirect object pronouns, while me/te/nous/vous are direct object pronouns.


Hope this helps! 👍


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DesleyHay
Monday at 05:16 PM
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mon association s'appelle université du troisième âge en australie.

- Lui/Leur: These replace an indirect object. but, me/te/nous/vous are indirect object pronouns?

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Saturday at 04:52 PM
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Bonjour Evelyne et merci pour votre message.


C'est pour faire la différence entre le verbe "programmer" (to organize) et le mot "programme" (schedule).

"Programmé" (programmed) est l'adjectif issu du verbe "programmer".

Autre exemple avec "repasser" (to iron) et "repassé" (ironed)


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Evelyne Huang
Monday at 07:56 AM
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Bonjour,


Je voudrais savoir pourquoi il y a l'accent aigu dans le vocabulaireprogrammé"-- "Je vais au cinéma samedi soir, si tu n’as rien de programmé"


Merci beaucoup!

Evelyne