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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: Bonjour chers auditeurs! Je m'appelle Gabriella. Bienvenue à FrenchPod101.com. This is Lower Intermediate, Season 2, Lesson 24 - A Delicious French Mother’s Day Surprise.
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 about relative pronouns. The conversation is a page of Marc’s diary.
Gabriella: Ok, donc c'est une conversation familière ?
Jeremy: Oui, et Marc raconte qu’il a fait une surprise à sa mère...
DIALOGUE
Marc: (écrit dans son journal) Aujourd'hui, c'est la fête des Mères.
C'est vraiment une personne formidable à qui j'ai vraiment envie de faire plaisir.
C'est pour ça que je lui ai cuisiné un quatre-quarts aujourd'hui, pour lequel j'ai passé beaucoup de temps.
Je l'ai fait en forme de coeur, car c'est ce à quoi elle me fait penser.
Quand elle l'a eu, elle a fait un grand sourire qui m'a fait chaud au coeur.
Bientôt, c'est la fête des Pères. Je ne sais pas ce que je vais préparer...
Gabriella: Now let's hear it with the English translation.
Marc: (écrit dans son journal) Aujourd'hui, c'est la fête des Mères.
Marc: (writing in his diary) Today is Mother's Day.
C'est vraiment une personne formidable à qui j'ai vraiment envie de faire plaisir.
She really is an astounding person whom I really want to please.
C'est pour ça que je lui ai cuisiné un quatre-quarts aujourd'hui, pour lequel j'ai passé beaucoup de temps.
That's why I baked a pound cake cake for her today, which took me a while to do.
Je l'ai fait en forme de coeur, car c'est ce à quoi elle me fait penser.
I gave it a heart shape, because that's what she reminds me of.
Quand elle l'a eu, elle a fait un grand sourire qui m'a fait chaud au coeur.
When she got it, she had a big smile that warmed my heart.
Bientôt, c'est la fête des Pères. Je ne sais pas ce que je vais préparer...
Soon it will be Father's Day. I don't know yet what I'll be doing.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Gabriella: Mmh, un quatre-quart… C’est tellement bon !
Jeremy: Oui, c’est tout simple à faire, en plus !
Gabriella: Do you have a recipe?
Jeremy: Sure! Basically, you just need eggs, butter, sugar, and flour.
Gabriella: According to the name, it must be in equal quantities, right?
Jeremy: C’est ça ! Each ingredient must be the same weight as the eggs.
Gabriella: Seems really easy. Can you fill it?
Jeremy: The French don’t stuff it, but they put some flavor in it, like vanilla, lemon, or orange.
Gabriella: Sounds good. It reminds me of the time I tasted one once with zests of lemon and orange.
Jeremy: You can do that too. C’est délicieux!
Gabriella: Ok! Dear listeners, you can find the complete recipe in the lesson notes!
Jeremy: Bon appétit tout le monde !
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Gabriella: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. What’s the first word?
Jeremy: Le quatre-quart, again!
Gabriella: Literally, it’s “the four-quarters cake", or “pound cake.”
Jeremy: This cake is really simple to bake, that’s why children learn this one at school or at home.
Gabriella: That’s why Marc made one for his mother for Mother’s day!
Jeremy: Yes, he gave it a heart shape, but it’s usually a long cake.
Gabriella: Like a baguette! Let’s see the next word.
Jeremy: The next word is actually an expression - faire chaud au coeur
Gabriella: "to warm one’s heart."
Jeremy: You can use it to express that you’re happy to see something nice, or when you’ve received a gift. For example, imagine two of your friends finally decided to go out together, you may say -Je les ai vus partir main dans la main, ça m’a fait chaud au coeur.
Gabriella: "I saw them parting hand in hand, it warmed my heart." How sweet!
Jeremy: Je suis toujours très content quand ça arrive.
Gabriella: So, next is cuisiner, "to cook."
Jeremy: Yes, but you can also translate as “to bake”.
Gabriella: Does the type of food cooked matter?
Jeremy: Pas du tout. On peut même se cuisiner un plat.
Gabriella: Is it a reflexive verb?
Jeremy: Yes, that’s right and it’s standard French.
Gabriella: Ok, got it! Let’s move on to the grammar!
GRAMMAR POINT
Jeremy: In this lesson, you’ll learn simple relative pronouns – que, qui, lequel, où, dont.
Gabriella: They're used to replace subjects, direct and indirect objects, places and time, and possessions. And they have many different translations. Que can be “what”, “which”, “that” or “whom”.
Jeremy: Let’s see an example for the first one - Le livre de français que tu m’a donné est intéressant.
Gabriella: "The French language learning book you gave me is interesting."
Jeremy: Here, que refers to le livre de français.
Gabriella: What about places or time?
Jeremy: You have to use où, “where”. Imagine you’re going around town with a friend, and you show him a building where your sister had school - C’est l’école où elle a étudié pendant cinq ans.
Gabriella: "It’s the school where she studied five years.”
Jeremy: Here, où refers to l’école. That’s the same pattern!
Gabriella: It’s less difficult than I imagined.
Jeremy: Let’s see lequel now.
Gabriella: It translates as “what”, “which” or “that”.
Jeremy: Especially “which”. Imagine you’re looking for a book in which you drew something to show your friends. You can say - Le livre dans lequel j’ai dessiné un chat a une couverture rouge.
Gabriella: "The book in which I drew a cat has a red cover.”
Jeremy: We already studied this word in a previous lesson, it should be simple!
Gabriella: Je pense aussi ! Well, is it possible to use two or more relative pronouns in the same sentence?
Jeremy: Oui, c’est possible ! Let’s see an example, a friend of yours borrowed this book with a red cover… you can say - Le livre que tu m’as emprunté est celui dans lequel j’ai dessiné un chat.
Gabriella: "The book you borrowed from me is the one in which I drew a cat.”
Jeremy: Que refers to le livre, and lequel refers to celui.
Gabriella: But celui refers to the book too.
Jeremy: Oui, c’est exact. It might look hard, but with a little practice, it gets easier.
Gabriella: Donc, n’hésitez pas à pratiquer dans les commentaires!

Outro

Jeremy: Bonne chance, et à la prochaine!
Gabriella: Thanks for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time. Salut!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Bonjour chers auditeurs ! Est-ce que vous avez déjà goûté le quatre-quarts ?

Hi listeners! Have you ever tasted the French pound cake?

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Wednesday at 07:36 PM
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Bonjour Chris,

Le quatre quarts s'appelle comme ça parce-qu'il est uniquement composé de quatre ingrédients (farine, sucre, beurre et œufs) en quantités égales ;-).


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Marion

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Chris
Tuesday at 06:59 AM
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Pourquoi c'est s'appelle "Quatre quarts"? Est-ce buerre, sucre, oeuf et farine?