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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: Bonjour chers auditeurs! Je m'appelle Gabriella Bienvenue à FrenchPod101.com. This is Lower Intermediate, Season 2, Lesson 13 - Mind Your Manners When You’re At Dinner in France!
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 interjections. The conversation is between Laure, Vincent, Marc, and Lisa.
Gabriella: Ok, donc c'est une conversation familière ?
Jeremy: Oui, et Vincent et Laure doivent expliquer les bonnes manières aux enfants.
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Gabriella: Are manners really important in France?
Jeremy: Yes, they are. When you're invited to a dinner, people will mainly judge you on that.
Gabriella: Wow, vraiment ? J’ai une fois entendu une amie me dire qu’elle ne savait pas qu’il fallait mettre les mains sur la table.
Jeremy: Oui, en effet. To keep your hands hidden or to put your elbows on the table is really impolite. It’s only permitted in really casual situations.
Gabriella: Mais il vaut mieux éviter, n’est-ce pas ? Anything else to know ?
Jeremy: Yes. Don’t be afraid to make the person you’re speaking to wait because your mouth is full. Tout le monde fait ça !
Gabriella: Ok, je m’en souviendrais !
Jeremy: And avoid eating with your fingers, unless you see the people you’re with doing that too.
Gabriella: Mmmh, ok. Mais c’est normal, parfois, non ?
Jeremy: If you’re in a fast food restaurant, it’s ok!
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Gabriella: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. So what’s our first word?
Jeremy: Couper la parole.
Gabriella: "to interrupt someone / to cut someone off."
Jeremy: It’s one of the things to avoid during a conversation in France.
Gabriella: But I saw many people doing that in France!
Jeremy: Especially in the South, yes, and among friends during a meal, too. But it’s better to avoid that!
Gabriella: Ok, got it! What’s our next word?
Jeremy: Aspirer.
Gabriella: This one has many translations! "To aspire," "to suck up," "to inhale," "to slurp"…
Jeremy: Oui, par exemple - Il aspire à devenir député.
Gabriella: "He aspires to become a deputy.”
Jeremy: C’est plutôt formel. Entre amis, on dirait plutôt - Il veut être député.
Gabriella: "He wants to be a deputy."
Jeremy: On peut aussi utiliser ce verbe pour parler d’un aspirateur.
Gabriella: Il a aspiré la poussière sous le lit avec un aspirateur.
Jeremy: “He sucked up the dust under the bed with a vacuum cleaner.” Perfect!
Gabriella: Ok! Quel est notre dernier mot ?
Jeremy: Bonnes manières, "good manners."
Gabriella: There's a trick here…
Jeremy: Yes, in a plural form, it’s about eating manners, for example.
Gabriella: What about the singular form?
Jeremy: It’s translated as “good way”. C’est une bonne manière de faire tes devoirs.
Gabriella: “It’s a good way to do your homework.” Ok, let’s move on the grammar!
GRAMMAR POINT
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn about interjections in French.
Jeremy: Oui, et c’est très important en Français. Using these words makes speech natural.
Gabriella: Ok, so there are words and onomatopeia.
Jeremy: Oui, dans les mots, il y a des noms, des verbes, des adverbes… C’est très varié.
Gabriella: Are there some rules for these words?
Jeremy: Yes, they don't vary in gender or number.
Gabriella: Quelques exemples?
Jeremy: Hein ?
Gabriella: “What?”, or “uh?” It’s used to express surprise, or when someone didn’t hear something.
Jeremy: Tant pis!
Gabriella: “Too bad”. Do you have a sample sentence?
Jeremy: J’ai loupé ce concert hier soir… Tant pis !
Gabriella: "I missed this concert last night… Too bad.."
Jeremy: Another one often used is Allez! Especially when you have to wake up someone or hurry someone up. Allez, lève-toi ! Ou alors, Allez, on y va maintenant!
Gabriella: “Come on, wake up!” and “Come on, let’s go now!” Ah bon.? On peut l’utiliser comme ça.?
Jeremy: (laughs), seems you got it! This one can translate as “is that so?” or “really?”
Gabriella: Ah bon ? Il a réussi à manger un steak de 700 grammes ?
Jeremy: "Really? He really managed to eat a 700 gram steak?"
Gabriella: Ok, je crois que j’ai compris !
Jeremy: Et les onomatopées ?
Gabriella: The French do not use onomatopoeia that much, but there are some to know!
Jeremy: Aie, tu m’as fait mal!
Gabriella: Désolé !
Jeremy: And I just gave our first one - Aie!
Gabriella: This is the French for "OUCH!"
Jeremy: Oui, et les Français disent souvent - “Ah”, “oh”, “hé” pour exprimer la surprise, le regret ou l’admiration.
Gabriella: It’s all about intonation. So, how do you express surprise?
Jeremy: “Oh, comme c’est gentil !”
Gabriella: “Oh, how sweet!”
Jeremy: Exact. And this is the same for admiration, and for Regret it would sound more like- “Oh non !”
Gabriella: “Oh, no!” You can find some words that express sounds too.
Jeremy: “Paf! Elle s’est pris une claque de son père !”
Gabriella: “Bam, she was smacked by her father!”
Jeremy: Shhh! Et combien de fois t’ai-je répété de ne pas parler la bouche pleine.
Gabriella: "Shh! And how many times have I repeated to you not to speak with your mouth full!"
Jeremy: C’est plutôt simple!
Gabriella: oui, ce n’est pas très difficile.
Jeremy: Donc, n’hésitez pas à pratiquer dans les commentaires!

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Jeremy: Bonne chance, et à la prochaine!
Gabriella: Don’t forget to check the lesson notes, everyone! Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next time! Salut!

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Bonjour tout le monde ! Connaissiez-vous déjà les bonnes manières françaises ? Quelles sont les bonnes manières à table dans votre pays ?

Hi everyone! Did you already know about French manners? What are the eating manners in your country?